Tech season takes yet another turn




The smirk returned Saturday.
After his team buried North Carolina under an avalanche of yards, touchdowns and difference-making plays, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson gave praise to the Yellow Jackets’ next opponent, Duke. The Blue Devils are much improved, Johnson said, and a very good team.
“Plus, they’ve had two weeks to get ready,” he said. “We all know how that works.”
The remark referred to the oft-repeated belief that opponents receive a considerable benefit when they have an extra week to prepare for Tech’s spread-option offense. Opposing coaches have routinely credited it when they’ve won, but it irks Johnson and he likely took no small pleasure in providing contrary evidence Saturday. North Carolina had an extra week to get ready for Tech, but the Tar Heels gave up the most they had ever allowed in a home game in the Jackets’ 68-50 victory in Chapel Hill, N.C.
“Practices were good,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said. “If I saw that coming, I probably wouldn’t have shown up (Saturday).”
Johnson’s post-game demeanor, bragging on his players and cracking wise, reflected yet another change of course in Tech’s improbable season. It began with an overtime loss to Virginia Tech that was somehow both stunning and encouraging, appeared to lift off with a shearing of Virginia, then collapsed in consecutive losses to Miami, Middle Tennessee State and Clemson.
The Jackets have now won three of their last four and, with quarterback Vad Lee’s vibrant play Saturday, may have finally found traction.
“We really needed this,” A-back Orwin Smith said. Only a couple weeks ago, he continued, players’ heads were down. “Now guys feel like they can win, and that’s what we need. As long as guys believe, I feel like we can get some things done.”
More than a few things got done Saturday, an afternoon of firsts and mosts, starting with the ACC record for most combined points in a conference game.
Tech set school records for most points in an ACC game, most players to rush for a touchdown in an ACC game (five), most opponent kickoff return yards (267) and most kick return yards by an individual (Jamal Golden, 230). The Tar Heels set ACC records for most kickoff returns (11) and most points by a losing team. Tech’s 68 points were also the most ever scored on North Carolina in a conference game.
“Too bad we missed that two-point conversion,” Johnson said.
More pertinent to Tech’s season, the Jackets achieved a meaningful “first since.” This season, the fourth quarter has been a platform for opponents to bolt the game down, stage comebacks or at least tighten the score. Saturday, Tech locked the game up in the final 15 minutes. The Jackets outscored North Carolina 10-7 in the fourth, scoring the final 10 points after the Tar Heels drew to within 58-50 on an interception returned for a touchdown in the first minute of the quarter.
It was the first time that Tech had outscored its opponent in the fourth quarter of a game that was within two scores at the end of the third since its 45-35 win over N.C. State in the fifth game of the 2011 season. The Jackets did it, no less, against a UNC team that had outscored its opponents 75-28 in the fourth quarter before Saturday.
Lee led the two scoring drives in the fourth, accounting for 99 of the two possessions’ 156 yards either by run or pass. He riddled the Tar Heels throughout the afternoon, accumulating 281 yards of total offense and accounting for three touchdowns. Lee, who came in as planned for starter Tevin Washington in the third series of the game and thereafter never left, also converted six of Tech’s nine third downs with runs or passes.
“I just wanted to execute the offense to the fullest, to the best of my ability,” Lee said. “I think we did that (Saturday).”
The win sets up a potential “first since” – Tech’s first ACC Coastal Division title since 2009. Tech will play Duke at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium, televised on ESPNU. A berth in the ACC championship game may be on the line.
The Jackets will go to Charlotte with a win over the Blue Devils and one of three scenarios. One is Miami losing to Duke Nov. 24. Should Miami beat the Blue Devils, the second is North Carolina beating Virginia and Maryland to finish in a three-way tie with Miami and Tech and then Virginia finishing in fourth place, which would give Tech a berth in the championship game through the league’s tiebreaker system. The third would require Tech to beat Duke and Miami to self-impose a postseason ban as part of its NCAA sanctions.

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Jmonty

November 12th, 2012
12:49 pm

OK folks… Don’t count the chickens before they hatch… A lot of it depends on which GT team shows up against Duke. The one that hung 68 points on UNC or the team that couldn’t score an offensive TD against BYU. The team that kept BC at bay or the team that had MTSU run up and down the field. If both the “D” and the “O” play a great game together, we could beat almost anyone. If they both play horrible, we can lose to anyone. I just hope that we keep the offense rolling.

10 of 11

November 12th, 2012
1:02 pm

Probably correct. Now you all can say factually that we do not have the best team in the country coming out of our conference.

