Tech gets smacked, and has run out of rationalizations

That's Georgia's Tech's Embry Peeples getting beheaded by Miami's Randy Phillips (left) and Darryl Sharpton. (AP photo)

This beheading of Georgia Tech's Embry Peeples -- by Miami's Randy Phillips (left) and Darryl Sharpton -- fairly well sums up how the Jackets did Thursday night. (AP photo)

MIAMI — Every rationalization that rolled through your mind since, well, even last New Year’s Eve? This was the moment that made you stop to slap yourself and say, “What were you thinking?”

The meltdown loss to LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl was just a bad night. Right. This season’s opener against Jacksonville State was just first-week jitters. Of course. And last week against Clemson when they looked like a new stage production, “The Dancing Sybils”? Come on, they won, didn’t they?

But when Georgia Tech comes to Miami to play one of its most important games of the season and loses, 33-17 — in fact, not just loses but seemingly drifts in and out of consciousness from the opening kickoff, for all the ESPN-watching nation to see — it’s easy to recall what coach Paul Johnson spent the entire off-season trying to hammer home to his players and fans and media.

“We haven’t done anything yet,” he kept saying.

There was good news Thursday night. Johnson won’t have to say that again. Miami tattooed the quote on everybody’s forehead.  The Hurricanes scored on five of their first six offensive possessions and did it so effortlessly that you half-wondered if the Jackets believed they had some sense of entitlement to a top-20 ranking.

“Inexcusable,” linebacker Sedric Griffin said. “You can’t come here and lay an egg, and we laid an egg. It’s embarrassing. Not good.”

That about covers it.

Let’s be clear: This was a good team Georgia Tech lost to. But to be so dominated by a school you had beaten in four straight meetings and pancaked last season for 472 yards rushing indicates something is seriously wrong. The Jackets got smacked early and soon became unraveled. The offensive line couldn’t block, Jonathan Dwyer couldn’t run (again) and the defense wasn’t even a good rumor.

“Enough blame to go around,” Johnson said.

At 2-1, the season is not over. It’s just significantly in question. Yes, the Jackets were playing their third game in 13 days. But that doesn’t explain coming out so flat, mentally and physically. It doesn’t explain Miami scoring on its first three possessions (two touchdowns and a field goal). It doesn’t explain being manhandled on both the offensive and defensive lines, so early and so thoroughly, in a game that meant so much.

Asked about his players’ seeming lack of energy, Johnson responded: “With this team, honestly, I can never tell. I thought we were ready to play, but clearly we weren’t. I hope we can play harder than that.”

Miami receivers ran wide open. Quarterback Jacory Harris roamed untouched. The Hurricanes didn’t have any trouble finding the path of least resistance because it pretty much was everywhere.

Against Jacksonville State, they dominated early and were sloppy late. But isn’t everybody entitled to drift against Jacksonville State? Against Clemson, they built a 24-0 lead, then just seemed to stop playing. But even that was overlooked to a degree because they showed some resolve in coming back to win. And, well, isn’t it possible Clemson was better than anybody realized?

But rationalizations can’t exist anymore. Everything looks different now. The problems are real, and Johnson was right: They haven’t done anything yet.

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James

September 17th, 2009
11:04 pm

I see an Egg on the field at the Orange bowl.

That is sad and lets be honest, they are lucky to not be 1-2 with that collapse against Clemson. In fact, looking at that game, their Offense scored one TD, special teams and D two. So really their O is not smooth sailing at the moment. But there is a reason that Powerhouses, Nebraska and Oklahoma got away from the Triple Option..

The Grinch

September 17th, 2009
11:04 pm

Ouch. Looks like Tech and UGA are both in for a rough season. Tech’s more used to it, though. :-)

Kyle

September 17th, 2009
11:05 pm

When it comes time to play the big dogs, Tech won’t come out on top because they have too many runners and not enough blockers. Where’s number 36? Cox had a great year last year as did Dwyer running behind him! What’s the deal? I guess you have to be a Johnson recruit if you want some playing time…

Barry

September 17th, 2009
11:05 pm

(((Seven out of eight.))) Hahahahahahaha.

Herschel Talker

September 17th, 2009
11:06 pm

RAMBLE ON!!! – I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR EXCUSES!!!!!

SAINT SIMONS – I LOOK FORWARD TO YOU POSTING THIS SCORE!!!!!

YELLOW FUZZ – I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR USUAL BS!!!!!

ha, ha,

September 17th, 2009
11:07 pm

this is for SAINT SIMOM’S hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahah now stay off the Ga blog

The Grinch

September 17th, 2009
11:07 pm

It’s not the playbook, James; it’s the execution. And with Dwyer ineffective and Jaybo Shaw not being there to spell Nesbitt occasionally, it won’t work this year. I’m a Dawg fan, but have much respect for Paul Johnson.

