Live Thoughts from the Miami Game

Well…at halftime, two things are evident.

1. Patrick Nix is no longer calling the offense in Miami.

2. The Tech defensive line, which was already suspect, is gassed playing their third game in about 12 days.

The Jackets seemed to impose their will on the opening drive, starting with good field position and grinding down into the redzone before settling for a field goal.

The defense then forced a 3rd and 11 on Miami’s first possession, but allowed the Canes to convert…and then score on a deep pass soon after.  The defensive line was a non-factor on the first drive.

The Jackets then squandered another bad kickoff, gave the ball back to Miami, and allowed them to drive and score again.

Then, trailing 14-3 the Jackets mounted a drive and would have scored except for a bad blocking decision on a big Roddy Jones scamper.

Instead of six points and a likely 14-10 score, the Jackets found themselves in long yardage at about the 30…where they fiddled around and eventually made use of a Miami pass interference call on 4th down to get into field goal range and miss the change to make it 14-6.

Miami took advantage again….driving down the field into the GT red zone before the defense finally held and forced a field goal.

17-3 Miami.  I found myself wondering if GT had enough gas in the tank to mount a charge and run out the second quarter.  The Jackets had to score or at least keep Miami out of the end zone and keep things close.

The Miami D responds, playing smart assignment football and using their speed to stop Tech’s efforts to get outside on offense.  Three and out.

The Tech defense has to come back out with four minutes left in the game…plenty of time for Miami to score again.  And if they do, they’re far enough ahead of make Tech throw the ball and get outside of their comfort zone.

If that happens, it could be the LSU game all over again.

Against all hope, the Jackets get a defensive stop and force a punt but can’t do anything on offense and end up giving the ball back to the Canes with about 24 seconds left.

Its crucial for Tech to get into the locker room with the score 17-3.  That’s not insurmountable.  If not for the block in the back we are looking at a 17-10 game, which is well within reach and very respectable on the road against Miami at this point.

Now, at the half,  one thing is certain…Paul Johnson and his coaching staff will have to coach their BUTTS off to get back into this game and keep it respectable.

Picking up in the third quarter…

The Miami offense has picked up where it left off and the GT defensive line has no answer.  There are huge running gaps and way too much time for Harris to find receivers.

Even without the block in the back on the Jones TD run, Tech would still be looking a 31-17 game and a two score deficit on the road.

If anything, I am taking solace in the fact that on the GT scoring drive we were making use of two walkons at C (Bedford) and WR (Cone) in addition to a Colgate transfer at B-back (Lyons).

So in addition to being out coached right now…Tech is being out athleted as well.  Fatigue has become a double whammy.

Wonderful, a false start on a converted fourth down…and a bad snap on the punt effort…

Its a comedy of errors Tech fans…lets settle in for the fourth quarter and take our medicine…its not our night.

Well played Miami…well played…

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"Toe Meets Leather"

September 17th, 2009
9:30 pm

We may be down two TD’s…but we’ll be there at the end to win…just like the 1990 Jackets did against then-#1 Virginia. That moment is immortalized in “Toe Meets Leather”, available at !

Biff Pocoroba

September 17th, 2009
9:54 pm

Tech needs a new offensive line coach and defensive coordinator soon. I know that CPJ is the greatest and can do no wrong, but if he is as stubborn as Gailey and insists on playing Nesbitt no matter how much he sucks, we will be 6-6 this year and he will be as popular as Hewitt.


September 17th, 2009
10:15 pm

Well, I must admit that I didn’t think the defense was this bad. Guess I was wrong, we really suck on defense! On the other hand our offense is not much better…… Hmmmmmm so much for that BCS bowl game……


September 17th, 2009
10:23 pm

this is the 4th game that our team has looked anemic on both offense and defense. sorry… but that does not bode well for our coaching staff. those that want to anoint CPJ as the greatest should seriously reconsider. one trick pony in my estimation… and i’m a tech fan.


September 17th, 2009
10:33 pm

just heard CPJ call one of our young men ’stupid’ for a penality on ESPN. way to motivate CPJ!!!!