GT Tenn…..I don’t like GT’s chances against a Tennessee team or an Ole Miss team that scores as much as they both do. I like our chances against everyone on your schedule other than Clemson but even they would be a toss-up because they don’t play D and struggled with Auburn.

I do think you guys are much better with Vad and if your offense is clicking it takes away some of the things that have been going on with your D. No doubt it will help to have Vad on both sides of the ball. I hope you beat Duke and fully expect you to do so. I just thin a team that could lose to Middle Tennessee by 21 points would fare well with our schedule and can’t beat us.

10 of 11

November 12th, 2012
1:10 pm

Tell me what you would say about it if the ACC had won 6 straight BCS titles and you had beaten us 10 out of 11 years 14GT?

You wouldn’t ever claim the ACC as your conference or that maybe they were the best would you? No of course not you hypocrite.

Einstein

November 12th, 2012
1:12 pm

ToeMeetsLeather – That’s pretty funny about Uga’s signature win against a vaunted #6-BCS ranked Florida gators team that needed a blocked punt return with 2 seconds left to beat Lafayette!!! Hahahahaha, hilarious!!!

So, let me get this straight: The Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns lost to Oklahoma State 65 – 24 (OSU gained 742 yards), lost to North Texas 30 – 23 (North Tex gained 524 yards), lost to Arkansas State 50 – 27 (Ark State gained 526 yards) and then lost to the #6 BCS-ranked-team-in-the-country Florida gators that gained a whopping 311 yards and needed a blocked punt with 2 seconds left to beat the Cajuns????? …..

…… couldn’t be funnier ….. makes them dawgs even prouder … woof woof …. to have whupped up on Buffalo, Missouri, FL Atlantic, Vandy, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn, and certainly GA Southern this coming Saturday ……. wow, can’t we just go ahead and put the dawys in the national title game? In fact, based on the current BCS standings if Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame lose a game and GA beats Alabama in the SEC championship game, we’ll have a Uga vs. FL gators national championship game. Now wouldn’t that be exciting ………………..

North Ave Killer Beez

November 12th, 2012
1:13 pm

Who Cares: hit it on the head. Winning the coastal at this point is liking winning fake poker chips. But that is the state of GT football. That a boy coach!! Basketball team looks good!

10 of 11

November 12th, 2012
1:28 pm

Hard to decide what makes me laugh more? GT fans talking smack about UGA for any reason or the GT football team losing by 21 freaking points at home to Middle Tennessee.

Einstein can you beat us??? No.

Better yet can you beat Middle Tennessee at home??? No.

Can you lose to them by less than 20 freaking points??? No.

I can hear the coach now at the middle Tennessee end of the year banquet: “we might not have accomplished the goals we set for ourselves this season as a team but we did go to Atlanta and beat the brakes off of Georgia Tech”.

Now that is funny.

White&Gold

November 12th, 2012
1:29 pm

Our game against Georgia has been announced for noon at ESPN. I’ll be there.

White&Gold

November 12th, 2012
1:37 pm

Darn it! I knew we shouldn’t have stocked up on troll food.

SansWorld

November 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

10,
Could you rank the top 5 UGA wins since losing to Tech in 2008?

Einstein

November 12th, 2012
1:48 pm

Hey 10 of 11, I guess GT losing to MTSU is kind of like FL almost losing to Lafayette? Shows anything can happen on any given day ………

Well, at least now that PJ has figured out that GT has a better shot of winning games,i.e., scoring more points than the other team, with Vad Lee running the show makes us a little more interesting. And, this could bode well for GT in a year or two or three when it will be time again for us to win one of those 10 of 11 games. And who knows, maybe we develop a decent defense. And maybe by then the Gators will develop a decent offense and go back to winning 10 of 11 games from the dawgs ……………..

Einstein

November 12th, 2012
1:49 pm

Oops, I forgot, Gators did actually beat Lafayette …………

ToeMeetsLeather

November 12th, 2012
1:50 pm

I’m still waiting on a big OOC win for the SEC this year. Maybe they will get one on the 24th when they play Clemson and FSU. Or maybe not.

Einstein

November 12th, 2012
1:54 pm

Is this Late-Fall-Break for the SEC football teams?

Uga vs. Ga. Southern
Alabama vs. Western Carolina
Florida vs. Jacksonville State (watch out Gators ……)
SC vs. Wofford (Woff what?)
Auburn vs. Alabama A&M – now that’s gonna be a close one!
Tenn vs. Vandy – cancel each other out
Kentucky vs. Samford – KY has a chance to win a game ……….

