Jackets Defeat SC State 41-10 (Updated)

A few thoughts from today’s scrimmage against South Carolina State…

The Good

  • Most obviously, the score…41-10.  A solid, if unspectactular effort, resulted in a thorough beating of a team Tech was supposed to beat.
  • 25 first downs and 372 rushing yards for the Jackets.
  • 8 of 12 on third down conversion efforts for the Jackets.
  • 130 yards rushing and 3 TDs for Josh Nesbitt in about three and a half quarters worth of work.
  • Lots of work for the a-backs on toss sweeps and option pitches today.
  • Washington and Sims both got live snaps in the fourth quarter, after Nesbitt was done for the day.
  • A great tailgating scene over on the west side of campus, with crowds that one would normally expect to see for a conference opponent.
  • South Carolina State dedicated their halftime show to Nick Rogers and his family.  Very classy.

The Bad

  • The Jackets only went two of eight passing for 12 yards.
  • Very little work for the b-backs today.
  • Turnovers killed the last two GT possessions of the first half.  One was a bad pitch that resulted in a fumble.  The second was a pass that bounced off the receivers chest and into the hands of a SCSU defender.
  • The Bulldogs ability to run the ball, inside, against the 3-4 alignment.  They averaged 4.6 yards on 39 attempts.
  • Poor tackling resulted in a few big plays for SCSU, most notably Cooper Taylor’s over pursuit of a play that resulted in a 32 yard gain instead of a tackle for loss.

The Ugly

  • Nesbitt’s passing wasn’t remotely accurate.  His best pass of the day was the one that bounced off his receiver into the hands of a defender.
  • The South Carolina State band didn’t play through just the Jackets offensive efforts, but they also played through their own team’s offensive possession at least once.   Isn’t there a rule against this?
  • The college football discussion on 790 the Zone with their new “Young Guns” was horrible.  The fact that it was bad enough for me to blog about it says something.   It was so bad that I actually tuned back over to 680 the Fan.

The Verdict

The jury is still out.  We simply don’t have enough information to make a viable ruling.

The Georgia Tech offense and defense were both extremely vanilla as neither Johnson nor Groh were willing to show anything remotely useful to the Kansas coaching staff.

Ultimately…the most telling thing, at the end of the day, may be the fact that no one wearing White and Gold was really  happy or contented with a 41-10 win.   The coaches won’t be happy, the players won’t be happy, and the fans know there are better things to come.

Paul Johnson has elevated expectations at Georgia Tech and that’s a good thing.

Go Jackets!

Some of you were a bit confused by my radio comment in the original blog.  The official GT post game show was excellent as always.  Wes Durham is one of the best radio guys in the business and I hope that one day we recognize him just as we did Al Ciraldo…following a long and distinguished career as the Voice of the Yellow Jackets!

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September 4th, 2010
11:13 pm

What was so bad about the post game radio show? Other than the coverage of ugag, of course.

In other news, I bet the coaching staff at KU is crapping their pants. The just scored THREE points against North Dakota State. And most importantly, lost.

Go Jackets

September 4th, 2010
11:16 pm

Agree with all the above…didnt listen to 790, what was so bad?


September 4th, 2010
11:23 pm

790 couldn’t have been as bad as the ESPN3 announcers. probably got every insight into the offense wrong. simply unbearable

Go Jackets!

September 4th, 2010
11:50 pm

Do you guys think we might make it into the rankings next week?

Ramblin' Wreck

September 4th, 2010
11:53 pm


Amen! I can’t decide the ESPN3 commentary was worse than Bob Davie’s attempts, but I think it might have been. And that’s saying something!

'98 Rat

September 5th, 2010
8:21 am

I listened to the 790 after the game show, and while it wasn’t as long or thorough as I’ve heard in the past, I didn’t think it was horrible. Wes had some nice game stats, interview w/ CPJ was good, and that was basically it. I don’t see how you could say it was horrible though.


September 5th, 2010
8:23 am

Nesbitt got TWO and a half quarters of play–not three! Washington came out midway through the third quarter!

Class of 1983

September 5th, 2010
8:35 am

Agreed about the post game on 790…didn’t get to hear it till late, but it was sophomoric at best. The security change made many wealthy donors very angry. DR’s cost-saving measure may backfire on him. Glad to hear our fan-base and CPJ are not happy with a 41-10 route. We expect better things…and they are coming! GO JACKETS….THWG


September 5th, 2010
9:22 am

we’ve got work to do … flat… no passing… we sure didn’t show upcoming opponents any great plays… i sure hope we have some ???? Go Jackits !!!!


