Jackets Defeat SC State 41-10 (Updated)
A few thoughts from today’s scrimmage against South Carolina State…
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
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!