Do the Jackets turn the Corner this Weekend?

I remember exactly where I was in 1990 when Scott Sisson kicked the game winning field goal to beat the #1 Hoos in Charlottesville.

I was at my friend Brian’s house watching on TV and when that kick sailed through the uprights we went nuts, hopped on my motorcycle, and rode through downtown Barnesville GA screaming and honking the horn.  After junior college, Brian went on to UGA and I went to GT…but that Scott Sisson kick was something I’ll bet we both remember fondly to this day.  It was a helluva football game and high drama to a couple of college guys who loved college football.

Unfortunately, since 1990, Charlottesville has been something of a House of Horrors for the Jackets.

1992…55-22 loss

1995…24-7 loss

1997…35-31 loss

1999…45-38 loss.  Despite having Joe Hamilton under center and a #7 ranking coming into the game.

2001…39-38 loss.  Hook and Ladder…’nuff said…

2003…29-17 loss.  Matt Schaub and Heath Miller dominated us.

2005…27-17 loss.  A three game win streak and Top 25 ranking squandered.

2007…28-23 loss.  Peerman and a muffed punt seal our doom.

The ‘92, ‘95, and ‘97 games were during the dark period of the mid – ’90s and were understandable to a degree.  But the losses since ‘99 have come during a period where GT has had arguably better teams than UVA.  Its almost as if Bobby Ross signed some sort of bad mojo, black magic contract back in 1990 that we’re still paying off with heartbreaking and season impacting losses at the hands of the Hoos.

So…now…here we are…in 2009…with a 6-1 record and a #11 ranking…heading to Charlottesville yet again, to face the Hoo Curse.

Up to this point, Paul Johnson has been a drought breaker…beating FSU, beating UGA, winning on the road at FSU, defeating VT this past weekend.

Does this team have the FOCUS and INTENSITY to break the Charlottesville curse and capitalize on the good momentum, high ranking, and national recognition that is beginning to shine our way on the Flats?

The real question is this…can the Yellow Jackets finally “turn the corner”?

We stand at the intersection of success or failure, recognition or resignation, pride or shame, and ultimately the step required to return Georgia Tech football to its long lost and rightfully earned seat amongst the college football elite or the slip that will relegate the Jackets once again to the status of just another also-ran.

Make no mistake fellow Yellow Jackets…this is a big game coming up this weekend…

Go Jackets!

Beat the Hoos and Break the Curse!

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October 22nd, 2009
2:43 am

CPJ keeps his players too disciplined to lose this one


October 22nd, 2009
2:43 am

also, first.

the real Old Gold

October 22nd, 2009
3:08 am

Third? Curse goes down on Saturday.. like all the others.

the real Old Gold

October 22nd, 2009
3:08 am

Technicality I was second…


October 22nd, 2009
3:09 am

Of course GT will win and break the “curse” this Saturday. Just like the last two weeks, we have everything to play for and CPJ will most definitely remind our Jackets of that all week.

I remember watching the game and Sisson’s kick that night. Two unbeatens teams in an in-conference matchup halfway through the season. A national CBS audience with Jim Nantz calling the play-by-play. The burned Astroturf the morning of the game and the questions of ‘will the game be played today?’. I was in my parent’s living room and was in awe of the game going back and forth and then ending the way it did. Absolutely amazing. Made me start looking at the Institute, and it paid off with me deciding to go there.

Before I broke out my pencils this past winter, Sisson’s kick was the first great moment in Tech’s legacy I wanted to depict. Pick up the result of my inspiration from that 1990 win – the “Toe Meets Leather” t-shirt – soon to be offered as a framed/unframed print – at! Be the center of attention/conversation at your game-watching party this Saturday!


October 22nd, 2009
3:15 am

Just do your job! Curses and streaks don’t mean squat in the game. Interesting to talk about, but doesn’t help you run, tackle, or kick. Do your job, the rest will take care of itself. Go Jackets!


October 22nd, 2009
4:05 am

Paul Johnson doesn’t believe in curses, and just like he has been doing since he has been on the Flats, he will break yet another one of these monumental streaks. Jackets Roll!

Go to for a preview of the UVA game, as well as articles on Kam Chancellor.


October 22nd, 2009
4:24 am

This is the first point in the season where I can sit back and really enjoy a game confidently… A lot of the games up until now had me a little worried, but now I am sure that PJ will have them ready to play this Saturday. Our offense has become an unstoppable force over the last few games and it finally appears that our D has really turned it on.

