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

GaTech Student

September 4th, 2012
12:27 am

Tough loss and the uga trolls will be out but there were some good signs in that game and we can manage 8 or 9 wins with our easy schedule

GT Rich

September 4th, 2012
12:27 am

Marietta Buzz

September 4th, 2012
12:34 am

Great game. Great future for Tech.

GT Rich

September 4th, 2012
12:35 am

Ok, two comments. VT still has to play @UNC, @Miami, @Clemson and FSU in Blacksburg. Not an easy road. We can only hope to run the table and end things in a three way tie or have VT drop two of the above. Defense played well, considering three starters were benched for suspensions. 9-3 seems possible.

GWJ

September 4th, 2012
12:37 am

Ugly uniforms and an ugly pass from Reggie Ball ( I mean Washington) to end game. Why does “Miss Doubtfire” always panic with the passes late in games?!?!

WnE

September 4th, 2012
12:38 am

The resume is constantly being written:

1-4 vs. Va. Tech
1-3 vs. Miami
1-3 vs. UGA
0-4 vs. bowl games
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3-14

the bottom line:

3-14 vs. the segment of the schedule that “defines” GT FB to the rest of the CFB universe.

Depending on how you want to look at the Stats, GT under CPJ is 1-12 (or 3-11) vs. top-50 defenses (scoring defense or total defense) over the last 2 seasons + 1 game.

It seems CPJ’s genius offense only works on very weak teams.

Marietta Buzz

September 4th, 2012
12:40 am

Great defense, new pistol offense, special teams were special. Now CPJ can recruit anyone, as long as they want an education, too.

Old Blind Dawg

September 4th, 2012
12:43 am

Tough loss for sure……………..

Neither team looked particularly sharp.

The talking head pundits say the most improvement occurs between the first and second game – GT still has a lot of football left to play.

GT Realist

September 4th, 2012
12:43 am

cpj is only effective against lower level teams. He can’t coach a real sophisticated offense. Can’t blame Groh for this one. I wish Groh was the head coach! Which player is cpj gonna blame this week. He needs to b held accountable for his poor play calling. How many times does running the B back in the teeth of the defense really get the job done???

Biff Pocoroba

September 4th, 2012
12:44 am

CPJ is going to stick with Tevin until he is fired just like Chan did with Reggie. We need a good young coach that is willing to learn and adjust instead of hiring these old, hard headed coaches who want to run the same five plays over and over and try and prove that they will work with a mediocre rag armed QB.

Rell

September 4th, 2012
12:45 am

I co-sign WnE……………..

CPJ is considered a genius for some reason but cant beat a decent team……

Rmblg Wreck

September 4th, 2012
12:46 am

Quit making excuses. Paul Johnson has tried and failed.

Either that or can’t recruit because Tevin as the starting QB is bs.

If all the QB’s behind Tevin’s non playing ass can’t play GT is in real trouble and Johnson won’t make it past this year.

buddyroe

September 4th, 2012
12:50 am

Here is the most disappointing part of that game. Before scored the TD with 44 seconds to go, we only had 3 plays left (at most) and had 3 time outs. If we had taken the clock down to 3 seconds on the TD play, there would have still been ~32 seconds left. If we don’t make it though, call timeout with about 18 seconds left and run the 3rdth down play. And if we still didn’t make it, call timeout with 5 seconds to go. Those 12 seconds were the difference in the game.

I guess CPJ needs to hire a clock mgmt coach to help him at the end of the game or half. He obviously can’t run the offense and use common sense with the clock at the same time. We didn’t need to save any time, so WHY snap the ball at 15 seconds?

I can count

September 4th, 2012
12:56 am

but evidently CPJ can’t.

What a terrible way to start a season.

Who’s he gonna blame?

WnE may be the only GT fan that gets it. Time for a change if you guys want to be a force in major college football.

Russo

September 4th, 2012
12:57 am

You guys can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory like no other team. Pathetic loss.

Moving Forward

September 4th, 2012
12:59 am

Tevin played well tonight and gave us a chance to win. I’m not a huge Tevin fan, but Synjyn wasn’t the answer last year and I doubt he or Vad are this year either. This team can win 9 or 10 with Tevin if he manages things like he did tonight, although his last offensive play makes me cringe. Throw in Holton and Young who no doubt could’ve helped on that last hokie drive in regulation as well. But, CPJ definitely needs a 9 or 10 win season and a couple big wins or I might start agreeing with WNE. This year is very important for him.

New uniforms and new special teams looked great. The pistol looks like it could use some more work, but it did give us a couple big plays.

Go Jackets

Moving Forward

September 4th, 2012
1:02 am

WNE conveniently left out CPJ’s record against Clemson btw.

