Look back at Georgia, bowl talk

Greetings-

Hope you are well and have adequately processed Saturday’s game. To me, it ended up pretty simple. Georgia had the better team and Georgia Tech needed to play a near-flawless game to have a chance. It didn’t, and the Jackets lost.

Last Tuesday, Roddy Jones didn’t exactly give away the game plan, but this is what he said: “It’ll definitely be a hard-fought battle and come down to execution.”

It was and it did. Georgia made the plays and Tech didn’t, in part because the Bulldogs were more capable and positioned to make them. Georgia’s offensive line was probably the best that Tech has faced this season, and same goes for quarterback Aaron Murray and tight end Orson Charles at their respective positions.

To me, the Jackets lost the game (or Georgia won it) once they failed to hold serve in the third quarter, giving Georgia great field position with the kick return and two interceptions and then failing to generate points on the ensuing possessions.

1. For what it’s worth, coach Paul Johnson made mention of the late second-quarter field goal that Georgia kicker Blair Walsh hit, and how it changed the momentum and how it had happened a few times previously this season that Tech has scored late in the half and then let the opponent answer with another score. I thought it’d be worth looking up.

Tech’s opponent was the last to score in the first half seven times, and six of those times it was inside the final two minutes.

Including Saturday’s game, there were four instances of what Johnson mentioned – a late second-quarter score by Tech trumped by an opponent score – one of which was followed by a Jackets field goal.

Against Western Carolina, Jones scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 2:21 remaining. Tech got the ball back but had its field-goal try blocked and returned for a touchdown with no time left.

Against Kansas, Justin Moore made a 24-yard field goal with 39 seconds remaining, and the Jayhawks went 60 yards in four plays to set up a field goal. Kansas’ kicker missed his first attempt left but got another try on a Tech penalty and made the second from 28 yards.

Against Miami, Tech drove 92 yards in 20 plays, scoring on a Tevin Washington keeper with 1:02 remaining to close to 14-7. Miami returned the kickoff to the Tech 46 and got into the end zone in three plays and 25 seconds to make the score 21-7.

Against Virginia Tech, Moore scored a field goal with 1:00 remaining to close to 14-10, but Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas hit Danny Coale for a 63-yard yard touchdown and a 21-10 lead. Tech responded in that instance with a half-ending field goal.

Technically speaking, the Virginia Tech example is a little gray, as the Jackets answered the Coale touchdown. Still, both instances with Miami and the Hokies were pretty damaging.

2. I think Tech is headed to the Sun Bowl and I also think the Chick-fil-A Bowl is not very excited about its ACC options, assuming Virginia Tech wins the ACC title. I think the first because Sun Bowl executive director Bernie Olivas said as much in an interview with me on Saturday after the game, saying the Jackets look like the pick right now if they’re available.

As for the second, if the Hokies win, here are Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan’s options: Clemson, which would have lost three games in a row and four of its last five and likely would drop out of the BCS rankings (the Tigers are No. 20); Virginia, which was building momentum but got hammered by Virginia Tech on Saturday; Florida State, which got back into both polls after beating Florida, but which I don’t think is much of an option because the Seminoles played there last year, and Tech, which also lost Saturday in dispiriting fashion.

One possible problem for Tech and the Sun Bowl would occur if Clemson gets drilled and the Chick-fil-A decides it can’t take the Tigers and takes, I guess, Virginia. (Even if Clemson lost badly, it doesn’t seem likely the Tigers still wouldn’t come to Atlanta.) In this scenario, then the Champs Sports Bowl takes Florida State and then the Sun Bowl would take Clemson, as it’s contractually obligated to take the ACC title-game loser if available. The next game would be the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, which may well jump on N.C. State, a local team that finished hot. That would give the Jackets to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville.

3. That’s about it. I’ve got a couple things to get cranking on for Tuesday’s paper.

The All-ACC team will be released at 3 p.m. today. I’ll have something up on the blog shortly after. My guess is guard Omoregie Uzzi will be on the first team and deservedly so. A-back Orwin Smith and linebacker Julian Burnett have a shot at first team.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

182 comments Add your comment

trevinb

November 28th, 2011
12:36 pm

Unfortunately for Tech. gimmicky defenses do not exist to go along with theit gimmicky offense.

DavCar

November 28th, 2011
12:40 pm

True fans are loyal to their team. Go Jackets!!!

headley lamar

November 28th, 2011
12:42 pm

CPJ is now 2 – 9 against Va Tech, UGA and the bowl game.

New Sheriff in town huh ??? Yeah right.

Please proceed with your usual crutch arguments that Tech academics are soooo hard that they cant compete. Also feel free to make yourself fell better by putting down hard working blue collar Americans. Maybe even call them a name like your classless coach.

