Jackets give helping hand to Bulldogs in rout

ATHENS – Georgia didn’t need much help to beat Georgia Tech, but the Bulldogs received plenty. The result was predictable – a 42-10 loss for the Yellow Jackets on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

Seeking perhaps the biggest upset in the history of the rivalry, Tech turned the ball over twice, botched offensive plays, tackled poorly and gave the Bulldogs generous field position.

The No. 3 Bulldogs did the rest, plowing through Tech’s defense and proving themselves the superior outfit for the 11th time in the past 12 years. It’s the most one-sided 12-game stretch in series history, replacing 10-2 runs that spanned 1971-1982, 1972-1983 and 1986-1997.

The loss brought to a halt Tech’s second-half run in which the Jackets rallied from a 2-4 start with four wins in five games to gain bowl eligibility and a spot in the ACC Championship game. After this dispiriting defeat, Paul Johnson will have to re-train his team’s focus on what could be even a greater challenge – Florida State in the ACC Championship game next Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C.

Tech will play the once-beaten and 10th-ranked Seminoles with a 6-6 record. Georgia (11-1) will likely play Alabama in the SEC championship at the Georgia Dome with a likely spot in the BCS championship game on the line if Alabama stops Auburn later in the day Saturday.

Tech’s chances took a direct hit even before kickoff when A-back Orwin Smith was ruled out with an ankle injury suffered last Saturday in the win over Duke. With Tech’s most productive offensive player sidelined, the Jackets gave more touches to A-back Robbie Godhigh and tried to establish the interior running game with B-backs David Sims and Zach Laskey Tech actually moved the ball effectively – at halftime, the Jackets had 238 yards of offense and were 4-for-8 on third downs. But the Jackets lost the ball on the opening possession when Godhigh was stripped by Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo near the goal line. Rambo intercepted quarterback Vad Lee on a deep ball to A-back B.J. Bostic to end the fourth possession. The fifth possession, the last of the half, was capped by a missed field goal from 36 yards.

The Bulldogs’ offensive line manhandled the Tech defensive front, clearing wide lanes for running backs Todd Gurley and keeping quarterback Aaron Murray safe in the pocket.

Georgia averaged 10.6 yards per play in the first half, scoring four touchdowns in its five possessions before halftime. It didn’t hurt that the Bulldogs’ average starting point on its five drives was just past its 40-yard line.

- Ken Sugiura of the AJC staff

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faultline

November 24th, 2012
3:50 pm

The debate is over. But the question of Johnson’s ability to establish his offense wasn’t as relevant as his inability to bring in defensive players who could make a difference between wining 6 games and wining 9.

JB

November 24th, 2012
3:52 pm

The help given the Dawgs was having a horrible team

ty webb

November 24th, 2012
3:53 pm

I hope that waiver has already been drafted, you’re going to need it…perhaps you could borrow UCLA’s from last year.

Jacket Fan

November 24th, 2012
3:54 pm

And there you have it. This is as good as it gets – a middle of the pack ACC team which will need a harmonic convergence to get to the ACC Championship; otherwise, crushed by real teams. I understand Johnson gets another year, but then what?

By the way, who backs up Shawn Green next year?

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Highly Respected Southern Troll

November 24th, 2012
4:04 pm

Good grief, how will the usual motley gang of PJ supporters spin this mess? Let me see…Tech gained more yards, Tech gained more first downs, Orwin was out, Attachou had the flu, etc.

Johnson needs to go! What more is it going to take to get people to see the obvious?

TechBoy

November 24th, 2012
4:04 pm

That was a debacle. I am not even sure CPJ knows how to call his own offense. And I wonder if the players sense it. It sure looked like they gave on their coach today. But, we have him for at least another year so time will tell. At least the BB team has a bright future!

A. Bishop

November 24th, 2012
4:05 pm

Good luck in the ACC Championship game. Charlotte is a wonderful city so you guys should go up early and enjoy it.

Recruiting guru

November 24th, 2012
4:07 pm

Well, I hate to say i told you so, but this one was over by the half.
Georgia is out recruiting you, you could see that on the field.

Truth

November 24th, 2012
4:08 pm

We have no talent….UGA outweighed our line by 70lbs per player.

