Ding Dong! The Curse is Dead!

What a great Saturday…family time in the morning, the Jackets stomping a hole in the Hoos and the Charlottesville Curse, and more family time in the evening.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Jackets Stomp the Hoos 34-9!

After a slow start, Paul Johnson once again made halftime adjustments and opened the third quarter with a monster, clock devouring drive that resulted in points.

18 plays, 82 yards, and almost 11 minutes…are you kidding me?  What we’re seeing is a little bit of what the Navy fans told us we could expect.  They call Johnson’s offense “The Big Stick” for just this reason.  Johnson pounds and pounds and pounds some more…and opposing defenses crack and crumble and give up crucial scoring drives late in games.  We’ve seen it against several opponents this season…

Also…hats off to the defense.  What a tough, gutsy performance on the road.  The Hoos got into scoring position a couple of times only to be turned away from the endzone.

Wishful thinking from Opponents

After perusing some opposing message boards, I’ve detected a common theme…Fear.

The fear is understandable.  But it really gets amusing when you read the rationalization that helps them sleep at night.

“Johnson is only winning because of Gailey’s recruits!”

“Johnson is only winning because of Nesbitt and Dwyer!”

“Johnson won’t be able to recruit another QB and running back as good as those guys!”

I hate to break it to people…but the GT offense is likely to improve well after Nesbitt and Dwyer are gone.  Why?  Because Johnson will be recruiting the top option quarterbacks and running backs in the country year after year.  And he’ll also be recruiting his own style of linemen that will be more suited to blocking and playing in his offensive system.  What the Jackets may lose in big play capability will be more than made up for in efficiency and steadiness.  Anyone who has watched Navy run this offense for the past several years will know what I am talking about.

The Jackets will continue to recruit heavily in talent rich Georgia and will be doing so as a BCS level team that goes bowling every year.  There will be no lack of solid recruits looking to play on the Flats.

Combine the efficiency of the Johnson’s option offense with the big play capability of BCS level recruits…opponents will soon change their tune from “Tech won’t be able to recruit…” to “We really wish someone would come and hire Johnson away from GT…”

Clemson Knocks Off Miami!

I spent the latter part of the evening at my Uncle James’ 80th birthday.  While my dad is a UGA alum and fan, James and his family have always been Georgia Tech fans.   Once the photo slide show was done at the party, one of my cousin’s commandeered the laptop and quickly found a Gametracker so that we could follow the Miami vs Clemson game.  There was much happiness and more than a few high fives when we got the news that Clemson had knocked off the Canes in overtime.

That win not only puts Tech in the driver’s seat in the Coastal division but it may set Clemson up on the Atlantic side of the conference.

Could we be looking at a potential GT vs Clemson rematch in Tampa in early December?  How much fun would that be?

Go Jackets!

Beat Vandy!

51 comments Add your comment

juvenal

October 26th, 2009
12:46 am

juvenal

October 26th, 2009
12:56 am

sorry to hear about your dad’s mental disorder…oddly, his team could do us a favor this week…

MagnaCarterGT

October 26th, 2009
12:56 am

Honestly, I’m not sure how much I’d want to see a GT-Clemson rematch in Tampa. Even though we’re performing much better now than we were in that game, it was still a tough matchup…

Buck Flowers

October 26th, 2009
12:59 am

Chris, I’m enjoying those frantic, unfounded charges as much as you are:
“- – only winning with Nesbitt & Dwyer,” “just winning with Gailey’s recruits,” “won’t be able to recruit any good players, etc., etc.”

Some of my recent favorites (not direct quotes, but in gist):
Before game – “Tech cannot beat (name of opponent).”
After game – “Tech beat ‘em, but they were no good, anyway.”

Cuttysark

October 26th, 2009
1:01 am

Bring on Clemson. We beat them before, why would we be afraid to face them again. Look at the improvement we have made since that game. I’m tired of all of the nonsense that Coach Paul Johnson is only winning with Gailey’s recruits. News flash; Gailey couldn’t win with his own recruits! Has to be the coaching.

Now that the ACC has turned in our favor given that we control our own destiny, all of the media will be saying that every game we play from here on out is another “trap” game, since their prior predictions all fell way short of the mark.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech football articles and a review of the big win at Charlottesville. Go Jackets!

TML

October 26th, 2009
1:23 am

Honestly, I don’t think it matters who GT would play in the ACCCG (I say that because the division title is not in the bag just yet). The Jackets are salty and have bought in completely to CPJ’s vision and attitude and I think they could give at least two of the BCS top three a run for their money on a neutral field. I also love how the haters are still out there about CPJ and his “high school offense”. Let them continue to dismiss it…Tech will continue winning games. I think however, the best compliment of it is seeing how schools are slowly beginning to immitate/adopt it (Army, Mississippi State, etc.). Time will tell if it “spreads” further (pun intended :) ).

