Miami…Swagger or Substance?

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!

106 comments Add your comment

m

September 16th, 2009
8:50 pm

Miami lost three years in a row to chan gomer gailey. How in the heck do they think they can beat Paul Johnson?????

Jim Grogan

September 16th, 2009
8:58 pm

This is the year we will be the best team on the field in every game!!! So, play our best each game, don’t lose the turn over battle, and win every game!! Go JACKETS!!!!! THWG

I'd like to see Tech get even more int's

September 16th, 2009
9:04 pm

than FSU.

It seems hard to predict a game like this so early…Tech has been opening with fireworks and then…

Expecting several pass completions this game. Even from Tech.

"Toe Meets Leather"

September 16th, 2009
9:09 pm

Miami has the big head…just like then-#1 Virginia did in 1990 when our Jackets went to Charlottesville and beat them on Scott Sisson’s last second field goal. That moment is forever captured in “Toe Meets Leather”, now available at http://www.stinGTees.com !

DC

September 16th, 2009
9:21 pm

3. Tech has better defensive backs than FSU does and the big plays won’t come as easily.

Chris your delusional. Your secondary got lit up by a freshman starting his 2nd college game. Now that Cooper Taylor has been exposed as slower than a possum trying to cross the road, watch how bad your secondary gets going forward.

Where I come from

September 16th, 2009
9:43 pm

Cooper Taylor is a bad boy, nobody can cover Spiller on a wheel route from an outside linebacker position. Cooper will stick his nose in the middle and go toe to toe within anyone.
Unlike your pretty boy thugs at Miami…we will see what happens when they get popped in mouth Thursday night. In my experience when you pop a though in the mouth he aint so bad.
You Miami fans are idiots…you had some great teams…you had some great coaches…right now you have neither….

Da U

September 16th, 2009
10:44 pm

Miami has the big head????? Miami hasn’t said a thing, stop being a homer and read this thread. This article is written by a person who thinks GT is the best team ever, can’t wait to get back on this blog tomorrow after the a** whoopin!

TechDan

September 16th, 2009
11:37 pm

Chris, it sounds to me like you frequent the Hive.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 17th, 2009
12:07 am

I don’t care “who has the big head or who is overconfident”. But I do care who has Paul Johnson coaching, and that would be GT. Nothing else needs to be said. Randy Shannon is a good assistant coach, but he has not shown the propensity to be a top notch head man. Paul Johnson has forgotten more about being a head coach than Shannon knows. No contest, and for that reason, Jackets will roll. The only thing that will prevent a win will be turnovers, and hopefully that will be a non-issue.

Go Jackets!!

GT nerds are terrorists

September 17th, 2009
12:17 am

Reasons why Miami wins this game
1. Tech forgets their protractors so they cant call plays
2. Tech gets robbed of their pads on crime-filled campus
3. Nesbitt has to throw the ball and it looks like he threw it left handed and it got shot out of the air, Worst arm in D1
4. Tech is busy filming national monuments for Al Qaeda(Again)
5. Peachtree Middle School asks for their playbook back
6. Miami has top ten recruiting classes every year while Tech gets UGA’s scraps and ecstacy dealers
7. Miami has Mark Whipple, an old PJ nemesis, while tech has a coin they flip to see if they should run right or left
8. Tech’s lineman give up on the season and declare for the nfl, Again

This pajama blogger needs to get out of his house and off of the GT propoganda websites. Less athletes than Clemson—-HAHAHA, Tech has better DB’s than FSU-HAHAHAHAH

Pat Nix

September 17th, 2009
12:58 am

Pat Nix. Need I say more. Randy Shannon hired that clown. The U is screwed!

GT4Ever

September 17th, 2009
6:44 am

Da U

September 16th, 2009
10:44 pm
Miami has the big head????? Miami hasn’t said a thing, stop being a homer and read this thread. This article is written by a person who thinks GT is the best team ever, can’t wait to get back on this blog tomorrow after the a** whoopin!