JackMike

November 24th, 2012
4:09 pm

GT was pathetic as there defense showed up and then gave up. The offense was OK but could not make the big plays needed to make the game respectable. Coach needs a defesive coach who can get plays to listen, to teach the defense how to tackle and cover wide open pass catchers. The defensive performs like a high school team.
I must say that Tech can not match up with upper crust football teams because they do no have the atheltic players it takes to compete at a high level. They lack fundementals like tackling, pass coverage, thinking on your feet and special teams play.
Tech gave up today and took their punishment from Georgia and never answered back. Several Georgia tackles wre extremely physical and Tech never responed in kind they just took it with the hope the game would end soon.
I have been a Tech fan for a long time but it seems the players at Tech, in the last few years are not very good and right now they could no beat the Camden County high school team. The players have o heart and very little football skils. I sure hope they will improve soon.

mike adams

November 24th, 2012
4:15 pm

I’m so tired of reading the excuses Ken makes for this coach and team. Our team stinks and this Ken chump fails over and over again to call Johnson and this coaching staff out for their pathetic recruiting, lousy coaching, and pathetic special teams play. We need reporters who will state the facts and point out the real issues with this team. Stop protecting these overpaid jokes we have a coaches.

Spike

November 24th, 2012
4:15 pm

Wow, Techies eating their own,,,

Spike

November 24th, 2012
4:17 pm

No rings this year. Oh well, you still have bigger fish to fry..

GT Fan

November 24th, 2012
4:17 pm

42, 49, 47, 41, 50, 42

That’s HALF of GT’s games so far in 2012 where the opponent has put up 40+ pts…
The Jackets are 1-5 in those 6 games (shocker!) … and, IMO, they’ll be 1-6 after FSU puts up 40+ in Charolette.

NO team should expect success when it surrenders 40+ so often.

Who recruits the defensive players for GT?

Johnson back to GSU

November 24th, 2012
4:19 pm

GSU played better than us!! We should of kept Chan, I am just sayin, be careful what you ask for. You want to get rid of someone, and look what we got. Let’t be classy, Georgia has a good team and from what I saw today, they can play with anyone. We need to find a well round coach, not one deminsional triple option high school isn’t working. No balance at all.

Techster

November 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

It’s time we all admit that Tech can no longer compete with UGA in football. You can’t beat 5-star talent with 2 and 3-star talent, even if your players are smarter. Football is mostly a simple game dominated by stronger, bigger, faster teams – like UGA. Time to drop this series and more on.

65yrsafan

November 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

can’t beat uga,can’t win a bowl game,can,recruit defensive players.
good luck with 2013 season ticket sales. maybe it,s time to drop uga
from the schedule.

UGA = Yawn

November 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

Mike Adams – I agree. Ken and all the rest of them walk on egg shells around Johnson. None of them ask him the tough questions. It is very funny. More yards, more first downs, 32 less points. Ah…huh???

Jacket Dad

November 24th, 2012
4:21 pm

We got manhandled. Johnson better get his head out of the sand and realize:
1. The UGA game is the game for Tech fans and you are getting your arse handed to you every year.
2. Recruiting is vital and you are not earning your 2.6 million – there are too many great players in GA and you get very few if any. You better get a young DC who has a pulse and can light a fire under our players.
3. You a losing your fan base coach – we are tired of being embarrassed. I don’t personally want to go to the ACC championship and dang sure don’t want to attend another bowl game we will not be up for.
4. Your offense will not work without opening it up. Your players are now here and “in the system” and they are not able to consistently produce.

Sorry for the negativity, but this is getting old……..

UGA = Yawn

November 24th, 2012
4:21 pm

65 – you’re right. 2013 ticket sales will be non-existent. The fools that continue to buy continue to support Johnson.

Sunbury Ga dawg

November 24th, 2012
4:22 pm

Well guys, you have 365 days to enjoy that 42-10 thrashing. thanks for playing, see you next year!

Techster

November 24th, 2012
4:26 pm

Can Tech impose it’s own post season ban now, bypass the ACC Championship game and just end the misery at 6 – 6?

GTfanonly

November 24th, 2012
4:26 pm

I’ve been a GT fan since the early 70’s and I can be objective. Under Johnson, Tech will remain mediocre at best. I don’t want to hear about how difficult Tech is academically; so is
Sanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, etc….etc.

You are not going to recruit top players for D-1 program when you are running a high school offense…..not gonna happen. Bring in a young and “modern” coach and watch the sparks fly. Tech is located in the heart of a city where alot of blue chip and smart players would love to play. It’s left up to you alumni to make it happen.

New Mexico Jacket

November 24th, 2012
4:28 pm

I’ve watched from afar all year, and it is clear that GT has a very poor defense–stating the obvious. However, I hate hearing that it is because the academic standards are too high to recruit good players. Last I looked Stanford has pretty high standards, and their defense looked pretty good against Oregon last week. No whining; just get players.