“Toe Meets Leather” – an artistic depiction of Scott Sisson’s game-winning FG against then-#1 Virginia in 1990, is available at http://www.stinGTees.com. Check it out and pick up your own shirt today!

Michael

October 26th, 2009
1:45 am

I think it is funny because Tech’s recruiting classes have never been in the top 30 anyway. Look how good they are now. It is almost as if Gailey had a UGA recruiting class. CPJ is amazing. This is only the beginning…

B'Ham Jacket

October 26th, 2009
2:22 am

According to ESPN, the SEC is Great “from top to bottom” and the ACC is just Mediocre. Florida beat Mississippi State and that’s “a great win.”
If GT beats 3 SEC teams what does that make us????
GT just needs to tend to business and with Johnson, GT will stay focused
and “tend to busines,” taking one game at a time.
So thankful for Paul Johnson.

bugsquacher

October 26th, 2009
2:26 am

If GT beats 3 sec teams (which it wont), what does it make them? a bunch a trade school nerds that have no chance of winning the NC…. Im telling you quit drinking the kool-aid, it distorts your logic…. by the way Dawgs own GT….. always have, always will…. look at the history book….

Starring Ted Knight as Judge Smales

October 26th, 2009
2:33 am

Josh Nesbitt was recruited to play in a pro style (or whatever Gailey ran) offense. The transformation Nesbitt has made has been nothing short of remarkable. I seem to remember last year there was a lot of sentiment for playing Jaybo more & that Nesbitt should sit & watch. It’s funny that now we don’t hear any of that talk.

Not Disappointed

October 26th, 2009
2:59 am

bugsquacher, I feel sorry for you. There must be a lot of hurt and pain in holding on to yesterday. The pups will rebuild, but trying to belittle our spirits isn’t the key. Besides, It doesn’t work.

Have a little state pride. I hope the pups beat Floriduh. I only wish you and the pups one lost a year. “Now, go take on the day.” If that doesn’t work, go to i-tunes and download the song, “Yesterday by the Beatles.” It suits your mood.

Ramlblin Wreck All!

bugsquacherisafag

October 26th, 2009
3:02 am

bugsquacher bugsquacher you lick monkey balls.

Actually bugsquacher

October 26th, 2009
4:00 am

Actually my friend, UGA doesn’t own anything. Get your History right. Loot at National Championships and look at the streak. Thank you for commenting though :)

EVEN YOUR FELLOW UGA FANS HATE YOU!

October 26th, 2009
4:01 am

Ok Bugwatcher lets take a little look at the history of these two teams shall we…

Georgia Tech 4 National Championships, UGA 2

Georgia Tech 15 confrence titles, UGA 12

Georgia techs Bobby dodd stadium most wins in NCAA, UGA not even close

Georgia tech highst score ever in NCAA history 222-0,UGA again not even close

Two NCAA awards named after Georgia Tech Coaches (Bobby dodd coaches award and the Heisman), How many does uga have?

Georgia tech holds the last National championship between the two schools and the last win!

And beleive me I could go on…so exactly what is so good about UGAs history?

EVEN YOUR FELLOW UGA FANS HATE YOU!

October 26th, 2009
4:03 am

Oh yeah I almost forgot, longest Win streak between the two schools, 8 and it belongs to TECH!

macrotech

October 26th, 2009
4:16 am

bugsquacher, it’ll mean that you’re vaunted sec teams will be 0-3 against Tech….just ANOTHER thing that’ll piss you off. Just our way of saying, “HA HA HA HA”!

collegeballfan

October 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

Can the GT team live with success. This is a big obstacle in college sports. Only time will tell.

I just want the opportunity to play in the ACC championship game. Who we play is not important.

bb

October 26th, 2009
1:38 pm

What is funny is when Florida beats Miss State not very convincingly by 10, it’s “that just proves how tough the SEC is from top to bottom”. But when GT beats Miss State very convincingly by 11 (not as close as the score indicated), it’s “well, Miss State is at the bottom of the of the SEC, they couldn’t beat top level SEC teams”.

Also, last year GT beat a top level SEC school UGA (6-2 in the SEC), all we hear about is that they got beat by a sub-par, SEC-wise, LSU. Yet, people tend to forget that LSU won the MNC the prior year.

SEC fans can spin any result into proof of the SEC’s dominance.