Last week we made a huge statement… we’re not gonna let anyone start second guessing us at this critical point. Look for a big win over UVA this Saturday. GT 38 UVA 14

Watch Out

October 22nd, 2009
6:26 am

GT should win, Johnson is a proven, too much hip on how proven above, this one will take focus to win, I hope it is not too exciting.

Reality Check

October 22nd, 2009
7:44 am

GT blows this one 24-20. Why? BECAUSE YOU’RE GT!

Alabama Jack

October 22nd, 2009
11:34 am

I watched the start of the 1990 game in the New Bern, NC airport. Caught a plane to Charlotte and resumed watching in the Charlotte Airport. They called my flight to Columbia, SC while we were still trailing. I arrived in Columbia and my wife greeted me at baggage claim with a balloon screaming we won we won. Ah, what memories


October 22nd, 2009
11:45 am

Josh Nesbitt rolls. Tech 35 Virginia 24

just wondering......

October 22nd, 2009
12:25 pm

is the ajc charging TML for his oh so subtle advertisements? It solidifies the fact I will never visit his BS wesite


October 22nd, 2009
12:35 pm

I don’t like to think we can just show up and get a win…i want the players to be scared and play with a passion. If i am CPJ, i am telling these boys how good they are now and they are on a 3 game win streak. Don’t over look them because as soon as you do, game over…We can’t afford to lose any more games if we want if we want a BCS bowl.

Go Jackets!
60 Mins of football and play hard and get bring home a win.


October 22nd, 2009
12:38 pm

Paul Johnson is going to stomp a mudhole in Virginia.

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


October 22nd, 2009
12:41 pm

Just another streak broken by Sir Paul.

Jaybo gets some action and the starters get to rest the 4th quarter.

Tech Tony

October 22nd, 2009
12:55 pm

I think too that Tech will end its Charlottesville nightmere and here’s why:

In his initial season, CPJ dropped ACC games to Virginia Tech, NortynCarolina and Virginia. He has already avenged the first two and will complete the trifecta Saturday. He takes losing personally, something a coach on the Tech campus has lacked for quite some time.

A Rob

October 22nd, 2009
1:04 pm

Nesbitt hitting his stride….bad news for UVA.


October 22nd, 2009
1:06 pm

I thought reality dick was dead. Where did he come from. Oh yeah that’s right ugay is done for the year and he has nothing better to do than wish we would let him come join our party. Too bad you are NOT INVITED “reality dick”. Try looking at the polls right now and you will get a bid dose of reality. You and your beloved bithches just plain suck donkey balls. Have a good day loooooser.


October 22nd, 2009
1:29 pm

“…the slip that will relegate the Jackets once again to the status of just another also-ran.”

Good prose. And it pretty well says it all in regard to the importance of this game.

Can the players put last week behind them?


October 22nd, 2009
2:17 pm

New coach, new offense, new attitude.

I like PJ’s quote that he doesn’t have a streak at UVA.

I have heard some say that this is a “trap” game, but I really don’t see that. Everyone is aware of the record in Charlottesville. Everyone is aware that UVA is currently on top of the division. Everyone is aware that another loss by GT puts them out of the race.

There is nothing but incentive to come out and dominate this game. I only hope they come out focused and not over-amped.

Unfortunately, my kid has a soccer game at 1pm, so I will have to follow the game on my cell. Anyone know of a good iPhone Ap that would make this easier?

Stop The Spam

October 22nd, 2009
2:29 pm

I know you two are GT fans and so am I but please quit the stinGTees and isportsweb spam posts, it’s gotten really old and annoying. Give some money to google ads and conduct your affairs like a respectable business.


October 22nd, 2009
3:06 pm

Great post! Thanks for bringing back my favorite football memory of all time. I watched the ‘90 game in the rec room of the Techwood dorm. Within minutes of Sisson’s kick sailing through the uprights, the dorms had emptied and Techwood Dr. was packed with celebrating students. The impromptu party went well into the night (and I believe our own BDS goalposts came down, if I’m not mistaken).

The tradition of under performing and losing games we’re supposed to win left with Gailey. UVAs offense is a lot closer to UNCs than FSUs or VTs. Our defense will handle it’s business, and our offense will continue to roll! Any lingering fears of a “trap game” will be gone by the end of the 1st quarter.


October 22nd, 2009
3:09 pm

ramble disappears next week do to technical difficulty.


