Georgia Tech quoteboard

“We had some kids who really played hard all the way through. There were so many things to think back about. You just wish you had plays back like with the ball at fourth-and-1 at the 50-yard line. I’m disappointed in the outcome. I’m just surprised by the whole game. You look back, and it just seems like it wasn’t meant to be for us.”

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on the game

“When we came out in the second half and scored a couple touchdowns, it seemed like we really had them on the ropes. We did a great job in coming back, but to their credit, so did they.”

Johnson on getting the big lead after trailing 19-0

“They just manhandled us and out-executed us. I just felt like we weren’t prepared. I can’t really say too much. … A positive is that we kept fighting the whole game. We got started bad and got down a lot but, we kept fighting through.

Tech linebacker Brandon Watts on the performance of the defense

“The play that was called was a quarterback follow, and I checked to the toss because they were all in the gaps like coach [Johnson] talked about before we walked off the sideline. When I checked it they moved back out, but I did not re-check it. I’m coached to not re-check it twice right there, so I just tried to get it on my own.”

Tech quarterback Tevin Washington on the failed fourth-down play in overtime

“Coach [Dave Walkosky] gives the off-returner, Jamal Golden, the decision [on] if I should come out or not. We had some miscommunications. My plan was to come out. I saw [Golden] put his hand up to tell me to stop, and my momentum kind of made me lean out of the end zone.”

Tech A-back Orwin Smith on the safety during his botched kickoff return

“Not really. We were expecting more of a run [attack] from watching film. We were going for the run, but they came out and changed it to a passing game.”

Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas on if he expected Miami to pass so much (52 attempts)

“It was very emotional. It was my dream to come here [to play for Miami]. I always wanted to make big plays for this school.”

Miami wide receiver Davon Johnson on making a lot of plays for his team after not playing much previously

“When we get down behind we have leaders on the team, upperclassmen, that tell us, ‘Don’t worry about it, we are not out of this game, and the game is not over with until it’s over.’”

Miami running back Duke Johnson on trailing 36-19 in the second half

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Johnson's gimmick offense

September 22nd, 2012
10:41 pm

Everyone should sell their football tickets and prepare for basketball.

Wal-Mart Retards

September 22nd, 2012
10:51 pm

See you next week vs. MTSU !!!

GT79MD83

September 22nd, 2012
10:55 pm

Is Tevin saying that he changed the play and then he ran a different play? He is not strong enough or fast enough to do it on his own.

Silly Mutts

September 22nd, 2012
10:55 pm

GT is a division III college football team with no talent! Not one player on either side of the ball would play anywhere in the top 75 teams in college. Paul Johnson is an offensive mind in pee wee football and Al Groh is so old he gets telemarketing calls from cemeteries. What a JOKE!

1 4 GT

September 22nd, 2012
10:56 pm

I may have to rethink my position on CAG. No pass rush to speak of. Looked like #1 was always lined up at least 10 yards from his man on pass coverage….436 yards of pass offense for Miami….over 500 yards total offense….defense we saw the 1st 3 games was not on the field today.

1 4 GT

September 22nd, 2012
11:03 pm

I can honestly see, if the defense continues to play like it did today….I can realistically see losses to Clemson, BYU (based on their game last Thursday the 20th) & Georgie….7 & 5 + some low level bowl I will not waste my $$ & time going to. Today was not pretty on either side of the ball.

GT79MD83

September 22nd, 2012
11:04 pm

Tevin made another great decision in overtime.

wrecked

September 22nd, 2012
11:18 pm

Gweorgia will destroy this tech team, Vandy may have a little better caliber athlete than tech.

ibidGT

September 22nd, 2012
11:23 pm

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on the game

“When we came out in the second half and scored a couple touchdowns, it seemed like we really had them on the ropes.

_________

And that is CPJ’s biggest fault. They get a team by the ropes, but instead of keeping hold of them they let go and the other team comes back and wins.

Utah anyone? Same exact thing…

Starts being complacent with his play calling, Washington up the middle 3 times in a row, punt, rinse, and repeat.

K

September 22nd, 2012
11:31 pm

Disappointing.
Will it ever be any different.
Is just getting old; same old, same old.
Get your hopes up, then fizzle out.

gt life

September 22nd, 2012
11:35 pm

We do all have to agree that there is no upside to letting Tevin start now…..Let Vad get starts before next year….It makes complete sense

How's That Special Team's Coach Working Out?

