Live blog: Georgia Tech-Middle Tennessee State

Is there a hangover?

Georgia Tech has more margin for error against Middle Tennessee State than it would against an ACC opponent, but not so much that it can sleepwalk through Bobby Dodd Stadium and count on winning. A week after a crushing loss to Miami, the Yellow Jackets can show they’ve put it behind them and are ready to play their final eight regular-season games with a dominating effort against MTSU. A-back Orwin Smith said the team has finished its moping and is moving forward.

How does the defense handle the Blue Raiders?

After Miami played the Tech defense like a fiddle, the Jackets will play an offense of a different stripe. The Blue Raiders operate a spread offense that stretches defenses sideline to sideline. They also work without a huddle, which Miami used to give the Jackets problems last week. With MTSU quarterback Logan Kilgore often throwing short routes, it may be difficult for Tech to pressure him, so effective coverage and good tackling will be essential.

Will the backups get playing time?

Given that Tech was a 27.5-point favorite on Thursday and has beaten MTSU by a combined 56 points in the past two seasons, there is some expectation that the Jackets will win, and possibly handily. Should that prove to be the case, coach Paul Johnson will have the opportunity to stretch the legs of some second- and third-teamers for possibly the last time this season. Defensive linemen Anthony Williams and Adam Gotsis, inside linebacker Anthony Harrell, quarterback Vad Lee and guard Trey Braun could make cases for more playing time.

A win for Georgia Tech would …

Improve its record against teams with “Blue” in their nickname (Duke Blue Devils, Presbyterian Blue Hose and MTSU Blue Raiders) to 55-30-1.

A win for Middle Tennessee State would …

Be the third win this season for a Sun Belt Conference team against a BCS conference team (Louisiana-Monroe over Arkansas, Western Kentucky over Kentucky).

Matchup to watch

MTSU wide receiver Anthony Amos vs. Tech cornerback Rod Sweeting

Amos, a former walk-on, has caught 21 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in three games this season. He was added to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top wide receiver. Sweeting had a tough game against the Hurricanes and will have another challenge when lined up across from Amos.

The history book

Series record: Georgia Tech leads 2-0

Last meeting: Last September in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the Jackets scored on their first play from scrimmage, a 73-yard touchdown pass to Tony Zenon and led 28-0 in the second quarter on their way to a 49-21 win. Quarterback Tevin Washington completed five of eight passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

Tweet of the week

If Tech loses I’m transferring

@yaboynewt

Newt Clark, Tech student

774 comments Add your comment

still loyal

September 29th, 2012
11:25 am

still loyal

September 29th, 2012
11:26 am

Team needs to get back to having fun today.

Bobby Dodd Jr.

September 29th, 2012
11:27 am

I agree. Have fun and get ready for Clemson.

still loyal

September 29th, 2012
11:38 am

Ken, what type of crowd are you expecting?

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2012
11:50 am

not much of one. with 20 minutes to kickoff it is really sparse.

still loyal

September 29th, 2012
11:55 am

That is what i figured.

pw12

September 29th, 2012
12:00 pm

Stop the slants and we are undefeated….

still loyal

September 29th, 2012
12:01 pm

I agree but slants did not just become an issue with us. We haven’t been able to defend them for years.

todd

September 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

Why is this blacked out on espn3?

If do right, no can defense

September 29th, 2012
12:04 pm

Wish I was there to cheer my jackets… alas, if not for senior design.

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2012
12:07 pm

it’s blacked out in acc footprint. it’s on regional sports networks, including fox sports south in atlanta.
http://www.theacc.com/live/2012-acc-football-match-center-rsn-furman-at-clemson.html

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2012
12:15 pm

If do right, no can defense

September 29th, 2012
12:17 pm

Tevin seems composed… also, good pitch to Orwin there… the 3 guys on the outside basically blocked each other.

If do right, no can defense

September 29th, 2012
12:26 pm

Missed tackle by Jemea Thomas, lucky break for Kilgore, and missed assignment on their TE killed us on that drive.

buckheadboy

September 29th, 2012
12:27 pm

It’s on channel 644 on DirectTV in the Atlanta area.

Chaps

September 29th, 2012
12:27 pm

Left the defense in the locker room again.

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2012
12:27 pm

that was easy. great catch in the end zone.

Can you believe it?