September 5th, 2010
9:33 am

I think our boys did not show a lot of stuff due to just wanting to hold back until we actually play someone in our league….no sense getting hurt or beat up now….keep them healthy until a few more weeks! Still was exciting listening to Wes yesterday….


September 5th, 2010
9:48 am

I agree with Melanie. Why show it if you don’t have to. It hard to be disappointed with a 41-10 victory over a very good opponent. South Carolina State will win a lot of games this year. Now I can’t say the same about Louisiana Laugh-a-lot.

Chris Boggs

September 5th, 2010
10:06 am

Class of 1983 – I think some people may need to look at their tickets and use the gates listed on them. That might help.

Chris Boggs

September 5th, 2010
10:07 am

‘98 Rat – I updated my post to specify that it was the 790 Young Guns crew that was horrific. Wes was his usual excellent self.

Paul in RDU

September 5th, 2010
10:49 am

I agree with most of Chris’ points but there are a couple of other good points that should be added:
1) GT has made a huge step up at DC. Al Groh’s in-game adjustments were much better than Wommack’s
2) Pass D was much better than in early 2009 when they looked hopeless against UM and FSU. Anybody remember all of those wide open receivers last year?


September 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Tevin looked pretty good…but our third-string QB looked HUNGRY. Looked good and from the hustle and extra effort you can tell he wants the job. He made the most of his playing time. He probably could have scored if CPJ had let him use some of our TOs instead of burning clock.

Impressed by the crowd at the game, considering it’s a holiday weekend and an FCS opponent, plus all the other events in town, like the race.

Big traffic jam at the NW corner of the stadium before the game, coming off of Greek Row. Tech needs to do something with the pedestrian traffic flow here, coming up those narrow stairs next to Lyman Hall.


September 5th, 2010
11:16 am

Denny Chasteen

September 5th, 2010
12:59 pm

The SCS band was awesome. Not only did they dedicate their performance to Nick Rogers, but the opening introduction for the band addressed Tech fans respectully and directly and expressed appreciation for their team to compete against us and for the band to perform for us. And perform they did. The band played just about all the time, even when our band was playing. It was the first time I have seen a traditionally black university band play and figure that must be more customary and traditional among those schools. As for me, I liked it because like the old blues song says, “I got the boogie woogie in me and it just has to get out.”

Denny Chasteen

September 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

As for the long lines, that was caused by the stupidity Tech Administration and the new events conpany who took over the contract for staffing the gates. They decided they were going to requure everyone to enter through the gate designated on their ticket. This forced the whole upper stands through gate 3. Gate 3 is accessed through steep and narrow stairway which was a severe bottleneck. Most people, even long time season ticket holders go in through gates 4, 5,and 6 and head up the 30′ wide ramps to the upper deck. This utter stupidity caused some people to be delayed by 45 minutes. In addition, there were no concessions busboys working the stands and the concession points were not equipped to accept credit cards. Lowest bid contracts usually backfire. I doubt any of the morons who made these decision have any clue how much money they lost from their “projected savings.” I am guessing some idiot Administrator at Tech got promoted to yet a higher level of incompetence for this great idea that shines down so well from the overhead projects in the Adminstrative board rooms.


September 5th, 2010
2:45 pm

“Lowest bid contracts usually backfire.”

Amen, and amen.

I like DRad and think he’s done great things for Tech. Now let’s see how he handles a screw-up. Is it ’sorry’ and ignore? Or is it ‘Sorry. Here’s what happened and here is what we have done about it.”

We were lucky, I got to the stadium at 12:30 and only missed the first series because I was at Gate 2. If we’d been at Gate 3 or 8 I think we’d have just gone back to enjoy the tailgating rather than wait in line until the 2nd Qtr.

And please, make sure the person who had this brilliant idea faces the music in their performance review. (Don’t we have a major that teaches queue theory, by the way? Maybe we should use a company that actually practices that a little rather than some low-cost bush-league operation.)

Vegas Jackette

September 5th, 2010
2:59 pm

anybody going to Kansas? See you there, go Jackets!

