Hokies drop Georgia Tech in overtime




BLACKSBURG, Va. – Georgia Tech’s season opener Monday night dredged up two of the most painful memories of the 2011 season.

Late-game shortcomings and overtime loss. The combination produced a 20-17 overtime loss to Virginia Tech. It’s the Yellow Jackets’ second consecutive overtime loss, following the Sun Bowl defeat to Utah in December. That game was also sent to overtime by late scores by the opposition.

“I thought we got the momentum late,” coach Paul Johnson said. “To their credit, they came back and took it back. They did what they had to do to put the game into overtime and then won in overtime. Kind of gift-wrapped it for ‘em in overtime a little bit.”

Monday night, before a national-television audience, Virginia Tech game won in the first overtime round with a 17-yard field goal by kicker Cody Journell. It followed the Jackets’ opening possession of overtime, when quarterback Tevin Washington threw an interception by throwing a risky pass on third-and-6 from the Hokies’ 10-yard line as he was being tackled to the ground.

“I was trying to throw the ball away,” Washington said.

It was an unfortunate end for Washington, who led Tech on a breathtaking 72-yard touchdown drive on its final possession of regulation that included a 19-yard pass to convert a fourth down. He swung a 10-yard pass to A-back Deon Hill for a score that put the Jackets up 17-14 with 44 seconds remaining.

“He made some great plays on the last drive in regulation,” Johnson said.

It called to mind Georgia Tech’s final drive of the 2010 loss to the Hokies at Lane Stadium, when Washington replaced starter Joshua Nesbitt after he broke his arm. In that game, Washington drove the Jackets to the Hokies’ 16-yard line before throwing an interception into the end zone with seconds to play. At that point, it seemed that Washington might gain his redemption and he was atypically exuberant after the touchdown pass.

Said Hill, “They were playing a little man (coverage) and we were running a little pick route to get one of us open on both sides on the crosses, so Tevin found me and we were able to score good blocking up front and everybody did their job.”

However, after Hill’s go-ahead touchdown, Tech surrendered 51 yards in the final 44 seconds, resulting in a 41-yard field goal by Journell as regulation time expired.

“We missed a couple tackles, and they did what they had to do,” Johnson said.

Said Hill, “There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to win (after the touchdown), but things happen, I guess. We counted our chickens too early.”

The final Hokies score in regulation bore unpleasant familiarity. In 2011, when Georgia Tech lost five of its last seven games, the Jackets were outscored 54-17 in the fourth quarter and overtime of those games.

Regarding its ACC title-game aspirations, the loss places the Jackets in straits that, if not dire, are hardly enviable. Barring the unlikelihood of three Coastal Division teams finishing 7-1 in league play, Georgia Tech’s best chance is to run the table to finish 7-1 and then hope the Hokies lose twice in their final seven games.

“There’s absolutely nothing we can do but play football,” defensive end Izaan Cross said. “That’s what we’re going to do. We have plenty of games left. Maybe something will happen, maybe Virginia Tech will get caught slipping. You never know what happens. We’ve just got to continue playing our best and see what happens.”

Johnson fell to 1-4 against the Hokies. The four losses have been by a combined 24 points. The Jackets have lost three in a row in Blacksburg and five of the past six overall to Virginia Tech.

“We really struggled to start the game,” Johnson said. “We missed some reads. We were like popcorn. We settled down a little bit, but to their credit, they did a good job of never letting us get in much rhythm.”

The game did not start well, as the Hokies flipped the field on the opening possession, forced a three-and-out on Georgia Tech’s first series, then went 56 yards in 12 plays for the game’s opening touchdown with little resistance. Quarterback Logan Thomas, who had terrorized the Jackets in the Virginia Tech win last November, converted two third downs on the drive and then flipped a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Martin.

Georgia Tech tied the game at 7 after receiving a giant special-teams break from the Hokies, a mishandled punt snap that gave the Jackets the ball at the Hokies 24-yard line. A-back Robbie Godhigh capitalized, breaking three tackles to score off a toss on a 12-yard scoring run. It was the first career touchdown and just the third career carry for the former walk-on who earned a starting job in preseason camp.

Defensive coordinator Al Groh’s unit began to stiffen thereafter, not permitting the Hokies into the Georgia Tech red zone over the next seven possessions.