Einstein

November 12th, 2012
2:00 pm

Good point ToeMeetsLeather. Actually, Tennessee did beat Troy 55 – 48 in a slugfest. … ok, maybe that doesn’t count ……

I’d like to see Clemson beat SC for once and I’m sure FSU will beat the Gators; let’s face it, if FL can conger up only 311 yards against the Ragin’ Cajuns, FSU will hold them to 43 total yards ……..

ramblin'

November 12th, 2012
2:01 pm

at what point does Miami need to self-impose a post-season ban?

Go Jackets

November 12th, 2012
2:11 pm

Defense gave up 50. fish fry wont hire a good DC till its too late. Just like he didnt start Vad Lee till its too late. This team needs an enema.

White&Gold

November 12th, 2012
2:13 pm

Einstein, your comment on how Kentucky has a chance to win a game this upcoming weekend is complete nonsense………they have a fairly good chance to beat Georgia a few weeks ago. haha

old time dog

November 12th, 2012
2:13 pm

Curious why no one hs mentioned UGA playing Georgia Southern this weekend. Should be very telling for both teams. Tech can see what GSU does to UGA that is working and UGA has a chance to practice against a scout team that is very good at the option.

1 4 GT

November 12th, 2012
2:35 pm

10…..took a little nap. Late response to you. Why would I try to steal some of my brother’s glory if he won…….oh. let’s see……the undisputed heavyweight boxing title……or maybe……beating his buddy in a golf game, just to bring things back to earth? Would I claim him as my brother? Of course I would! Would I take pride in being his brother? Of course I would! But try to steal some of his glory? How could I? You see, it’s like this. The SEC ain’t won a damn thing. Four teams out of twelve have won games and been deemed the National Champions of football. The other eight teams AIN’T done squat!!!! Except watch…..right alongside the rest of us. And oh, BTW, I look at life realistically, not hypocritically. Selah!

1 4 GT

November 12th, 2012
2:38 pm

Gives both sides things to ponder on, HUH old dog?

SansWorld

November 12th, 2012
2:39 pm

I suspect that if UGA had played GTs schedule this year, they would still be 9-1
I suspect that if Tech had played UGA’s schedule, they would still be 5-5.
They both have played 1 or 2 good teams, a 3 or 4 bad teams and 3 or 4 average teams, and avoided the best teams in their conference. The difference is UGA avoided three really good teams in their conference, but are still under the illusion that they have an elite schedule in an elite conference.

old time dog

November 12th, 2012
3:04 pm

true 14 gt. I will be watching with a great deal of interest. I understand that Georgia Southern put more points up against Alabama last year than an other opponent. This may well be a window into the GT Uga game the next week. My prediction is that GSU stays within 2 touchdowns for 3 quarters until the depth of the dogs takes over in the foruth quarter.

5150 UOAD

November 12th, 2012
3:24 pm

GSU had Jaybo Shaw at QB as a Senior last year. I don’t think GSU is as good this year.

wrecked again

November 12th, 2012
3:38 pm

LOL 5-5 playing in the ACC and thinking tech would have the same record playing in the SEC.
In case you haven’t noticed there are 6 SEC teams in the top 10 BCS and 1 from the ACC.

10 of 11

November 12th, 2012
4:14 pm

14gt not overwhelmed with that response. I know what you were trying to say but poor delivery.

Look I don’t remember hearing many UGA fans trying to take credit for the BCS Championships. Most of that is done by fans of other conferences assuming we would want to do that. All we said is that we play in the conference that has produced the best teams for 6 straight years. Clearly better than any other conference. If that is somehow doing something wrong then sorry. Can’t control that.

Bottom line is no matter how we do in conference we are still finding a way to consistently beat Tech. That in itself tells me we are a better program and play in a tougher conference. I don’t think true realistic fans would ever argue that the ACC is better than the SEC in football just as we would need to admit the ACC is superior in basketball despite Kentucky winning the NC.

That is a case of one team in an otherwise average conference. That is not the case with the BCS football championships.

10 of 11

November 12th, 2012
4:17 pm

no Einstein. You lost by 21 at home. Florida won so not even close.

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Reformed Toady

November 12th, 2012
4:33 pm

Hey Ken, why do post like the vulgar one at 3:22pm get left up? Obviously it’s a name thief. Just curious because anything like that on a dog blog immediately disappears. I know Cox is all dog but shouldn’t they at least admit it. Possibly put a disclaimer that you are unable to delete vulgarity because Cox cuts the checks. I won’t mind and most of the other GT posters won’t either. We already know UGA runs the AJC.