Dork Slapper

September 5th, 2010
4:11 pm

Stinger…..real funny butthead….at least ULL is D1…I see Johnson still loves playing those great teams from D1AA…

supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2010
5:20 pm

Vegas Jackette, I’m going to Kansas. Flying out Thursday to Des Moines, Iowa to visit an old roommate/friend and his wife. Driving down Friday to Lawrence. Returning to GA on Monday. Looking for a good weekend and a sound butt-whuppin’ of the Jayhawks. Go Jackets!!!

supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2010
6:35 pm

Dork SLapper, talk to us after the mutts play Idaho State, a D1AA team that CMR obviously loves playing.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 5th, 2010
6:35 pm

Dork Slapper what do you call Idaho State? They are a D!AA school and the dawgs are waiting until the 3rd qtr of the season to play them. After the mutts are down from losing again to the Gators, UGA brings in a high school team to get your team a break before Auburn. Then after Auburn UGA gest another week off before TECH. What an easy schedule the dawgs have this year. I hope with the hard last month of the season that the dawgs can stay out of jail.

supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

At least SC State is a perennial title-contender in D1AA, whereas Idaho State is a total loser.


September 5th, 2010
7:17 pm

My take:

1. About the new security firm, this is classic Semper Gumby, meaning no good deed goes unpunished. I am a strong believer that you get what you pay for. I am sure DRad will fix the problem. I especially like the fact DRad responds to the fan base immediately when problems arise. Good on him!!!

2. It is stated that a team improves most from its first game to the second. I believe there are some areas for improvement, but I do like the adjustments that were made on offense and defense.

3. It’s one thing to schedule a FCS or FBS directional or hyphenated school for the first game, but the secret is to find one to challenge you a bit. I like the fact SC State challenged us.

4. I was telling the guy next to me at the game that there are three types of athletes that attend HBC schools:

a. Those who are good, but have grade issues.

b. Those who are good, but did not get Big State School offers .

c. Those who are good, and wanted to go to a HBC.

I think for Week #1, Tech chose a more difficult opponent than Muttland. I think this will benefit us in our upcoming game against Kansas more than it will benefit Muttland.

5. Did we practice the passiing game at all during the pre-season?

6. I don’t really like the fact of giving up on the B-Back dive plays. I would have like to see the issue forced a bit. But I guess Coach Johnson did not want to give that up.

7. The defense got better as the game went on, but it seemed to take some time for them to get started.

8. I believe yesterday proved Jacksonville State was a quality opponent.

9. Still need to work on the kickoffs.

10. I am concerned what Kansas team will show up this week.

Go Jackets!!!

Joesph Whiestaien

September 6th, 2010
6:40 am

Rafeal Bush form SC State is a ATl Falcon and Phillip Adams is a SF 49er. SCSU can play and I hope we reschedule them. SCSU had 20,000 fans there easy. Very fun game. Their band will kill FAMU’s band any day. We did get some calls. There QB scored and it was called back by a make believe call. But here is a MEAC school rushing on our ACC Champs Defense with ease. There RB Jordan from the Citadel will have a big year-129 yards rushing on us.


September 6th, 2010
9:08 am

The young guns pretty much put down Tech and spoke much of them having alot of question marks. I can’t argue with that but what was pissing people off was the way they praised UGA in everything that they did with there win over alot worser team. Me and my dad had a good laugh over it as we listened to what they said of Tech and what they said of UGA. They were typically UGA fans who are too proud of what UGA did to the Highschool team they played. I will be happy to see how could the dawgs are next week. If they put up 50 on Spurrier then I will say they are good, but you can’t put a whole lot on the highschool team the played this week. Even I know that and I don’t get paid for my analysm.

yeller skeeters to-do list

September 6th, 2010
2:42 pm

11. Still need to work on selling all those tickets.


September 6th, 2010
3:23 pm

I am happy with the results of this game. We won. Period. I’m happy.

Before the game, there were many ajc articles about “big, bad SC State” and now they are a cupcake? Which is it ajc? Make a decision and stick with it.


September 6th, 2010
4:07 pm

I agree with the comments on the 790 show. Didn’t hear Wes, but did hear whomever these guys were crowing about uga’s win. I also switched to 680 on the way home. I don’t mind the critique, but to listen them talk about uga would make you think they had just beaten Bama.

I agree Wes is the man, one of the best in my opinion.


September 6th, 2010
6:40 pm

We tried hard to get more UGA fan here. They can make us looks like some important program too!

Rambling Wreck77

September 7th, 2010
10:13 am

We are going to Kansas this wekend to watch Tech play a complete game. I agree that I think will improve on all three parts of the game. It is too bad that UK lost this weekend. It would be better for Tech if UK had won their first game in style.