The trouble for the Jackets was that the offense was having similar, if not greater, difficulty against the stout Hokies defense. Virginia Tech finished 2011 with top-10 results in both yards and points allowed and welcomed nine starters back, eight of whom were on the field Monday night.

The Jackets took a 10-7 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter after sustaining a plodding drive for 56 yards on 15 plays. David Scully’s 34-yard field goal, the first of his career, finished the drive.

Virginia Tech responded with its own 56-yard drive, but it ended with a 38-yard field goal miss by Journell. The Hokies put together a touchdown drive – three plays, 75 yards – followed one possession later for a 14-10 lead.

197 comments Add your comment

WnE

September 4th, 2012
2:53 am

to UOAD

BTW…………………………………, you do realize that YOU come across as the BIGGEST P\/$$Y is all of mankind, as soon as GT LOSES, you start with the “Academics excuses” and start trying to re-direct the topic away from CFB to academics.

You sir are a WUSS, and an embarrassment to GT FB!

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
2:58 am

WnE STFU…………you are the chicken.
Man Up
Show Up
or
Shut Up

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
3:06 am

WnE go watch the replay right now on ESPN and make your self feel smart.

The post for the link to the new NCAA rules was for the other blog but I copied it to this blog by mistake. Not that I owe you a damn thing or explanation.

I bet you hate and cuss your own mother for birthing such a self loathing worthless human as yourself.

75tranzam

September 4th, 2012
5:25 am

Stay classy 5150 UOAD…always funny to see a guy who gets owned on his own argument resort to name calling and personal attacks.

Charleston Jacket

September 4th, 2012
5:30 am

Tough loss. Overall D looks much improved. Disappointed in giving up points with 44 seconds left, Offensive looked dull. Very little pop and TW has no fire in the belly. Are our back ups that bad?
Ken – you may be right about TW being entrenched as the leader – but he is not a very good one. . Several people have said it already, but TW does remind me of RB – no consistency.
I have been a fan of CPJ, but don’t get the play calling – very little passing attack and repeatdly going up the middle is a head scratcher. Also PJ does struggle against quality opponets.

THWG

Tech is a joke

September 4th, 2012
5:45 am

Almost won little Techies. So sad!!!

@5150
I thought your “pal” Supersize was an idiot but you take the cake.
Reading your posts, you think you know it all and you a like a child. What a loser just like your sorry football team. What a chump!!

Woofy One

September 4th, 2012
6:16 am

It is early in the season. Move on to the next game.

Pulpwood Smith

September 4th, 2012
6:32 am

Hey the Jackets can’t beat any good teams but AT LEAST THEY’RE SMART!

Maybe you should try a spelling bee instead of a football game…..

bradcarter01@gmail.com

September 4th, 2012
6:41 am

You idiot Tech fans need a REAL coach. Your never going to win with a high school offense that everyone has figured out. You can’t win a game, even in the pathetic ACC, with 96 yards of passing. On top of that, why would any 4 or 5 star athlete come to your campushood and get robbed and raped?

christophorm

September 4th, 2012
6:41 am

after the bogus personal foul against GT for hiting the reciever as he was trying to catch the football in the 4th Qt… I turned off the game..knew GT was doomed.

Big Al

September 4th, 2012
6:42 am

When are you Tech fans going to realize that Paul Johnson and is offense is a joke? Everybody has it figured out, but he keeps on collecting a big check to run it. I don’t think he knows how to run anything else.

Marine Jacket

September 4th, 2012
6:53 am

How many posts can uga fans make posing as Tech fans???

Go Jackets!!!

lewisbuzzard

September 4th, 2012
7:04 am

My observations FWIW. Tech looks improved on D. This may be the result of VT inexperience on offense. We did contain Logan Thomas better tonight. Our new WR’s did lot look good running their routes or blocking on the edge, for that matter neither did our A and B backs. You can throw in our experience O-line for that matter. Tevin did a poor job of executing the option tonight, kept it in the B-backs hands too many time on the mesh. Perkins again big time disappointment. Lasky and Sims looked much better on the dive plays. CPJ didn’t dispell the myth about teams having extra time to prepare so we will continue to hear this until proven otherwise. Coach Johnson when we have a QB that is struggling it doesn’t hurt to sit him a few series to change the momentum. That is one of the reasons Gailey Gump couldn’t keep his job, he didn’t have the nerve to pull the trigger and sit that punk QB Reggie Ball. PJ you better get on the stick or you may find you backside firmly planted on the hotseat.