L Column

September 4th, 2012
1:03 am

He can’t coach and he can’t win the big game. Quit living in denial.

L Column

September 4th, 2012
1:05 am

coach = recruit

Defense wins championships

September 4th, 2012
1:08 am

Same ole story. Can stop em when it counts.

Defense wins championships

September 4th, 2012
1:11 am

You also have a lot to worry about when your Sr. Quarterback and team leader makes that kind of mistake at that time. Game managers can’t afford it, playmakers can make up for their mistakes.

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
1:14 am

POAD & UOFTF(fake Tech fans).

To you complaining TECH Fans
Don’t bring me a Problem without a Soultion
CPJ sucks then offer me s Solution or STFU.

So if Tech doesn’t have a few bad plays in the last 44 seconds would you all still be bi.ching and crying like lil girls to fire CPJ? Hell NO you wouldn’t be…………Well except for The Football Genius WnE the chicken to afraid to come out from behind his computer.

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
1:16 am

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8236949/ncaa-increases-minimum-eligibility-standards-division-student-athletes

Coaches and Players crying about new Academic Requirements. No more SPECIAL ADMITS so what will the SEC teams like Bama and UGA and LSU do to find players?

WnE

September 4th, 2012
1:16 am

Moving Forward
September 4th, 2012
1:02 am

WNE conveniently left out CPJ’s record against Clemson btw.
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Even if I did omit Clemson, should CPJ ever be 3-14 vs. ANY FOUR GAMES ON GT’s SCHEDULE?

Because of the National perception of those 4 teams/games, I chose them as a measuring stick for GT FB.

Do you really want to use Clemson as a measuring stick for GT FB the way they have been blown out by USCe recently and the way they gave up SEVENTY in their bowl game?

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
1:19 am

Ray Beno
Thank you everyone for all your support. It truly means a lot to me and my teammates. It was a tough loss tonight but the best thing about it is that it was the first game and there are 11 more left. Next up Presbyterian

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
1:21 am

Jabari Hunt-Days
God’s battle, not ours! Time for war with my team! #GTFB

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
1:22 am

Sean Bedford
Very proud of my former teammates’ effort tonight,
especially the marathon men on defense. Way to fight til you couldn’t fight no more.

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
1:24 am

Daniel Drummond
Okay so let’s clear something up. No I will not be playing tomorrow. I am suspended for the first game and for the first half of the second. The situation is unfortunate but people need to understand that it has been a huge blessing in disguise. The places I went and the people I met resulting from the incident have changed my life forever for the better. This incident has educated me further and has saved me from far worse potential things. Don’t worry though this is only a speed bump for me…you will see me on that field again very very soon. Sometimes getting broken down can just push u to go even harder. True strength doesn’t come from lifting weights… it comes from picking yourself up every time you fall.. and I will come back stronger than ever

ATL Sports Fan

September 4th, 2012
1:27 am

As a UGA grad and former lettermen, who played in and was on the winning side of 4 UGA/GT games. Where in the heck is Vad Lee? I thought this kid was the next great thing at Tech and can not even crack the two deep at QB. Is PJ that hard headed or has Vad not lived up to what most on these blogs have typed?

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
1:28 am

Vad Lee
I signed up for this?

WnE

September 4th, 2012
1:29 am

re:
5150 UOAD
September 4th, 2012
1:14 am

POAD & UOFTF(fake Tech fans).

To you complaining TECH Fans
Don’t bring me a Problem without a Soultion
CPJ sucks then offer me s Solution or STFU.

So if Tech doesn’t have a few bad plays in the last 44 seconds would you all still be bi.ching and crying like lil girls to fire CPJ? Hell NO you wouldn’t be…………Well except for The Football Genius WnE the chicken to afraid to come out from behind his comput
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The real problem is that GT fans like you don’t think that there is a problem to start with.

That kind of apathy is why we are 1-10 vs. UGA since CMR has been there.

GT fans like you look at our record vs. the “big-4″ (3-14) and then say, “so what we beat Clemson back on such & such a day”……. or “what about our record vs, UNC”.

You are the problem with GT FB because you think that CPJ is the best that we can do!

WnE

September 4th, 2012
1:34 am

re:
ATL Sports Fan
September 4th, 2012
1:27 am

As a UGA grad and former lettermen, who played in and was on the winning side of 4 UGA/GT games. Where in the heck is Vad Lee? I thought this kid was the next great thing at Tech and can not even crack the two deep at QB. Is PJ that hard headed or has Vad not lived up to what most on these blogs have typed?
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The truth about Vad Lee:

He was Recruited as a QB, by only GT, Vandy, Minnesota, and NC State came on late and changed their offer to QB when they were scared of losing him, but they initially recruited Vad Lee as a QB.

