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Tech notes: At the finish, Tanner’s opportunity arrives

1. Chris Tanner’s patience has been rewarded.

The Georgia Tech kicker, who began his career in 2008 as a walk-on and had played in five games up until last Saturday, took all of the Yellow Jackets’ placekicks in their win over North Carolina and will have full duty, including kickoffs, against Duke this Saturday.

“There’ve been a few times when I’ve been pretty frustrated (about not playing), but at the end of the day, I wanted to finish,” said Tanner, a Norcross High grad.

Injuries to David Scully and Justin Moore put Tanner on the field against North Carolina; his performance will help keep him there. He was 8-for-8 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals, a considerable relief for a team that has endured its share of errant kicking. North Carolina’s average start point on Tanner’s seven kickoffs was the 28-yard line, a little less than a yard better than Tech’s average this season.

“I felt like that he’s been one of the most consistent,” coach …

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Jackets adjust, handle Presbyterian

After the excitement of the season opener in the new McCamish Pavilion had worn off, Wednesday’s game against Presbyterian was subdued.

There was no sellout, no former players lining the tunnel as the team headed to the court, or students turned away from an overflow floor-side section.

A crowd of 5,733 — about 3,500 less than Friday’s opener for Tulane — came curious to see how the Yellow Jackets would fare without the momentum of a year’s worth of anticipation. For 20 minutes, it wasn’t good.

But a halftime adjustment made them better against the zone, and the Yellow Jackets responded with an 18-0 run on their way to a 52-38 victory.

“For us to be who we want to be eventually, that stuff can’t matter,” said coach Brian Gregory, when asked about a letdown. “You put on that (Tech) jersey there are certain things that you do, and it doesn’t matter where you’re playing, who you’re playing, if the place is bonkers like it was on Friday or not so much …

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Notes: How Tech-Presbyterian came together

Basketball coach Brian Gregory spoke with reporters Tuesday morning in advance of Wednesday night’s game against Presbyterian at McCamish Pavilion. A few notes:

1. The Presbyterian game was scheduled as part of the football team scheduling the Blue Hose to play in the home opener this season. As part of negotiations with Presbyterian, associate athletic director Ryan Bamford offered two basketball games to sweeten the deal.

2. Gregory was fine with it, as Presbyterian fits the prototype for what he’s looking for in a non-conference opponent. He said he wants a few things – well-coached teams that will show different defenses and help prepare Tech for the ACC schedule. Perhaps more to the point, he wants a team that will help, or at least won’t hurt, Tech’s RPI ranking.

The staff studies potential opponents for how many returners they have, their schedules in past years, their offensive and defensive style, their RPI over the last several years.

“We spend a lot of …

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No chance, after all, for Tech in three-way Coastal tie

In a story posted Sunday, I wrote that Georgia Tech could advance to the ACC championship game out of a three-way tie with Miami and North Carolina if Virginia finished in fourth place.

That part is true. However, at this point of the season, there is no way for Tech, Miami and North Carolina to finish in a three-way and Virginia to finish in fourth place. As a result, Tech’s only on-field course to Charlotte will require a win over Duke this Saturday and a Duke victory over Miami Nov. 24.

The other possibility would be for Tech to beat Duke and Miami to self-impose a postseason ban.

If you care to dive deep into the fine print of the ACC’s tiebreaker system, continue reading. If you don’t want to regret feeding the next five minutes of your life into a shredder, never to return again, please stop now.

Still here, huh?

So, there’s two ways that this three-way tie could happen.

Scenario 1

1. Georgia Tech beats Duke to finish 5-3.

2. Miami beats Duke to finish 5-3.

3. …

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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 …

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Tech defense gouged, but earns stops

By Doug Roberson

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s defense, fresh off performances that seemed to show some improvement since the firing of coordinator Al Groh, seemed to regress in the first 35 minutes of Saturday’s 68-50 win at North Carolina.