Mark in ATL

September 4th, 2012
7:07 am

This QB is the second coming of Reggie Ball…..does just enough to make you like him and but in the end does enough dumb plays to lose the game

different year same result

September 4th, 2012
7:24 am

you have to be an idiot not to see a pattern emerging here, get a lead late and our defensive coordinator starts making bone head decisions (hey let’s play press coverage/man coverage on 4th and 15 against Utah) and then last night. Paul has had his opportunity, we can’t win the big games, this is just like Gailey, win 7 games, lose the bowl game, etc, etc, etc. We look so lost in overtime games as well, its coaching and we don’t have it. Facts don’t lie.

uafuneman

September 4th, 2012
7:56 am

When CPJ first arrived at Tech I remember everyone saying they couldn’t wait until he got his players. Couldn’t wait until he opened up the playbook. Well here we are year five in it’s obvious Gailey’s players were better and weve seen all the playbook. That being said this loss was BAD. How do you give up the lead with 44 seconds left. Anyone really think GT had a chance once it went to OT.Didn’t think so.

DIT

September 4th, 2012
8:03 am

Tough loss Jackets. Don’t get too down on your team. This game will be your only ACC loss of the year. You will have only 2 losses going into the ACC CG. This Dawg will be rooting hard for the Wramblin Wreck to stomp FSU!! Yes, that means you will beat ClemPson again this year. Sorry, I have to pull for my Dawgs, but at years end you will see that y’all will have a very good team. Blacksburg is a tough place to play at and ya’ll almost pulled it off.

CC

September 4th, 2012
8:05 am

Fish Fry sucks!

Reality Stinks

September 4th, 2012
8:08 am

Hey Tech Fans

Coach Johnson has another fish fry scheduled

by the way

My favorite comment from Coach Johnson is no one has stopped my offense

blahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Veteran Fan

September 4th, 2012
8:22 am

Best game of the opening weekend! Very proud of the team and coaching staff! Missed a couple of tackles and Tevin made a mistake, it happens. Should run the table and beat every team on the schedule left if they play like they did in this game! Played toughest team on the schedule tonight,and team looked great! Look forward to matching our team against Uga’s offensive and defensive lines! Go Jackets!

Same Old Tech

September 4th, 2012
8:23 am

Great start to the college football season. Dawgs win and Tech loses. As a long time UGA fan, I want to recommend a lifetime contract for PJohnson. As long as the Techies insist on running that high school offense, the Dawgs will continue to dominate.

GT Buck

September 4th, 2012
8:24 am

Bottom line. Recruiting. We will never win with Clemson, VT, Florida State and Miami always having better recruiting than us. The Georgia BOR has made GT into a weakling (by limiting GT academic options) while the 4 and 5 Stars that do not go to UGA , go to SEC teams that beat Georgia. Did the BOR strategy backfire/ A strong GT football is good for UGA too.

Max

September 4th, 2012
8:28 am

WnE trolled HARD last night! Took shots at everyone from CPJ to Sean Bedford! Good work for a dude that clearly has no life. Why clog up these boards like that? If you want to be famous, use your real name and email.

yellow britches

September 4th, 2012
8:29 am

Clemson has playmakers. Virginia Tech has playmakers on both sides of the ball. You know what I am talking about, i.e. guys who can take over a game when it counts. Bust a big play or stuff one. You look at GT and you have to ask yourself, where are our difference makers? The last time we one a big game was against Clemson in Tampa and the NCAA says it never happened. I feel sick.

To Tell the Truth

September 4th, 2012
8:29 am

Hang in there Tech!

GT is a 4th rate High School Team

September 4th, 2012
8:44 am

Nothing new. At least GTHS can dream of winning 9-10 more games. LOL

OkieDawg

September 4th, 2012
8:53 am

Per CPJ “We missed some reads. We were like popcorn.”

What does that mean?

