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…
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!
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.
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?
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.