Georgia Tech reforms Presbyterian

When in doubt, schedule Presbyterian College.

After a 75-year hiatus, Georgia Tech resumed its torment of the Clinton, S.C., school, pile-driving the Blue Hose in a 59-3 rout.

“I don’t care who you play,” coach Paul Johnson said. “If you hit that many plays, you’re doing some things right.”

On a pleasant night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, P.C. stood doubly for Presbyterian College and Palate Cleanser. Five days after a gut-wrenching overtime loss to Virginia Tech in the season opener, the Jackets delivered a battery of big-play roundhouses to the Blue Hose and leveled their record at 1-1. It was not a flawless performance, but nevertheless provided useful game experience as the Jackets venture into a season-shaping two-week stretch. Tech will be at home for the next two Saturdays against ACC Coastal Division opponents Virginia and Miami, who beat the Jackets on successive Saturdays last fall after Tech’s 6-0 start.

“Take it, watch the tape, learn from it and move on,” Johnson said.

After falling behind the Hokies in the division race, the Jackets will likely need to run the table in ACC play to have a chance to win the Coastal and play for the conference championship.

Donning navy jerseys for the first time since 2010, the Jackets scored seven touchdowns and added a field goal in their first 13 drives. In 15 Presbyterian possessions, Tech forced eight three-and-outs and ended two other drives with turnovers.

Only a last-second field goal prevented the Tech defense from registering its first shutout in defensive coordinator Al Groh’s administration and the Jackets’ first since a 27-0 win over Duke in 2008. Facing a redshirt freshman quarterback playing his second career game, Tech held Presbyterian to 243 yards and 10 first downs. The Jackets kept the scoreboard clean with a second-quarter goal-line stand in which they denied Presbyterian on third- and fourth-down plays from the 1-yard line.

That Presbyterian possession was the only one of two that reached the Tech red zone.

“They’re really talented defensively,” Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols said. “Coach Groh does a lot of things that make it hard for you to prepare for.”

Offensively, Tech surrounded a handful of clunky possessions with overpowering playmaking out of its option-based spread offense. By the end of the first quarter, Tech led 21-0 and had staggered Presbyterian with a 56-yard touchdown run by B-back Zach Laskey, a 58-yard scoring run by quarterback Tevin Washington and a third score in which the Jackets bounded 51 yards into the end zone in just five plays.

“It happened pretty quickly,” Laskey said of his scoring run. “I think the safety might have overrun it and then it was wide open. I just picked my legs up and grinded it out.”

Tech added only a field goal in the second quarter, as its first two series ended in fumbles, the first by Washington as he was hit from behind. On the second, quarterback Synjyn Days, subbing for Washington, dove into the end zone for an apparent two-yard touchdown but lost control of the ball. Presbyterian safety Brandon Leston scooped up the ball in the end zone and would have scored but for A-back Tony Zenon chasing him down at the Tech 9-yard line.

“Offensively, we were O.K. in spots, were sloppy, had the ball out too much,” Johnson said. “We’ve got an issue or two there we’ve got to correct.”

A 21-point third quarter freed up coach Paul Johnson to flood the field with reserves in the fourth quarter. The game’s scene-stealer was backup quarterback Vad Lee, who scribbled his way into the Tech record books in that third quarter in his first game as a Jacket. The ballyhooed quarterback connected with wide receiver Jeff Greene for an 82-yard catch-and-run touchdown, dropping an on-target spiral into Greene’s hands about 35 yards downfield. It tied for the sixth longest pass play in school history.

“Vad put it right there on the money,” Greene said.

On Tech’s next series, Lee leapt to snag a high shotgun snap, then shot through a gap in the line and dashed 79 yards on a quarterback draw, getting tripped up two  yards shy of the end zone, out of gas. From the bureau of peculiar records came this gem: It tied for the longest non-scoring play in Tech’s 120 years of football.

“I know after that long run, I was kind of winded a little bit,” Lee said.

What can be said of Presbyterian? Football-wise, not volumes.

The school joined Division I play in football in 2008 and entered the night with an 11-35 record in that span. Presbyterian, the smallest school in Division I with an enrollment of 1,200, was a late addition to the Tech schedule to fill out the schedule after the Jackets had to adjust their schedule to play in the Labor Day opener against Virginia Tech. The Blue Hose received $400,000 for their troubles.

In the 1930’s, the schools played each other three times, with Tech winning all three by a combined 147-0.

