Short takes: 3 thoughts on Georgia Tech’s win over Virginia

Tevin Washington ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in Georgia Tech's lopsided victory. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Tevin Washington ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in Georgia Tech's lopsided victory. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

(Hey folks. I’ll be posting the game column shortly. But first, here’s a new feature this season: My “short takes” on Georgia Tech’s 56-20 win over Virginia. Question: Did today’s performance change the minds of any of you who may have doubted Tevin Washington’s ability?)

1. Tevin Washington can handle the job: He’s not bad. Really. Some have had doubts about Washington as Georgia Tech’s starting quarterback and have been clamoring for freshman Vad Lee. But it didn’t seem like there was anything wrong with Lee against Virginia. He executed the offense effectively, didn’t turn the ball over, rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns, did not have a single carry for lost yardage and completed 6 of 8 passes for 125 yards, including a 70-yard TD pass play to Zack Laskey. Tech coach Paul Johnson said Washington “missed a few reads, but all in all he got the right play called.” Hey, that’s high praise for him.

2. The Tech defense is coming around: The Jackets look far better in Year 3 of the 3-4 defense under Al Groh than they did in the first two seasons. Players were rarely out of position, didn’t miss many tackles and stuffed Virginia early in the second quarter on a fourth-and-1 (before this game was a complete blowout). The defense set a physical tone early, partly inspired from watching a tape of the Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns middleweight title bout in 1985. That fight was labeled, “The War,” and is known as one of greatest and most physical boxing matches in history. (Note to kids, this was back when boxing was cool and other mutant ring sports hadn’t yet climbed the food chain.)

• 3. It’s OK that Zasky isn’t the prototypical B-back: Zack Laskey doesn’t have blinding speed. He doesn’t make a lot of defenders miss. He doesn’t remind anybody of Jonathan Dwyer or fit what has been the typical B-back in Johnson’s triple-option offense. But what Laskey can do is hit the hole quickly, read blocks, run north and south with a physical style and run defenders over if necessary. He also showed some pretty nice skills on a 70-yard touchdown pass on the Jackets’ first offensive snap of the game.

– Jeff Schultz

33 comments Add your comment

Paul in NH

September 15th, 2012
8:01 pm

Maybe GT should watch the Thrilla in Manila (aka Ali-Frazier III) before the Clemson game and the Ruble in the Jungle (Ali-Foreman) before the UGA game.

Paul in NH

September 15th, 2012
8:02 pm

Rumble in the Jungle

George Stein

September 15th, 2012
8:04 pm

This offense is figured out.

Atlantan

September 15th, 2012
8:05 pm

Great win – nice to payback UVa for the past two years. Hopefully we’ll keep improving. Trip-option is fun when hitting on all cylinders. D hasn’t looked this good since Black Watch or very least Bobby Ross days. One game at a time…

Birmingham Jacket

September 15th, 2012
8:08 pm

Clemson and UGA should be only real potential for losses.

We’ll avenge another 2011 loss next weekend, and spank Miami.

That being said…. The ACC is absolutely pitiful.

Buzz2011

September 15th, 2012
8:13 pm

Beg your parfdon Jeff..In fact Laskey does reming of John Dwter, the diesel.
I would prefer that CPJ not use him for punt returns. GT fans understand this well.

Ol'JacketFan

September 15th, 2012
8:15 pm

Jeff haters are going to hate. They have no clue how much it takes to master running this offense and TW is acquitting himself quite well thank you. His is not the most physically gifted player on the team but he has earned CPJ’s trust and that speaks volumes to me. Vad Lee is the real deal and he is going to take th offense to another level but is learning as he goes and CPJ’s bringing him along perfectly.

Atlantan

September 15th, 2012
8:16 pm

Bham – not defending ACC but UK is getting spanked by WKU, Auburn almost lost to La-somewhere and Arkansas did………….. Season is just starting.

joe jones

September 15th, 2012
8:23 pm

Virginia is terrible

TW

September 15th, 2012
8:33 pm

TW needs to keep wearing the number 40 if it is going to inspire him to play weel

Birmingham Jacket

September 15th, 2012
8:34 pm

Virginia is worse than terrible.

Virginia Tech is terrible.

Atlantan

September 15th, 2012
8:34 pm

UGA is also struggling against the might FAU

TW

September 15th, 2012
8:34 pm

Tw needs to keep wearing number 40 if going to help him play better

Jeff Schultz

September 15th, 2012
9:01 pm

joe dirt uga fan

September 15th, 2012
9:38 pm

Allow 14 at half from FAU? Wow..

collegeballfan

September 15th, 2012
9:42 pm

“The ACC is absolutely pitiful.”

