Notes: Smith dresses, doesn’t play

1. After being listed as doubtful for the game with an ankle injury, A-back Orwin Smith dressed for the game but did not start. B.J. Bostic started alongside Robbie Godhigh for the second game in a row. Smith had missed the Georgia game and did not practice all week leading up to Saturday’s game.

Smith did not play, watching from the sidelines without his helmet, typically a sign that the player is not being counted on to play.

2. As expected, attendance for the game was not strong. Bank of America Stadium (capacity 73, 298) was about half full. Perhaps a third of the fans wore Tech gold. Five upper-deck end-zone sections were covered by tarps. The ACC announced the number of distributed tickets at 64,778.

3. The Tech kicking game played one of its better games of the year. Kickers David Scully and Chris Tanner were a combined 3-for-3 on field goals. Scully hit from 47 yards, a career high, while Tanner had makes from 27 and 36 yards. Tech had not made three field goals in a game since the 2010 season, when Scott Blair was the kicker.

The punt team netted 34.8 yards on four punts. Punter Sean Poole had two 55-yard punts, one returned for eight yards and the other was taken back 15. Poole also rugby punted a 32-yarder that Chris Milton knocked down on the fly which was downed on the FSU 6-yard line.

The kickoff cover team, a weak spot in recent weeks, did not allow the Seminoles past the 30-yard line on five kickoffs.

4. On the field before the game, former Tech All-America safety Ken Swilling was honored as an ACC legend. Swilling was a member of the 1990 team that won a share of the national championship. Swilling was previously named to the ACC’s 50th anniversary team in 2003 and the Tech sports hall of fame in 2001.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

21 comments Add your comment

GT Newnan

December 2nd, 2012
7:02 am

Ken, Thanks for a great year covering Tech. Look forward to a bowl game somewhere.

Ice eater 1969

December 2nd, 2012
8:57 am

Ken if u get the chance could u ask the coaches why they don’t use the more aggressive d like second half on regular basis. Barnes does not due well in read but is disruptive on penetration. Did u see the time he was moved from middle of field and man caked like pop Warner. Them in 4 th quarter he penetrated several times and lb and safeties made plays. What’s the deal?

Rome GT

December 2nd, 2012
9:33 am

Great effort from both offense and defense. I know there are no moral victories, but I believe the team has shown improvement and that this will carry over to next year. I’m proud of the Jackets!!! Go win the bowl.

GT Alum '83

December 2nd, 2012
9:41 am

Tech looked much better in the second half. I’m looking forward to seeing Vad grow into the QB position next year. Hopefully, we can spend the off season addressing whether the 3-4 is a workable scheme for Tech. We will need to be able to recruit some higher caliber linemen if we’re going to stick with it.


December 2nd, 2012
9:44 am

The second half defense was impressive but it begs the question where was that kind of effort in the first half? Where is that effort for most of the year?

Also CPJ HAS to modify is offense.. Tech’s 2 minute drill is horrible and embarrasing. Definitely need to infuse more of the pistol or shotgun formation and passing game into the offense.

Max Sizemore

December 2nd, 2012
9:51 am

That’s right, GT Alum, the 3-4 requires superior athletes at several positions, the kind that Tech rarely can recruit. The 4-3 is more realistic.

Not this time

December 2nd, 2012
10:38 am

you are wrong Ken, the cameras showed Orwin Smith on the sidelines late in the 4th and HE HAD HIS HELMET ON. Look at the replay.

Ken Sugiura

December 2nd, 2012
10:42 am

thanks, GT Newnan. I sincerely appreciate your thanks.

Biff Pocoroba

December 2nd, 2012
10:54 am

Vad had his helmet on too bit PJ was going to lose it with Tevin and his tiny walk on backs just like usual. Most people are content with the moral victory though so I guess this is what Tech sports has sunk to now. I guess Dave Braine was correct. Maybe we can beat Uga in women’s basketball today although they have looked about as bad as the football team so far this year.

