3 points from Tech-Tech, which was decided by 3 points

This was one big play -- a fourth-quarter touchdown -- yielded by Rod Sweeting. (AP photo)

This was one big play -- a fourth-quarter touchdown -- yielded by Rod Sweeting. (AP photo)

1. The Georgia Tech defense did its job — for 59 minutes and 16 seconds. Until Virginia Tech’s final drive, this had the makings of a night of deliverance for the besieged Al Groh. Instead the defensive coordinator will be asked how a unit that had made the Hokies work hard to achieve not very much allowed receiver Corey Fuller to run free twice in the final 44 seconds, the second time on fourth-and-4 from the Georgia Tech 47.

2. The Georgia Tech running game still isn’t what it was. Granted, Virginia Tech can play some D of its own. But the long gain was again missing. The most expansive gain by any of the three B-backs was for eight yards. (Remember when Jonathan Dwyer would take it 60?) The longest gain by an A-back was 13 yards. The longest gain by any Jacket, be it rushing or passing, was quarterback Tevin Washington’s 22-yard scramble in the third quarter. That’s not good enough.

3. The Georgia Tech kicking game was not at all terrible. Virginia Tech, which once prided itself on its special teams, saw its punter fumble a snap and its placekicker miss from 38 yards. The Jackets, by way of contrast, punted well enough — Sean Poole averaged 40 yards on seven kicks — and made every field goal. And even Paul Johnson felt relieved, albeit only momentarily, when David Scully kicked the ball out of the end zone after the Jackets had taken the lead with 44 seconds remaining. It was only two years ago that Georgia Tech lost here on a kickoff-return touchdown inside the final three minutes.

By Mark Bradley

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[...] further reading, if not edification: Here are three observations (made by yours truly) regarding the excruciating game, and if you missed our well-visited live chat during the game itself … well, here you [...]

polecat

September 4th, 2012
9:40 am

Do you subscribe to awful game theory or great defense theory?

GT in CT

September 4th, 2012
9:47 am

What was up with that near-decision to punt (lose) at the end of the 4th quarter?

Gordon

September 4th, 2012
9:47 am

This reminded me of the 97 UGA game where we took a 3 point lead inside the last minute and played “prevent” defense and lost. Lots of good work was thrown away at the end of that game and this one.

tech mess

September 4th, 2012
9:48 am

a high school coach running up the middle 100 times for no gain –brilliant or pathetic–which is it?

HUH?????

September 4th, 2012
9:50 am

UGA would have lost to VT. For any dawg fans trash talking Tech, just know that your cupcake schedule is easier than Techs.

headley lamar

September 4th, 2012
9:56 am

” No one has ever stopped my offense ”

- Paul Johnson

headley lamar

September 4th, 2012
9:57 am

This moves CPJ to 2 – 11 vs Va Tech, UGA, and the Bowl Game

Including 0 for the last 7

Most programs that would get you fired.

DawgFan

September 4th, 2012
9:57 am

UGA would beat VT by 28. They were terrible. No team in the ACC can talk schedule. ACC=WEAK

BarneyStrickland

September 4th, 2012
10:00 am

UGA class of ‘93 here. When it aint against UGA …. I root 4 Tech. That being said, Paul Johnson’s boys came close last night…. bummer. I think all the Techies who criticize him need to remember one thing…. this Offense is capable of scoring on any team, anywhere, at any time. UGA was lucky to have an extra bye week to prepare for them last year. It’s like facing a knuckle baller every year at the end of the season- you never know what to expect. Good luck jackets! Except the season finale….!

GSU Panthers

September 4th, 2012
10:01 am

First to say FIRST!

lkb

September 4th, 2012
10:02 am

I really did try to watch this game but it was just boring! There were so many 3 and outs that I just lost interest. If MO calls UGA “old man football” they would call this “snoozefest” football.

tech mess

September 4th, 2012
10:02 am

pathetic and tech not relevant again–sad for the fans–cpj has to go

TecNique87

September 4th, 2012
10:03 am

Why???????????????????????? Are we so pathetic on national television?

smitty

September 4th, 2012
10:10 am

Kicking game ok but how about a squib kick on the final kickoff to make VT field it and run time off the clock…..defense pretty good but some really poor tackling at critical moments…….. And I dont think VT’s QB was that good…….well see……….agree the option offense looked tired…….no real explosiveness or power bursts……and, as happens when the option stumbles, GT turned to the pass and their WR’s, while big, seemed lost and slightly immobile…….the RB’s were the best pass catching threat……..time to move bj bostic and ?zenon to flanker/wr and have a real passing game……..and spend the entire week on fundamentals, blocking and tackling and find a horse to run up the middle….have a nice day……and remember, give the damn ball to orwin

Ostrich Racer

September 4th, 2012
10:13 am

Maybe the beehive helmets did them in . . . .