87 comments Add your comment

Jhunt Jacket

September 8th, 2012
11:39 pm

Jhunt Jacket

September 8th, 2012
11:40 pm

Offense looked much better in the second half…I think it’ll be hard to keep Vad from getting more reps from here on out

Johnson "experiment" needs to end

September 8th, 2012
11:49 pm

Congrats on beating St Pius ,

BigGAdawg

September 9th, 2012
12:00 am

I am not surprised that there almost no comments here. You beat Presbyterian secretarial and barber college. Your cheer leaders should have been able to handle the fourth quarter.

Well, congrats on winning at least one game this year. #%$@%buzzybuzzybuzzy@#%#%^^@#$

Cugas

September 9th, 2012
12:01 am

Lesser talent……easy win….same talent….50/50……better talent….2-11.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:06 am

LOL! haters gonna hate oh well, troll on!

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:07 am

BTW Biggadwag most of us have been on Bradley’s live blog tonight. Ken just posted his sheet a little while aho

5150 UOAD

September 9th, 2012
12:17 am

KEN now that Gotsis played you can do an interview with him RIGHT?

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:19 am

5150 have a good time tonight at the game? ;-)

football head

September 9th, 2012
12:21 am

play a real team and I will be impress. I believe Ga State has a better team than PC with what about 1200 students.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:25 am

Over 700 yards total offense and 59 points is not too bad no matter the competition. Why all the hate?

Jmonty

September 9th, 2012
12:30 am

OK??? So… we beat a school we should had easily beaten… A win is a win.. however; does it count towards a bowl game?? Not really.. Does it help us win the ACC?? not really.. I agree it’s a step in the right direction. Maybe we can beat UVA… But, with “no show” Groh leading the “D”… I don’t count on it. The “O” looked good and Mr. Lee did really well. I would be interested to see how he would do against a quality team. There are too many unanswered questions. I’m still undecided on how this season will go. I don’t see anymore than a 7 win season. Anything more, would be surprising to me.

5150 UOAD

September 9th, 2012
12:30 am

OLJ didn’t go Watched on-line and the Uga game.

Mom Passed at midnight last night. Lots of phone calls to make and plans to make. Decided not to go to the game.

GT Geoff

September 9th, 2012
12:33 am

Now we start rolling!!

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:35 am

Jmonty you voice some good points but some good things happened tonight for Tech. No let down after a tough loss, game experience for Vad and lot of other young players. tech did excatly what they should have done tonight just as a whole lot of other teams around the country have done early in the season, Why all the negativity?

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:36 am

5150 so sorry about your mother, I lost mine back in January. I knew she was ill and I hope her passing wasn’t painful. My prayers to you and yours!

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:40 am

oh and yes it does count toward bowl eligibility. Not that I think it will make a difference :-) Tech should qualify for a bowl game without having to worry about this win,

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 9th, 2012
12:42 am

5150, Sorry to hear about your mom. Our prayers are with you and your family. SS told me that she was ill.

Jmonty

September 9th, 2012
12:44 am

Ol’ Jacket… I personally cannot stand CAG… I think he is a horrible coach. His version of the 3-4 is laughable. GT has a lot of room for improvement. But, in order to improve you got to find the root cause. Then use corrective actions to fix the root cause. I believe that the “D” is GT’s weakness. “no show” Groh does not coach the basic’s very well. I love the option in college football. I think it is one of the most exciting offenses in football. Watching CPJ coach it, is simply amazing. The man doesn’t even carry a play book. It’s all in his head.. As for “no show”?? His coaching ability is lacking. Not negativity.. Just pointing out the root cause.

www

September 9th, 2012
12:47 am

awesome! keep up the good effort for the rest of the season, fellas.

www

September 9th, 2012
12:49 am

jmonty, after GT wins more than seven games, i assume you’ll stop posting on this blog and go back to the uga blog, right?

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:50 am

JMonty, I’ve not been a huge fan of CAG but I also know it takes time to install the 3-4 and have the players react rather than think. It ticked me off that CAG sat back late in the VT game and has in the past done the exact same thing. I despise a prevent defense being played when for the entire game a defense has been attacking. Having said that I went into this season with the mindset of seeing how much improvement would be shown by the D and, so far, I’m pleased for the most part absence the brain cramp at the VT game. 17 points in regulation at VT I can’t be too disappointed with since Tech gave up 36 to VT last year. Let’s see how the season plays out and if the results aren’t there I would CPJ to address it.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:52 am

would “expect”

Dwayne C

September 9th, 2012
12:54 am

So GA Tech whips up on Presbyterian…whoop dee do. Prediction: Ga Tech goes 6-6 this year and no bowl. lol

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
12:56 am

LOL! Another troll heard from. Tell us d wayne, what are the other 5 losses you talk about? Hmmmm

www

September 9th, 2012
12:59 am

lol. dwanye – i will take u up on your bet.

after tech wins more than 6 games, you’ll find something better to do with your life than trolling the gt ajc blogs, mmmkay?

your family will finally be proud of you.

and if you’re right, i’ll stop posting comments here.

deal?

