Georgia Tech quoteboard

“Anytime you lose, the whole stuff bothers you. I think the penalties, the turnovers, the self-inflicted stuff bothers me the most, that we can’t call a formation and play together that we can’t run on (the correct snap count), that we can’t run a play without holding. All those things bother me.”

Coach Paul Johnson on what bothered him most about the loss

“It’s very frustrating because we’ve been preaching all week, Take care of the ball, do the little things right and we’ll give ourselves a chance to be in the ballgame. It just felt like we laid an egg.”

Quarterback Tevin Washington on Tech mistakes

“I think total yards, they don’t add up in the win or loss column.”

Washington on Tech outgaining Georgia 426-379

“They won the last four. The only way to get the thing going the other way is to beat ’em. You’ve got to hope next year’s team will be able to come out and hopefully get a win.”

Washington on Georgia’s dominance in the rivalry

“You’ve got to flush it and move on to the next game. I feel like we’ve got another opportunity to go out and get a win. Guys are excited. We’re playing for the championship. We’ve still got a lot to play for, get a chance to go to a BCS bowl if we win.”

Washington on getting ready for the ACC Championship game vs. Florida State

“I was just trying to make a play for the offense and keep trying to get more yards and he just got me.”

A-back Robbie Godhigh on getting stripped of the ball at the Georgia 1-yard line by Bacarri Rambo

“We’ve got to stick together because some guys were fading apart during the last bit of the game, but we’ve just got to stick together and hold tight because we’ve got something big up next week.”

Inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy on defensive players’ frustrations at the end of the game

“They tried to make sure that we didn’t get the ball on the perimeter. That left it up to me and (Zach) Laskey a lot to try to get some of the tough yards on the inside. I think we were able to do that pretty much most of the game, but it wasn’t enough.”

B-back David Sims, who led Tech with 71 rushing yards, on the Georgia linebackers – fd

“I feel like if you watch the film, it was more so from a scheme standpoint as opposed to them mushing us around, but they ran the ball successfully for sure. They got some good schemes on us, they managed to find creases. Their running back isn’t very easy to tackle, so when you add in all those things, you have a problem.”

Defensive end Izaan Cross on Georgia’s running game

“Really? Were you watching the game? Do you think it mattered where they got the ball?”

Johnson, in response to a question about Georgia’s field-position advantage in the first half

By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

132 comments Add your comment

tellitlikeitis

November 24th, 2012
9:04 pm

Marine Jacket

November 24th, 2012
9:05 pm

Expected us to have a hard time winning. The turnovers and penalties is what bothers me most.

Go Jackets!!! Bring on FSU.

1 4 GT

November 24th, 2012
9:22 pm

Still in the doldrums….likely to linger a day or two….I wanted so bad to mess up their end of the year plans…..thought we could make a game of it & hang close & maybe sneak up & steal one. Alas, was not to be. Still my horse though, if they never win a race. I could never be a dwag!

Jacket ~1

November 24th, 2012
9:22 pm

Whom has the won the most Nat. Championships! Thank you.

cpj

November 24th, 2012
9:23 pm

OK folks, lets start up that fish cooker.

1 4 GT

November 24th, 2012
9:26 pm

If (biggest word in the English language) we had scored on the 1st possession instead giving up the strip & having the resulting 14 point swing, would the game have been different. Oh well, can’t live on what ifs! Suffice to say, georgie got the ball bouncing their way early & we never got a good bounce.

Biff Pocoroba

November 24th, 2012
9:29 pm

This team has quit in a game three times this year now. Time for some changes. no decent AD will want to come here now and be handcuffed with the bad contract that DRad gave PJ. PJ needs to be forced to hire an offensive coordinator and get of these guys who don’t understand you have to pass the ball to win sometimes. if he doesn’t like it, Delta is ready for him to leave.

1 4 GT

November 24th, 2012
9:29 pm

Got a joke for y’all! 2 gals (BFF’s) were comparing notes. One went to Tech & the other to georgie. The Tech gal says, “I slept with a Brazillian”! The georgie gal said, “Oh my gosh! How many is a Brazillian”?

1 4 GT

November 24th, 2012
9:32 pm

You may be right Biff. Changes must be made. Just can’t stand on the status quo.