GT TN

November 12th, 2012
4:47 pm

@ wrecked again..you are correct about the 6 teams in top 10..UGA played 2 of them..won 1 and got embarrassed in another..this was UGA’s time to compete for a NC and you blew it again..why not spend your time trying to figure out why UGA can’t win the big game and quit worrying about a GT team..

10 of 11

November 12th, 2012
4:49 pm

reform. that kind of stuff shows up on the UGA pages as well. It is usually worse though because we get bama, lsu, tenn, fsu, and ohio state fans on our pages and they dont hold back with their lack of class and love for the dawgs.

10 of 11

November 12th, 2012
4:52 pm

GT TN you are correct that continually beating you isn’t classified as winning a big game. No disagreement there.

GT TN

November 12th, 2012
5:08 pm

7-15 against top 25 teams last 5 years for UGA..5-7 for GT against top 25 in last 5 years..that is why UGA guys love to talk about tech..people thta have problems love to talk about other people to cover up the problems they have..instead of worrying about yourself you worry about someone else..

@ 10 of 11..it is funny how you won’t admit you have problems..I know we have struggled against UGA..i admit it and we might fix it this year..you can’t admit that UGA struggles in big games so you are going to continue to suck

Buzzing insect from the Institute

November 12th, 2012
5:11 pm

wooohooooo back on in to the ACC Championship game…….

Insect in TN....

November 12th, 2012
5:13 pm

that is correct 10 of 11 including the 10 year anniversary of the 51-7 beatdown…….I too know there are problems on North Ave…..I admit it- Tech is a joke

GT TN

November 12th, 2012
5:21 pm

@ Buzing insect..correct me if I’m wrong..UGA has been to SEC shamp game 1 time in last 8 years..that would have been last year when they BACKED into it with AR beating USC…I’ll wait for your reply to correct me on this

Ken Sugiura

November 12th, 2012
6:13 pm

tiebreaker answer – yes, UNC would win out, UVA would lose to UNC and beat VT. VT would have to lose to BC and UVA.
i’ll have more on it tomorrow. i’m having some difficulty nailing down a couple details about the tiebreaker system.
toady – i should tell you that i’m not on the blog all day. i was, actually, trying to understand the tiebreaker rules much of the afternoon and didn’t check the blog as much as i might have otherwise. if there’s a name thief, i’d encourage you to e-mail me.
Thanks.

10 of 11

November 12th, 2012
6:32 pm

GT TN we backed into it when a bad Auburn team beat SC at home. How do you back into a championship game when you win more games than the rest of your division? Aren’t you all pumping your chest right now about making your championship game with a 6 -5 record because Miami forfeits? Lol why would you bring that up??

Answer this: How many times do you think Tech would have made it to Atlanta from the east. My answer is zero cause you can’t beat UGA. We don’t have any problems with you so on this blog you won’t hear me being critical of UGA. Nope isn’t going to happen. When it comes to Tech things are just fine.

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Reformed Toady

November 12th, 2012
8:57 pm

I understand Ken. I appreciate your coverage of Georgia Tech. You do an outstanding job and it does not go unnoticed. I’m just trying to come to some kind of understanding about what is allowed. It appears anything is allowed on the Tech blog except Jacket fans defending their team. If a Tech blogger trys to reciprocate on the MULTIPLE dog blogs there is an instant response by the host. Those host are BK, CT, TT, JS, and MB. It appears that a GREAT deal of levity is applied to the multiple dog people (sic) posting vulgarity on Tech’s blog but none whatsoever applied on the dog blogs.

Mr. 10 of 11, GTBob post football related statements. I’ve yet to see any vulgarity from him. I know his handle is hijacked with regularity. The same goes for Supersize, 1 4 GT and any regular Tech poster on Ken’s blog. Seems like we are fair game to the powers that be. Those powers are Cox Enterprises. Just admit that this is a forum to trash Tech at free will with no one with the power to stop it. It’s an all dog newspaper (sic). I can understand that but I certainly don’t have to buy it or pay attention to the advertisements on the internet. Say it and be proud dogs, you deserve it. BTW, do you dogs actually buy the AJC? If not you may want to start. It’s your paper and they need subscribers. Go Dogs!

1 4 GT

November 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

Well said Reformed Toady!!

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10 of 11

November 13th, 2012
11:27 am

I didn’t say anything about those guys posting??? Where did that come from?

All I said is the UGA pages get plenty of vulgar comments as well and that it is usually from people using those other school names. Who knows if they are really fans of those schools or not.

Just letting you know if happens to us as well. I make comments on here but never use vulgar words directed at anyone.

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