So…the Jackets are 8-1 with three games remaining against Wake, Duke, and UGA. The Wake and UGA games are at home in Bobby Dodd Stadium, while the Duke game is on the road. This is a good thing, because the Tech defense seems to travel without its “man card” whenever we have a road game.
I watched the Vandy game while handing out candy last night, so lets get to it without any further idle chatter…
Jonathan Dwyer – 186 yards on 22 carries with three TDs. The Diesel was running hard and with attitude.
Josh Nesbitt – 193 yards and two TDs via the air and 56 yards and two TDs on the ground. Can you say dual threat?
Roddy Jones – 80 yards and one TD on just nine carries. Roddy was running tough and fighting for yards.
Offensive Line – These guys are blocking their butts off and are fighting through a variety of aches, pains, and injuries.
56 Points – Yup…56 points, no need to say anything more…597 total yards of offense and almost 40 minutes of time of possession.
Halftime Adjustments – The first half score was a 28-28 tie. The second half score was a 28-3 blowout.
Halftime Adjustments – The fact that we had to make halftime adjustments after giving up 28 points to Vandy is a “bad” thing.
Bad Angles and Missed Tackles – The defense was taking bad angles, allowing Vandy ball carriers to get extra yards. And often when they took good angles they missed tackles that could have ended drives or prevented points.
Special Teams – Have we ever had a worse kickoff team? We can’t kick the ball into the endzone and we can’t maintain lanes and tackle returners. When I watch other games on TV it seems like every other team is capable of kicking deep or tackling the return man before or around the 20. Why can’t the Jackets do it too? We’re giving up too much field position, no to mention points…
31 Points – 31 points to Vandy…are you kidding me?
This coming weekend we host a 4-5 Wake Forest team. But don’t let that record fool you. Jim Grobe is still coaching at Wake and they have been known to rip the heart out of GT seasons in the past. (They pretty much ruined Joe Hamilton’s Heisman campaign in ‘99…)
The Deacons lost tough games to Baylor (24-21), Boston College (27-24 in OT), Navy (13-10), and Miami (28-27) in a game they should have won. So we can expect this to be a tough game against an opponent that is much better than their record.
Then we’ve got Duke…5-3 Duke…Duke which has gone 3-1 on the road and 3-1 in the ACC with wins over NCSU, Maryland, and Virginia in their last three games. Duke which is averaging 400 yards and right at 30 points a game behind Thaddeus Lewis at QB. Duke…which is Tech’s biggest remaining challenger in the ACC Coastal.
And of course UGA…who we all know about. The biggest question there may be whether or not the Dawgs try to mimic Grambling when they come to Atlanta or if they might try the yellow and green of the Packers. They way Mark Richt has coached the past few years, there is no telling what motivational gimick he may try…
Beat the Deacons!