Can Tech thwart Miami streak?

In his remarks at the Georgia Tech kickoff luncheon in August, Tech grad and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough offered up an only-at-Tech statistic. The Yellow Jackets are 2-0 when he has been in outer space.
His space shuttle mission orbited over Atlanta on Nov. 20, 2008, just before Tech routed Miami at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (It remained in space for the Jackets’ 45-42 win over Georgia nine days later.)
Ever the dutiful alumnus, Kimbrough volunteered to return to space for the Jackets. Ever the superstitious coach, Paul Johnson took the podium later and practically offered to strap him to a rocket. Kimbrough won’t be in orbit Saturday, but Johnson wouldn’t have refused the help. Since that 2008 Thursday night win over the Hurricanes in Johnson’s first season, Tech has dropped three in a row to Miami by a combined 92-34.
“Miami has handled us fairly easily the last couple years,” Johnson said. “So we have to see if we can’t put our big-boy pants on and play a little better against them.”
Miami’s control of the Jackets is hardly representative of its overall play, and likewise for Tech. From 2009 through last season, the Hurricanes were 10-11 against the rest of the ACC. In the same span, Tech went 16-5 in the ACC against teams whose mascot isn’t an ibis.
But the Hurricanes have placed quite the headlock on the Jackets. In 2009 and 2011, Miami held Tech to 95 and 134 rushing yards, respectively, Tech’s second- and third-lowest rushing totals in the Johnson era. (No. 1 was the near-catastrophe against Gardner-Webb in 2008.) In 2010, the Hurricanes pummeled the Jackets with 277 rushing yards and 507 total yards, both third most since Johnson’s hire.
“They’ve kind of had our number the last couple of years,” Johnson said.
Kimbrough aside, another Tech rocket scientist has his own perspective on the Jackets’ Miami problem. Sean Bedford, the former All-ACC center and graduate of the aerospace engineering program, played in the 2009 and 2010 games and remembered the Hurricanes controlling both lines of scrimmage.
“When that happens, when you get penetration up the middle, it closes up the (option) reads and makes everything more difficult,” he said.
Bedford has gone back to watch the games again – “I’m a nerd like that,” he said – and has cultivated an appreciation for Miami defensive lineman Allen Bailey, who played tackle in 2009 and end in 2010 before becoming a third-round draft pick in 2011.
“Allen Bailey was just a stud,” he said. “He ate my lunch in 2009 and we couldn’t block him with anybody in 2010.”
In 2011, the mismatch continued. B-back David Sims gained 29 yards on 10 carries, evidence of the lack of push created by the offensive line.
“I think that what’s happening is you’ve probably got five blocking four and the four are winning,” Johnson said after the 24-7 loss at Sun Life Stadium.
There were other problems. In 2009, Tech played its third game in 13 days and ran on dead legs. (The Jackets will be playing their fourth game in 20 days Saturday.) In each of the games, Tech fell behind early, requiring the Jackets to abandon their game plan. Last year, on Tech’s first play, quarterback Tevin Washington threw an interception that was converted into a Miami touchdown. Zach Laskey’s second-quarter misplay of a punt inside the Tech 10-yard line was recovered by the Hurricanes for another score and a 14-0 lead, voiding a strong defensive performance.
Miami beating Tech at the line of scrimmage is “part of it,” Johnson said. “It’s not just that. It’s overall, they’ve beat us on the perimeter, we haven’t read the [option] well, we haven’t done whatever. We just haven’t played very well.”
While Johnson warned this week that Miami’s players are as talented as any team that Tech will see this year, the Jackets showed last Saturday that their offensive line may be ripening. After being soundly defeated a year ago against Virginia, Tech’s line was the superior unit last Saturday in the Jackets’ 56-20 defeat of the Cavaliers.
Four of Tech’s five starting linemen from 2011 are still in the lineup, a year older, stronger and more experienced. Miami coach Al Golden observed this week that Johnson, with his first recruiting classes now juniors and seniors, has his lineup exactly how he wants it.
“Clearly, this is a mature, physically rugged team on both sides of the ball,” he said.
Adding to this strength is that the Hurricanes, while typically full of NFL-bound talent, are young. The advantages appear to point Tech’s way. Should Miami prevail and become only the second team to deal Johnson losses in four consecutive years (Notre Dame beat Navy in his first five seasons in Annapolis, Md.), the Jackets will have to wonder what it will take to beat the Hurricanes.
If you’re wondering, Kimbrough isn’t scheduled to return to space until 2015.