Coach Z

November 24th, 2012
9:34 pm

Really? Where you watching the game? The talent of UGA is the difference, whether they are coached or not, they could have beat Tech if they were just drawing up plays on the turf in Sanford stadium. Tech looked like what they looked like, bad, scared and screwed.

NOVAJacket

November 24th, 2012
9:35 pm

Clueless Biff.

Techster

November 24th, 2012
9:38 pm

Georgia could have scored 70 if they hadn’t taken their foot off the gas. And Tech wouldn’t have scored their lone TD against the first unit. Can you say “program disparity?”

Coach Z

November 24th, 2012
9:38 pm

Good joke 1 4 GT, humor might be they way to accept the fact our team can’t show up for big/any games.

Coach Z

November 24th, 2012
9:42 pm

I think CPJ said it best, he recruits for the ACC. Looks like we will see how that’s going next week in the Queen City.

yeller bug

November 24th, 2012
9:43 pm

This was UUUgly!

We knew we were not the best team and we certainly didn’t play well despite moving the ball offensively. You can’t fumble on the 1—protect the ball–you could tell that was a strategy by UGA to try to strip the ball. The int by Vad was one of the worst throw balls he’s ever made—throw it in front of the receiver and it was 6. We knew the D would have a tough time and they did. Good win by UGA—final thoughts—Roll Tide!

Biff Pocoroba

November 24th, 2012
9:51 pm

Yes, Nova, I am clueless. I guess you think Middle Tennessee is that much better than us. You are clueless if you think that we will ever win with PJ’s talent level and recruiting. He is getting killed in recruting because other coaches tell these guys they will never make the NFL playing at Tech and they believe it. PJ must change must is too arrogant to see it and thinks stars don’t matter.

povox

November 24th, 2012
9:58 pm

1 4 GT- Agreed! Tech is my team, and will always be my team, win or lose! And I like my dad’s take on the game: I think UGA caught us looking ahead to the ACC championship game…and continuing my dad’s take: I’m glad you can’t see me as I type this so you can’t see the tears in my eyes (from laughter or grief- take your pick). Somebody give me another bourbon, please…

Biff Pocoroba

November 24th, 2012
9:58 pm

The picture in the AjC showed the Tech players jumping around looking fired up. I haven’t seen them that fired up during a game in 3 years. They seem to have grown tired of PJ’s attitude and his constant yelling. This guys is a jerk to reporters and people wonder why the meda seem to always be against us. We are in a no win situation now. No one is going to buy tickets to a bowl in Texas or season tickets next year with PJ talking about how young we are and how tough the conference is for the fifth year in a row. We cant afford to fire him or keep him now. The team is in the ACC championship game but the fan base is apathetic since the team plays so poorly in almost every area. Maybe Arkansas will want him. That is about our only hope now.

povox

November 24th, 2012
10:00 pm

Final thoughts: Go Tech, beat FSU (I’ll have another bourbon, please…)

Go Dawgs, beat Bama!

Go Irish! Beat the Trojans and the Dawgs!!!

GT-UT

November 24th, 2012
10:06 pm

We were overmatched. I still love my Jackets, but we were over matched, period. We’ve got to get stronger. They ran right over us, through us, and around us.

I liked Vad in the pistol and I like the B Back pounding up the middle. The D was terrible. Special Teams got run over. We can’t even kick the ball in the end zone.

We have got to get better.

GT-UT

November 24th, 2012
10:10 pm

Biff, don’t know if you are a Tech Grad. I for one think CPJ and his O gives us the best chance to win. Not many teams can beat UGA this year.

Dawg Day Night

November 24th, 2012
10:19 pm

I think it is hilarious to see Paul Johnson waste 4 years of Vad Lee’s life and ruin his NFL chances. The kid is so talented and I watched 3 yards and a cloud of dust all day. Too funny!

Go Dawgs!!!!

Coleman Rudolph was right!