Da U…I guess you haven’t been reading UM’s blogs and forums. That’s all you guys have been talking about. We’re BACK, We’re BACK!!! Whatever!!!! Even the players are whooping it up. One game does not make you into national champions. Even though your offense lit up a bad FSU secondary, your defense stunk it up allowing over 400 yards and 34 points. We GT fans know we’re not there quite yet after two games but we’re getting there. I expect a great game from both teams. Good luck. GO JACKETS!!!!

Sautee Dawg

September 17th, 2009
7:21 am

Boggs, Take away the cheap points you got on special teams last week against Clemson and your triple headed offense sucked. Clemson better than Miami? Tech defense better than FSU defense?
Sounds like Chris Boggs is the one with the boasting problem instead of Miami.

Lisa

September 17th, 2009
7:32 am

Why are you Dawg fans here? I thought GT was nothing to you. I thought you could care less if GT wins or loses. It isn’t even a rivalry to you. Go clean your trailer.

Tuck Fech

September 17th, 2009
7:34 am

“THWG” <————— this is why you idiots have empty seats EVERY game. You geeks should learn to support your team and quit worrying about a cross state "rival" you have only beat 12 times since 1965. There will ALWAYS be Tech fans in a bar near Bobby Dudd Crackerbox booing UGA while another sorry Tech team is struggling to a "Mighty" ACC team in front of a half-filled stadium.

YOUR PROGRAM IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A JOKE!!!!

Sautee Dawg

September 17th, 2009
7:43 am

Lisa, I’m on here b/cause Boggs usually has something idiotic to say about an opposing opponent, i was curious to read what it would be this week. I could care less who wins between Tech and Miami.

Lisa's life is useless

September 17th, 2009
7:50 am

Lisa, why don’t you go check out ANY UGA blog, and tell me how many Tech dorks you see rambling about the score from last year, trailer trash comments, redneck comments, etc. It goes both ways. Don’t sit here and act like Tech is the classiest group of people on earth. Like Tuck Fech said, your entire rally cry is “THWG”…. hence the empty seats just like he said.

Anyway, your life is pretty usless. You get on your teams blog just to talk trash about another team. I hope you have a great day bagging groceries for 8 hours, and good luck on the scratch off lottery tickets you’ll get with your Pall Mall smokey-treats from a prison-bar windowed crack den on North Ave. I hope you don’t win too much money bc the mugger will take it all from you, leaving you exactly where you are right this moment…. USELESS…….

Love, Reality

George P. Burdell

September 17th, 2009
7:53 am

Tuck Fech — This coming from the same person that wished the muggers in ATL would actually finish the job? Really classy. Seams like someone is a bit obsessed with our program… Go Jackets!
THWG Fans!

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

September 17th, 2009
7:55 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Tell her “Lisa’s life is useless”… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Lisa, I’d say you have been put in your place. Now move along little girl. Go wake up the little arab freshman ticket booth attendant and buy a ticket to YOUR team’s game… they need you!!! Be sure and knock hard!! Even if he is awake, he is probably on is iPod listening to orders from his GT terorist cell’s podcast.

THWLisa!!!!!!!

Cleveland, OH jacket

September 17th, 2009
7:57 am

Yawn, more UGA fans who should care more about the fact that they are going to lose to 3 or 4 SEC teams and less about how GT is talking about their upcoming opponent.

We are concerned about Miami, first. THEN we will cheer on the Razorbacks.

You were lucky to beat USCe and you know it. Keep acting like we are irrelevant.

GT4Ever

September 17th, 2009
7:57 am

Suatee Dawg…Where is your team now? Oh yeah, 1-1 and should be 0-2. You let an overated OSU team beat you and a Sorry USCe team almost beat you. I know, I know you guys beat us like crap in the past but that’s the past. Leave it there and move on. You QB stinks and your “D” stinks even worse. Good luck the rest of the way until November. GO JACKETS!!!!

blazer

September 17th, 2009
8:19 am

LISA, `THEY ARE STILL HAVING A HARD TIME OVER 45-42!! AND EVEN 49-10!!