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195 comments Add your comment

Crazy Robert

September 21st, 2012
9:31 am

Fuel up the rocket boys!!!

Wes Mantooth

September 21st, 2012
9:43 am

Streak ends, Jackets will roll.

Freddie Blassie

September 21st, 2012
9:48 am

Is this guy going into space in a Chinese rocket or have they agreed to loan us the money to build our own?

yeller bug

September 21st, 2012
9:56 am

Russian Rocket—our NASA doesn’t fly anymore but is a marketing and educational agency of our government to promote Islamic contributions to science. Go figure.

FL Jacket

September 21st, 2012
9:58 am

“Russian Rocket—our NASA doesn’t fly anymore but is a marketing and educational agency of our government to promote Islamic contributions to science. Go figure”

Guys…no politics

SansWorld

September 21st, 2012
9:58 am

“Kimbrough isn’t scheduled to return to space until 2015.”

We will have Vlad Lee, Hunt-Days and a lot of other current Freshmen and Redshirts finishing their career in 2015. Lets give Kimbrough an extended mission on the space station that year. National Champions 2015 Go Jackets

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 21st, 2012
10:07 am

“Can Tech thwart Miami streak?”

…is a frogs arse water-tight?!?

GT wins big!!!

Jacket Man

September 21st, 2012
10:32 am

This year’s Jacket team seems to be different. Currently, GA Tech’s OFFENSE is ranked Nationally in the Top 20 in TOTAL Offense, and their DEFENSE are ranked Nationally in in the Top 20 in TOTAL Defense. If they can maintain this balance in Offense and Defense control on the field, then they should have a good game Saturday, and a good year, setting up for a special season next year, with the more favorable schedule and more experience.

dawgfan

September 21st, 2012
10:38 am

“National Champions 2015 Go Jackets”

Sure. While we’re being delusional beyond all belief, maybe we can also land a man on Mars by then too.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 21st, 2012
10:40 am

The probability for both is higher than that for dwagfan ever finding a brain

GTfan2012

September 21st, 2012
10:46 am

I’ll be totally honest here, I think the chances of GT winning a MNC anytime soon are very low. We just don’t get that kind of talent. BUT, I think our chances coming out of the ACC are better than UGAs chances of winning a MNC coming out of the SEC.

SansWorld

September 21st, 2012
10:46 am

In 1987 a NC in 1990 seemed like the most improbable thing I could ever imagine.

Jefferson Davis Hogg

September 21st, 2012
10:54 am

I’ve said before that GT has too much to lose in taking Miami lightly. Stay focussed and run the ACC table the rest of the way out. I see both Clemson and Va Tech dropping more than 1 game each. GT wins this one big!……..Go Dawgs!

tampajacket

September 21st, 2012
11:10 am

Why are we still using the “3 games in 13 days” excuse to explain the 2009 loss? The Miami game was a full week after the previous Thursday night game against Clemson. “3 games in 13 days” is equivalent to saying that the GT starters weren’t able to recover from the half a game they played against Jacksonville State a week and a half earlier.

Nonsense. We got beat. Three years in a row. Own it, and end the streak on Saturday.

Reebok

September 21st, 2012
11:18 am

The streak ends tomorrow, and I will be in Bobby Dodd Stadium enjoying every minute of it.

yeller bug

September 21st, 2012
11:23 am

Not politics FL Jacket…just facts:
http://jayforde.com/obama-to-nasa-director-promote-islamic-contribution-to-science/

Another soon-to-be fact is that GT will kick UM’s butt on Sat!

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
11:42 am

dwagfan had the 52 oz cup of Haterade today. Dwagfan, on the uga blogs your grandaughter honey boo boo says you eat too many prunes and are grumpy because you’re all backed up. Is that true dwagfan?

FL Jacket

September 21st, 2012
12:08 pm

“Not politics FL Jacket…just facts:
http://jayforde.com/obama-to-nasa-director-promote-islamic-contribution-to-science/

yeller…2 questions

1) What’s wrong with that?, and
2) Why the outrage?

Tech is a joke

September 21st, 2012
12:08 pm

@GT Lee,

Hey Gopher boy, reading your posts is kinda of scary!! You need help!