Henry

October 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

Chris, ironic that you would write this article on how great a coach that Paul Johnson is considering you as a moderator on The Hive fought like crazy to keep Chan Gailey as coach by banning a lot of people who criticized him. Then after Paul Johnson was hired you didn’t particularly like the hire. Do you now understand the difference between a mediocre coach like Chan Gailey and a topnotch coach like Paul Johnson? Well do you?

King of Sandy Springs

October 26th, 2009
2:26 pm

Ha! That’s funny, Henry. I didn’t know that about Boggs. Anyways, I guess I’m pulling for U(sic)GA this weekend. It just doesn’t feel right.

Burdell

October 26th, 2009
3:27 pm

Got my hotel reservation for Tampa yesterday…fully refundable of course. If the team can finish off WF and Duke, then we the fans MUST show up in Tampa!!!

Clemson travels as well as anyone in the ACC. We need to represent. I know…one game at a time but travel plans don’t just make themselves.

GO JACKETS!!! BEAT THE ‘DORES!!!

AGTfan

October 26th, 2009
3:32 pm

While I wasn’t as against Gailey as some, the change has been great. It’s great to have a Big Johnson on your team. I will also pull for UGA this weekend. I’ve evolved over the years to where I only pull against UGA 1 game a year. It feels wierd most games but not against FL. For some reason pulling against FL never feels wrong.

Buzzwax

October 26th, 2009
4:40 pm

Michael – Per scout GT’s 07 class was #15 – 4 star players – Peters, Burnette, Morgan, Nesbitt, Dwyer. (4 star players Donley, White and Threet left the program). Four other starters Butler, Jefferson, Tarrant and Gilbert were 3 stars. NOT trying to start a ’stars’ debate but that was one heck of a class. To your point Gaileys two classes before this were ranked #49 in 06 (Bebe, Earls, Barrick 3 stars, Reese, Hall, Anderson, Griffin 2 stars) and ranked #48 in 05 (Howard, Voss, Sellers 2 stars, AT Barnes 4 stars) By comparison CPJ’s 08 first class was ranked 37 (Wright, TJ Barnes, Shaw, Munroe, C. Taylor, Reid, Sylvester, Peeples 3 stars, Uzzi 4 stars PLUS transfer Anthony Allen). 09’s class was ranked 32 (Cross, J. Burnett, J. Thomas 3 stars, Hill, Sweeting 4 stars, O. Smith 2 stars among those playing this year with a solid core of redshirts among mostly OL and DL (Sims, Luallen and Drummond should all be very solid skill players as well). This years commits are ranked 33 only due to number of schollies available but is very solid with 2 four star players (Ayers, Green) and 10 ‘under ranked’ 3 star players (McCoy, Perkins, Bostic, Johnson, Holton etc.)

So, there is some truth that CPJ is winning ‘with Gaileys players’ AND his players. IMO, the OL and DL depth and talent are trending in a very positive direction. Replacing skill players like Dwyer, Nesbitt and Bebe should not be taken for granted (the same goes for Burnette and Morgan on the defensive side).

The reason CPJ and GT should remain successful from a talent perspective is OL and DL. Run the ball and stop the run is CPJ’s formula for winning at a 74% clip!!!!

Cosmo

October 26th, 2009
5:34 pm

Nice info BuzzWax. Gailey’s players are helping but those are also Giff Smith’s recruits and Giff is still reeling them in. Finishing strong this year (Top 5 or 10) will help in future recruiting at all positions.
The most important thing we have is what is missing in Athens and that is the expectation of our players to win and the desire to do so until the mission is accomplished. Finger pointing could have started between the O and the D and rifts like that can quickly derail the most talented of clubs, but CPJ has an iron will and is showing his players how to have one and use it.
So proud of the determination of the Jackets on both sides of the ball!

Not Disappointed

October 26th, 2009
5:43 pm

Lets go Jackets! Just keep winning!

Mister T

October 26th, 2009
6:35 pm

I will give them that he is winning with Gailey’s recruits. The problem was that Gailey wasn’t winning with Gailey’s recruits. I suppose that just shows how much better CPJ is. What do you think m?

I am interested to see who will follow Nesbitt, Dwyer, Thomas, Jones & Allen. Aren’t we scheduled to lose them all the same year? Hope we are reloading.

I would have thought that we would be losing Dwyer after this year, but the fact that he is just hitting stride may keep him here one more year. He may have fallen off the NFL radar just a bit. Unless t hey see that blow he put on that UVa DB on Saturday. WOW!

THWg!

Blago

October 26th, 2009
8:48 pm

Mister T, there is a strong chance that we could/will lose Dwyer, Thomas, Burnett, and Morgan all after THIS year.