IT LAST ALL YEAR !!

Coach BoBo

September 17th, 2009
8:20 am

Mutts finish 2009 6-6, no bowl

Baba O'Riley

September 17th, 2009
8:22 am

Miami is PAPER THIN at the QB position. If Harris were to get injured (not that I’d wish that on anyone) Miami is in a HEAP of trouble. With no real threat of a running game, everything would fall on the shoulders of the true freshman.

I see the GT guys are still at it...

September 17th, 2009
8:25 am

…re: Paul Johnson “But I do care who has Paul Johnson coaching, and that would be GT. Nothing else needs to be said” – if he is so able to walk on water, how come Tech lost 4 games last year?

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT!

September 17th, 2009
8:25 am

Geogia Tech – overrated and it will show tonight.

Miami 31 Tech 17

Write it down!

Coach BoBo

September 17th, 2009
8:30 am

31 – 17 Tech

GT4Ever

September 17th, 2009
8:33 am

Hey UGAy fans. I’m sure you guys read blog about you sorry SEC ranking stats but I’ll remind you again.
Georgia ranks 11th in scoring offense, 12th (that’s last place) in scoring defense, 12th in total offense, 11th in total defense, 12th in rushing offense, 10th in rushing defense, eighth in passing offense, 12th in passing defense, 10th in sacks by, ninth in first downs, 12th in opponent first downs, 11th in penalties (thank goodness for Mississippi State) and last in turnover margin. Man, that looks great. SO why are you guys bowing out you chest on this blog?
Let’s see, GT is 23 in the nation in total “O” w/457 yards per game and 33.5 points per game. While UGA is 90th. That’s BELOW Duke of all teams. So much for stopping the Option, huh.
All that counts is we’re 2-0 and you’re 1-1. We’ll see where the teams are come November. GO JACKETS!!!!!

GT4Ever

September 17th, 2009
8:36 am

If Ritch is so awesome, how come UGA is 2-2 in the last 4 games?

Anthony Lanier

September 17th, 2009
9:57 am

486 yards, 2 missed touchdowns and they should have lossed? Kyle Parker put up decent numbers against GT at GT with 1 receiver and 1 running back. How do you think GT will fair against 1 great quarterback with a stable of receivers, an NFL prospect at tight end, and 2 NFL prospects at running back? Oh by the way, with a proven pro-style offensive cooordinators whose offenses have been in the top 10 on every level that he has coached.

Don’t get behind because everyone knows you have no passing game whatsoever. My tiny might team passes better than tech.

Anthony Lanier

September 17th, 2009
9:59 am

One more thing, you lost NFL talent on your d-line. One man will know slow down an offense. That was eveident last Thursday against Clemson.

W Peachtree Jacket

September 17th, 2009
10:00 am

Go Jackets!!! I am so proud of our team and everything Georgia Tech stands for…..Give em heck Jackets!!! We’re all pulling for you guys….Make it 5 in a row!!!!

Go Jackets!!!
THWG

dagtbuzzman

September 17th, 2009
10:01 am

Miami has reported numerous players that will not play. Are any of these key players?

Scrappy McGowan

September 17th, 2009
10:03 am

Hunting Dawg is actually Randy Hickey. He has a lot of time on his hands now that “My Name is Earl” has been cancelled.