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
12:12 pm

Troll hard, Mr Joke

GTfan2012

September 21st, 2012
12:22 pm

I find GT Lee’s posts amusing. Dwagfan is the one who needs help, as does any fan of the opposing team that constantly trolls the GT blogs looking to make stupid comments for no other reason than to hear yourself talk.

Joe

September 21st, 2012
12:32 pm

Yes, my Canes had had your number the last few years…..tomorrow SHOULD be a different story though. With that said…..our D is like Swiss Cheese the last few weeks….tomorrow hopeully….Munster. Defending the option is not that difficult if you stick to your assignment…..hopefully our D co-ordinator has a good gameplan set. It will be interesting.

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
12:34 pm

“kinda of scary”

looks like someone “needs help” with basic grammar skills……

www

September 21st, 2012
12:52 pm

yeller bug, no politics on the gt football blog.

and epecially no propaganda websites cited as “facts”.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 21st, 2012
12:55 pm

@ GT Lee……I had to call out Joke on his spelling yesterday. He’s obviously not the brightest light on the Christmas tree.

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
12:58 pm

Duper, with that handle he uses, I think he’s dwagfan in drag!

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
12:58 pm

duh……..Super…sorry

Supersize that order, mutt

September 21st, 2012
1:06 pm

@ Lee…..you can call me Duper…..as in Super Duper……LOL

yeller bug

September 21st, 2012
1:07 pm

@FL Jacket:

1) NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration has the broad brush goal of advancing our nation (and as a leader in the world, mankind) in the exploration of space and the enhancement of technology in avionics and aeronautics and other related fields. I cannot correlate that mission with allocating significant portions of the NASA budget and effort to emphasize and market a “feel good” promotion highlighting supposed contributions toward science by a specific religious group. I could elaborate further, but that basic logic should suffice.
2) Is it outrage? My first reaction was no, but maybe you’re right as there is some…but it’s an outrage on a much larger scale due to heartfelt pain and sadness as the country I dearly love and served for over a decade in military service is being led to disaster financially and morally. Our leaders are lacking in wisdom…for wisdom comes from God…Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom… (Prov 9:10) Heck we have half the people at one political convention booing God! That breaks my heart. I pray that everyone reads and adheres to 2 Chron 7:14. I fear that many people are unaware of how precarious our situation is and how bad it could soon be….and thus the trite yet playful banter of this GT blog may in a few years be to quote Poe’s raven….”Nevermore.”

Supersize that order, mutt

September 21st, 2012
1:08 pm

@ yeller bug……WELL SAID !!!!

909

September 21st, 2012
1:16 pm

Jackets deliver a beatdown on Miami.

FL Jacket

September 21st, 2012
1:23 pm

“1) NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration has the broad brush goal of advancing our nation (and as a leader in the world, mankind) in the exploration of space and the enhancement of technology in avionics and aeronautics and other related fields. I cannot correlate that mission with allocating significant portions of the NASA budget and effort to emphasize and market a “feel good” promotion highlighting supposed contributions toward science by a specific religious group. I could elaborate further, but that basic logic should suffice.
2) Is it outrage? My first reaction was no, but maybe you’re right as there is some…but it’s an outrage on a much larger scale due to heartfelt pain and sadness as the country I dearly love and served for over a decade in military service is being led to disaster financially and morally. Our leaders are lacking in wisdom…for wisdom comes from God…Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom… (Prov 9:10) Heck we have half the people at one political convention booing God! That breaks my heart. I pray that everyone reads and adheres to 2 Chron 7:14. I fear that many people are unaware of how precarious our situation is and how bad it could soon be….and thus the trite yet playful banter of this GT blog may in a few years be to quote Poe’s raven….”Nevermore.””

And this is what I thought…your opinions manifested into outright paranoia. The guy was giving an interview to Al-Jazeera (the largest cable news network outside of this country and the BBC) and he asked the President for some Public Relations advice.

Yet you draw this parallel to godlessness and don’t hesitate to lay on the apocolyptic rhetoric. Unbelievable. No wonder our political system is messed up…every election cycle we’re fed the BS of “high-stakes”, and “disasterous times”, and “road to ruin”…and there are actual people out there who eat it up…WOW.

DS CE'91

September 21st, 2012
1:29 pm

Can’t be there Saturday in person, but I will be pulling hard from South Georgia.

If our defense holds up, we can win this game.

GO JACKETS!!!