NFL scouts won’t be blinded by the fact that Dwyer and Thomas just haven’t been getting the touches they’d need to keep pace in stats. Or the fact that Morgan is constantly receiving all of the attention from opposing offensive lines or Burnett is receiving all of the respect from quarterbacks, who throw away from him all the time.

The fact of the matter is that Dwyer and Bay-Bay probably should leave after this year, as their stock is highly based on their elite speed, which has a finite life in the NFL. Morgan and Burnett might benefit from sticking around, as their additional development could make up for any lost speed on the tail ends of their careers.

There’s also the matter of the possible NFL rookie salary cap that could come into effect in the near future. In which case, first day draft caliber players would be better advised to bolt before it comes into effect.

Alabama Jack

October 26th, 2009
10:04 pm

BEAT VANDY – and we can talk about anything else next Sunday.

Joe

October 27th, 2009
12:13 am

Dwyer is a tremendous talent but he is still not a complete back or a true B-back to fit Tech’s scheme. He suffers from Herschel Walker syndrome: Big fast back who doesn’t run or explode unless he has a good size hole to run through. If you watch the plays where he takes the dive and is hit just past the line of scrimmage, his legs stop driving and generally gives up on the play. I don’t know if this because he has been a little banged up or what. On the other hand when he gets in the open field he is a terror. I love to watch him run the ball and I love watching Tech’s offense work.
It will defintely be interesting to see him at the next level.

saint simons

October 27th, 2009
3:12 am

i’m a fag!!!!!!

saint simons

October 27th, 2009
3:13 am

oh yea, almost forgot ((((((((((((((fag)))))))))))))) my bad!

aarwea

October 27th, 2009
3:37 am

I’ve got to say that while I’m sure that Coach Johnson and staff know exactly what kind of players they need and have finely tuned their talent evaluation process, I’ve had my own doubts about whether we’ll be able to maintain the talent level on the field, for a few reasons:

1. Johnson and his boys don’t have experience recruiting at the BCS level. If they try to maintain their former technique of grabbing guys that the other programs don’t want, or bringing them in to play the position that no one else will have them play, we will see a serious dip in talent level. That was a great angle to play at Georgia Southern and Navy, but it will hamper our efforts to be successful in the ACC. And let’s face it. While we all love him, and he sure knows what he is selling, Johnson isn’t quite the charismatic Urban Meyer or Pete Carrol type who will have recruits and their families eating out of his hand as soon as he sets foot in their living room. (I hate to say it but Richt probably fits in there too.)

2. We are going to be competing with guys like Michigan, West Virginia, and the aforementioned Meyer’s Gators for the QBs who can run this kind of system, and a truly elite player who fits the mold only comes along once a year or even every few years. We are VERY lucky to have had Nesbitt, a guy with exactly the skills and the drive, here when Johnson showed up, as he has shined and, in my opinion, played right up to the Tebow level in a similar offense. Just look at how much trouble Rich Rod has had at Michigan without an appropriate QB in place. (On a related note, Nesbitt would be getting All-America consideration if he were running a pass-heavy offense with the same level of skill and efficiency.)

3. RB is a position we should have no problem recruiting to with this offense, but Dwyer is an elite, next-level talent, and–I’ll say it–he may be the best we have ever had on the Flats. We’ve seen it since he shined in his first few games as a freshman in ‘07. We cannot simply expect to maintain the level of play at that position. We have a plethora of A-backs, but the talent seems a little thin at B-back after #21.

4. Demaryius Thomas: not much more needs to be said. We have absolutely no legitimate receiving threats after BeBe. The offense has looked great, but it would really hum if we could have two or more guys who merit real respect in the passing game. Melton, who starts opposite Thomas, made his first catch of the year last week vs. Virginia. In the eighth game of the season. One catch. It may really hurt us to have no serviceable WRs, which is a definite possibility with the way other programs will negatively recruit against us. I would love to see what this offense could do with Thomas and Calvin Johnson on either side of the field. Just look what Johnson did at Hawaii.

Let’s hope all of this turns out to be unfounded, but those are my concerns. I could make a great case for the alternative as well. We can certainly be nothing but ecstatic about what Johnson has shown us so far, at least on the field.

SlimG

October 27th, 2009
5:50 am

You got my honest opinion last year and nothing will change for 09. Tech looks as good as I’ve seen in years. Many team players and a few studs who make plays. I like the locals this year. Maybe a BCS bowl? It’s very possible and if someone over at Tech could come off some cash to get a couple players to return for a senior season, this team could be special next year.

dagnabit

October 27th, 2009
12:31 pm

I miss RogerDawg.