October 22nd, 2009
3:20 pm

Tech crushes UVA 45-10


October 22nd, 2009
3:24 pm


“Interestingly, Georgia Tech currently projects to have a stronger chance at remaining undefeated from this point forward than do any of the undefeated contenders. By our calculations, there remains an 80 percent chance at least one of the one-loss teams will participate in the BCS national championship game this season. If Georgia Tech, Miami or USC can take advantage of the right timing of losses, they’ll be right in the mix to claim a spot.”

UVA Student from ATL

October 22nd, 2009
3:45 pm

I just want to say that I appreciate the pun in here, even if it was unintended. The restaurants, bars, and shops across the street from UVA are known here as the Corner. Go Hoos!


October 22nd, 2009
4:11 pm

Chris, I was at my house in Kennesaw with the NATS-grad husband of one of my wife’s best friends (and their baby boy…….the gals went shopping so us guys had the place to ourselves ;-)

Needless to say when Sisson hit that FG, we woke the baby.

I only made 4 games that season, but the first and last were doozies….Clemson, Duke, UGA, NEBRASKA.


October 22nd, 2009
4:23 pm

That hook and ladder play ruined my whole weekend. I was just in shock. I hope Tech gets out in front and pours it on all game…we need a win with NO DRAMA for a change!

Not Disappointed

October 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

I just wants to win. I don’t care about the score.

Go Jackets!


October 22nd, 2009
4:54 pm

“Yea, he’s bad, bad, CPJ
The baddest man in the A-C-C
Badder than ole King Kong
Meaner than those junkyard dawgs!!!”


October 22nd, 2009
4:55 pm

Who remembers what brent musburger said after the last win in charllotesville? “Virginia can’t win the National Championship now. Georgia Tech won’t!” Join me in the Get Rid of Brent Campaign!

not a fan

October 22nd, 2009
5:42 pm

I thought GT turned the corner last weekend.

Seriously, UVA lost to William and Mary. Not usually a “turn the corner” type of program.

Snap an embarrassing losing streak against a pathetic opponent would be more to the point.


October 22nd, 2009
6:03 pm

I continue to be amazed at the number of national outlets that are picking UVA and weekly pick against GT. It’s not that it can’t happen, but what in this years performance would lead you to that pick. The only conclusion I reach is that they all believe that LSU solved Tech’s offense and if teams were just smart enough to follow the roadmap Tech can be stopped. What a bunch of nonsense – does last weekends shutout of the Detroit lions doom the pro set at every level – not likely

Oh well – Got it off my chest

Go Jackets


October 22nd, 2009
6:11 pm

As I recall, the CBS affiliate in Charleston, SC where I watched the game had Brent Musgurger making the calls …maybe both Brent and Jim….I recall the TD catch in the end zone by Emmett Merchant, the Fosbury flop pass / catch from Sean Jones.


October 22nd, 2009
6:15 pm

I went to meet the team that evening in 1990. We were nearly crushed in the crowd. It was a great time.

Paul Johnson has yet to lose to the same school two years in a row and I think he will keep that in tact by 4pm Saturday.

Go Jackets! To hell with Georgia.


October 22nd, 2009
6:41 pm

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October 22nd, 2009
7:37 pm

I say “yes” GT turns the corner this weekend… take a left at the end of peachtree street….loserville is three blocks down…… its GT’s home!

George P. Burdell

October 22nd, 2009
7:40 pm

The 1990 UVA-GT game is without a doubt one of the best college football game I’ve ever watched. My memory of the TV coverage was the halftime show with Mike Francesa going on and on about how UVA was getting it together and watch them really pull away in the second half. Well, they didn’t and I’m not even sure if they let Mike back on the air for postgame commentary. I didn’t think Musburger made the calls in that game because I think he left CBS in April 1990 very shortly after his totally lopsided comments favoring MSU when Tech played them in basketball enroute to the Final Four. Some of the more detailed points might fade over the years, but I for one will never forget that game as well as some of the heartbreaks we’ve suffered over the years since. I think the hook and ladder may be the worst of all of them. I’m just thankful I had to listen to that game on the radio so I don’t have to be reminded of seeing it happen.

Starring Peter Graves as Capt Clarence Over

October 22nd, 2009
7:59 pm

George: I remember Francesa shooting off his mouth. He was on at the end of the game saying: “The ACC has been eliminated from the national championship chase”. Wrong, loser!
Hey bugsquacher: Ever been in a Turkish prison?


October 22nd, 2009
9:06 pm

Folks it’s called the “hook and lateral”. A “hook” and “ladder” are tools of the fire fighters.