Max

September 21st, 2012
1:31 pm

Couldn’t agree with FL Jacket more!

Yeller Bug, I appreciate the time you to took to come up with that response, but it sounds like tea party nonsense. It’s sad that you condemn a group of people just because they don’t believe in the same invisible man in the clouds that you do. To pretend like Muslims have not contributed to science and technology is just irresponsible. If you don’t see that we all benefit and are stronger if we work together, than I have to question where you got your degree from.

This is a longer debate which I don’t want to have, but morality does not come from God. I’m not an inherently immoral person because I don’t believe in Proverbs or that a man can magically walk on water. Morality is an innately human trait that shows up without the presence of religion.

More importantly…I’m taking GT to cover.

Can CPJ Count?

September 21st, 2012
1:37 pm

Coach Johnson keeps saying that Tech has lost the last couple of years. Couple means two. Tech has gotten killed by Miami the last THREE years. Send Johnson back to remedial English and Math.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 21st, 2012
1:38 pm

@ Max…..the problem is not Muslims. The problem is Muslim terrorists who, no matter what anybody does to appease, mollify, or placate them, they still resort to violence and killing. And yet the majority of the Muslim world sits back and says nothing and does nothing to stop them. Meanwhile, and this was on the 6:30PM CBS news last night, Obama and Hillary just made a video that is being distributed in Pakistan trying once again to mollify the jerks who control 21st century Islam. The content of that video, parts of which were played on that CBS newscast, seemed to be doing nothing more than apologizing that we have the freedom of speech in this country. Why should we apologize for being free to people who have no real concept of freedom? How many more times are we going to just kiss their collective asses, before we learn that they are still going to hate us, hate freedom, and do whatever is in their means to attempt to destroy us. And that is not “tea party nonsense,” whatever the hell that is; it is just good common sense, something we seem devoid of in this country these days, AND IN BOTH PARTIES!!!

dawgfan

September 21st, 2012
1:48 pm

I’m dating my cousin.

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
1:50 pm

Abe

September 21st, 2012
1:58 pm

LOL – most entertaining comments to a story in a long time!

FL Jacket

September 21st, 2012
1:59 pm

SS…I say this out of respect

You can’t put that on Islam. We have to go to these lengths to keep peace because the non-industrialized Islamic-practicing countries run mostly on a political system that resembles FUEDALISM from the dark ages. The power brokers are not elected officials, but tribal elders who own enough power and arms to maintain their hold from weak centralized governments. Or, they just have a king.

Either way, those really aren’t conditions where the understanding for freedom of speech or personal freedoms are maximized are they? Especially when the vast majority have no schooling and have had the influence of the outside world muted and demonized.

To insinuate that the entirety of the Muslim world is complicit with the acts of a extremely narrow few who are out to get attention is just not a worldly opinion, IMHO.

Abe

September 21st, 2012
1:59 pm

Here’s to the Tech fans that step it up this Saturday!

Max

September 21st, 2012
2:15 pm

I’m bored of this conversation already, agree to disagree and let’s enjoy a good ole fashion butt kicking of the U. I’ll be at the game Saturday with my bourbon, hopefully you all will be too!

George Stein

September 21st, 2012
2:16 pm

I hope you share, Max!

Supersize that order, mutt

September 21st, 2012
2:18 pm

@ FLJ…..I understand completely what you are saying, but even the Muslims who live in “civilized” countries for the most part seem to remain silent. Why don’t they step up and at least say something, whether it does any good or not. At the very least it might mollify the extremist anti-Muslims throughout the world.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 21st, 2012
2:19 pm

@ Max…..you can have your bourbon; I’ll stick with diet coke. But I’m with you on wanting that butt kicking. I hope we destroy the canes

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
2:23 pm

1 bourbon, 1 scotch, and 1 beer…….

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
2:24 pm

for George “Thorogood” Stein

FL Jacket

September 21st, 2012
2:25 pm

SS…I agree. Countries like Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, etc…countries with economies and jobs don’t have to demonize anyone. I believe President Morsi of Egypt has spoken out, although it wasn’t in front of a bunch of cameras and publicized.

Max…Woodford Reserve?

FL Jacket

September 21st, 2012
2:25 pm

GT Lee…

She says I owe her rent…AND OUT THE DOOR I WENT!

GT Lee

September 21st, 2012
2:27 pm

The U’s defense will say………..”But I’m TIRED…been chasing those ABacks all day”