November 24th, 2012
10:31 pm

CPJ cannot recruit worth a flip. The talent gap between the two teams was dramatic. This is year five of CPJ’s coaching regime and 6-6 is his record with a chance to be 6-8 after a bowl loss…..not good…..how does the athletic department market season tickets for next season……what was DRad thinking when he made the hire……I wonder if DRad will make this bad a hire at Clemson.

lindseysnot

November 24th, 2012
10:36 pm

ddnight—u r an a-hole. u seem to be a typical know-nothing football fan(sic).
anyways…team not prepared, no focus. coach, I’m asking you; when does this get turned around? screw ugag, I’m talking about the games that matter, regardless of who it is we are playing? the losses to the dwagz matter to us fans, A LOT, but if you cannot get the team focused to play this ONE game, then what do we GT fanz have to look forward to?

lindseysnot

November 24th, 2012
10:42 pm

As an added comment…cannot figure you fans that seem to think that CPJ is going anywhere anytime soon…you gonna pony up 5Mill (that’s probably what the Athletic Ass(ES)could buy him off for)? PLEASE, STFU and help with getting the team turned around, instead of trying to get rid of someone who ain’t going anywhere for the next 3 to 5.

The UGA formerly known as RUSS

November 24th, 2012
11:00 pm

Wow…I’m glad I’m not a Tech fan after looking at the quotes above from the players…more problems than lack of talent.

Coleman Rudolph was right!

November 24th, 2012
11:14 pm

Quotation from Todd Grantham, “When we played Florida it was a lot more physical. So I wouldn’t say it’s a physical offense. Little people can’t block big people. And that’s why little people cut. That’s why you do what you do, is to get an advantage, little people are going to try to cut you. … I think what they do is good, but we’ve played in more physical games.”

1 4 GT

November 24th, 2012
11:21 pm

Folk can talk about Stanford, ND, Vandy, Northwestern or which ever school comes to mind & their tuff academic requirements matching up with GT or even more all they want. And those schools being able to recruit the better athletes ala the Bammers & Georgies and their ilk. They forget that those schools have the same broad based curricula that georgie & bammer have. And that GT has a very limited curricula with not even half the majors/schools of study of the other schools. Hell, the Ga BOR has even taken schools of study (School of Commerce in 1933) away from GT & put it in Athens. Tech did get the Ivan Allen Business College thru the good graces of the BOR, but there is no Urban Studies, Women’s Studies, Journalism or any of the multitude of majors that the other Universities have. Anyone that does not admit to this difference just does not want to acknowledge the difference this makes in recruiting. It is not an excuse, it is a fact. A kid can go to Tech and have a narrow selection of majors or go to a university like georgie and have over 170 choices for his undergrad major or go to Tech & have 36 choices for his undergrad major (count them for yourself as I did). I/we are not making excuses, just stating facts. If anyone wants to deny this fact, have at it. Stanford, ND, Vandy & the other high academic requirement schools have way more than 36 undergrad majors, I guarentee that. Heck, Tech only offers 113 degrees total=36 undergrad, 47 masters & 30 doctorates. Selah!

1 4 GT

November 24th, 2012
11:24 pm

georgie or bammer will play ND for the BCS title.

The Good Word

November 25th, 2012
12:15 am

TW was right… It was an egg. FSU is beatable. I hate to say it, UGA is better than FSU. So, there’s a chance. Beat FSU and win the Orange Bowl and the haters go away. Else, try again next year.

If do right, no can defense

November 25th, 2012
1:08 am

@Biff, 1 4 GT and all the rest of you calling for CPJ’s head (or other dramatic changes)

I think you all agree with me that the major reason for these big game losses – and the increasing margin of defeats to uga over the past 5 seasons – stems from our inability to recruit top-notch talent. Even a supposed coaching genius like Saban will acknowledge that the one aspect of the game that will win you championships – or at least win you games consistently – is defense. And defense is all about the level of talent you bring in, not the scheme or plays you run. Simple as that.

With the defensive minded Tenuta/Gailey, you saw that (mediocre) consistency… we never had a losing season, but did not have outstanding years either, which matched our level of recruiting, something which hasn’t been that great since we shifted to the ACC and Dodd retired.

So as far as recruiting goes, as long as we are in the ACC and type and size of enrollment of a technical research university, and a small – if somewhat more intelligent and more moneyed than the others – fan/alumni base, our recruiting will not improve dramatically. We will never get the 4/5 star studs consistently like uga does, no matter who coaches or how tough or easy our academics is. (And please stop making excuses for these losses as academics, it may be true but it’s getting old and the bulldogs deserve legitimate credit for their program – to say that we would be at their level if only our academics were easier is deluding ourselves.)

