Defense Finds Redemption Against UNC!

Great  Game Day Despite the Rain

Its hard to think of a better way to get a mental break during a 70+ hour work week than getting down on campus to see Tech put a beat down on Butch Davis and UNC.  Nothing could dampen my mood today, not even the rain.  Those glorious few hours with friends down on The Flats were a much needed respite from a really tough week.  I should probably apologize to some of the folks who were sitting around me in lower 102 today.  I let a week’s worth of frustration loose on the refs on more than one occasion.  At least it was warranted…anyone else who was there will agree with me…I think…

Defensive Redemption!

I’ve been as harsh as anyone on the Tech defense the past few weeks.  And while I would like to say I was trying to use some sort of reverse psychology to motivate any of them who happened to read the AJC…well, that wouldn’t be honest.  I’ve been harsh on the defense because before today they just simply hadn’t been that good.

The defense that showed up today, with a simplified 4-3-4 scheme and a couple of new starters was something to behold on a rainy Saturday afternoon.  They played with attitude, aggression, and purpose.  They played as good as any defense I’ve seen from a Tech team in several years.

If not for that one long pass play, which scored UNC’s only points, they may well have held UNC to barely 100 yards on the day.  Incredible.

Kudos to the coaching staff and players for making the adjustments and increasing the intensity in a must win game.  Awesome job!

Special Teams…”Special”?

It doesn’t seem like it was too long ago that Scott Blair was single handedly beating Clemson.

Today he single handedly kept UNC in the game.  Well…ok…maybe not single handedly.  He had help from the refs, but we’ll get to that later.

Two kickoffs out of bounds gave UNC great field position at the 40.  Two missed field goals left points on the field and allowed UNC to stay in striking range until late in the game when the offense punched the ball into the endzone.

Referees…More “Special”?

These guys definitely arrived at Bobby Dodd Stadium riding on the proverbial short bus.

This was potentially one of the most miserable examples of ACC referee’ing I’ve ever seen.  And that’s saying something!

Its one thing to forget to stop the clock when a ball carrier goes out of bounds.

Its another thing to forget to stop the clock when that same ball carrier got a first down on that same play.

Its a WHOLE ‘nother thing when you make both of those mistakes on one play late in the half as time is winding down in a close game.

The sheer incompetence of that rectal cranial inversion was topped only later in the game when the referees allowed horse collars and facemask penalties to go uncalled.

But then they took it to an entirely new level when they allowed three UNC defensive players to basically pick Josh Nesbitt up, carry him five yards, and piledrive him behind the line of scrimmage.  Maybe they confused their whistles with their pacifiers?  All I can figure is that they were too busy sucking on them to blow them, ending the play and protecting one of the players that they are supposed to be looking out for on the field!

Its one thing when incompetence impacts the outcome of a game.  Its dangerous when incompetence threatens the safety of players.

Those guys should be ashamed of themselves.

Who were they?

  • Referee: Tom DeJoseph
  • Umpire: Mike Webster
  • Linesman: Michael Kelley
  • Line judge: Sterling Allen
  • Back judge: Delbert Bell
  • Field judge: David Meslow
  • Side judge: Jim Corpora

I hope we don’t see these guys referee another game at Tech for a very long time.

I hope both Paul Johnson and Dan Radakovich have placed calls to John Swofford up in his cushy ACC offices.  Maybe he’ll take off his Carolina blue long enough to make a statement and do something now that the normally craptacular ACC officials have crossed the line into being dangerously incompetent.

Go Jackets!


40 comments Add your comment


September 27th, 2009
1:45 am

The UNC offense is anemic. This was simply a case of a bad defense besting a terrible offense. At least the offense put up big numbers against the much vaunted UNC defense.

Jury’s still out on us being a good team. But with the VT win over Miami, we are still very much alive in the Coastal race.


September 27th, 2009
2:06 am

It was great to see CPJ get in their faces at halftime and chew them out on camera. The ACC has the WORST officials in college sports and unless John Swofford…who is a Little Girl……does anything about the situation with these referees in football and basketball, the ACC is going to become like the Colonial conference: Even more irrelevant!

GT Fan 4 Life

September 27th, 2009
2:53 am

The refs were horrible and that may be an understatement! While most of the bad calls did seem to go against Tech (as well illustrated by Mr. Boggs), one call stands out that show just how bad these particular officials were: on a critical third down play for Tech’s offense, we were stopped about a yard short of a first down. The officials somehow gave us a spot that was off by three or four yards (hard to tell from my seats in the north end zone upper level). They did correct this mistake upon video review, but how is it possible to miss a spot in the open field by that much?!?! All of these refs should be punished for their unparalled incompetence!

Brewer for GT President

September 27th, 2009
3:42 am

Still a lot of room for improvement, but at least things are going in the right direction again. I agree about the refs, just awful. I doubt the ACC says anything publicly about CPJ giving that jerk hell. That would bring attention to the officiating itself, which was/is quite poor.