Biff Pocoroba

September 17th, 2009
11:01 pm

I hope that we didn’t make a mistake giving another coach a long term contract after one good year. Teams know that we don’t have a center or a quarterback who can pass so they can shut down our offense now. Dwyer is non existent and our #2 receiver played at Shorter so the future isn’t very bright. Hopefully we will have some open try outs for kicker this week.

Reality Sucks for Tech

September 17th, 2009
11:06 pm

And Paul Johnson says, “Are you that stupid.” Number 61 replies, “Yes, Coach. I just cannot remember the snap count, but I can pass my calculus class, just like Reggie Ball.” What a class act Coach Johnson is. I am sure number 61’s parents are real pleased. LOL.

Oh, one more thing, your weak D-line that I spoke of earlier, just got thinner and lost a pretty good player: Robert Hall. Get ready to get your AZZes run on every week. You won’t be able to stop Vandy when you travel to Nashville in several weeks.

Like it, live it, love it!! WOOOOOOOO!!!!


September 17th, 2009
11:13 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…

Cane Captain

September 17th, 2009
11:15 pm

What kinda of excuse’s will be this week M, Stinger, Gt grad????

(((((((((((((((33-17)))))))))))))) HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That one was for you, Saint Simons!

I guess a tickle pile won’t be in order for the nerds tonite.


September 17th, 2009
11:17 pm

Jus had to post one more time.


Reality Sucks for Tech

September 18th, 2009
2:23 am

Enter your comments here
Ramble On, m and the other Geeks from Tech,

Reality is you have no O-line or D-line. Fat, overweigh white boys on the O-line won’t cut it. neither will Nick Claytor. You better get ready to lose often this year. Your only D-lineman (Morgan) is dead tired by the middle of the 3rd quarter for the second week in a row. Reality sucks for you guys.

m, the Sheriff of whom you speak so often looks more like Barney Fife.

Get used to it.. Like it, live it, love it.


Cane Captain

September 18th, 2009
3:08 am

Oh yeah!! What have I’ve been telling you all week….Speed kills and so do the Hurricanes!! The stormed brewed and it was unleashed on the Tech mites. Tech’s D-line was gased by the 2nd qtr. Tech’s o-line needs help. The whismic off scheme is not-so-catchy anymore, is it????
God & Greyhound are you sending a message for a new off & def cord yet???


September 18th, 2009
3:09 am

Ya’ll lost oh the humiliation of it all.Now rest in peace,the bandwagon will not bee the same.


September 18th, 2009
3:15 am

Well well well…. wonder what yall would say after the game. Jacory told the truth when he said “our offense can’t be stopped.” And please lets not use the they tired line the roles were reversed last year. You know what you saw tonite? You saw a Miami team playing like teams of the past. They shut down the option with speed. Good field position didn’t help you at all. Dwyer is soft. Jacory is the ACC’s true heisman canidate. Shannon who most claim sux starts J James so Cooper can gash in the 4th quarter. Now we know he can coach and recruit. Sounds like that F-5 storm brewing next year just hit the ACC one year early. You guys had a nice run. Have fun at the Emerald Bowl.


September 18th, 2009
3:29 am

we want chan back! heard he just got let go from the KC Chiefs this season….

North Ave Pimp

September 18th, 2009
4:02 am

Umm yeah, D is horrible! But Nesbitt is not the problem Biff, c’mon dude! When you have cut blocking O-linemen weighing avg of 275 your not blocking anyone. Thought LSU would have proved that. GT better learn to pass and start practicing it a little more too. The blue-print is out. Dwyer should sit out the rest of the season. That Dive play is going to kill this poor kid.

Can "U" hear us now?

September 18th, 2009
4:06 am

Hmmm…awful quiet on this board since the end of the game. We could have dropped 50 on you guys if we didn’t pull the reins. Let’s review those “10 pearls of wisdom” from super-genius (and Tech uber-homer) Chris Boggs:

1. Miami doesn’t have near the athletes that Clemson had in Spiller and Ford. – Uh…wrong. Ask the Tech d-backs if we have athletes. Ask the Tech d-line (if they’ve stopped breathing hard) if we have athletes.