Skip44171

November 24th, 2012
4:33 pm

Please pay the money and get a real coach. This series is becoming a joke. Tech let’s too many top players leave state. I understand your tough standards, but too many top level students go elsewhere. Stanford, Cal, Vandy, and ND are raiding this state. How can you expect to beat good teams with no passing game. I’m from Georgia and would love for Tech to go 11-1 every year, but something must change. I read on here that the rating services are over hyped Georgia, Clemson, FSU are having good success evaluating talent that way. Please just make this a real game again.

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headley lamar

November 24th, 2012
4:33 pm

When does the fish fry start?

ignition

November 24th, 2012
4:33 pm

Get Nevada’s offensive coordinator/qb coach Nick Rolovich and add a TE, infuse the pistol into CPJ’s spread option attack.
Lance Thompson Co Defensive coordinator(who is and was an excellent recruiter for GT) if Kelly is kept. (gawd I hope not)
Utah St’s defensive coordinator Dave Aranda who has just been nominated for the 2012 Broyles Award would be a better choice. And gets some RECRUITS !!!!!!

deadpuppies

November 24th, 2012
4:33 pm

Will !ANYBODY! !PLEASE! get it through PJ’s head he needs a better strength and conditioning program?! It’s pathetic looking at his players constantly getting whiffed for being out of condition. I’ve seen this all too often. Yes, he needs a good DC, but no one is going to be able to do a decent job if the players are too weak and slow compared to the players on the other team.

deadpuppies

November 24th, 2012
4:35 pm

..Oh, I forgot. GT will not beat FSU next week because of their lack of conditioning. Bank on it.. ;-)

Jacket Man

November 24th, 2012
4:35 pm

Ken; you were spot on. This game was pointed out by others as remnisent of the losses to North Carolina and LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl a few years back. If you just looked at the stats from the game, and NOT the score, one would think the game would have been extremely close, or GA Tech would have actually won the game in that they had more 1st Downs than UGA (26-18), more Net Yards than UGA (426-379), more Rushing Yards than UGA (306-164), and the Jackets DOMINATED the Time of Possession (39:56-20:04).

The main difference in the game, in my opinion, was field position (for example, the opening kickoff, the play when Rambo managed to “take away” the ball from Godhigh at the 1 yard line as Tech was driving in for the tying score and returned it to midfield, and a ton of terrible punts).

This doesn’t mean the Jackets would have won the game any more than they would have beaten Carolina or LSU in those previous losses. It just means they shot themselves in the foot because they were able to move the ball offensively and failed to score, which would have at least given the team “a chance” to win or make it less “embarrassing.

Shooting yourself in the foot time and time again against a good team isn’t the fault of the coaches – obviously offensive calls were being made that put the team in a position to move the ball effectively and gave them a chance to score points. Defensively? Like most of the year…they stank the place up and needed to make a couple of stops to give the team a chance to win the game. GA Tech only punted twice to UGA’s four times…

So where do they go from here? They go home and regroup – decide whether they want to be embarrassed on National TV two games in a row and contiued to be talked about backing into the ACC Championship game or if they want to man up and play smarter football. Missing tackles and assignments on defense, like they did in the beginning of the season, won’t cut it anymore, and not being able to finish drives won’t either. It’s big boy football now.

superDawg

November 24th, 2012
4:35 pm

GT man

November 24th, 2012
4:37 pm

Why Why Why does Tech play its worst game year after year against Ga ? Are the Tech layers scared of Ga ? Is PJ afraid of Richt ???? Why do you run plays against NC then against Ga pull the stupiest plays ? Johnson needs to resign to save face or else GT needs to quit playing Ga. Year after year its an embarrasement !!!! PJ ony gets players that are offered by MTSU or Memphis. Rad bailed out so he would not have to fire PJ since he brought him in. If Vad is our future then we will never beat Ga again.

Spike

November 24th, 2012
4:37 pm

St. Simons, where are you?

Jackets Fan

November 24th, 2012
4:38 pm

Where was Vad Lee today? What with his high throws? Oh, wait a minute he was not playing Boston College, Maryland (with LB turned QB), North Carolina, and Duke. Vad Lee is good against bad teams and terrible against elite teams. Next year, he will be good against bad teams and fan will be all over him until he face good teams then they will be saying what happen. Defense was horrible again today. You call Georgia/Georgia Tech a rivalry that a laugh. Why watch next week game against Florida State and watch another blowout? Do my Jackets really deserve a bowl game? To be honest: NO!

Dawg1

November 24th, 2012
4:39 pm

Jacket Dad – Class Post on the Georgia Blog.