Hey Bugsquasher

October 27th, 2009
2:42 pm

If UGA beats GT (which it wont), what does it make them? a team with a bunch of redneck idiot fans that have no chance of getting a job outside McDonalds…. Im telling you quit drinking so much moonshine, it can blind you…. by the way Dawgs work for GT grads… always have, always will…. look and the history book….

voodoo

October 27th, 2009
3:08 pm

The curse is back on we just stuck a hot dog up a nerds rearend without musturd.

to Joe and aarwea

October 27th, 2009
7:03 pm

Joe, what are your credentials to criticize a runner like 21? I say he is smart!

alphabet, why the long face? The recruiter that obtained some of these guys is still at Tech. I think he will continue to bring in horses….do you not?

Bee happy guys!

Jacketman

October 28th, 2009
12:07 am

aarwea
What have you been smoking?

Yellow Fuzz

October 28th, 2009
5:17 pm

Voodoo,
There are nerds at Georgia too, dude. I’ve seen thousands of them. And I’m pretty sure that DawgInLex is a street hustler on Lexington Avenue (no kidding). Anyhow you dogs sure have a weird way of prepping your hot dogs. Look forward to defending our title against you LOSERS on November 28th. You have more talent (again) but we will win (again). I guarantee it!

Leon

October 28th, 2009
8:19 pm

“If the team can finish off WF and Duke” That pretty much sums up your team AND your conference. When CPJ and his gimmick offense move along to the next green pasture you nozzleheads will be right back where you belong, playing to a 1/2 filled “crowd” in that dump you call a stadium.

tbone

October 28th, 2009
9:47 pm

Recruiting will be fine. There is more than enough talent in this region to go around and we know that CPJ will get more out of his players than most coaches.

DanD

October 29th, 2009
1:58 pm

Cosmo, Giff is on the way to another #49 or #50 class. Keep up the good work Giff.

DanD

October 29th, 2009
2:00 pm

What were GT’s last 2 classes ranked again? Was it 49 and 52?

Leon

October 29th, 2009
7:10 pm

EVEN YOUR FELLOW UGA FANS HATE YOU! 1 minor correction. You nozzleheads were CO-champions in 1990 (that’s like 1/2). Also when you “beat” Cumberland College it was 1916 when able bodied young men were fighting in WW1. So either your scrubs beat their scrubs or your team was populated with a bunch of pinko draft dodgers who should have been serving their country. Rally ’round THAT flag son!

voodoo

October 29th, 2009
9:04 pm

when we pulled the hot dog out of the nerds beehind it had yellow fuzz on it.

Yellow Kool Aid

October 29th, 2009
9:40 pm

Paul Johnson won’t stay long enough to have to play with his recruits. When he leaves Tech will have a hard time hiring a graduate assistant when prospective coaches take a look at the “talent” PJ leaves behind. When Johnson leaves GT is screwed.

Paul in RDU

October 30th, 2009
4:08 am

Leon – Where did you learn history?
Yes WW1 was going on in 1916 but the USA wasn’t in the war until April 1917.
Before showing your ignorance try checking your facts

Perhaps you have such an irrational dislike towards GaTech that you just make things up?

Wreckaphiliac

October 30th, 2009
9:18 am

Leon-

GT was the only legit Nat’l Champs of 1990, The CU buffs were allowed 5 downs in their 4th quarter, last-second, win over Missouri in one of the worst officiating mistakes in all of football history. I know mistakes happen, but we can at least say that GT’s claim to the 1990 NC wasn’t nearly as tainted.

But I am impressed with your math though Leon- yes, one out of two would be 1/2.

Leon

October 30th, 2009
1:52 pm

Paul in RDU – Whatever. You “beat” Cumberland College fer chrissakes. A “team” (if you wanna talk history, Mr Trebek) disbanded its football program before the season but didn’t want to pay the buyout for not playing. So they brought a bunch of frat boys down to “play” the “game” But continue to hang your hat (a brand new one I’m sure since almost all tech gear I see now is right off the rack) on that game since that’s about all you got.

Wreckaphiliac – CO-Champions none the less. I love how any time you mention football to any of you nozzleheads the Cumberland College “game” and Colorado’s 5 downs is all you can talk about.

When you blog writer is jacked up about breaking a 19 year old “curse” against Virginia you know you are a sad and pathetic bunch.

Paul in RDU

October 30th, 2009
4:27 pm

Leon – you are quite a piece of work.

You write a completely offensive statement calling long dead Ga Tech football players
“a bunch of pinko draft dodgers who should have been serving their country. Rally ’round THAT flag son”

and then when you are called on it your answer is “whatever”.

You should be ashamed of yourself.