2. Harris will have to keep his head on a swivel to avoid getting molested repeatedly by Derrick Morgan. Uh…wrong. Was Morgan even playing tonight? Or was he on the sideline sucking oxygen?

3. Tech has better defensive backs than FSU does and the big plays won’t come as easily. Uh…you’re 0 for 3 so far, Boggs. Your d-backs got toasted. J-12 barely had an incompletions.

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. How about almost 200 yards rushing. You’re correct, that was a big GT weakness.

5. The Miami defense didn’t look tough enough or disciplined enough to handle Tech’s offensive pressure for four quarters. We got stronger in each quarter. GT had negative rushing yards in the second half. Halfway through, and Boggs is 0 for 5.

There is no number 6… This was the only one you were remotely close on, Chris.

7. The Jackets weren’t “stopped” by Clemson…418 yards (301 on the ground) isn’t “stopped”. Well, they were stopped tonight…cold.

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. Well, we did give you good field position numerous times, and you couldn’t convert.

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. Not even close to being true.

10. The Tech defense made plays when they had to against Clemson…which is a better team than Miami. Clemson is better than Miami? Care to revisit that? We’ll get to prove it on the field when we host them on Oct 24. But for now, I’d stop worrying about Clemson and start worrying about your pass defense.

By my count, super-genius Chris Boggs was 0 for 9. Not a single prediction came true. Seriously, Chris…even infants and animals pick some things correctly by pure chance. But you are a professional and pulled the big donut. Ouch, babe! Safe travels back to the ATL.


September 18th, 2009
4:14 am


'Bama 1

September 18th, 2009
6:11 am

The QB for Miami will beat a lot teams this year. The kid can throw the ball. Anybody that saw the Miami/Florida State knows what i’m talking about. Oklahoma might have a surprise in a couple of weeks.


September 18th, 2009
6:47 am

YellowFuzz I don’t feel sorry for you at all.HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAH…HAHAHAHAHA.

Sautee Dawg

September 18th, 2009
7:51 am

Boggs, did “U” happen to read ESPN’s news this morning?

“Miami maul’s Ga. Tech”


September 18th, 2009
7:58 am

That was a close one I thought we lost there for a second.

Reality Sucks for Tech

September 18th, 2009
8:51 am

“Are you that stupid, son.” You stay classy Paul Johnson. I am sure Robert Smith’s (number 61) parents appreciate your encouraging words. You win and lose with class – not Paul Johnson, he shows his AZZ!


September 18th, 2009
8:58 am

Enter your comments here Does GT have a QB coach? Josh telegraphs every pass he throws. Only after in desperation on the run does he een look for his pr0gressions. The safety read his eyes and are always doubling where is throwing. He needs to look off the safeties. This is QB 101. Bottom line GT got dominated on both sides of the balls up front. This is true for the last 6 quarters. Does not matter if you have spread, option or pro style if you do not win it in the trenches you will not win the games.


September 18th, 2009
9:00 am

Boggs you have no clue…all the smack you talked yuesterday about the U looking ahead or past GT. Obviously that wasnt further frm the truth. Were is this great D line you claimed that GT had? Derrick who? We gave you great field postion on special teams and all you got was 3 yards and choked on a cloud of dust. Randy phillips was right. the offense is different, but not great. It can be gameplanned for. But when your D is that terrible, your offense never has a chance to get into a rythm and make adjustments. Nesbit isn’t a pure passer. Although the receivers burned Miami overaggressive DB’s on a few plays, the passes were so terrible I thought I saw Johnson fair catch one of them.
Bottom line…GT has beaten us for a few years, but never one anything else. The only title you have in the past 3 decades you had to share with…Colorado I think. Win something! Then talk. we have dominated football, dropped off the map dominated again and fallen again …GT..well ill throw you a bone…dominated UM for 4 years….so did everybody else!