September 22nd, 2012
11:36 pm

I thought Tech’s players were true student athletes. I have watched football for 45 years and NEVER seen a safety on a kick off touchback. Orwin Smith must be some kinda stupid. I guess Tech’s Special Team’s coach did not cover the safety while downing the kick off? LMAO!!!!

JohnGT

September 23rd, 2012
12:01 am

As much as I like CPJ this loss has to be put at his feet along with some knucklehead plays. Groh should start teaching players how to tackle. We looked scared along with some terrible play calling both offense and defense. I’m beginning to think some fols are right about this offense.

1 4 GT

September 23rd, 2012
12:01 am

I have to agree with How’s That….I hadn’t thought about it, but I’ve been watching & playing football (a lot younger) for 58 years….and I have never seen a safety on a kick off….

1 4 GT

September 23rd, 2012
12:02 am

or heard of a safety on a kick off

1 4 GT

September 23rd, 2012
12:03 am

9 points right there….but some of y’all insist the loss was Tevin’s fault

Techbuzz

September 23rd, 2012
12:25 am

Let’s see….All I hear is a bunch of damn excuses and when I hear a HEAD COACH say, “I guess it just wasn’t meant to be”, that infuriates me to no end!!! He sounds like Choke Gailey used to after a game he should have won.
I have no issue with the offense b/c I know it can score points; however, my problem has been with this completely INEPT “defense”!!! Need a new scheme AND DC and NOW!!!!!!
Also, if you are a good team, a good team is supposed to win and win CONVINCINGLY!!!!! Tech wants national recognition and bug name bowl games but they aren’t willing to finish big games and win decisively to get there. There has been a serious LACK of leadership for the past three years on this team and die hard Tech fans like myself are just SICK OF F’n EXCUSES!!! Good teams don’t make excuses they make STATEMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

T-man

September 23rd, 2012
12:32 am

Losses like this one are not the kind of losses a program headed in the right direction have. CPJ is in his fith season. All of these players are his recruits. Either they’re not good enough for his system or CPJ’s system is not good enough to win on a consistant basis. Or maybe it’s both? Either way, CPJ, his coaches, and his players have to be held accountable for the rollercoaster ride known as Ga Tech football. 1-5 against Ga.. 0-5 in bowls. And now another embarassing loss to a mid-level ACC team. Excuses are unacceptable. Time is running out.

The Diz

September 23rd, 2012
12:46 am

The defense is the issue & has almost always been the issue. We’ve put up 151 points in the past 3 games. Had limited turnovers (safety not withstanding). That’s why the old adage is offense wins games, defense wins championships”

Take Solace Techies

September 23rd, 2012
12:48 am

Hey, even though Tech has lost to Miami FOUR times in a row, at least Tech runs a cleaner program, right? WRONG. Tech is on probation for the second time in 5 years. Hard to believe that Tech, UNC and Miami are the trash of the ACC in terms of running clean programs. The truth really hurts. THWGT!!!

Dodd's Boys are a Dying Breed

September 23rd, 2012
12:59 am

Bobby Dodd’s boys raised money to erect a statue of Bobby Dodd, but they are a dying breed. Who is going to care about the Tech program once these guys die off? 5150, Supersize, the Asian students, the Indian students?? I think not. The guys that may have the money (Asian and Indian students) don’t care about it and the ones who do care (5150, Supersize) don’t have any money to really support the program. Sure, some fans get on this blog and complain, but they don’t have any stroke. The future does not look to bright for you Techies.

deltajacket

September 23rd, 2012
1:28 am

It’s a sad, sad situation on the flats and I feel terrible for the kids caught up in this circus. I realized today that I am too emotionally involved with this team for my own good. I will never turn my back on these kids, however I am done supporting this program until there are some MAJOR changes to the athletic department and the coaching staff. I refuse to let piss poor coaching and GT losses ruin my weekend anymore. It’s like a broken record and I am done wasting my time watching players be coached to lose. Best of luck to the young men on the team who deserve better coaching than what they received today.

Hal

September 23rd, 2012
6:52 am

I watched the first quarter, saw no sign Tech putting pressure on Miami’s QB, hit the record button and went to a car show. I wasn’t going to waste my time watching that game.