DeeMack

September 17th, 2009
11:08 pm

That’s it. Where are all those GA Tech fans now. Those 4 year losses are gone FOREVER! Without a doubt, the “U” is BACK! We even knocked Dwyer out of the game and he never returned. Where is that person who said they owned the U? Come out, come out, come out wherever you are! GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TigerMike

September 17th, 2009
11:08 pm

Exposed.

38-3.

Geaux Tigers!

Da U

September 17th, 2009
11:08 pm

And Randy Shannon can’t coach?

Da U

September 17th, 2009
11:08 pm

And Randy Shannon can’t coach?

Da U

September 17th, 2009
11:08 pm

Nick

September 17th, 2009
11:09 pm

33-17 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah hahahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahah hahahahahahahha ahahahahhahahahhaha

Saint Simons

September 17th, 2009
11:09 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA((((33-17)))))

Da U

September 17th, 2009
11:10 pm

95 rushing yards???

I thought you all ren the ball???

Hate to say it

September 17th, 2009
11:10 pm

Look, I’m a GT fan forever. 0-12, doesn’t matter. But let’s be realistic. The option offense was good last year because Tech had the element of surprise. This year, the Jig is up. Defenses have done there homework and have a plan now. Nesbit is off, Dwyer is being keyed on, and the defense….. what Defense?!!! Johnson is going to put us back just like Bill Lewis. He’s a great coach but this offense is not going to work in this league or any except the military academy and FCS. We need a great pro style coach and offense. That’s my opinion I know. Unless Johnson decides to do some more run/shoot, mix up the calling. It’s the only way we keep defenses guessing. And I’m gone.

AdMan

September 17th, 2009
11:10 pm

First of all let me get this out of the way….31-17 hahahahahahah!
….and it wasn’t even that close. Tech as I’ve stated before …is an average football team at best. They do not have enough athletes to compete against teams like Miami whose program is loaded with 4 & 5 star players. Tech will not sneak up on anybody on their schedule with rosters that are loaded with better athletes. I’m afraid that the loud thud you heard on North Ave. tonight was the Tech football program crashing back to earth. Tech is in for a long year …5 maybe 6 losses…better get used to it Tech fans, gimmic offenses don’t work in the world of big time college football. As a side note …I don’t think I’ve ever heard Mark Richt call any of his players an idiot like Paul Johnson did tonight on TV……REAL CLASS ACT COACH!

Island Dawg

September 17th, 2009
11:11 pm

(33-17) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tech Sux

September 17th, 2009
11:11 pm

Great to see things back to normal. GT couldn’t block, tackle, and definitely can’t throw the ball. Nesbitt is a joke at throwing the ball. Did you see and hear ole soft belly Paul Johnson chew out his lineman after he jumped offsides on the extra point? Nice job of embarrassing your player on national TV, there fella. He has no class just like the tech fans.

Larry

September 17th, 2009
11:11 pm

All I have to say is thank goodness that Roddy Jones is okay. That tackle was perfect but I thought he was going to break his neck. I could barely watch the replays.

Congrats to Miami

September 17th, 2009
11:11 pm

You really looked good.

Athens Dawg

September 17th, 2009
11:12 pm

If I was a tech fan I would start looking for a quick change. That option had a good run! 109 yds rushing against a team that gave up 400+ last year. Seems similar to the transition in the Clemson game. PJ’s excuse was that Clemson’s front 4 were all NFL material. Looks like maybe Tech’s offense is a HUGE gimmick that might hit every now and then-Would say each week lowers the opportunities..Better get someone that can throw the ball better than what you have now-

xCanes4Lifex

September 17th, 2009
11:12 pm

Come on Ted……let’s here your pathetic excuses for why Tech lost this game…………..they got their teeth kicked in and you know it. A sleeping giant has been awoken. Here come the Canes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

yellow fuzz buster

September 17th, 2009
11:12 pm

((((( 33-17 )))))) hahahahahahaha

Glad it hurts so bad.

Thank God and Greyhound for Miami Hurricanes.

laughing....