Dooley's Cardiologist

September 18th, 2009
9:01 am

1. Miami looks good. A lot better than I had originally thought.

2. That being said, we look awful.
a) Offense: missing many, many key blocks. In PJ’s offense, you have to play assignment football. We did not. Also, we have to have a better third down package.
b) Defense: Tarrant is a great punt returner, but that is about as far as it goes. He is one of the worst cornerbacks I have ever seen at Tech. the rest of the Defense played with 0% emotion and intensity. Cooper Taylor looked like a slow white high school football player and our D-Line….well I’ll just stop there.

3. From this, I figure that we will have another 3 to 4 loss season. Odds are we will lose to VT and FSU, and maybe UNC. All of the SEC teams we play are equally bad, so I don’t see a loss to an SEC team unless it is in a bowl game.

Overall I was ashamed last night. We were lucky to have held their offense to the number of points we did. I also think it is stupid to have to go for a 4th down, because you are worried about your kicker kicking off DIRT!!!! That is the only complaint I have. I saw more players, on both sides, slip and fall because of it.

North Ave Pimp

September 18th, 2009
9:31 am

You ladies are funny! One loss and you think its all over for the killer beez. They will be fine, watch and see flee-bags. By the way HOUSTON looks pretty good Mu-hahahahahaha


September 18th, 2009
9:43 am

There goes the one dimensional team. GT looked like crap. You cant pass, your triple option is a joke now. Your D LINE got man handled last night. Miami QB had all night to pass. Your Secondary is horrible. You need a new QB. 2 weeks and you will be out of the rankings.


September 18th, 2009
9:44 am






September 18th, 2009
9:51 am

Tech’s lack of depth on the D Line really showed last night. They got pushed around big time the whole game, but especially in the second half.. Also do they only have two running backs?

Whats was that noise ??? Oh, that was just Miami scoring again..


September 18th, 2009
10:15 am


That’s for you Saint Simons. Now stay off the UGA board. Loser.


September 18th, 2009
10:19 am

Did you guys really think that teams at this level wouldn’t figure out that offense? Really? And it only gets worse from here.

Reggie Ball

September 18th, 2009
10:28 am

Ya’ll don’t be blamm’in me fo dis.


September 18th, 2009
10:38 am

tek wins NC.No chance!That beehind got WHOMPED REAL was run over by a steam roller pushed by a strong wind.


September 18th, 2009
10:45 am

macro i’m sorry your sorry team lost.king of sandy springs you and all the other tekies can hide or burn your gt flags and car stickers,your fifteen minutes of shame has just started.

Are you kidding me...

September 18th, 2009
11:04 am

…only 95 yards rushing? I don’t care if Dwyer is hurt or not, what happened to that vaunted rushing game? Looks like it really is a high school offense playing against the big boys.

We have been saying since last year, it doesn’t matter who the COACH is – he doesn’t get to play (of course, it doesn’t help when Furman Bisher gets on board and annoints the guy as one of the best of all time – are you kidding me – after ONE season playing big boy football).

So, lick your wounds, and get ready for some more beat downs. Geez, as m would say, even Chan Gailey beat UM every time!!!!! Maybe he needs to go chase that Greyhound bus!!!!!

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 18th, 2009
11:49 am

FOR SALE One slightly used ugly colored Band Wagon CHEAP

Pressure wash all the bug poop off of it and it will be like brand new…

Saint Simons and Yellow Fuzz (rainbow lovers)

September 18th, 2009
11:55 am

33-17 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha

Rob Tech

September 18th, 2009
12:09 pm

I have to agree with alot of the bloggers, Paul Johnson is a good coach but his option offense will not do good with 1A teams, it was good with Ga. Southern, and Navy but who did Navy really play. Last year we did take everyone by surprise, but now everyone know what we are going to do. All you have to do is stop the run. The Tech players were on cloud 9 when they came out ranked this year, Then Dwyer thought he was a great running back. Everyone of the Tech’s players heads are too big, this lost might bring them back down to earth. They were lucky to beat Clemson. If they don’t wake up, it will be a long season.


September 18th, 2009
12:10 pm

Enter your comments here
dawgs still worry about us-still 45-42 they need to worry about 2nd place in the sec east!

Butts handed to us!! NO defense at all!!!