September 27th, 2009
3:52 am

I agree with the fact that the refs were terrible; however, I think GT coaches and true GT fans are aware of the 2+ years of “punishment” that the basketball refs applied to Paul Hewitt & the GT Basketball program. I sincerely hope everyone involved has learned a lesson and will be smart going forward…………the referees went way out of their way to teach Paul Hewitt and GT a stern lesson after Paul embarrassed the referees for a number of HORRIBLE calls which cost GT a game. I think Paul Johnson will take a low key approach, but make a strong case regarding the poor officiating behind the scenes. Atleast I really hope Paul Johnson and the GT fan base is smart enough to refrain from publicly embarassing the referees……….they will enact a long and effective revenge if they are called out in public.

Let’s all let it go and think about what is best for the future of the GT Football program!

Go GT!!


September 27th, 2009
5:24 am

Personally, I need to see this defense have a game like this against a better offense before I’m giddy enough to talk ACC Title. I know that our offense puts up numbers and tests defenses, but a few of our opponents that have stout defenses are finding offenses as well. And I guess by “some” I mean VPI&SU up there in Blacksburg….

But lets have a day like this out in Starkville and then in Tallahassee and I will be all about calling the “Tech Bowl” in our favor. Until these next two games show defensive dominance and a heavy foot on our offensive gas pedal, I will remain skeptical that we can do anything more relevant than “competing” in the ACC – or the CFB world for that matter.


September 27th, 2009
1:03 pm

Johnson is probably going to get fined for his live TV comments on the half time interview. Dan Radakovich needs to refuse to pay that fine.
Just absolutely refuse to pay it.

"Toe Meets Leather"

September 27th, 2009
2:03 pm

Awesome “comeback” win yesterday. Our defense isn’t still there yet…but yesterday was a lot better than it has been (and against a ranked team at that). The refereeing was surreal. The weather was not the best. The offense wasn’t kicking like we expect. And we still pulled it out. A good sign.

“Toe Meets Leather” – Sisson’s winning FG against Virginia in 1990 – now on sale at


September 27th, 2009
2:28 pm

Impressive performance overall. UNC’s offense is not great but that same UNC QB hit 19-24 passing against East Carolina the week before, so it’s not like they can’t score against “air”. I was more impressed with the run defense.

The real defining game of the season will now be the @ FSU game. FSU is beatable, but obviously has some talent. I think we *should* be able to stop their running game, and if Ponder is forced to pass, they are not as dangerous offensively. But we’ll see.

GT is a top15 team

September 27th, 2009
2:49 pm

GTMike, I guess FSU being beatable depends on which FSU shows up: the one that barely beat Jack State and lost to USF, or the FSU that beat BYU.


September 27th, 2009
5:41 pm

I am glad they went back to the base defense. At time Cooper was looking lost it that wolf position. We need to dial up some more creative blitz packages. Great win, but we have a long way to go.


September 27th, 2009
7:36 pm

Here we go again.

Les Miles

September 27th, 2009
8:14 pm

GT did a good job of getting ahead early, controlling the ball, and eating clock. Exactly what they have to do to win. Defense…..don’t know. T.J. Yates was wound tighter than a guitar string.


September 27th, 2009
8:22 pm

I hope we don’t have one of our attacks of the big head this week. This game in Starkville is a trap game for us. MSU is good enough to beat us. It ain’t last year’s team by any stretch of the imagination.


September 27th, 2009
8:24 pm

Poor Chris. How did you get so far behind on your CADS quota to have to spend 70 hours in that dank little cubicle? Your boss must hate your guts.


September 27th, 2009
8:52 pm

Thank God and DRAD for Paul Johnson.

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever.


September 27th, 2009
9:19 pm

I agree with you on the refs. No excuse for allowing the clock to run at the end of the 2nd qtr. They were bad, and were sadly, ACC refs. You hate to see games where the refs take the game away from the players and those idiots almost did just that!

Burnett is just so special to watch, I saw his 1st INT coming a mile away, he is a very special player when he is on the field. Maybe we should ask him to kick our field goals?!

Blair had a bad game, he won the game with Clemson, and his teammates bailed him out here with UNC. He will win games for us again in the future.


September 27th, 2009
11:53 pm

superDawg…. eats you up doesn’t it?! You’re TOO easy!


September 28th, 2009
12:29 am

Nice win. I said 24-23 but your defense played well.

We escaped.

Schizo team in athens.

Beware, I am trying to get along with the Tech folks on the blogs but let me tell you all this:

If I make it down to the UGA/Tech game and I found out who yellow fuzz is in person, it won’t be pretty.

Good win.

Let’s hope we can both continue.


September 28th, 2009
12:41 am

Huh…I would have thought Teddy Valentine would have been in that list of officials, as bad as they were.


September 28th, 2009
4:38 am

hey macro Miss.St.will show you easy.


September 28th, 2009
4:40 am

what time is it anyway

Not Disappointed

September 28th, 2009
7:34 am

Focus and lets beat Miss St. Go Jackets!