I agree.

The word out of Birmingham is that when the SEC moves to 16 teams UL-Monroe is a lock as the 15th member.

Ford

September 15th, 2012
11:01 pm

Does anyone proofread anymore?

Bamajacket

September 16th, 2012
12:37 am

I’m not sure if UVa is a bad team or not. What I DO know is our offense executed today better than I have seen in a while. They were sharp. The blocking was solid, and it was good to see a B back break something longer than 3 yards. Tevin is solid, if not spectacular. He made a dumb mistake 2 weeks ago I wish he hadn’t made. The defense is really looking good. Better every week. Nice to see them where they are supposed to be, and tackling somebody. Both lines were awesome today. I’ve been a Tech fan too long to get very giddy. If they don’t come with the same intensity next week, Miami will whip them. Heck, MTSU can whip them. If they play like they did today, they can beat anybody on the schedule. Got to bring it every week, boys. Great effort today.

Whopper Dawg

September 16th, 2012
1:33 am

Have they decided on where the ACC championship game will be held?

I have two tickets received as a gift and for location, they say “to be decided”. Maybe they could shorten it up a bit and play the “game” at half of the SECCG.

That way there would be people there.

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Just Saying

September 16th, 2012
8:23 am

also, GT is 2-0 in the Gold Helmets…I also noticed Pitt wearing Gold Helmets vs VT….if only………..

explosive JACKET

September 16th, 2012
8:34 am

[....] 173 total yards for Orwin Smith [....]

jim 70

September 16th, 2012
8:36 am

TW did good, except he still misses reads and keeps the ball too much. Maybe afraid of a bad pitch, although he did have that one pitch over the defender.

But great game. Sorry VT lost to Pitt, need them to lose to two CURRENT ACC opponents. It appears beamer spent too much of the off season preparing for GT (they did defense us well) and not enough for a regular offense.

Road Scholar

September 16th, 2012
9:45 am

Tech played well, but there were too many missed tackles.Need to improve!

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1982 Tech Grad

September 16th, 2012
12:19 pm

Isn’t GT just 1-0 in the gold helmets? They wore the honeycomb helmets in the first 2 games, and went 1-1. Love the honeycomb helmets, hate the units.

In the first paragraph I think Jeff meant to say there wasn’t anything wrong with WASHINGTON. Nothing wrong with Lee, either. perhaps a Freudian slip?

Virginia must not be very good. I’m wondering how good Virginia Tech is as well. If GT keeps winning, they might slip past VT in the division standings, though beating Clemson will be tough.

Buddy Landel

September 16th, 2012
12:49 pm

Whopper- The SECCG is just a tune-up for the SECW winner. Be thankful that your team somehow avoided Bama and LSU again

Ga Tech Old Timer

September 16th, 2012
1:12 pm

Jeff – Gotta disagree with #3’s evaluation of Laskey as compared to Dwyer and that of the typical B-Back. First, This kid is Dwyer all over again. Heart, determination, vision, ability to break tackles, enough speed (and more) when in the open field and completely dependable to do his best every down – with or without the ball. None of us know what a “typical” B-back looks like or should be like. Johnson has defined a few characteristics for us – the uneducated in this offense – but the characteristics of the position are ever evolving based on available talent. Anyway, not to press the point on either comparison – it’s my opinion that Laskey is not as polished yet as Dwyer but give him time – he’s still learning this to adjust to this offense as are the rest of us.

YELLOW BRITCHES

September 16th, 2012
2:47 pm

Nice to see yellow britches for a change. I know this is fashion and not football but did anyone notice the helmets Notre Dame wore against Michigan State? Looked like a cheap carnival.

Marietta Buzz

September 16th, 2012
8:37 pm

Great job Coach Al. I bet UVa wishes you’d come back.

anti4baldheadedyankees

September 17th, 2012
10:55 am

Well maybe a short break from the CPJTevinWashingtonAlGrohhaters5stargazers. They will ease up until our next loss; we will loose again. Nice win against a bad team but still a win. Sad thing is we lost to a VT team that we are better than. Lost not because of Paul Johson or Al Groh or Tevin Washington or an obsolete offense or a lack of 5 star primadonnas. Lost because we did not block. Block VT the way we blocked UVA, we win by 17. If we block this O will go;defense is much improved. Could be a good year!

Saint Herschels

September 18th, 2012
9:28 pm

30–24, 42–34, 31–17 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

air of mendacity

September 21st, 2012
7:12 pm

total domination by Tech – hope you guys go undefeated rest of season until UGA game. – told you I root for Tech most of the time. BUT – still don’t think PJ is the long term answer.