Archive for November, 2011

UGA-Georgia Tech kickoff set for noon

ESPN gave the Georgia-Georgia Tech game a noon kickoff on Nov. 26. The game will be televised either by ABC or ESPN.

The other ACC games and kickoff times.

Friday, Nov. 25

Boston College at Miami, ABC, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Maryland at NC State, ACC Network#, 12:30 pm

Virginia Tech at Virginia, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2*, 3:30 pm

Duke at North Carolina, RSN#, 3:30 pm

Vanderbilt at Wake Forest, ESPNU, 3:30 pm

Florida State at Florida, ESPN2, 7 pm

Clemson at South Carolina, ESPN, 7:45 pm

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Georgia Tech stays in coaches poll

Despite losing to Virginia Tech Thursday night, Georgia Tech remained in the USA Today coaches poll, dropping to a tie for No. 23.

The Yellow Jackets fell out of the Associated Press writers poll, falling to No. 26. In last week’s poll, Tech was ranked No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll.

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Georgia Tech kickoff set for 12:30 p.m.

ESPN gave the Georgia Tech-Duke game a 12:30 p.m. kickoff time for this Saturday. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.

Other Saturday game times:

Maryland at Wake Forest, RSN#, 3 p.m.

Miami at South Florida, ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.

Clemson at NC State, ABC/ESPN*, 3:30 p.m.

Boston College at Notre Dame, NBC, 4 p.m. (previously announced)

Virginia at Florida State, ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.

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Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech notes


Had some notes to offer up for consumption.

1. Hokies running back David Wilson gained 125 of his 175 yards on five carries. Or in other words, he gained 50 yards on his other 18 carries. I’m not sure if that’s consistent with his production, but, to me, it points to a couple things – Tech actually played pretty decent defense on him a lot of the night, but was inconsistent. There were a number of missed tackles on some of his big gainers. Also, it points to the fact that Wilson is a phenomenal player who will make defenses pay when they screw up.

2. Jeremiah Attaochu snapped at the wrong moment, and to me, that’s the sum of it. I’ve seen some people calling him a thug and worse. I won’t say I know him well, but I think I have been around him enough to know that’s not the case and is more likely quite the opposite. A thug, for starters, wouldn’t have come to a news conference and accepted responsibility for his actions.

I’d say this, too – for fans of any team …

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Video: Virginia Tech 37, Georgia Tech 26

Post-game report with news conference quotes

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Paul Johnson Q&A

Opening statement:

I thought that Virginia Tech played a really good game. We came back there in the second half, took the lead and I thought had some momentum, and we got the big penalty that really kind of changed the game. If you could point to one thing that changed the game, we’re going to be up five, they’re going to be punting from inside their 10- or 12-yard line and we have a chance to get the ball back and instead, they get a first down, go down and score a touchdown, re-take the lead.

It’s disappointing. I thought that Virginia Tech played well and did what they had to do. They kept the ball for the most part. After the first two drives, I think they scored every time they had the ball except for the one time they turned it over, and we couldn’t match it.

Q: How much did the penalty take the wind from your team?

A: It was huge, and you compound it with the fact that then they drive it down and they score. Instead of getting the ball back somewhere around midfield, …

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Virginia Tech 37, Georgia Tech 26


Four quick points.

1. Logan Thomas is a bear. Virginia Tech converted 10 of 16 third downs, a lot of them third-and-long situations, with his arm or on sneaks where he couldn’t be brought down.

2. Jeremiah Attaochu said he had an “overdose of adrenaline” on the third-down play when he sacked Thomas but then got hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty for striking Thomas with a closed fist. He said he was going for the ball and got turned around hanging onto Thomas. A hard-to-explain play, but this is not a dirty player.

“I knew I was going too hard,” he said. “I’m a high-energy player. I was just going so hard. When I made contact with him, I was just mad he wouldn’t go down so I kept trying to hack the ball.”

3. Coach Paul Johnson said he felt like Georgia Tech had to go for it on fourth down on the ensuing drive, even though the Jackets were on their own 31-yard line, down five points and had almost a quarter remaining. His reasoning was that the Hokies were hot …

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5 questions about Virginia Tech


Per usual, a beat writer from Georgia Tech’s opponent has been gracious enough to answer a few questions. This week, it’s Norm Wood from the Newport News Daily Press. You can follow his work here and on Twitter.

1. From what you can gather, where do Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson rank for Virginia Tech fans on the list of rivals?

Considering the role this matchup has played in determining the Coastal Division champ in each of the last seven seasons, including this one, I’d surmise Georgia Tech is right up there on the list of “most despised” for Virginia Tech fans. Virginia Tech holds a 2-1 advantage against Georgia Tech since Paul Johnson took over as the Yellow Jackets coach.

Virginia Tech is in the midst of an ACC-record 11-game winning streak in true road games. Care to guess where the Hokies took their last true road loss? That would be 2009 in Atlanta, when the Yellow Jackets came out on top, 28-23. More fuel to the fire for Virginia Tech …

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Video: Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech preview

My CineSport interview with Brian Clark.

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Catching up with Joshua Nesbitt


Hope you’re well. I’m not sure how it got to be 1:30 p.m., but I can tell you that Joshua Nesbitt predicts a Georgia Tech victory over Virginia Tech. Said the former quarterback and now Buffalo Bills practice squad safety: “Georgia Tech by two touchdowns.”

Some other highlights from the phone interview:

1. Nesbitt said he is doing great, going to work and waiting for his chance to play. As a practice-squad guy, Nesbitt’s main role is to serve on the Bills defensive scout team.

2. He said it’s been hard not being able to play, but he is trying to be patient. This is the first year he’s not played in games since he started playing at the age of seven.

He said he feels like he is improving weekly, with the toughest adjustment being the calls and terminology. He doesn’t get any individual tutoring during the season and gets most of his coaching in drill work. He said when he switched over from quarterback to safety in training camp, it was “like going to a foreign …

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