GT4Ever

September 17th, 2009
10:28 am

Anthony Lanier…one game against a bad defense and your proclaiming Harris a great QB. Give me a break. Two great RB’s and they couldn’t gain 100 yards put together against again a bad defense. Post this if and when they actually do something against a quality opponent. If Harris and the boys can play that way the whole season then I’ll believe it. All you can base it off of is last year’s game. We shreaded you almighty “D”. So what you have speed. Speed isn’t everything. You guys can’t play together as a team. Oh yeah, your DC has experience against othe option types. Look at this UM!!!!
Lovett faced 5 teams that used a lot of option/misdirection rushing since 2001: Cuse in 01, aTm in 04, and WF in 02, 03 and 04. He gave up at least 50 more yard/game than each team averaged in their other games and also significantly more yards/carry.

Opp rushing averages: 199 yards/game, 4.24 yards/carry.
Opp rushing vs. Lovett: 298 yards/game, 5.27 yards/carry.

Additionally, he didn’t do well vs. Arkansas while at Auburn. I’m not sure how much option or misdirection they employed through 2001, though.

Game details:

Cuse 31, Aub 14
52-226 rushing (174.7, 3.61)
6-15-74 passing

2002 — CU 31, WF 23
64-365 rushing (241.1, 4.37)
10-19-158 passing

2003 — WF 45, CU 17
60-321 rushing (203.3, 4.29)
5-7-79 passing

2004 — CU 37, WF 30
54-254 rushing (206.1, 4.30)
10-25-156 passing

2004 — aTm 27, CU 6
53-324 rushing (167.3, 4.62)
14-26-178 passing

bb

September 17th, 2009
12:10 pm

Take away the special teams plays last week and … GT still gained ~400 yds against Clemson. In case you weren’t aware, punt returns are not included in offense totals, so I assume you mean the one 34 yd fake FG play when you say remove the special teams plays. GT still gained 300+ yds rushing against Clemson when you remove the special teams plays.

People like to think that Clemson shut down GT’s offense except for the one long run by Allen. But, if you remove that play AND the 34 yds fake FG play, GT still gained 300+ yds against Clemson. Plus, last I checked, big plays are part of the game. If you remove Clemson’s two long TD passes (140 yds worth), GT shut down a pretty good Clemson Team, but of course you can’t take those plays away any more than GT’s big plays.

BobinBuford

September 17th, 2009
12:28 pm

Chris:

You forgot number 11 – no poofters.

Scrappy McGowan

September 17th, 2009
12:45 pm

UGA fans, I will give you this. Your stadium is bigger and the AJC has hiven you a better beat writer. I’m pretty sure that your beatwriter is not a Tech grad, nor has he referred to Joe Cox as Lucas Cox.

Born a Hurricane Fan

September 17th, 2009
1:19 pm

Do you really think Miami does not have athletes like Spiller and Ford. That’s laughable…Now, if you want to use what Jacory said as motivation, go ahead. But he also gave out of the norm praises to your team as well. But understand this, Our WR’s 6′4, 6′3, 6′2, TE 6′4, Benjamin 4.2 speed. Keep believing we dont’ have any athletes.

I think this is going to be a good game. As Hurricane fan, I expect my team to win, but I do know yall really have our number. So using a quote from a paper as motivation or using 4 loses in a row as motivation. I”m going with the 4 loses in a row…

It’s going to be a good game, but Da U 42 GT 35

Scrappy McGowan

September 17th, 2009
1:25 pm

BHF, you are not playing against FSU’s defense. You will not score 42 points tonight.

Hunting Dawg

September 17th, 2009
1:44 pm

Lisa = Agnes Scott cheerleader that GT rents for Saturdays. I guess the Dawg fans decided to come over to this blog and lend support to what otherwise would be lavatory reading.

GT vs. Miami is going to be a great game to watch tonight. I wish they could both lose but alas it will not be. I truly like CPJ, even though he has turned to the darkside. Perhaps, his long lost son will someday find him and save him from the North Avenue Trade school.

Georgia has a lot of work to do relative to their coaching staff and I sure hope that Richt gets it figured out very soon.

For those 27,000 Tech fans that show up for the game tonight, I hope you enjoy yourselves and I hope that you beat the Miami Hurricanes senseless. I want you to have a good record at the end of the season when UGA stops your winning streak at 1.