Wal-Mart Retards

September 9th, 2012
1:00 am

700+ total yards of shear awesomeness… Nice win! Next week is important. UVA showed some moxie beating Penn St. today. Hopefully, GT can get some measure of payback for last year’s loss.

Wal-Mart Retards

September 9th, 2012
1:01 am

UGA goes 6-6 LOL… It SO fun to be a retard.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
1:02 am

UVA got lucky that Penn State U has a kicker that about as bad as I’ve seen on a D-1 campus. Oh and wasn’t the U impressive today? ;-)

Jmonty

September 9th, 2012
1:02 am

www Sorry… Believe or not…. I’m a tech fan… Been one for over 25 years.. Been with them through the good, the bad and the plain out ugly. I don’t pay attention to the UGA blog and could care less what the puppies say. But, I call things as they are. CAG is not a good coach.

Ol’ Jacket.. I would love for CAG to prove me wrong. I really would.. But, how long to wait for the “D” to get ramped up?? How many excuses and passes does CAG get? I understand VT racked up more points last year. However; they don’t have as good as a team. No superman friggin running back. Where does the reality of GT’s bad defense set in? UVA’s QB is above average. Not great, but I think above average. I will be interested in seeing if the “D” can keep him from passing under 250 yards. Only time will tell.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
1:03 am

LOL@ Walmart! Gotta say Jarvis Jones is one BAD dude!!!!!!!!! Damn what a game he had!

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
1:06 am

Jmonty, 3rd year of install should show the biggest improvment, that’s pretty much universally accepted so I would expect the D to be to at that point this year. Rocco’s a decent QB and he has a pair of bookend tackles that are very good but PSU handled them all day today and I think Tech’s D is better than what they’re putting on the field at Happy Valley. As I said let’s see how it plays out :-)

If do right, no can defense

September 9th, 2012
1:33 am

We did quite well to put behind the tough VT game with a beatdown of Presby. I value this win in terms of getting the right attitude and remaining focused for the rest of the schedule ahead, one game at a time. A few observations:

1. Blocking was better than what we saw on Monday night, but still needs work. In particular, our smaller RBs are missing blocks. Zach Laskey had a great game but needs to fine-tune his blocking. Same goes for Godhigh, Zenon, Bostic, and Snoddy… our stable of petite backs needs to show that size isn’t everything.

2. Wide receiver play was still poor for the most part, considering that the Blue Hose did not exactly have quality DBs. Nevertheless, the catches by Greene and Moore should give them confidence.

3. Defense was awesome. But we still need to shake off that complacency that sets into our mindset in the final minutes of a game… that allowed the field goal in the end.

4. Ball security was an issue, especially in the first half.

5. Among our 3 QBs, Days made better (and faster) option reads than Lee, but his fumble is what stood out, and now Lee is the guy everyone is talking about. Washington had some nice fake pitches, and good to see he was reading the defense better and attempted more passes.

6. Special teams was once great once again. Keep it up, Walkosky!

GTech Fan

September 9th, 2012
1:41 am

I don’t think we’ve seen enough football to really know what kind of defense we have. In two games, we’ve faced an anemic VT offense and under-manned Presbyterian team. However, one thing that was alarming about tonight’s performance was lack of pass rush we were getting on the quarterback. A more worthy opponent would have carved us up. I disagree that the root cause of the problem is coaching. What’s the saying? Sometimes It’s about the Jimmy’s and Joe’s not X’s and O’s. The root cause is talent drain on the front 7. Fortunately, I think we’re starting to get and play better talent on the field – Hunt-Days & Attachou, but we don’t have their skill level at all 7 positions – yet. I hope I’m proved wrong and the defense plays lights out. LIke I said, too early to tell, but lack of pass rush so far this season leads me to conclude that the defense will continue to struggle in 2012. just my two cents.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
1:50 am

GTech Fan, lots of max protect and quick throws with PC tonight and yet 4 sacks, I think? I agree it’s early and the next few weeks will tell us more about where the D is. In addition to the 2 LBs you mentioned Brandon Watts is coming into his own and Nealy is solid. I’m ready for the secondary to get healthy and all the starters back there as well. D line is where I have concerns but it’s going to play out over the season.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
1:56 am

On that I am calling it a night. Enjoy the win and get ready for the Wahoos!

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2012
1:58 am

Just got back to Augusta from the game……GTechFan, I thought Gotsis looked pretty good when he came in; he had some really good moves. I look for him to steadily move up the depth chart, and he may end up being the anchor of the defense. And with Kallon and Chungong joining him next year, the future of the defense looks VERY GOOD !!!