October 22nd, 2009
9:37 pm

I watched that glorious 1990 game in a strange place, Athens, GA. It was my girlfriend’s sorority formal that night, and I wathced the game from my hotel room while I was getting ready. When Sisson made that kick I was jumping up and down on the bed and screaming alone in my room in a suit and tie.

The next weekend I was down in St. Pete, FL enjoying the sunshine while I watched Scott Sisson kick two field goals in horrible, cold, rainy weather to beat Va Tech 6-3. The last of those field goals was a game winner in the 4th quarter. That game doesn’t get talked about enough, but that was a tough victory.

Earlier in the year I watched from the stands at Bobby Dodd as Chris Gardocki almost made a 60 yard field goal as time expired. Tech held on to win 21-19. It’s always great to beat Clemson.

Then I was back in Athens on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to watch the Jackets beat down the bulldogs. The same people who congratulated me the night of the Uva game weren’t as nice that day.

What a year! This one’s shaping up to be just as exciting! This weekend we TURN THE CORNER!!!


October 22nd, 2009
9:39 pm

I forgot to mention that a couple weeks before the UVa game I was in South Bend, IN, to see the Irish beat Miami, which was the beginning of the pieces falling into place for the Yellow Jackets as we moved up the rankings.


October 23rd, 2009
2:18 am

Firemen don’t use Ladders?


October 23rd, 2009
2:21 am

UVA has what LSU has big D-Lineman, but Dwyer gets 1 long TD run and one short yardage TD. Nesbit and Allen get a score each. Tech by 17.

Big Gator

October 23rd, 2009
2:24 am

I have lived in Atlanta for a little over ten years! First, we never play you guys so we have no rivalry with you. So this is not personal!I am just curious that in all of the time I have been here I have never seen much support for your team. I have not seen many GT shirts, GT bumpers, GT anything!
I have taken some clients to several games and have never had a problem getting tickets and good ones at that. Even this year, and last weekend, I have gotten great seats on short notice. But suddenly I am seeing GT stuff! Why does it take a real good season to be a GT fan? In Florida you see Gator stuff everywhere and you can’t get a seat unless you pay big bucks to a scalper. And this has been the case for at least 35 years. And we have had some bad teams.
I just wished someone could explain to me the “bandwagon” mentality? Does this mean that when GT goes back to their old self…. it will go back to what it always has been?
Guys I just don’t get it. I would not give you the time of day for a Georgia fan but at least they are consistent. And you don’t get tickets there either! Not that I would go anyway!
GT… I just don’t get it or won’t ever I guess!


October 23rd, 2009
2:39 am

Gator: it is like being a fan of turnips. You don’t tell everybody that you like turnips but you will eat them everytime you get a chance. I don’t care if GT doesn’t have fans like UGA. I know too many UGA fans that didn’t go to school there,don’t give money, and don’t go to the games. So what kind of fan is that? You will find it difficult to find a TECH fan that didn’t go to school at GIT. My Dad is a 61 grad and I have been going to games with him since I could keep my butt in the seat and watch. Dad and I travel too.

re: VegasGT

October 23rd, 2009
3:08 am

I use ESPN’s ScoreCenter app for score updates… You can configure your favorite teams so their score is more prominent. Also you can go to ESPN’s mobile site and they have a “useable” GameCast so you can follow along with what’s happening on the field play-by-play instead of just score updates.

Sean M

October 23rd, 2009
3:15 am

I don’t go to Tech and don’t plan to attend the school but I have been a fan since I was a kid. GT was probably the first college football team I ever saw and that’s how it really got started for me. That’s probably one reason why there aren’t more every day Tech fans is because of the mentality of some alum that you have to have attended/or are attending the school to like them.

Big Gator-Finding Tech stuff has always been hard even for us Tech fans. I’m like 30 minutes or so from Athens so you know Tech gear is hard to come by where i’m at.


October 23rd, 2009
5:04 am

bugsquacher – your resentment is – delicious.

UVA does represents a corner. A BIG corner. As a student during the Gailey era, I am still trying to shake the jadedness brought on by this scenario. This is the Jacket’s game to lose – the big let down after the big win, the woulda-shoulda-coulda game. The game we are sitting around scratching our heads afterward wondering what the hell happened (we were supposed to win, right?)

These are the games that could have propelled the Gailey era teams from mediocre to above average. Instead we got the horrid losses to UNC… (ugh) Duke. These are the games that could push PJ’s above average team to excellence, to national recognition. LSU and UVA didn’t help that perception last year, but I’m really pulling for Saturday. If we do win, I’ll be hoping its not too late to finally jump on the CPJ bandwagon.

Go Tech!