TVFan

September 23rd, 2012
7:13 am

Tech really needs a change on the defensive side of the ball. I don’t believe that Al Groh was a better hire than Dave Wommack. I would suspect all members of the defensive coaching staff are a little on the hot seat. The defensive line appears to be worse than last season and that was pretty bad. Maybe CPJ was right last season, we don’t need a special teams coach. I’m waiting for the new guy to show us something. Who made the decision to have the punter kick off after the safety. That turned out well. Credit to Miami. They came to play.

ptjackets

September 23rd, 2012
8:07 am

I was at the game and it was really a roller coaster game. I feel for the boys I know they played there guts out. Here are my observations
1. Washington is just good enough to keep running him out there but he is not a winner. When the game is on the line he will always find a way to loose the game. I hate to say that about a young man however he has proven that over and over again. Players like that get one fired (See Reggie Ball)
2. The jackets were not prepared to stop or just can’t stop a good passing game and the Maimi QB was playing lights out. His offensive line was a wall and we really never put any pressure on him he had all the time in the world. (hats off to their O line)
3.CPJ is a good coach. All of you guys that are bashing him are talking because your hearts are hurting not using you head. CPJ gets the most out of his players and give GT a chance to win with lesser players.
4. All you guys what are bashing CPJ let me ask you who you going to get? Then if you got them how will they make anything different? Think about why you came to college If you went to TECH you came there for the degree. TECH does not offer enough of a variety of degres that would attract all the different athletes. I love TECH from the bottom of my heart however I could not go there because they did not offer the type of degree I went to school for. I was a very good athlete and was asked to go to tech by their coaches however they did not offer my degree.
5. Most of the players that other schools have could not even get into TECH. Here is my point. I’m a HS coach. One of our players did not even graduate from HS he got a special ed diploma. He was a fantastic football player so he went to Auburn. He played 4 years at Auburn and then went to the NFL. This kid was pitiful in school however he some how managed to get into a college and then stay in school. He was a great Athlete. A lot of teams have players like that. TECH would not and should not allow those kids in their school.
Guys I know it hurts, I’m hurting but I really beleave that TECH is getting the most out of what they have. Look at the history of GT. Since the days of Dodd How many NFL players have come to TECH compared to other schools? If not, Why not? If you say well Bobby Dodd won then your forgetting that he won with all White teams playing all White teams. Those days are over. If GT does not change its degree program then they never will compete. If you want to blame something and change something TECH needs to talk to the Board of Regents to have more programs that students can study.

dawghater1

September 23rd, 2012
8:30 am

it just really blows me away when you guys keep bashing the offense, when you score 36 points, you should win any game you play, anyone who cant see that our problem is defense is stupied, 44 seconds left at vatech, offense goes down and puts us ahead, we lose (defense), 36 unaswered points against miami, then they score 20 and win the game (defense), if you want to blame tevin, again you are ignorant to football, if you want to blame johnson yes blame him for the horrible way the defense contiunes to play game after game.

joeygt

September 23rd, 2012
8:57 am

wow, that was a gut-wrenching loss. for all those people calling for cpj/cag head are idiots. we have to play the season out before anyone should be making those determinations. I for one think we are one of the least talented teams as in players in the acc and cpj is getting the most out of them as he can, we do not have alabama or lsu or even georgia caliber talent.. Thats the reason why we struggle when we play teams that are physical. I hate hearing coach paul johnson can only win with gaileys players, heck gailey couldnt win with his own players. cpj coaches up his player and the tripple option is a great scheme, but we need the talented qb and b-back to make it work, josh nesbitt wasnt even recruited for the tripple option and he was a great tripple option qb, tevin washington tries so hard, you have to admit that but he is game manager not a game changer. vad lee looks very talented but he would have got demolished out there, simply bc he doesnt know how to run the offense yet. watch the post game presser by coach paul johnson ive never seenhim so dejected from this loss to miami, obviously he does care and it kills him we let the winnable game get away.

GT is a 4th rate High School Team

September 23rd, 2012
9:04 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, CHRISTMAS SEASON IS BACK WITH THIS GT PERFORMANCE. SANTA IS AGAIN SAYING. HOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOOHHO

UGA = Yawn

September 23rd, 2012
9:05 am

The safety (the most boneheaded thing I’ve ever seen) sealed the deal for GT. That was an omen. We’re not Alabama or Oreon. We are NOT good enough to overcome mistakes like that. I watched Clemson / FSU. They’re just like us – ony TEN times faster. Absolutely NO chance vs Clemson.