A lot of GT Fans don’t know a lot about CFB, so to them Vad Lee is supposed another RG-III or Geno Smith (W.Va.), when the truth is, Vad Lee was never a can’t miss guy at QB to start with.

For crissakes, he can’t beat out Tevin, and Synjyn Days, that has worse throwing mechanics than does Tevin.

WnE

September 4th, 2012
1:34 am

but they initially recruited Vad Lee as a WR, NC State that is

ATL Sports Fan

September 4th, 2012
1:40 am

Well Tech fans I guess you can always watch your best QB in April at the spring game. If he cant beat out Washington and Days, then he is not that great.

WnE

September 4th, 2012
1:43 am

re:
5150 UOAD
September 4th, 2012
1:24 am

Daniel Drummond
Okay so let’s clear something up. No I will not be playing tomorrow. I am suspended for the first game and for the first half of the second. The situation is unfortunate but people need to understand that it has been a huge blessing in disguise. The places I went and the people I met resulting from the incident have changed my life forever for the better. This incident has educated me further and has saved me from far worse potential things. Don’t worry though this is only a speed bump for me…you will see me on that field again very very soon. Sometimes getting broken down can just push u to go even harder. True strength doesn’t come from lifting weights… it comes from picking yourself up every time you fall.. and I will come back stronger than ever
_________________

Sorry to tell Mr. Drummond (aka Lattimer), but the way that Jabari played tonight, you won’t be playing for a looooong time and it won’t be for boating under the influence and putting people’s LIVES at risk!

BTW, when you say you’re coming back stronger, is that with or without $+er0!ds?

230gr Full Metal Jacket

September 4th, 2012
1:45 am

Overall, i was impressed by how the defense played (except in overtime) — they look to be much improved over last year. The same can be said for the special teams (except we need a good punter)The offense looked sluggish, and I have to wonder why they just kept running the same B-back dive over and over when it clearly wasn’t working at all. I was having flashbacks of Reggie Ball watching the OT fiasco. A senior shouldn’t make that sort of mistake. It concerns me greatly if TW is the best we have at QB.

On the bright side, that was the toughest opponent we will face in the regular season, so as long as there is incremental improvement each week we should be fine and end up with 9+ wins. But it won’t happen unless we find a B-back and stick with him , and find a passing game (which we saw flashes of tonight). Kudos to the defense for keeping us in there when the offense couldn’t get anything going.

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
1:47 am

September 4th, 2012
1:04 am

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8236949/ncaa-increases-minimum-eligibility-standards-division-student-athletes

Coaches and Players crying about new Academic Requirements. No more SPECIAL ADMITS so what will the SEC teams like Bama and UGA and LSU do to find players?

Long Beach Jacket

September 4th, 2012
1:49 am

It’s football folks… two good teams… One gets the W. One the L.

Great effort by the Jackets. Don’t overanalyze it. VT made one or two more plays to win.

Long season. 11 more to go. Rest assured. GT will win it’s share.

GO JACKETS!!!!

WnE

September 4th, 2012
1:52 am

re:
5150 UOAD
September 4th, 2012
1:22 am

Sean Bedford
Very proud of my former teammates’ effort tonight,
especially the marathon men on defense. Way to fight til you couldn’t fight no more.
___________________

Enjoy Law School, Mr. Bedofrd, I hope you graduate and go on to accomplish your personal dreams, but what you said above is for LOSERS!

Moral victories is what LOSERS rely on to justify their pathetic lives.

This is one reason you never gave the NFL a try, there’s no room for moral victories in that “real league”.

Once you become a Lawyer (I know you will, you’re a smart guy), you’re going to run into a real life version of Harvey Specter, a mean, cutthroat, win-at-any-costs-SOB, and when you do he’s gonna kick your @$$.

Learn how to WIN Mr. Bedford,and don’t poison our FB Team with your it’s OK you tried hard, moral-victory crap.

We’re five year into this CPJ experiment, moral victories should have been used up by now!

Moving Forward

September 4th, 2012
1:57 am

WNE, You skewed the facts to make your point a little stronger. Everyone has seen that trick before. The Clemson game means a lot to Tech fans and it should, our record against them means more than their record against USC. But you are right, CPJ hasn’t been great in big games, and at times has been pretty bad.

But,Tech fans are overreacting right now. That loss was awfully hard to swallow, but a lot less discouraging than a 34-10 beating. We fought hard, made some clutch plays against a good team and unfortunately came up short. A loss is a loss and never easy to take and I’m certainly not denying that, but I think this Tech team will respond.

Rmblg Wreck

September 4th, 2012
1:59 am

GT may win their share, but with Paul Johnson, I am the best ever and will beat you with yours this will never work.

He should have played Lee. Gave him a chance. What we saw from Tevin was BS.

Thankfully he will be gone after this year.