BIG Steve, GT class of 2003

September 28th, 2009
1:15 pm


DawginLex, thanks for the kind words about our win. UGA scared me Saturday, but y’all won. So it was a Georgia day afterall. Too bad the Falcons lost, but it’s all good. GT is 3-1, UGA is 3-1, Falcons are 2-1. Not bad.

Well, to all UGA fans, good luck against LSU, and GT will take care of business agains Mississippi State. I won’t hate on you guys until Halloween weekend when y’all play Florida, and Thanksgiving weekend when y’all come to GT.

Again, congrats to GT and UGA!!


September 28th, 2009
1:53 pm

Ok, I am not a “Techie”, but I will give you guys credit. Paul Johnson is a top tier coach and he certainly brings out the best in his teams. The one week recovery from Miami to UNC was very impressive. With that being said, UNC’s offense is, well, offensive. They are clearly not the benchmark to judge a teams performance, but the D did step up to coach Johnson’s challenge. They have better speeed on D, but get exposed against teams that force them to use their depth…or lack there of. The offense is still not close to PJ’s performance level…the point of attack blocking is awful, penalties have hurt, and the passing game has to be improved to prevent teams from stacking the line of scrimmage. All in all, this team is young, progressing each weeek, and will be better at the end of the year.


September 28th, 2009
1:57 pm

Tech’s offense was a thing of beauty on Saturday…one of the things that I believe gets overlooked is that when the offense is going well, it chews up clock and limits the opponent’s chances…I think North Carolina only ran 3 plays in the third quarter (I might be wrong on that). Missy State couldn’t do a thing against our offense last year, but their effort against LSU was impressive… we’ll know more about both UGA and the Jackets after this Saturday’s games…to the Dog fans who come check out this blog, good luck against the Tigers & we’ll see you on the Flats in November!


September 28th, 2009
4:21 pm

Glad to see Tech win that close one. As I’ve said before I want the highest rank team to face in November. It seems that you guys suffered from some really bad officiating. Don’t know why every officiating crew in all conferences has a bone (no pun intended) to pick with Georgia teams college or professional. It was a shame to see the beat down VT gave Miami though. I love seeing Miami get a beat down but at least it didn’t keep you from re-entering the polls. Oh and if you want the UGA folks to quite their childish comments here then please get on to the likes of “m” and “Yellow Fuzz” to stop their childish venomous rantings on any and all Bulldog blogs.

Not Disappointed

September 28th, 2009
5:59 pm

It was a balance game of defense and offense on Saturday on the flats. I enjoyed it up until half time when CPJ and officiating crew had words. (Lets hope CPJ doesn’t receive a fine for that little fiasco.)

Stay focus on Miss St. Lets go Jackets!

GT Brill

September 28th, 2009
6:55 pm

Tech and UGA will both have their hands full next week. I hate calling these “trap games”, but if there ever was one for Tech, this is it. I was pulling for Miss State to beat LSU, but now wondering if it is better for GT that Miss State lost. May have hurt their confidence a bit, they would be riding high if they had beaten the Tigers and momentum is a factor in college ball. LSU may have been doing a “peak ahead” to UGA on Saturday and it almost cost them.

Too Easy

September 28th, 2009
7:49 pm

Macro and Super: Watch your words. My lawyer is on retainer.

GT Fan

September 28th, 2009
9:21 pm

Maybe a case of very bad UNC offense than great GT defense. If our defense can stop MS State strong run game, then maybe we have a shot at ACC title. Not convinced our DC has it figured out or will figure it out. Hope PJ stays engaged with the defense too.


September 28th, 2009
10:51 pm

I nominate yellow fuzz and saint simons fan of the week.section 138 row 6 seat 8 and 9.


September 28th, 2009
10:53 pm

I apoligize to who those seats belong to but that would be a perfect place for them.They would not last long there.


September 28th, 2009
10:56 pm

shut up too easy I am your lawyer.


September 28th, 2009
10:59 pm

Besides macro is helping me design a time machine.


September 28th, 2009
11:42 pm

I’m a little surprised by some of the constructive dawg comments here – where’s the lunatic fringe?! though i’m sure if you guys beat LSU (or even lose by less than 38-3) there will be more UGA on the GT blog than GT.

The next 4-5 games, bookend SEC road games with FSU and VT in the middle will tell us how good the team really is. The polls should be the least of our concerns.


September 29th, 2009
4:02 pm

I have to ask and I am not being a smart a**. I am an college football fan abd watch many games. I have noticed that MANY, MANY times this year, A player will go out of bounds and they will not stop the clock. Ussually this does not happen in the last 2 minutes of the half or game, but it does happen alot. Is there a rules change with this? I was at the Tech game and this happened 4 other times during the game other than the one near the end of the half. It also happened in EVERY single college game I watched this past weekend. What gives? Please pay attention to this. My fear is this is some sort of rule passed to make the games go by faster for the TV people.


September 29th, 2009
7:34 pm


I believe you are correct. The rule change was before last season though…”old” clock rules apply inside two minutes of each half.


September 30th, 2009
12:37 am

MalibuGT you got it right on the 50 yard line.


October 21st, 2009
7:51 pm

Great article you got here. I’d like to read a bit more about this matter.