I agree that the SCSU band was good and I hope we schedule them again, if anything for the half time show. It was great, especially the dedication. But please explain to the SCSU band director that the band is not supposed to play while the teams are trying to start an offense play, even for SCSU offense! The worse thing was the loud playing during the Bud song at the start of the fourth quarter.

Go Jackets and To Hell with Ga. (Gold rule?)

Saint Simon

September 7th, 2010
11:58 am

Guess what? I’M GAY!


September 7th, 2010
4:06 pm

SCSU’s band is great… but they need to get some game etiquette – a.k.a. STFU when the ref is trying to explain the flags thrown on the field AND don’t play while the clock starts running for game play. I couldn’t hear half the explanations of penalties thanks to them. If I were the ref, I would have called time out and walked over there to tell the band director to cool it or they’re getting thrown out.

Playing during the Bud song was just plain rude too. Learn some manners, sheesh.

Denny Chasteen

September 8th, 2010
12:20 am

I agree with you Blondie. But the SCSU band is just full of Boogie Woogie and it just has to get out. Did you ever see the movie “Drum Line?” I wish the Tech band had marched out there right in front of their stands and played “wipeout” or some other great drum number. I love it when the Tech band members come up into the upper stands and play for the fans.

The SCSU band started my football season off with renewed excitement for college football. They put the :”Boogie Woogie” back in me I think I am going to see more division I-AA games. I wonder if the etiquette is different for I-AA schools or for traditionally black schools?. . Anyone know?

Denny Chasteen

September 8th, 2010
12:30 am

I am an old school IE from GT. The debacle with people getting ithrough the gates and into game was a case of what my old mentors would say: “Sometimes it does not work out in practice the way it works out on paper. That was a good idea, it just did not work.”

I am an Al Groh fan back since the days he coached Wake Forest. I sincerely hope that Al Groh had some mentors to reflect upon and can adjust his plans accordingly. The defense played out on the field could not have possibly have any relation to the way it must have looked on the drawing board.


September 8th, 2010
9:38 am

UGA will kill you guys.


September 8th, 2010
2:23 pm


September 8th, 2010
2:26 pm

OSU- uga will steal from you!!!


September 8th, 2010
2:26 pm

….and r@pe your white women….


September 8th, 2010
3:30 pm

I’m sorry but if the jackets did not beat this team, we would have some serious problems! It is just the question of whether or not we can beat the big teams that are ranked!

Booby Dudd

September 8th, 2010
9:31 pm

Man this blog sucks kind of like a Tech frat party. I think I’ll go to the real blog. That’s the place I can find all the rest of you. Tech’s a real joke.

Denny Chasteen

September 11th, 2010
1:41 am

UGA killled their own mascot last season. The season was so sorry that halfway through, Uga just went “paws up.” I was rooting for ole Russ to become the new Uga mascot, but the Georgia fans did not like the fact that he had “too much brown on him.” They did not mnd all the brown on Hershal. Just can’t have any of it on Uga. Go figure. I think that is very symbolic if not metaphoric.

F. H. Staley

September 17th, 2010
11:51 am

A band can play the entire game as long as they don’t obstruct the offense’s ability to hear. IF you paid close attention, the SCSU band played softly while play was in progress then, raised the volume between the whistles, lowering the volume when the teams broke from the huddle . . .

F. H. Staley

September 17th, 2010
11:59 am

BTW: I sat in the 1st row directly behind the SCSU band. They only began playing while GA Tech was playing after a section of GA Tech horns showed up behind us and played. Maybe there’s different ettiquette (not a pblm) but, in the HBCU sports world, THAT is considered a challenge/call-out and the Marching 101 was obliged to respond! In polite deference to their hosts, note that, after the game, neither the SCSU drumline nor their sousaphones challenged their Ramblin’ Wreck counterparts. At most HBCU contest, people stay around after the game for that post game show . . .

F. H. Staley

September 17th, 2010
12:01 pm

Rambling Wreck77: thank goodness Tech doesn’t play Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Ohio State as, in the stands, their bands also “behave” in the same manner as do most HBCY bands.

F. H. Staley

September 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

One last comment: call SCSU a powder puff BUT the Total Offense stats at the 1/2 were equal (181 yds) and the final total offense stats were not exactly impressive from a Div 1A vs Div 1AA stand point (Tech 381, SCSU 272).