Seriously?

September 4th, 2012
10:16 am

“Why???????????????????????? Are we so pathetic on national television?”

Because nobody else was playing a game on Monday?

Maxwell the chihuahua hunter

September 4th, 2012
10:18 am

Great atmosphere at Lane Stadium. The mausoleum known as Sanford would benefit from fans with passion, which is sorely missing in Athens on gameday. The quietest 90k in college football.

Pitbull

September 4th, 2012
10:20 am

A note to all of you Yellow Jackets out there:

I am now president of the Athens chapter of the Paul Johnson Fan Club.

You would not believe how the club is growing. We had to move the meetings from the IHOP to the Western Sizzlin because of the crowds.

We love Paul Johson in Athens. Don’t you guys ever fire him.

Ignor the fact that he cannot recruit at the 1A level. I mean face it, ever since Chan Gaileys players left, the only decent guys you have had are the ones that transferred in because they wanted to be closer to home – or were run off by their origional schools.

Yep, Paul Johnson will soon have Tech as the strongest 1AA team in America. You might even venture to schedule Georgia Southern without the fear of being beat.

We sort of look at Paul Johnson as the coaching equivalent of Reggie Ball at Tech. And you know how much we revere Reggie.

Reggie!!! Reggie!! Reggie!!

So you guys take good care of Paul Johnson because we want him in Atlanta for a loooong time.

Sincerely, your fellow Paul Johnson fans in Athens.

PS And quit calling him Paula Johnson. She has feelings too, you know.

ed

September 4th, 2012
10:22 am

cpj uses the f bomb more that tiger these days

TexGT

September 4th, 2012
10:23 am

When with the pathetic mediocrity end? We looked AWFUL. And please, our D did not look good, its that VaTech’s offense played terrible. Logan Thomas continually missed open receivers, or threw to the wrong receiver. Sweeting is one of the worst defenders in the country. When are GT fans going to finally realize–Paul Johnson has to go.

md

September 4th, 2012
10:24 am

I’d fire the genius that did the scheduling……even the pros play a few exhibition games to iron out the wrinkles and some buffoons (for both teams) schedule this as the first game……give your kids a chance to see what real game speed is all about before bringing on the big boys.

TexGT

September 4th, 2012
10:24 am

And anyone bashing UGA–come on, we can’t say much when our team sucks so bad.

bulldog joe

September 4th, 2012
10:25 am

HUH????? you are an idiot troll, UGA would not have lost to VT, and how can you be stupid enough to compare an ACC schedule to an SEC schedule

jsmooth

September 4th, 2012
10:25 am

Hey Maxwell:

Night games normally are more passionate than day games due to the party atmosphere. GO to any night games at Sanford and you will see this. However, I do agree that day games, with a non-SEC opponent, are not that exciting and fans are not pumped up.

George Castanza

September 4th, 2012
10:25 am

The missed tackle on the 4th down play at the 47 yard line cost Tech the ballgame.Make that tackle and Tech wins. Football can be such a cruel game at times.

Dawgdad (The Original)

September 4th, 2012
10:27 am

Neither team looked ready for prime time. A sorry sloppy boring game. Guess they didn’t have enough prep time.

DawginLex

September 4th, 2012
10:29 am

HUH?????

September 4th, 2012
9:50 am
UGA would have lost to VT. For any dawg fans trash talking Tech, just know that your cupcake schedule is easier than Techs.

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Recent games don’t back up your statement there sport.

GT owns clemson
We own GT
Clemson just owned Auburn

Why are you even commenting? Auburn is going to start 1-4 just like I told you. Pathetic

GFF

September 4th, 2012
10:29 am

The ghost of Reggie Ball lives on…….

Seriously?

September 4th, 2012
10:30 am

“I’d fire the genius that did the scheduling……even the pros play a few exhibition games to iron out the wrinkles and some buffoons (for both teams) schedule this as the first game……give your kids a chance to see what real game speed is all about before bringing on the big boys.”

VA Tech isn’t “big boy” football. It only seems that way because GA Tech is High School football.

Carzo

September 4th, 2012
10:31 am

Not a dawg or tech fan but Pitbull is pretty funny and also quite accurate
I believe

Pitbull

September 4th, 2012
10:31 am

Buffalo would win the ACC Coastal Division this year based on what I saw last night.