William Casey

September 4th, 2012
8:54 am

OK– For those of you who were never paid to coach a football game (yeah, I know that it was only HS), here is some perspective:

1. There are no moral victories in football but only a fool doesn’t learn from losses, especially bitter ones.
2. GT went into a hostile environment (any of you guys ever take a team on the road?) and had the lead at the 59:16 mark against a good (but not great), well coached VT team. A great QB beat us. What’s the score if Logan Thomas plays for GT?
3. Tevin Washington is not the second coming of Reggie Ball but he’s not the second coming of Joe Hamilton either. He made clutch plays to get the Jackets that 17-14 lead. He simply lacks that over-the-top athletic ability. He plays because he runs the offense the way the coach wants it run.
4. GT’s line of scrimmage held its own on both sides of the ball until the very end. Depth remains an issue. It’s been an issue for most of the 52 years I’ve followed GT football.
5. CPJ is willing to change. He hired a good coach to be in charge of special teams. It showed in a lot of little ways.
6. CPJ implemented the “Pistol” to give GT a better chance in “we’re trailing by four with 4 minutes to play” situations. It worked against a very good, very deep defense. Change.
7. WnE is a neurotic obsessed with the past so he doesn’t count. For real GT fans who are frustrated, let’s look at what actually happens and go from there.

CPBEE

September 4th, 2012
8:57 am

GA.TECH football has stooped to a new low wearing those candy ass uniforms on national television.I hope we never see that trash at Bobby Dodd Stadium.I had rather we spend more time working on blocking and tackling than trying to look cool.It seems like being cool is more important these days.If you rely on the run to get you through games like this one you will lose for sure.If we make it to overtime its over alright,quickly.The interception was a killer but the real killer may be this lateral ball offense he runs.I hope this thing works out for all TECH people but this is getting harder to watch.Go Jackets.

billyBobjacket

September 4th, 2012
8:57 am

Close game, could have gone either way, so let’s not read too much into it. For the gloom and doom crowd: we played a highly ranked team on the road pretty much even, Tevin led a clutch drive that SHOULD have won the game, and we still had a really good chance to win at the end. For the overly optimistic crowd: VaTech is probably over-rated, they traditionally suck in openers, they gift-wrapped our first touchdown, and their QB could not have thrown the ball worse. So, we are not “all that” because the game was close, and the season is not over just because we lost a division game. VaTech could easily lose two games, and our remaining conference schedule is not exactly daunting, so there is still much to play for…just less margin for error.

William Casey

September 4th, 2012
8:59 am

ONE LAST THING: People who speak of “high school offenses” have “pee wee football” brains. There is no such thing.

Freddie Blassie

September 4th, 2012
9:02 am

Atl sports fan, “Aren’t you special!” What a puke you are, baton twirler!

billyBobjacket

September 4th, 2012
9:05 am

William Casey: I agree with most of your post, but this comment actually jolted me a bit: “Tevin Washington is not the second coming of Reggie Ball”. I had never really thought about it, but maybe he IS the second coming of Reggie Ball…flashes of brilliance, sometimes even sustained high level play, and then a dagger through the heart “what were you thinking” kind of play when the game is on the line. I seem to recall Reggie snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with an “I was throwing the ball away” moment late in a game against a hated rival…

North Ave Killer Beez

September 4th, 2012
9:13 am

CPJ pull you head out of your @ss. I wonder how long spurrier would have stuck with Tevin? Make a damn adjustment or give someone else a try. Stubborn old mule, maybe it’s time. Anyone blaming this game on the D is nutz, they played their buts off to even keep us close.

Moving Forward

September 4th, 2012
9:14 am

Great comments by William Casey and Billybobjacket.

And I think too many Tech fans (and just fans in general) confuse ‘Moral Victories’ with the simple fact that you HAVE to move on. No one’s happy with a loss, but you pick yourself up and get better. I would hate to play for or with WNE. He/she seems lacking in composure.

Both of these teams have a lot of football left to play. Go Jackets!

billyBobjacket

September 4th, 2012
9:23 am

Look at what happened right next door just last year…UGA lost an over-hyped nationally televised opener against an over-rated opponent, and followed that with a loss against a conference division foe, but then took advantage of a relatively soft schedule to run the table all the way to the SECCG. No reason Tech can’t do the same, as VaTech certainly looks like it has enough flaws to lose a couple along the way.

juvenal

September 4th, 2012
9:24 am

Ken, told you & Doug before, needed another passing formation…pistol almost pulled it out…needed one more DB…

WnE

September 4th, 2012
9:27 am

WnE

September 4th, 2012
9:28 am

The filters are really amped up this morning.