But then Tech’s defense started making plays, beginning with three consecutive stops in the third quarter that helped to change the outcome of the game.

“We talked about at halftime if we could get a couple of stops, we thought we could win the game,” coach Paul Johnson said.

The first stop came on an interception by end Izaan Cross. The next came when the defense stopped a fake punt on North Carolina’s next possession. The next came when Tech forced North Carolina to go three-and-out.

The results led to 17 consecutive points for the offense to blow open what had been a back-and-forth game.

Lined up outside the tackle, Cross moved upfield and the running back ran past him without trying to block him, confirming Cross’ …

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Georgia Tech quoteboard

“A flashback. I’ve been in a couple of those at Navy. That’s the first one I’ve been in here, but I’m proud of our guys. They came back in the second half and defensively, we got the turnover, got a couple stops.”

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on the game

“It was a crazy game. It didn’t seem like the game was ever going to end.”

Johnson

“We used two different fronts throughout the game, and I’m not sure either one of them had much success. We went with the 3-4 and a 4-3 and mixed it up throughout the game and whether they ran it or threw it, we didn’t have much success or any consistency.”

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora on Tar Heels’ defense

“This game was kind of like the ACC championship game in ’09, actually, with Clemson, except it was taking the teams longer to score, but you didn’t want to miss a turn.”

Johnson on game’s frenetic scoring pace

“We’ll see when we go back. He played pretty good, though.”

Johnson on if Lee …

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Tech-North Carolina live blog

Welcome

A few notes, nothing of grave substance.

1. Tevin Washington will start. I’d guess Vad Lee will make his appearance in the third possession.

2. How Georgia Tech defends Giovani Bernard bears watching. Tech is 4-1 when it allows 150 rushing yards or fewer, 0-4 when it doesn’t. First-down rushes, in particular, will be important. (You could also point out that Tech is 4-1 playing teams whose offenses aren’t very good, like Presbyterian, Boston College, Maryland and Virginia.)

3. UNC opponents are 10-for-12 on field goals. Perhaps it’ll rub off.

Enjoy the game.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Georgia Tech-North Carolina preview

Three storylines

Fast or slow?

North Carolina’s pace is almost a diametrical opposite of Georgia Tech’s. The Tar Heels hurry to maximize plays and possessions. Methodical drives are not something they do, ranking 106th in the country in time of possession. Georgia Tech’s offense is capable of big plays, but few teams can play ball control and limit possessions like the Yellow Jackets. Tech’s best chance may be in forcing quick punts from North Carolina and then keeping the ball for half a quarter at a time.

Two quarters or four?

The following does not bode well for the Jackets – Tech has outscored the opposition in every quarter but the fourth, which has gone 95-60 for its opponents. North Carolina has outscored its opponents in every quarter, but decisively in the third (89-23) and fourth (75-28) quarters. One of the Jackets’ biggest challenges has been sustaining energy and focus for 60 minutes. Anything less than that against the Tar Heels will mean a barrel …

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Sold-out crowd set for McCamish opener

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has made the case all along that the development of his team has mirrored the construction of McCamish Pavilion.

So why would opening night be any different?

Tech will open its shiny new arena Friday night against Tulane in front of a sold-out crowd, celebrating a mix of the past and the present.

Underneath the old “Thrillerdome” roof and its support beams is a new arena. And playing in front of more than 125 former Tech players — including the starting lineup of the 1990 Final Four team — will be three freshmen.

Forward Robert Carter and wings Chris Bolden and Marcus Georges-Hunt will play in their first college game Friday night, and a fourth, point guard Corey Heyward, will watch from the sideline with a torn ACL.

Together they make up the Yellow Jackets’ most highly anticipated freshman class since Derrick Favors arrived in 2009 with Brian Oliver, Glen Rice Jr., Daniel Miller Mfon Udofia and Kammeon Holsey. They also make up …

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