Go Dawgs!

Pi$$onaDawg

September 17th, 2009
1:49 pm

TECH: just don’t get into the “N” Trash Talking the u will try early in the game. No Team fears the U. If it looks bad “pull a FSU/Miami” and HIT the QB hard and late to put him out of the game. DBs if you are beat on a long pass with the line of scremage past your own 45, then tackle the pass catcher hard and take the 15 yards ovet the TD. HIT the U hard and hurt them because that is how they like to play. I will take 100 yrds in FLAGS if the U’s players are hurt and scared. Is that not what was refered to as the U swagger?

Born a Hurricane Fan

September 17th, 2009
2:00 pm

You guys are crazy if you think Nix has anything to do with this year. Hell, Whipple put up more yards after 1 game, than Nix could have done in two years with the U. You guys have every right to talk shyt, and that’s the motivation for this team tonight, to cease it, forever…
Your safety might be your downfall, but I would really look at the matchup between your outside LBs and the RBs, cause since you pretty stated your going to blitz the hell out of Jacory, the quick passes will be there.
Swagger, we coined the term, that’s what happens when you when 5 national championship om 27 years. Maybe, if your program had that kind of success, you would understand, but you will never undertand….It’s a U thing, and it’s all about the U.

Either way, again, it’s going to be a good game, and I will come back on here to either talk shyt or take my lumps, promise. Good look in the ACC, but just not tonight.

Da U

September 17th, 2009
2:25 pm

GT4Ever

September 17th, 2009
6:44 am

Da U…I guess you haven’t been reading UM’s blogs and forums. That’s all you guys have been talking about. We’re BACK, We’re BACK!!! Whatever!!!! Even the players are whooping it up. One game does not make you into national champions. Even though your offense lit up a bad FSU secondary, your defense stunk it up allowing over 400 yards and 34 points. We GT fans know we’re not there quite yet after two games but we’re getting there. I expect a great game from both teams. Good luck. GO JACKETS!!!!

The Miami players haven’t said a thing, only fans like myself! J. Harris has only said good things about GT but this reporter copies and paste only one line to make him look bad. Fans can talk crap all day and it doesn’t mean a thing, but it makes the game that much better. I think it’s going to be a great game, and if GT wins I’m sure you all will light up this board looking for me. That’s what fans do, that’s why CFB is the best.

Good Luck in the ACC but not tonight!

Boggs sucks

September 17th, 2009
2:44 pm

“10. The Tech defense made plays when they had to against Clemson…which is a better team than Miami.”

Clemson is a better team than Miami? really? Canes play em on OCT 24, so we’ll see then. Back to tonights game. If it does indeed rain heavily then GT should have the advantage. Only thing we are worried about is our defense. Trust me no canes fans are worried about our O. In Whipple we trust. Can’t wait for tonight!

Scrappy McGowan

September 17th, 2009
2:57 pm

“In Whipple we trust”. Wow! After ONE GAME against a team that should’ve lost to JAX STATE, you’re pretty confident in your OC. How trusting are you in your DC, who gave up points-a-plenty to that “powerhouse” Seminole team.
I expect the boys and the chick on 790 the Ticket to be whining tomorrow morning.

gte268p

September 17th, 2009
4:08 pm

Chris, you broke the rules! It’s supposed to be “there is no number 4″, not “there is no number 6″!

GT4Ever

September 17th, 2009
4:19 pm

Did I miss something? Don’t all points count?

collegeballfan

September 17th, 2009
4:31 pm

The Tech defense gave up 42, 38, 17 & 27 points in their last 4 games.

Miami takes this one.

hey sautee dawg

September 17th, 2009
4:34 pm

speaking of cheap points…. the dawgs would be ohhhhhhhhhh fer but for some cheap points the dawgs got on special teams also.

woulda shoulda coulda

tiar, baby

45-42