If do right, no can defense

September 4th, 2012
2:02 am

5 Top Reasons for our loss today:

1. Bad blocking by our B-Backs: The iso/QB follow play flopped because neither Laskey nor Sims blocked properly. Missing Anthony Allen sorely.

2. Horrible WRs: No catches for any WRs this game, so our WR roster remains reception-less going into Presbyterian. Didn’t get open, didn’t block all that well, were caught sleeping a few times.

3. Complacency: This is what cost us the Sun Bowl last year, and it cost us again here. How the hell do you give up 50+ yards in 40 seconds is beyond me.

4. Bad decisions by Washington: The VT DL was stuffing the dive most of the time, so there’s not much more he could have done. Instead, he should have passed MUCH more, especially since their CBs were cheating up to the line of scrimmage. Except that we don’t have any WRs to throw to.

A few positives:
1. Overall terrific performance by the defense
2. No special teams blunders
3. O-line held their own against a good D-line

Oh yeah, where was Synjyn? All that talk of getting him playing time, I didn’t see him at all except for the one snap after Tevin’s helmet came off.

WnE

September 4th, 2012
2:06 am

re:
5150 UOAD
September 4th, 2012
1:47 am

September 4th, 2012
1:04 am

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8236949/ncaa-increases-minimum-eligibility-standards-division-student-athletes

Coaches and Players crying about new Academic Requirements. No more SPECIAL ADMITS so what will the SEC teams like Bama and UGA and LSU do to find players?
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You sure are dumb aren’t you?

This rule only hurts GT!

3* guys that do have the Academics will be “more valuable” than ever and now they will be used to fill out Recruiting classes for the 4* & 5* guys that don’t qualify.

When that happens, the 3* guys that used to choose GT will instead choose, Bama, Florida, LSU, Texas etc. and take a chance at being treated “like gods” in those programs, meanwhile those that don’t qualify will go to JUCO’s and find a way to “game the system” and Graduate from JUCO in 1.5 yrs. and still have 3 years to play at whatever “factory” wanted them before.

Estimates show that maybe 35.2 percent of those that qualified in 2009 would qualify under the new guidelines, your flaw in reasoning is that the MAJORITY of the 35.2% that would not qualify are 4* & 5* Recruits.

Non-qualification among Recruits is divided proportionately among the various star levels, but GT fans erroneously think that “all the 4* & 5* guys are idiots & criminals”, when the facts show that just as many of the lower ranked guys screw up also, but they do it out of the spotlight at lower-tier D1-A or D1-AA schools.

Sorry pal, but the new rule won’t help GT at all, it only means that Meyer at Ohio State & Saban at Bama will now be looking at more of the 3* guys that GT used to have good shot of landing.

And they will get them, 18 y/o males want to be treated like “gods”, something GT doesn’t understand how to do.

WnE

September 4th, 2012
2:07 am

35.2 percent would NOT qualify under the new rules, 64.8% WILL qualify under the new rules.

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
2:10 am

WnE you are a Moe Ron………….75% of UGa’s current roster would be where they belong is some community or junior college.

UGA Trolling Dawg in Virginia

September 4th, 2012
2:27 am

You jackets can’t be happy with the way Al Groh called that last defensive series. Any first year novice high school coach would have NEVER abandoned a prevent defense scheme with 44 seconds left and with the lead, let alone send in seven on a blitz with 28 seconds left and Va Tech in a 4th down situation needing only a field goal to tie. Groh was a failure at UVA and is destined to be one at Tech

I kepts a wondering

September 4th, 2012
2:29 am

I kepts a wondering why the damn polls were not out? What the hell? Why didn’t polsters just give it to VT last night and vote then.

UGA Trolling Dawg in Virginia

September 4th, 2012
2:40 am

Can’t believe all the comments blaming Washington for the loss. I thought he had a pretty good game, the scoring drive in the 4th quarter was especially impressive. If any blame is warranted, it should go to Al Groh for his bone-headed calls in the last defensive series with the lead: 44 SECONDS, THE HOKIES ON THE 25 AND GT, WHICH PLAYED A GOOD DEFENSE ALL NIGHT WITHOUT MUCH BLITZES, SUDDENLY DECIDES TO SWITCH????

WnE

September 4th, 2012
2:51 am

re:
5150 UOAD
September 4th, 2012
2:10 am

WnE you are a Moe Ron………….75% of UGa’s current roster would be where they belong is some community or junior college.
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40-45% of UGA’s current 2-deep depth chart was also offered by GT and was expected by GT to academically qualify for GT, so there has to be some over lap somewhere meaning your 75% number is just some bullcrap you pulled out of your behind.

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!

WnE

September 4th, 2012
2:52 am

BTW., you do realize that YOU come across as the BIGGEST P\/$$Y in 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!