Maybe Next Year

November 28th, 2011
12:46 pm

HA HA I figured I’d come read the Tech fan posts on this GT blog since there are so many on the UGA blog…WOW there is no posts on here. I realize this has only been up 15 minutes, but I’m guessing the Tech fans are trying to figure out an equation that makes 1 better than 10…Oh wait! There are bigger fish to fry in the Sun Bowl!

Exterminator

November 28th, 2011
12:47 pm

31-17 JACKET FANS!…. 9 out of 10!

headley lamar

November 28th, 2011
12:47 pm

Haven’t seen supersize in a few days.

He said I wouldn’t be here after the game.

Well im here super. But where o where are you ?????

sting'um

November 28th, 2011
12:48 pm

Classy team great win UGA see ya next year minus a few
of your dope smoking flunkies

Maybe Next Year

November 28th, 2011
12:50 pm

@Sting’um: Maybe but we’ll still win…

31-17

November 28th, 2011
12:51 pm

McGarity please remove tech from UGA’s schedule so we can play someone at the end of the season that will help move us up in the polls!

Spyro

November 28th, 2011
12:51 pm

Headley, your post is very “non sequitur.” Criticizing someone’s class and trying to take the moral highroad, then deciding to be classless yourself? Good hypocrisy.

Wait, why would I expect better from you?

btgt69

November 28th, 2011
12:51 pm

Congrats to uga for winning the game. I watched the replay yesterday and their offensive line did a great job handling our blitzs and D line. No question they were better and stronger. Best wishes to beat LSU. Hopefully uga can clean up the suspensions and other issues by next season.

J-Dawg

November 28th, 2011
12:52 pm

You guys need BI Smith as D-Coordinator. He is your only hope! 2-5 D!

roughrider

November 28th, 2011
12:52 pm

Is anyone here old enough to remember when Tech last won a bowl game?

Ric Flair

November 28th, 2011
12:53 pm

I know, Maybe you guys should go to a “spelling contest”!

Matt "Jacket" Collins

November 28th, 2011
12:54 pm

I agree with you J-Dawg. Bill Smith can turn our “D” around! Go Jackets!!!!

Matt Jacket

November 28th, 2011
12:55 pm

Easy for dogs to pile on when they haven’t won a national championship in over thirty years and won’t win the SEC this year either. Good luck pups rubbing it in when you get beat by half a million in the SEC Championship Game. I will definitely be here to make sure Mark Bradley and the rest of these idiots like Ken Sugiura know that “order has been restored” and that there is no reason to celebrate a “given” when LSU puts UGAG in the ER. THWG and the AJC!!! Better hope you rednecks don’t play UCF in the bowl game. Go Jackets!!!

J-Dawg

November 28th, 2011
12:55 pm

That “triple option” defense is not working!!!

Maybe Next Year

November 28th, 2011
12:55 pm

@31-17: It does say a lot for Tech when they as a ranked team actually don’t mean as much in a loss to the BCS than Northwestern! MSU jumps us because they beat an UNRANKED Northwestern and we beat a RANKED Georgia Tech. OH I guess that is because the academics are better there than at Tech. That’s the only logical explanation!

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 28th, 2011
12:56 pm

The game boils down to Washington completing two passes to UGA players and missing about three to Tech players. I believe the solution to that is sitting on the bench. I like our players and GT’s reputation world wide. Recognizing the astronauts at halftime was awesome. We’ll beat UGA again and should have Saturday. Tech will never get the ready to go players that the Alabamas will get. Tech’s recruits need a year in the weight room and to grow. Wouldn’t trade Roddy Jones for the whole UGA football team. I’m always proud to be a Tech fan. ” KEEP ROLLING JACKETS “

J-Dawg

November 28th, 2011
12:56 pm

Bill “Hobnail Boot” Smith can coach a “D”. He still has the scares on his neck from Herchel’s cleats to prove it!!!!!

Yeah

November 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

Seemed like a good place to post this since there is not much good news for tech! Barney Frank just announced he is going to retire! Thank God!!

Maybe Next Year

November 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

Just noticed…the finals were exactly the same! 31-17! HAHA Tech…SMH

Dallas Jacket

November 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

Coach Johnson,

We love and support you 100%. But maybe you might consider changing Defensive Coordinators. Everyone in the stadium knew that UGA was going to pass across the middle….. well, everyone except Coach Groh. Whatever you do, true Tech fans know that you are taking the program in the right direction and are behind you all the way. THWG!

J-Dawg

November 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

I can spell “Thiry-one 2 seventeen”

The Truth

November 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

One thing you can always count on….UGA fans have no class.

crackbaby

November 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

Congratulations to the Bulldogs and Coach Richt. Aaron Murray played so well and the receivers seemed to get open at will.

My unscientific observation at halftime was that half the UGA fans stood up and applauded at halftime to pay tribute to 16 Tech alums who have worked in space for NASA under the shuttle and other programs. Class move.

Thought the redcoats spelling out Munson in pregame was a nice tribute, too.