I believe your analysis is pretty much on the button. The problem that Tech has is that they have a coach who has a history of mediocrity when it comes to Defense. Since he became a head coach, his teams have averaged giving up 23 points a game. You can get away with that at Georgia Southern and to some degree – at Navy. Not in the ACC and not when you play the UGA’S of the world.

Add to it that he has not been able to land one Top 25 recruiting class – let’s just say that it completes the story.

I have many friends who graduated from Tech or who are Tech fans. I try to think of them when I’m on these blogs and treat the people on them they way I would treat my friends. So, while I’m glad we won – I take no joy in other’s suffering. (Well most of them).

Really believe that this program is going to struggle until Tech goes out and finds there own James Franklin or convince Whisenhunt to leave the Cardinals and come home and be the savior.

Good luck to your son next week. FSU will be a similar challenge to – today…

deadpuppies

November 24th, 2012
4:40 pm

Will some one please explain why we didn’t start the game with Vad Lee when he’s a dar site better than Tevon????? HUH?! Tevon has always been too small, weak, and slow (back to my conditioning argument) when compared to other people on the roster. Thank goodness he won’t be around next year. PJ will be forced to use Vad. PJ has always needed a Vad Lee to run his office. Now all he needs is a good DC and….. dare I say it…. a proper strength and conditioning program so these little players can put some more muscle on their bodies to compete with the big boys. This isn’t the service academy nor is it Georgia Southern. ;-)

ignition

November 24th, 2012
4:44 pm

All the offensive stats are empty and meaningless if when it counts the offense is continuously stopped on 3rd and 1, 4th down, has crucial penalties, and makes turnovers. Disipline and balance on offense is important and GT lacks both. Special teams is still an issue and the defense is non existant

Georgia Tech University

November 24th, 2012
4:45 pm

This time next year, at least we will get a new coach. Unfortunately MOOBS has everyone scared of him and he wont get fired until the new AD steps up and fires him. Love how he yelled in Vad’s face everytime he threw it up on 4th down (to no one). You’re the one who called the play.Can’t wait till your gone. Another year of suck.

wrecked again

November 24th, 2012
4:45 pm

5150 UOAD
November 24th, 2012
11:16 am

TCU over #16 Texas @ Texas
Arizona St over #24 @ Arizona
Washington St over #25 Washington

#7LSU looked bad against @ Arkiesaw only by 7.
#14 Nebraskea looked bad against @ Iowa by 6

Anything can happen.
NOT IN THIS SERIES> LOL WNE has been right all along.

I Iove Jan Kemp

November 24th, 2012
4:45 pm

Triple option experiment is over.Time to move on.D stinks because they cant get good 1st team looks from the O.Special teams is a joke also.I’m tired of being a 2nd rate program.Go see if the Fridge still wants to coach,he could do wanders with Vad Lee and his offense attracts good recruits

Tech Sucks

November 24th, 2012
4:50 pm

Hey whats up with you idiots at AJC not posting my comments?

ignition

November 24th, 2012
4:51 pm

Georgia Tech University ?????
Where the hell is that ??

Flak Jacket

November 24th, 2012
4:52 pm

Why would anyone believe that CPJ will ever have a defense or decent special teams?He will take this program to rock bottom.This will not get it done.Fire him and get it over with.Business is business.

Rich

November 24th, 2012
4:52 pm

With a new A.D. coming in, it is vital for the direction of Ga. Tech Athletics. It all starts with the A.D., he needs to come in and start completely over. New, Young Coach with a Modern offense and a S.E.C. like Defense. The Football Team, as well as the Basketball team has been below average for too many years. Let’s recruit and Win. Time to modernize the Stadium and build a first class program.
You will have to beat Georgia 50% of the time at a minimum. It is either that, or move down and play teams like Ga. Southern and the likes. It is decision time for Ga. Tech Athletics, unless you are happy with a mediocre team from now own. Tech needs a Oregon Duck style team and Coach to compete. Otherwise, it is like taking a knife to a gun fight.

BuzzKill

November 24th, 2012
4:53 pm

Ah, techmite angst. A delicious, cool, deep well that Dawg fans get to sample whenever we like.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

JB

November 24th, 2012
5:02 pm

This Dawg fan likwa thw win but not rhe competition. I would like to see Tech get better but Johnson is not the answer. I think he’s an ok coach and will beat the weaklings. On the schedule, But you need big boys to play big boy football. This realitic dawg fan says fire the guy

Tech Sucks

November 24th, 2012
5:05 pm

Get ready for another beat down next week! BAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Silly Mutts

November 24th, 2012
5:05 pm

Paul johnson is all blow and suck