September 17th, 2009
11:13 pm

Hate to say it. Good call, I’m a UM fan and I agree. Making the o more dynamic would help. It does seem the current plan is being ‘figured out’.

clickdawg

September 17th, 2009
11:13 pm

33-17 ha ha ha ha ha ha. high school offense couldn’t get it done, tech still sucks.

quaildawg

September 17th, 2009
11:13 pm

The FARCE that is Tech Defense got PANTS once again!!! The French put up a better defense than your D-backs. I have repeatedly stated the fact that your d-backs were mediocre at best but the rose colored glasses wouldn’t let Jacket fan acknowledge reality. Dawgs, LSU, Clemson and The U exposed this D time and again but two 3 point W’s clouded your judgement. Good team with gimicky O that causes problems on five day prep but no teeth in D opens up the wounds that even O can’t hide!!!! I stated before 8-4, 7-5 would be reality. Probably bout where Dawgs will finish as well.

yellow fuzz buster

September 17th, 2009
11:14 pm

((((((( 33-17 )))))) hahahahahaha

Goodbye ACC championship

Hello ACC basement

Da U

September 17th, 2009
11:14 pm

Where is,
Ted
Tech82
TradeSchoolJunkie
Joe Schmoe
Hayseed Dixie
GT4Ever
GTSteve
Cooter
Ed-Covington
DawginLex
FlapJacket
and the rest of the crew????

I though U would be on this thread tonight????
U called me out and told me to be hear?????

I forgot the worst one of all,

Miami…Swagger or Substance?
8:40 pm September 16, 2009, by Chris Boggs
If you’ve been reading the Miami articles and message boards recently, you’re well aware of the swollen Cane egos that resulted from their season opening win over FSU.
To listen to Jacory Harris, you’d think he was Reggie Ball incarnated…predicting that they can’t be stopped

Looks like Jacory coldn’t be stopped!

U really know your FB, not!

Suckey Saint Simons

September 17th, 2009
11:14 pm

33-17…….. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Wow! No defense. Getting run over by a truck! QB throwing the ball and hitting the ground in front of the receiver! Bad passes all night! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

BravesFan79

September 17th, 2009
11:15 pm

Our offense in the first half was WAY to predictable…. terrible job by the offensive coordinator!
Just imagine how good this team could be tho with Joe Hamilton….

UGAissolastyear

September 17th, 2009
11:15 pm

Top Tier teams win games on the road against good teams. We rarely do. One loss in the conference this early is next to impossible to overcome. I don’t care what anyone else says. We will not be just losing 1 ACC game. Just unbelievably sad. Hope our coach finally takes some blame. He does a great job of deflecting it and giving excuses.

Okefenokee Dawg

September 17th, 2009
11:15 pm

m … There really is a new sheriff in town, and he is a Miami narc.

DawgGoneTruth

September 17th, 2009
11:15 pm

It’s over…triple option exposed….program in shambles….Paul Johnson doomed.

Habersham Dawg

September 17th, 2009
11:16 pm

The score could have been a lot worse. On a positive note, Tech’s big receiver played well. He had three huge receptions during the game.

nerds are sad

September 17th, 2009
11:16 pm

hahahahahhahahahhahhahaha.
at least when the dawgs lose we still get laid.

karma

September 17th, 2009
11:16 pm

33-17 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

TechBuzz.

September 17th, 2009
11:17 pm

PISS POOR!!!!!! NO HEART!!!!!! NO EFFORT!!!!!! NO O-LINE!!!!!!!!! NO DOWN FIELD BLOCKING!!!!!! PISS POOR EXECUTION!!!!!!! PISS POOR MENTAL GAME!!!!!!!!! Oh, by the way…….RECRUIT A FREAKIN” KICKER!!!!!!!!!!!
The offensive scheme isn’t the problem, when you have players that give up and don’t even have the heart to fight or will to WANT to fight.
Next time, don’t schedule TWO BACK TO BACK Thursday night games, that’s just dumb!!! As of right now, I see 8-4, MAYBE!!!!!!!!!

Da U

September 17th, 2009
11:17 pm

I’m still waiting…………………………….

Where is,
Ted
Tech82
TradeSchoolJunkie
Joe Schmoe
Hayseed Dixie
GT4Ever
GTSteve
Cooter
Ed-Covington
DawginLex
FlapJacket
and the rest of the crew????

hop

September 17th, 2009
11:17 pm

paul johnson is a great coach and this is only his two year at tech,but he will be back just as his previous record reflects! and yes, this is uga fan.

I hope the dawgs put it together against an average arkansas team this weekend.

jackson

September 17th, 2009
11:17 pm

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, was a beatdown.

Love It!

September 17th, 2009
11:18 pm

hahahahahah Where you at St. Simons!?!? Total offense: MIA: 454, GT: 228!!! I love it. Suck it you piece of s@#t. Payback is a btch!!! ((((( 33-17)))))!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Da U

September 17th, 2009
11:18 pm

Yes, were back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tech sucks

September 17th, 2009
11:18 pm

hahaha. You suck Saint Simons. You and your nerd friends can commiserate on Warcraft tonight about how bad your team sucks. The Paul Johnson experiment is going downhill fast.