Alabama Jack

December 2nd, 2012
11:37 am

Congratulations for the effort made by the team this year, and for Ken’s excellent coverage. As an alum, I am proud of these young men and wish them all future success. Life is more than just football.

GT Joe

December 2nd, 2012
11:39 am

Stubborn CPj at his best! Best a back?bench. Best qb? Bench. Best athlete, days? Bench.

Hey we Didn’t lose bad though! (sarcasm)

as long as the sec hogs

December 2nd, 2012
11:39 am

all the hogs on d gt will always have problems getting large defensive stalwarts.

many sec teams routinely recruit close to 130 athletes every 4 years. meanwhile they cherry pick the very best athletes for their teams each season. by my reckoning 130+85 is roughtly 200 top notch players that are taken out of the pool of players by each sec team that over recruits.

their is a reason why bama and fla and lsu etc pull away from good teams from around the country in the 2nd half of important games.

funny how osu and mich and penn state and oklahoma and etc recruit and sign players from the same pool that sec teams do but some how or other the myth of sec speed is perpetuated. folks its not the speed its the oversigning that makes the sec what it is today.


GT Joe

December 2nd, 2012
11:41 am

Well we burned the whole season on tevin, might as well finish the job!

GT Joe

December 2nd, 2012
11:44 am

Tevin failures this season:
INT at VT in OT
Misread on 4th down vs. miami in OT
7 pts in 2nd half vs mtsu
0 points in last 25 minutes vs Miami
And now add another:
Int to end acc title game

Thanks for the memories!


December 2nd, 2012
12:03 pm

Scheme aside, one determining factor in the 3-4 versus 4-3 is simple…where are the better players? Are you stronger and deeper at LB or DL? Having a glut of LB talent along with the adaptability to move them around was one of the driving considerations in development of the 4 linebacker setup in the first place. One scheme, at face value, isn’t any better than the other.

Using this logic, Tech is (and has been for some time) better suited for the 3-4.


December 2nd, 2012
12:14 pm

Years 3, 4, and 5 of the Coach Moral Victory Regime has produced, 7 losses, 5 losses, and 7 more losses with the likelihood of an 8th loss.

That is 19 losses in 3 years with HIS HAND-PICKED RECRUITS with the potential for 1 more loss.

Since all of CPJ’s BLTs likes to compare our $2.6MM per yr. HC to Chan that made no more than $1.0MM per year, please tell us rational GT fans how many times did Chan LOSE 19 games in 3 yrs?

To the same people that BRAG about my fellow alums becoming millionaires at a rate of one of every six GT alums being a millionaire, please explain WHY the GTAA doesn’t have the money to fire a HC that has LOST at such an alarming clip.

Those 19 losses the last 3 yrs. have come against fairly weak schedules to boot.

Please explain why there is no talk of firing CPJ?

DOC 51

December 2nd, 2012
12:33 pm

Send CPJ back to NAVY.He is a below average HC.CPJ needs a big dose of humility!At least CBG demands that his players give 100% every game.

1 4 GT

December 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm



December 2nd, 2012
2:22 pm

1 4 GT
December 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Sorry 1 4 GT, but Muttville’s pain and disappointment does nothing to move GT FB forward in any way.

Fans like you are WHY GT FB is in such poor shape and cannot perform better than we do, you’re more worried about Muttville failing than you are worried about GT excelling.

After 19 losses in the 3 years the last thing that GT fans should be worried about is Muttville losing to Bama in the fashion that they did.

In case you haven’t noticed the GAP between them and us is getting wider despite their loss to Bama.


December 3rd, 2012
7:24 am

If CPJ were let go, we need to do all necessary to bring back Bill O’Brien as HC . Look at what he did with Penn St. this year after losing so many players.

Freddie Blassie

December 3rd, 2012
8:39 am

Paul Johnson will be back next year and I do not think Lee will be the starting QB. I think it will be the fast kid from Alabama.
J. Thomas is a player as is Attouchu. We are going to be fine next year.