GT Dude

November 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

@ headley, I don’t get you…;
Didn’t your team win, why the animosity?
You would think that someone from the winning side would be looking forward to the next game and that opponent, but here you are trying to bad mouth the Tech faithful.
Dude you need to get a life.
I wanted to root for UGA to win in the dome this weekend, but it is fans like you that makes we want classLes Miles to kick your butts. GO LSU

J-Dawg

November 28th, 2011
12:59 pm

No class!!! We were out for Thanksgiving Fool!!!! 31-17. You have no class or no defense!!!! Thats the truth.

Lemus

November 28th, 2011
1:00 pm

Not to give your players any excuses, but it’s a bit difficult to play inspired when nearly 70% of your stands are filled with the opponents fans. Just saying.

31-17!!!!

crackbaby

November 28th, 2011
1:01 pm

Ken – Enjoyed your frequent reports this year. Damn good beat writer!

J-Dawg

November 28th, 2011
1:01 pm

The truth shall set you free……..but it will not beat a better team….

Bobby Dodds Ghost

November 28th, 2011
1:01 pm

Vandy vs tech would be a good game. Vandy would be favored.

Top Dawg of Blue Ridge

November 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

Its nice to know that we have a coach that owns Tech! RICHT owns Tech…. And UGA owns this great state of Georgia!!! Go DAWGS!!!!

Baddawg

November 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

@GT Dud. We don’t want you to root for us! Don’t want your bad mojo!

Ric Flair

November 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

Vany would “KILL” Tech.

Ric Flair

November 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

And they are smarter too!!!!!

The Truth

November 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

Enjoy yourself JDawg. UGA had a great win. They are obviously very proud. I didn’t think they had it in them. Now go back to the fryer and tend the drive-thru window.

Ric Flair

November 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

I should know…….I have 12 undisputed “World Championships”

headley lamar

November 28th, 2011
1:04 pm

Whatever you do, true Tech fans know that you are taking the program in the right direction and are behind you all the way.

2 – 9 against Va Tech UGA and the bowl game .

Thats the right direction ????

Maybe Next Year

November 28th, 2011
1:04 pm

@The Truth: I can say that I have been to every SEC stadium (other than UF cause we play in Jacksonville) and have never been treated the way I have been treated the worst when at Bobby Dodd. I am not a loud, in your face, talking trash fan, but I wear my Red & Black and enjoy watching the Dawgs win. However, I will never go back to Bobby Dodd to help sell out the stadium. Tech fans are in denial about class (and academics since UGA is still a great school and my degree hangs proudly in my corner office next to the big window I have). Every team has classless fans. Not even Tech is immune to that! So get off your high horse.

J-Dawg

November 28th, 2011
1:04 pm

At least I run the drive thru… hurry up with those fries….coach johnson is waiting….

JDawg

November 28th, 2011
1:06 pm

I just luvs those big ole Cajuns in those LSU uniforms….sweet!!!

headley lamar

November 28th, 2011
1:06 pm

Now go back to the fryer and tend the drive-thru window.

Class. Nothing but class.

A lot of hard working Americans work in the food industry. They do so for little pay and few if any benefits.But I guess they aren’t really people since they don’t have a degree from Tech.

WreckIt

November 28th, 2011
1:06 pm

Great game Bulldogs. I’m actually having a hard time deciding whether to root for you or not in the SECCG. It sure would be interesting to have you throw that monkey wrench into the BCS. If you withhold blind pro-SEC arguments and examine the following fact you’ll see what I mean: The “Nat Champ Game” could be played between two teams in the same conference, that didn’t win their conference. That doesn’t pass the sniff test any in the least bit.

Back to the game. We tried to pass the ball too much. We didn’t cover the receivers. Correct those two problems and the game gets close enough that Special Teams could have mattered.

Ric Flair

November 28th, 2011
1:07 pm

Easy Dawg fans. Its gotta be hard sitting at home knowing big brother will be playing the nations #1 team in your back yard for a championship.

JDawg

November 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

headley….the fries are burnin.

agt45

November 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

I think a lot of GT’s fans would love to go to the Music City bowl. I don’t care if it is a less prestigious bowl, it’s a great city.

GaTekDropout

November 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

Tech has nowhere near the size of selection of recruiting that Ga has. The so called rivalry is non-existent, and it is not going to get any better. ACC is strong in B-ball, F-ball, not so much. I cant believe all of the arguments and fuss over something that is really nothing. I love Ga Tech and losing to GA ten out of every eleven years will never change that.

Maybe Next Year

November 28th, 2011
1:09 pm

@The Truth:

“Enjoy yourself JDawg. UGA had a great win. They are obviously very proud. I didn’t think they had it in them. Now go back to the fryer and tend the drive-thru window.”

Classy sir!

Ric Flair

November 28th, 2011
1:09 pm

I thought “The Truth” was the fry guy!