Truth

September 4th, 2012
10:36 am

Dragon-Con hangover. Not enough time to prepare.

ramblingbuzz

September 4th, 2012
10:39 am

New unis, but more of the same from CPJ & CAG. Failure to adjust the offensive strategy when the B back dive is not working. I am so tired of the so-called triple-option I could spit. And how can a D that held VT the whole game suddenly disappear in the last minute. Only at GT can this kind of crap happen.

Reality Stinks

September 4th, 2012
10:39 am

Georgia Tech is elite football

blahahahahahahaha

dawgfan

September 4th, 2012
10:41 am

Jonathan Dwyer wasn’t playing against programs that had 5 years of experience defending the triple option. You give a coach like Bud Foster enough time and he’ll figure it out. I bet VT spends a few minutes at every practice working on shaking off all those cut blocks. It showed last night. You get a talented defense that knows what its doing and Tech is absolutely toast. There’s no doubt about it.

Oh well Techies. It was fun while it lasted, eh?

dawgfan

September 4th, 2012
10:41 am

Jonathan Dwyer wasn’t playing against programs that had 5 years of experience defending the triple option. You give a coach like Bud Foster enough time and he’ll figure it out. I bet VT spends a few minutes at every practice working on shaking off all those cut blocks. It showed last night. You get a talented defense that knows what its doing and Tech is absolutely toast. There’s no doubt about it.

Oh well Techies. It was fun while it lasted, eh?

andrewGT

September 4th, 2012
10:41 am

Dude… Dude…. Seriously?! Really?? CPJ offense is pathetic. If they want to compete with the big boys they need a new coach with a passing game, end of story.

Defense looked pretty potent though.

Russell Williams

September 4th, 2012
10:41 am

Ga. Fans suck and are a bunch of red necks! Period!

andrewGT

September 4th, 2012
10:41 am

AHahahahahahahahahahaha

Prussian

September 4th, 2012
10:42 am

The mistake in the final 0:44 was not taking any timeouts of our own. The GT defense was clearly gassed and VT was running a hurry-up. When the clock was already stopped by VT after going out of bounds, GT should have used a TO and let the defense get organized. Every time. They were clearly on their heels despite some good stops. I saw it as a coaching error.

ramblingbuzz

September 4th, 2012
10:42 am

Look, I don’t care what UGA would have or would not have done against VT. It’s irrelevant for any poster to even bring it up. The bottom line is what GT did, loose. Again. At this point there are no moral victories.

DawginLex

September 4th, 2012
10:43 am

ramblinbuzz

It’s called no depth on defense and that falls squarely on the shoulders of the coaching staff for recruiting misses

duckafawg

September 4th, 2012
10:44 am

Seriously…..mutt boys are going to start talking about schedules???? what a joke

Einstein

September 4th, 2012
10:45 am

GT will never win a big game w/Tevin Washington at QB! Synjyn Days, maybe Vad Lee, somebody who plays like they want to win and who actually leads on every play. Tevin’s like a robot out there, like a “utility player” on a baseball team – somewhat mediocre, can get the job done but is not going to be the big difference maker. We need a leader and a winner running the team.

With Orin Smith out of the game, we have no play-makers. What happened to Zach Laskey? Playing well, then disappears???? He might have actually blocked somebody!!!

Defense looked better, looked really good at times. Rod Sweeting needs to quit hotdogging it and he has to learn to turn around and look for the ball on deep passes.

Time to go w/Synjyn or possibly Vad Lee, time to do it now. (Mark, didn’t you write an article stating this same thing about a month or two ago? Wish PJ was listening.) Sticking with Tevin kind of reminds me of Chan sticking with Reggie ……… and going down with the ship ……….

ReggieBall

September 4th, 2012
10:45 am

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack :-)

DawginLex

September 4th, 2012
10:46 am

To the Tech folks:

Why is this offense not running the true “triple option”?

The QB runs down the line of scrimmage, reads the tackle, keeps or pitches. Also can run reverses out of that.

Am I missing something or is that something GT does not run that we are used to seeing from an option team?

jarvis

September 4th, 2012
10:46 am

Mark Bradley thinks K. Medlen should be in the bullpen.

DawginLex

September 4th, 2012
10:47 am

Einstein

TW has improved a lot in his passing. Not even close to where he was. I blame this loss on Johnson and his offense being too predictable. The defense did their part

jarvis

September 4th, 2012
10:48 am

“Medlen has made three strong starts, yes, but he’s not by trade a full-blooded starter. He’s a spot guy, and he has value as a reliever.”

Ha ha!