September 29th, 2012
12:28 pm

Tech be looking awesome as usual. What a defense! Nice crowd too – I’d guess around 1,500 excluding the band :-)

GT Fan

September 29th, 2012
12:30 pm

If MTSU has another drive as easy as that one, Al Groh should be FIRED during the GAME!

Where in the H-LL is the pass rush!?????

Can you believe it?

September 29th, 2012
12:31 pm

For those that want to see firsthand the awesomeness of GT the game is on Fox Sports South

MERCY RULE

September 29th, 2012
12:32 pm

Hahahahaha, Tech sucks! Lettin MTSU hang around!

pw12

September 29th, 2012
12:32 pm

Kids do not wrap up anymore…sad tech is notorious for that.

If do right, no can defense

September 29th, 2012
12:32 pm

Once again a missed tackle by Jemea and #42.

MERCY RULE

September 29th, 2012
12:32 pm

And can’t tackle!

Chaps

September 29th, 2012
12:32 pm

No improvement on defense. very painful to watch. Announcer says MTS “not intimidated.” No kidding.

GT Fan

September 29th, 2012
12:33 pm

ORWIN SMITH has to be taken OFF of special teams!

PJ listened to me RE: Snoddy. BS gets a good return, and OS screws him.

Lee Goza

September 29th, 2012
12:33 pm

Make a tackle please!

GT Fan

September 29th, 2012
12:36 pm

What kinda name is Sanchez-Lopez? Just pick a name, son.

GT got lucky there. If no Int Grnding is called I believe MTSU goes for it on 4th & 1 again….

If do right, no can defense

September 29th, 2012
12:36 pm

Yeah those spread 4-receiver sets+hurry-up are hurting us

MERCY RULE

September 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

THIS is why UGA is and always will be so much better than Tech. We play on national tv week in and week out, Tech is LUCKY to get one or two national televised games a year. Tech will NEVER be on the same level as UGA. EVER. And this year in Athens, I will bring out the MERCY RULE for Tech because UGA is going to hurt them. :)

eeyore

September 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

stick a fork in this tech team…. our season ended last week when PJ gave up on 4 and less than 1 with 2 mins left in regulation and punted it. maybe his fat ego couldn’t have handled it if his top rushing offense didn’t pick up the first down to win the game. oh wait… it happened that way in OT anyways

MORGANTECH

September 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

its VAD time hope he does well.

MERCY RULE

September 29th, 2012
12:38 pm

Tech is too predictable on offense. Offensive strategy is pathetic. This ain’t William & Mary :)

Lee Goza

September 29th, 2012
12:39 pm

Lee Goza

September 29th, 2012
12:40 pm

I’d like to see an incomplete pass

If do right, no can defense

September 29th, 2012
12:40 pm

Bad read by Vad Lee on that drive, should have pulled on 2nd down. Plus bad pass protection on 3rd down. Get ready for a long game, folks.

Lee Goza

September 29th, 2012
12:40 pm

Lee Goza

September 29th, 2012
12:41 pm

More great tackling

Chaps

September 29th, 2012
12:42 pm

This has potential to be very embarrassing.

eeyore

September 29th, 2012
12:42 pm

as much as i love GT … i think i’ll start rooting for MTSU so we can be rid of CPJ and CAG this year.

MORGANTECH

September 29th, 2012
12:43 pm

He does not make reads very well, but he has nice touch throwing it .Our D is bad,no very bad,no really really bad.

MERCY RULE

September 29th, 2012
12:44 pm

@ Chaps, Your team IS an embarrassment to college football!

GT Fan

September 29th, 2012
12:45 pm

What the heck is up with 790 the zone … I’m out West and every time I click on the “listne live” link I’m getting some national sports talk, NOT Wes & the game broadcast? Any help???

MERCY RULE

September 29th, 2012
12:46 pm

SWISS cheese D!

billyho55

September 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

PATHETIC! JUST PATHETIC!

MERCY RULE from UGA

September 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

That ain’t Todd Gurley! :) Imagine what UGA’s running backs are gonna do!

Chaps

September 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

Untouched up the middle. Groh must be so proud.

MERCY RULE from UGA

September 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

GT isn’t built to come back from behind. Better not get too far behind MTSU :) hahahaha

georgia tech breakin neckz

September 29th, 2012
12:49 pm

really middle tenn

GT Fan

September 29th, 2012
12:49 pm

3rd & 4 … 60 yd TD run …… 3rd down D does it again. AG is a gonner!