GT is a 4th rate High School Team

September 23rd, 2012
9:07 am

GT keep CPJ forever as your team is just making UGA schedule easier and easssssssiiiiiieeeerrrrrr.

Dogkicker

September 23rd, 2012
9:09 am

Our quaterback sure does not playlike a 5th year senior. give Vad some more playing time

OkieDawg

September 23rd, 2012
9:12 am

“I just felt like we weren’t prepared. I can’t really say too much”…Brandon Watts

That’s an indictment of the head coach. We can’t expect the kids to win if they aren’t properly prepared. Wonder who CPJ will blame for the lack of team preparation.

DrC

September 23rd, 2012
9:14 am

ptjackets – Almost every athlete awarded a scholarship to play football at SEC schools would be gladly awarded a scholarship to play at Georgia Tech – the major difference is that today Tech’s football program is a shell of its former self. There are a number of courses of study (History, Technology & Society; Literature, Communication & Culture; Modern Languages; Psychology; Public Policy; Business; International Affairs, etc..) in addition to Engineering programs currently offered at Georgia Tech (which is still an outstanding academic institution). Perhaps your Coach would do better at putting a great deal more emphasis on recruiting instead of cursing at his own players throughtout every game as they return to the sidelines. I admit I am a Bulldog and I can remember when Tech – Georgia was as good a rivalry in football as Alabama – Auburn with neither team getting a real solid dominance, but the last 25 years have been virtually one sided. Whether you need a new coach who appreciates the criticality of recruiting (and perhaps a style of offense that attracts more players) that can turn your program back to a high level remains to be seen. In the meantime, accept where your football program is with the players you have and where other programs are with much better players. I think we can both agree that a football program has never been a true measure of a college or university, but quite honestly it is essentially a fundraising sport of the college for the fans and alumni to enjoy.

Karl

September 23rd, 2012
9:23 am

When the game is on the line, their four star players beat our two star players. That’s just a fact that is now crystal clear from the results of the last three overtime losses. When Johnson first arrived, we won close games at the end (remember the ACC championship, the Wake Forest game etc.) because the likes of Nesbitt, Thomas and Dwyer had the talent to win. There may be that kind of talent sitting on the bench now. If so, let them play! It is true that our defense was awful yesterday (they never seemed to know what they were doing) but we would have won with more talent on offense.

bomber2

September 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

I’m a hugh GT fan have been for 45yrs but PJ has turned this team into a bigger joke than it was when CG was here. I call on a boycott from going to any more home games to show DR we want a change sooner than later. Good luck to all the players we support you 100%. AG needs to be fired today his 3-4 defense sucks no pass rush. During the game I saw DL turning there backs to the qb trying to push through the OL. LOL

Buck

September 23rd, 2012
9:39 am

It’s recruiting, and this is CPJ. We need more degree choices. We need to become Georgia Tech University. Who identifies with an ‘Institute’ these days? Certainly not today’s athlete.

joeygt

September 23rd, 2012
9:57 am

read my post again, its not the coaches its the players, we dont not have or never will have the four to five star talent.

joeygt

September 23rd, 2012
9:57 am

that was a gut-wrenching loss. for all those people calling for cpj/cag head are idiots. we have to play the season out before anyone should be making those determinations. I for one think we are one of the least talented teams as in players in the acc and cpj is getting the most out of them as he can, we do not have alabama or lsu or even georgia caliber talent.. Thats the reason why we struggle when we play teams that are physical. I hate hearing coach paul johnson can only win with gaileys players, heck gailey couldnt win with his own players. cpj coaches up his player and the tripple option is a great scheme, but we need the talented qb and b-back to make it work, josh nesbitt wasnt even recruited for the tripple option and he was a great tripple option qb, tevin washington tries so hard, you have to admit that but he is game manager not a game changer. vad lee looks very talented but he would have got demolished out there, simply bc he doesnt know how to run the offense yet. watch the post game presser by coach paul johnson ive never seenhim so dejected from this loss to miami, obviously he does care and it kills him we let the winnable game get away.