Thrashed by LSU, saved by the refs against Clemson (a game they should have absolutely lost), and now trashed by Miami on national tv.

Hey at least you guys beat Jacksonville State.

(((33-17))) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

Athens Dawg

September 17th, 2009
11:19 pm

Pj has never proven anything. Option works for 1 year max against defensive speed of today.

Da U

September 17th, 2009
11:19 pm

Miami…Swagger or Substance?
8:40 pm September 16, 2009, by Chris Boggs
If you’ve been reading the Miami articles and message boards recently, you’re well aware of the swollen Cane egos that resulted from their season opening win over FSU.
To listen to Jacory Harris, you’d think he was Reggie Ball incarnated…predicting that they can’t be stopped.
And we all know how things went down after Reggie’s less than prophetic pronouncement.
So what really happened against FSU to make Harris so confident?
Well…he threw for 386 yards, which is no small feat as he averaged over 10 yards per completion. But the truth of the matter is that some of his receivers were catching balls with no FSU defender within 10 yards of them. They routinely beat the FSU defensive secondary for big plays because the Noles couldn’t develop any pressure or rattle Harris at all. This is where Derrick Morgan will figure into the Tech defensive plans on Thursday night. FSU doesn’t have anyone on their defensive line remotely as good as Morgan and he’ll be a difference maker.
Along with the 386 yards, Harris connected on two TDs. But he also connected on two INTs, one of which was returned for a pick six in the fourth quarter. People aren’t talking about the INTs though…they’re all pointing at 386 yards…oooooh aaaaahhh…
So in reality, Harris connected on some long passes that puffed up the total yardage and generated a few scores. And FSU is to blame for a good portion of that production as they couldn’t cover or tackle.
The most revealing offensive stat from that game would probably be the fact that the Hurricanes rushed for a measely 90 yards on 30 attempts and lost the time of possession battle against an FSU team that only ran the ball marginally well themselves.
In the end, FSU would have won that game if they could manage a clock. The Noles burned about 27 seconds down around the Miami 5 yard line and followed that up with some of the worst redzone play calling I’ve seen since Tech lost that heartbreaker to NCSU a few years ago. (I still get a twitch thinking about that one…)
Jacory Harris was calm and collected at the end of that game, because he knows what I know…that win wasn’t anything to puff his his chest and brag about. They escaped with a win that should have gone the other way.
So what does this all mean about their impending matchup with the Jackets?
Well…a few things…
1. Miami doesn’t have near the athletes that Clemson had in Spiller and Ford.
2. Harris will have to keep his head on a swivel to avoid getting molested repeatedly by Derrick Morgan.
3. Tech has better defensive backs than FSU does and the big plays won’t come as easily.
4. Miami doesn’t seem to be willing to run the ball or have the discipline to exploit the biggest weakness in the GT defense.
5. The Miami defense didn’t look tough enough or disciplined enough to handle Tech’s offensive pressure for four quarters.
There is no number 6…
7. The Jackets weren’t “stopped” by Clemson…418 yards (301 on the ground) isn’t “stopped”.
8. Jerrard Tarrant is a weapon that Miami will have to be concerned about. You can’t give Paul Johnson great field position on big kick returns and win the game.
9. Tech will learn from the Clemson comeback and will maintain focus and intensity on the road, away from the friendly fans and confines of Bobby Dodd Stadium.
10. The Tech defense made plays when they had to against Clemson…which is a better team than Miami.
In closing…with sincere apologies to Jacory Harris…the “U” isn’t back based on the merit of a win against a sub-standard FSU team that struggled to put away Jacksonville State at home. Miami may not have any starters on their roster at this point who were around the last time the Canes beat the Jackets…and that won’t have changed come Friday morning.
Miami’s still not in Tech’s league.
Go Jackets!
Beat Miami!

Great article, not!

gold and white

September 17th, 2009
11:19 pm

not disputing your statement her adman, just wondering when he called his player(s) idiots? they certainly did have a lot of bonehead plays.

That was so frustrating from a tech fan’s perspective. I’ll give Jacory Harris credit for playing well, but face it, I didn’t see a single pass that would be considered an extremely tough one to complete. Also, tackling????

Mental breakdown tonight, but it seems that’s been the story two times before this season.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 17th, 2009
11:19 pm

Who farted???

TechBuzz.

September 17th, 2009
11:19 pm

Also, this is the EXACTLY the difference between Tech and UGA(Y) fans…right now UGA(Y) fans would be bitchin’ about why they lost, and how they got SCREWED by a call, whereas, Tech fans KNOW when we played like crap, and we ADMIT IT!!!!

scorpion killer

September 17th, 2009
11:19 pm

hey, meanies! if the dawgs played miami right now, they would lose like 47 to nothing.