1 4 GT

September 9th, 2012
2:01 am

5150….sorry to read about your Mom. Prayers & thoughts for you & your family. Just know that she is in a better place & is completely well & healthy. 98% sure of chapter & verse….Psalm 115 vs 8…. “Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His Saints”!!

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2012
2:02 am

@ 1 4 GT…..in answer to your question earlier when we talked, the pants tonight were white. I really couldn’t remember, but I just read that that was the color.

Alabama Jack

September 9th, 2012
6:08 am

6160 – you are in our thoughts and prayers.

blackandwhitestripes

September 9th, 2012
6:45 am

Biggadawg lets see talk to me about the athens cesspool teams schedule.

Rick Day

September 9th, 2012
6:48 am

Well I hope you kids are having fun. Because you are all privileged in ways that only the money interest of ESPN can buy.

FOUR HOME GAMES IN A ROW? Do you know what these college ‘fans’ do in the neighborhood? Nothing, except make a drunken mess. When else can anyone sit in a parking lot or stroll down the sidewalk at noon to Varsity for a 7:30PM kickoff swigging a BudLite?

If my patrons were caught with a beer outside my establishment, they would be in jail PRONTO. You spend no money here, you leave your trash everywhere and the neighborhood businesses are left to scramble for the one commodity they can squeeze out of your “weekend quarterbacks” – parking. Of course, at $20 a spot, the drinking and traffic, it is NOT a place the patrons can attend. Our competition snickers.

So as you waddle your fat asses down Spring Street with your beer bras and your team swag, be proud your team has such tonied pull they can do the impossible and get your team 4 homes games in a row. Wonder who is paying who for this power to set dates and times?

Go away, Wreck football. You want the neighborhoods to improve so students can be safer at night? Keep the tunnel open. Tech promised our landlord if he dropped $10k in security cams they would leave the Tech tunnel at 3rd street open. (Irony, $10K is about what we lost last night in revenue due to opening an hour later due to traffic, lack of parking, etc.)

Liars. Liars all. Tech is one of the worse, bullying, gigantically oblivious neighbors anyone could have. Only SMU could rival the negative impact on a neighborhood’s character.

Use the Dome like a real team. Tear down Bobby Dodd and put a damn school of medicine there. You don’t drive Gold Model T’s to be modern fans and trying to fill the Dome should be the Holy Grail for your precious Yellow Team, not filling a stadium smaller than many high school’s have.

lewisbuzzard

September 9th, 2012
7:05 am

Loved the uniforms and the team effort. Got a lot of kids some PT and that is what this game was suppose to allow.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2012
7:38 am

@ Rick Day……I don’t know who the hell you are or what your axe to grind is, but that was about the stupidest piece of CRAP I have ever read on here, and that’s saying a lot considering all the garbage that the dwag trolls post. You need to get a life !!!!

W

September 9th, 2012
8:03 am

@Supersize that order, mutt……And you are the biggest drunk out there putting the trash on the streets. You are one the big Liars out there too. This is why there is robberies and the rapists out there on campus, taking money and don’t live up to the deal they promised. THIS IS NO CRAP YOU STUPID MORON IDIOT

FLJackets

September 9th, 2012
8:09 am

Rick Day is just bitching because he doesn’t understand the difference between a tailgate and the drunk electronic music (not really music) patrons outside of his quad Atlanta club with regards to open containers.

He also seems to think that game day traffic generated by the game is a menace to mid town (aka his profits).

I’ll take 120 years of football and traditions over the profits of a crappy music night club any day.

Oh and that tunnel-I was a student from 2006-2011 and can’t say enough how great it is that the tunnel is locked down. Nothing but garbage and criminals come through that thing.

Mr. Day, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2012
8:10 am

It is PURE CRAP. I am not a drunk and I don’t trash anything. You want to see an entire campus and town trashed by drunken riff-raff, go to Athens. The reason there are robberies and rapists on or around the Tech campus has absolutely nothing to do with football games or the crowds who attend them. It is because this entire country is full of entitlement-loving bums who think everybody else on earth owes them something, and they take from others what they aren’t given by the socialist bum in the White House. You apparently hate Tech, and that’s your prerogative, but what you (under however many different names you use) are simply full of crap. Get a life…..and you might start off by getting a job.

FLJackets

September 9th, 2012
8:11 am

@W please explain how my attending a college football game contributes to the on-campus crime at GT?

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2012
8:12 am

Sorry, next to last sentence should have been “…..but you (under however many different names you use) are simply full of crap”

5150 UOAD

September 9th, 2012
8:16 am

SUPER…………. it looks like some has mistaken you for Me with the drinking comment. LOL