Butts Wagner

September 18th, 2009
12:36 pm

Something is wrong with the players. It’s almost as if they’ve quit on CPJ. You see a complete lack of intensity when it comes to line of scrimmage blocking from the o-line and a-backs. How many times have Clemson and UM d-backs been able to elude a blocker without even getting touched? The running game has no chance of gaining yards if the defense is playing in the tech’s backfield all game. And this is where it comes down to the coaches. It’s apparent that just showing a running game will get the opposing linebackers to rush the line of scrimmage. On every play, the linebackers started out behind the d-line and as soon as the ball was snapped and it looked like a running play, they basically blitzed the line of scrimmage. Clemson was even worse in that the linebackers were at the line of scrimmage for every snap. The clear way to counteract this is short/medium passes over the middle of the field, which GT did not throw once last night if I remember correctly. Where is the Run and Shoot package? I actually thought Nesbitt was throwing the ball very well last night, but because the level of difficulty on the passes is so high, there’s no way to get any consistency in the pass game and therefore the defense doesn’t need to respect it. The way GT was counteracting the stacked line was the toss sweep, but two of the better times that play was run were the block in the back penalties. And that play still relies on blocking on the edge, which GT has been terrible at so far this year. Defensively, no pressure on qb = completions all over the field. Simple as that. Plus, getting so worn down ends up leaving gapping holes for the running backs to run through. It’s pretty easy for an offense to operate when their o-line is destroying the opposing team’s d-line and linebackers. More blitzes might’ve helped last night, but you have to give Miami credit. They have an awesome set of receivers and an awesome QB, and the RB’s are good enough to not make mistakes and take advantage of gaping holes. But where was the intensity GT? It hasn’t been there all year, and I’m worried the team has tuned out the coaches. Also, where is the innovation coaches? It’s as if you’re too stubborn to try new things when it’s apparent that existing plays aren’t working. The only players that seem to be trying are Nesbitt, BayBay, Allen, Marcus Wright, Orwin Smith, maybe Morgan Burnett, and I’m sure there are others, but no one is coming to mind because they either don’t start or their contributions are overshadowed by the horrible play of their teammates. Maybe the problem is the lack of a leader on the team. Whatever it is, it needs to be fixed. I have no doubt that GT can still win games against teams with equal or lesser talent, but against well coached and more talented teams, there is no chance unless GT gives 100%.

Savy Steve

September 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

33-17 hmmmm HeHeHe

Savy Steve

September 18th, 2009
1:41 pm

Pauline Johnsons all mouth!!!!


September 18th, 2009
1:49 pm

Triple Option sucks because everyone knows how to play it now. If it is so good, why aren’t more teams using it.


September 18th, 2009
2:19 pm

How in the heck are these comments posted as of 5:00 pm today?? It is only 2:00 pm right now.

There's alot worse than STUPID

September 18th, 2009
2:56 pm

Have any of you clowns ever come CLOSE to an athletic field before??? Having a coach ask if you’re stupid or not is nowhere near as bad as what is usually said out there. My God these are grown men not 8 year olds.

Palmetto State Dawg

September 18th, 2009
3:12 pm

33-17!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! You bugs suck! You dorks couldn’t score handing out pardons in a women’s prison!! LOL!!!! You’ll lose more this year too!!!

Top Dawg

September 18th, 2009
3:15 pm

To all you Tech geeks that hang out on UGA blogs and talk smack. You guys are overated, and do not belong in the top 25. Stop the option, and you’re toast. More teams will eventually figure out how to stop it….just a matter of time. See you in the ATL in November. HAHAHA!!!


September 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

Miami is not in the same League as GT?

Say it Chris Boggs, I was WRONG? Its just that easy.

Go Canes !!!!!!


September 18th, 2009
4:20 pm

Don’t feel bad Tech, you guys crushed us last year. That was a huge motivator, and don’t count FSU out. Even if FSU really does suck this year, everyone plays hard in that rivalry game. Like in the Tech / Ga game, I’m pulling for Tech.

It’s just time we return to the national spotlight. Last year we were loaded with Freshmen, this year with Freshmen and Sophmores. Look out for the next few years! Fear the Future, Envy the Past!