Bamajacket

September 23rd, 2012
10:19 am

“wasn’t meant to be”. Bull. That;s what losers say, in this case time and time again. Miami is average, very average, with very young players. We are obviously worse than that. After the game Tech played last weekend, we get this yesterday? What Miami had, that we don’t have, is players with heart and a will to win. The offense was just ok. Miami is awful on defense. We clearly missed many assignments on the corner in the first quarter. When the TO gets stuffed that way, we are not blocking the corner. Tevin Washington I’m sure is a fine young man. He is just not capable of making big plays to win, and often making bad plays for turnovers. That said, 36 points should win games. The defense was just asleep in the first and 4th quarters. The tackling was back to Kansas of 2010. MTSU and Presbyterian are no measure. When is the last time we had a tough, close game against a really good team, and pulled it out? I can’t remember one. Okay, give up a long pass or two, but how long do you play 8-10 yards off receivers? All this, sadly, is just coaching. What are you telling your team when you punt on 4th and 1 with 2 minutes left? This team does not have the mental and emotional toughness needed. They just seem to fall apart under pressure. Somebody in the athletic dept needs to ask this question. They’re not going to have to worry about a boycott. Just like 5 years ago, people just stop caring, and stop attending. The whole body of this product is just inferior. People, (at least one of us), are not going to keep spending their money.

Brock

September 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

Defense lost this game plain and simple. They can’t get off the field from 3 and 9. 3 and 10, 3 and 15 etc. It’s pathetic.

RWill

September 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

Brandon Watts’ quote about not being prepared, and can’t really say is a pretty bad indictment of Al Groh. That’s squarely on the DC. Doubt any offensive players are saying they aren’t prepared. Even though the head coach is ultimately responsible, the defense not being prepared is on Al Groh.

bugsquacher

September 23rd, 2012
10:24 am

I say…….”fire the gobbler”

yeller bug

September 23rd, 2012
10:42 am

T’was the football equivalent of the Thrilla in Manila: Ali wins early rounds. Frazier comes back with a fury in the middle rounds, then Ali finishes it off….unfortunately GT was Frazier.

If games were 59 minutes long, we’d be 4 – 0.

CAG’s needs to redo his prevent defense—it has only proven to prevent us from winning.

The offense sputtered down the stretch—we came up less than a yd for a first down on our last series—another 30 inches and we have a first down and run out the clock and win the game.

Both teams played with a lot of heart. Like the VT game, we keep coming up 1 or two plays short to win the game and that is heartbreaking.

Fact Check

September 23rd, 2012
11:05 am

The quote from Tevin says it all… “I am coached not to check twice.”. Well, are you coached to call time out when you don’t like the look? Putting the emphasis on coaching is accurate. Translated: CPJ got out schemed!

North Ave Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
11:26 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, What a trash team. georgia will drill you and your Camden County High School Offense!

North Ave Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
11:30 am

@ UGA = Yawn, lol you not Bama or Oregon?? lol buddy your not Toledo or Tulsa hahaha

teleDawg

September 23rd, 2012
11:42 am

I am a DAWG fan, but I cannot understand ” The Genius ” Paul Johnson constantly takes undo chances & cost his team win’s ???? I do not care how far it was on 4th down in OT, YOU KICK THE FIELDGOAL & make Miami match it. When you put PRESSURE on a team they can choke as Paul Johnson coached teams always do ……. Also, how long is “The Genius” going to put up with a washed up Defense Coach in Al Groh. Who would want to come to Tech when you see “The Genius” jerking your son around on the sideline, getting in his face …. It was Johnson’s fault Tech lost this game & he want even stand up like a man & admit it …. blames it ( under his breath ) on his QB …… Bush League Coach !!!!!

Not so fast.

September 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

Does anyone know where i can get one of those GT over Ga rings from?

yeller bug

September 23rd, 2012
12:01 pm

In general you can comment about the abilities of CPJ and CAG, but on the 4th and 1 call, I disagree teleDawg—if we’d kicked the FG, we still would have lost the game. If our offense can’t gain 2 feet to make a 1st down on a critical play, then we deserve to lose.

teleDawg

September 23rd, 2012
12:33 pm

yeller bug : In all due respect, how do you know ???? You would of least had the lead & Miami might of ran something different. All I do know is Bobby Dodd is tuning over in his grave with “The Genius” & his Over Confident 4th down calls & this was not the 1st time. He think’s he can move the ball @ any time on anybody …. This is not Ga. Southern, this is the Big League ( if you call the ACC the Big League ) . Any team that has had a week or more to prepare has whipped Tech …. 0-4 Bowl Games — His ONLY has 2 Big Win’s in 4 1/2 years,one over UGA & the ACC Championship Game ….. That’s It !!!!!