Now about the coaching. It is a sad state of affairs in college football, but program stability and tradition – in general, of course – are getting thrown out the window in lieu of 5-year contracts and high turnover in coaches and assistants. Just like with the advent of up-tempo, spread offenses, the old-school defenses of Al Groh and the like have been neutered. The college football landscape is changing with conference realignments, BCS playoffs, etc. and many traditions are on their way out, like it or not.

How many legacy programs do you see around you? I mean programs like Penn State (until last year), VT, and Fla St (until 2009)… programs which have had the same coaches for 10 or more years (with largely the same assistants), and a well-oiled machine that recruits steadily and plays consistently year-after-year. Very few. The landscape has become very chaotic… 14-0 national championship seasons are often followed by 4-8 debacle seasons.

What we need is stability, and a genuine legacy to build upon what Bobby Dodd left us with. Leaving aside the fact that our athletic department is short on cash and would not be able to fire Johnson until 2016, big-time coaching changes at this crucial juncture will not help. We’ve already seen too much assistant coaching/coordinator instability within Johnson’s tenure – 3 defensive coordinators, new special teams coach, co-OL coach getting fired, new strength/conditioning coach, new AD – that our program lacks direction and stability.

This, more than the triple-option scheme, is what is causing us to lose out on maximizing our limited recruiting ability (the annual losses to uga don’t help either). But the gap between our program and uga’s has gotten so wide that man-for-man, it is becoming near impossible to beat them and get some of the great statewide talent that leaves for big-time out-of-state schools.

So, unless uga’s program implodes – an unlikely possibility – we need to forge our own legacy and build a future where we don’t have to beat uga for the season to be considered a success, where we can take our 2 and 3 star recruits and give them the best education and coaching possible, and get some national respect. And I think Johnson is up to that task.

This will be a long and winding road. There will be losing seasons and more debacles like yesterday’s game to come. VT and Boise State did not build their programs from scratch overnight. But we need to define our program, raise its stature, and take it beyond Dodd’s shadow. And so, I for one, am behind Coach Johnson for the next five years as well… and I hope he makes good, solid assistant coach hires that won’t jump ship at first opportunity.

Go Jackets. Up with the White & Gold.

Steve

November 25th, 2012
1:57 am

@do right no can defense….what an excellent post, and hits the nail square on the head. Well said.

2Dawgs

November 25th, 2012
2:13 am

We run this state.

T-man

November 25th, 2012
5:25 am

If there’s money to build the McCamish Center then why isn’t there money to buy out Johnson’s contract? Certainly Tech alumni have to be one of the most successful groups around, with many of them being extremely well to do? So what gives? To keep on saying that Tech’s athletic department is broke and can’t afford to fire Johnson seems incredulous and insincere. If there is enough influential alumni out there who really give a crap about Tech football and want to do more than just complain about it then it’s time to step up and do something before the problem becomes insurmountable. It should be obvious how bad things have gotten. And it should be just as obvious that things won’t get any better as long as Johnson is the head coach. Can anyone legitimately say that the results of this season so far actually shows that things are getting better? He’s a fifth year coach with a team he recruited that couldn’t beat Middle Tennessee State or muster enough competiveness to prevent getting beat yet again, this time by the worst score, at the hands of his cross state rival. If he’s already restricted in recuiting because of academics and is further restricted in recruiting because the best players don’t want to play in his offense then what good is he? How will he ever win enough games that matter if he doesn’t have the talent? System or no system, he’ll never get over the hump. Yeah, that’s right. I’m tired of losing to UGA and I’m tired of losing bowl games. But most of all I’m tired of the excuses. Pass the hat if need be but let’s find a way to make the neccessary change and save Georgia Tech football..

BigDaddyC

November 25th, 2012
6:33 am

Yall are forgetting one main thing…. Besides the fact that Georgia is a better team this year…. They had two weeks to prepare for ya. Give any good team 2 weeks and we have seen what happens. I have followed Tech long enough to know that they will come out and put up a good fight against FSU. FSU is a good team, but with a hangover from UF and a short time to re-adjust….Tech has a chance to get the rhythm of their offense going and to match FSU scoring.

superDawg

November 25th, 2012
6:42 am

14gt I have a joke for you.It is called ga.tek.

If do right, no can defense

November 25th, 2012
6:44 am

Thanks Steve. T-man, that’s a legitimate opinion… it’s just that I’ve made my choice. Keeping CPJ is good for GT in the long term.

mebeingme

November 25th, 2012
7:18 am

The ACC Championship Game: Where you can get a ticket for $7.99 on ticket stub.