No profanity and still can’t get through

yep

September 4th, 2012
9:28 am

what’s with the honeycomb uniforms? yellow jackets don’t make honey.

WnE

September 4th, 2012
9:29 am

Trying to find the one word that is hanging up your post is like finding a needle in a haystack.

GTBEE

September 4th, 2012
9:43 am

The pain of being a GT fan…only Vanderbilt could come close.

The offense was as sad as last year and the play calling just as sad.

Hats off to the defense for their endurance and fortitude.

Going to be tough to sell season tickets with this loss and the pathetic home schedule coming up.

Somehow in the back of your mind, you just know that they will find a way to lose even when there are only 44 ticks left on the clock.

My disappointment in CPJ and the offense couldn’t get much worse…..kinda breaks your spirit knowing that you can’t move downfield in nice large chunks like VA Tech did to us last night.

I passed on the season tickets this year, first time since the 1989 season.

George Godsey is an up and coming young coach with New England. It would be nice to see him in the near future as a quarterback coach possibly under a Ken Whisenhunt coached team.

Ed

September 4th, 2012
9:46 am

Tech’s Russian Roulette Offense is to painful to watch more than once!!!

Scrod

September 4th, 2012
9:47 am

I said this last year and I’ll say it again: any team with a decent passing attack is going to isolate Sweeting and pick us apart. He gives too much cushion and gets beat every time.

GTGuy44

September 4th, 2012
9:49 am

Those have to be the ugliest and worst uniforms I have ever seen Tech wear. We are not Oregon who has their uniform of the week. We need to stick with our Gold Helmets and either Gold Pants and White Jerseys or White Pants with Gold Jerseys. The defense looks much better and they played pretty darn well. Our running backs do not compare to Dwyer or Allen (Gailey’s recruits). Johnson has not done a good job of recruiting running backs and quarterbacks. We have to replace Washington. He is a lousy passer. I cannot believe that Lee cannot do better. Also, Days must be on the field as either an A or B back. He is a better runner than any A or B back we have. Groh has done a remarkable job of improving our defense particularly against the run.

WnE

September 4th, 2012
9:50 am

Maybe CPJ should have called a timeout after Tevin got rocked by the VT safety when he ran that option on 1st down in OT?

2 plays later he made that bad pass when maybe he had some cobwebs in his head?

dawgfan

September 4th, 2012
9:52 am

Cue the academic excuses. Cue the moral victory talk. Cue all the tough talk about how you’re going to turn it around and beat UGA.

Same BS every year out of you clowns. Its like a broken record.

“UGA lost an over-hyped nationally televised opener against an over-rated opponent”

LOL. That’s some mighty tough talk about Boise Techie. So says the guy whose team couldn’t even beat 8-5 UTAH in a bowl game last year.

There isn’t a fan base on earth with bigger mouths and absolutely NOTHING to back it up than Georgia Tech football fans. What an absolute joke these clowns are. Its unbelievable.

billyBobjacket

September 4th, 2012
9:56 am

GTBEE…not necessarily endorsing all of your past, but agree 100% with “The pain of being a GT fan…only Vanderbilt could come close.” Poor Vandy, just about any other team in the SEC would have gotten that blatant pass interference call that likely would have won the game against South Carolina. The SEC and TV network brass did NOT want to see one of their division favorites and marquee coaches get embarrassed on national TV by lowly Vanderbilt, thus the unconscionable no-call. (Reminded me of the panic that was likely ensuing in the NBC suite when it looked like Canada was going to knock the US women out of the Olympic soccer finals…they were looking at millions in ad revenue losses with a Canada vs Japan final, so a few ell timed and placed phone calls made sure the on-field referees got the word that it was time to tilt the field a little…OK, maybe a LOT, to make sure the US won and moved on.)

damngoodawg

September 4th, 2012
10:01 am

Big diff between Tech and Vandy. Vandy people don’t WHIIIIIIINNNNNE about their status because they truly are an academic school WITH student athletes. And they will fight you to the bitter end. Year in and year out Vandy would whip Tech’s butt 8 out of 10 years. As Vito Corleone once famously said, “ACT LIKE A MAN”!

billyBobjacket

September 4th, 2012
10:02 am

dawgfan: you dumb $#!+, I was actually giving UGA some credit for turning around what looked like a lost season…