Hal

November 25th, 2012
7:29 am

Years ago it was about rivalry between schools and today it is about rivalry between schools and conferences. The ACC recruits the majority of it’s players in the same geographic area as the SEC. As long as we have the cozy relationship between the media outlets like CSS or ESPN witch have contracts with the SEC to promote their conference. These media outlets will continue to devote their football shows to talk about SEC schools and you will have what you saw yesterday where three SEC schools beat their ACC rivals. This is not a case where success of the SEC is driving talk about the SEC this is a case where the ESPN’s and CSS of the media drive the continued success of the SEC by making it a status symbol to play for an SEC school by not exposing both conferences equal time in the same geographic area. This is clearly the fault of the ACC management because it’s up to them to solve this problem i.e their own network or contracts with local media outlets. Schools, academics, playing for your home state mean nothing to the majority of top recruits today. It’s a status symbol to play in the SEC because of their success But what goes around comes around an that will all change with time.

HouseCleaning

November 25th, 2012
7:45 am

The ACC is needs to clean house starting with Paul Johnson and that gimmicky offense. We need an NFL style offense to attract the best players.

UGA = Yawn

November 25th, 2012
7:46 am

I think the lack of vents / blogs by GT fans on all these articles is a good indication of the loss in fan base support for Johnson. Those in the know at GT should take this as a sign that a change is needed.

CB

November 25th, 2012
7:49 am

Tevin Washington was only half right when he said “move on”. We need to discontinue this masochism. Texas A&M no longer plays Texas, why should Tech continue to play an NFL team at the end of each season. It’s time to stop playing Georgia 4 wins in the last 22 is a sign that this is over.

Bye PJ

November 25th, 2012
7:54 am

Let’s start rebuilding the program one more time. Maybe this time we can commit for something long term and not just be happy with a 500 season. Tech is the poster child of a diseased conference.

GTpack

November 25th, 2012
7:57 am

After MTSU, I was hoping this would have been our last game of the season. Now it looks like we will have to get ready for two more beatdowns.

It seems our team is getting worse with each passing (not meant as a pun) year. :-(

Bye PJ

November 25th, 2012
7:59 am

PAUL can you decline the ACC Championship. What a freakin joke. The poor players that follow this man in to the abyss. Division 1 isn’t your league.

GTpack

November 25th, 2012
8:01 am

The ACC this year is awful. A lack of competition drags your team down. Look at what the ACC has managed to do to FSU and VT. We have a great basketball conference, why not football? also, we need a Sports Management major like UGA has so we can have a place for those who don’t want to be engineers, but want to remain active in sports. We could train AD’s and coaches for the future.

Time for us to get off our high horse and at least offer something that will carry more talented young men and women into a career that they would prefer to choose.

lkmantsk

November 25th, 2012
8:10 am

@ T-man

You do have enough wealthy alumni to buy out CPJ’s contract. Unfortunately they all live in India and China and would rather spend their money elsewhere.

@Hal

You are correct about “what goes round comes round” and that things will change in time. Unfortunately it will be a very, very, long time.

@ Tech fans

What you saw yesterday is what is know as “big boy football”….And it could have been much, much worse…..So be thankful for that…

It is the system

November 25th, 2012
8:12 am

CPJ IS the system. The option, when competing with athletic teams is mediocre.

CPJ is immature when it comes to grappling with that reality. CPJ IS the problem. The players are HIS recruits and it is HIS system and he is simply too arrogant to believe that he cannot win in this level. CPJ runs a middle school offense.

GT, see you in our Atlanta home field …. GRANT FIELD.

Go Dogs.

Time to face reality

November 25th, 2012
8:17 am

GT is a wonderful school in engineering. My grandpa graduated from GT and taught ME there before WW2.

That era was THE ERA for GT up into the 1950s. Long gone that time period is.

GT should join the same conference as Ga. Southern. Now, those two teams playing a rivalry game would be awesome. THIS level where Tech needs to be.

Georgia Southern stood up far better to UGA than did GT.

lkmantsk

November 25th, 2012
8:22 am

@ mebeingame

Now that Tech is actually in the ACCCG the price has dropped to $1.99. I’ve also heard that if you tell ‘em Paul Johnson sent you, it’s buy 1 get 1 free…..kinda like Publix….only not as good…