Jackets Fail in All Phases of Game, Lose

So…how do you lose to a Kansas Jayhawks team that just lost to North Dakota State?

You fail in all phases of the game…that’s how.

Offensive Fails:

  • 4 of 13 on third down conversions, including a fumble on third and 2 just outside field goal range at the end of the game.  Convert the first down on that play and you’re likely going to score and tie things up in spite of all the other failures.
  • 5 of 15 passing for 116 yards.  About 80 of those yards occured on the last scoring drive that pulled the Jackets within three points of tying things up.  Dropped passes and poor throws seemed to be the preference today.  These were  most evident on the last GT drive of the second quarter as Nesbitt first overthrew a WIDE OPEN Embry Peeples before having Stephen Hill drop a ball in the endzone that hit him right in the stomach.  Those two miscues resulted in four points being left on the field…in a game that was ultimately won by a three point margin.
  • Failure to account for #45 on the Kansas defense during the first half.   Justin Springer was a man on a mission in the first half and almost single handedly seemed to shut down the Tech offense.

Defensive Fails:

  • 6 of 15 on third down conversions for Kansas.  The Jackets failed to get off the field multiple times when Kansas was in a third and long situation.  A few times, Kansas made a play.  But in the fourth quarter, the Jackets assisted the Jayhawks with a questionable roughing the passer penalty.  The Jayhawks followed that penalty with a 32 yard TD play that showcased about five missed tackles by the Tech D.
  • Speaking of missed tackles.  I got a little weary of watching the Kansas runners step through or jump out of tackles to get extra yardage.
  • Allowing 320 yards of total offense isn’t horrible against a BCS opponent, but you can’t let a redshirt freshman replacement QB go 18 of 30 for three TDs.

Special Teams Fails:

  • After scoring the first TD of the game, the Jackets promptly kicked the ensuing kick off out of bounds.  Kansas took over at their 40 and scored an answering TD.
  • After forcing a Kansas punt from their own 38 yard line in the third quarter, the Jackets roughed the kicker and kept their drive alive.  Rather than forcing the Jayhawks to kick out of the shadow of their own goal post, Tech had to rely on a freakish interception by Kyle Jackson and took over possession at the GT 32.  Again…field position…
  • Also in the third quarter, GT punts the ball 13 yards from the Jacket 15.  KU takes over at the GT 28 and scores a TD five plays later.

So…is there anything to feel good about?

Besides the fact that some of our rival teams had a tougher day than we did, UGA lost 17-6 & the Hokies are losing to James Madison, I’m not really sure.

We lost because of boneheaded mistakes, in my opinion…penalties and special teams screw ups than can be remedied.

And ultimately, this is an out of conference loss…so the ACC title is still in play.


I’m off to watch FSU vs Oklahoma.  If the ‘Noles win at least my wife will be happy and the weekend won’t be a total loss.

68 comments Add your comment


September 11th, 2010
4:23 pm

I agree just a big fail.


September 11th, 2010
4:25 pm

You got to play smart. We didn’t. The roughing the passer on Jefferson and the roughing the kicker on Richardson were inexecuseable.


September 11th, 2010
4:26 pm

I haven’t seen GT make that many mistakes under PJ. Whether or not the roughing the QB was questionable or not, don’t touch him once the ball is out of his hands.

Nesbitt has trouble with the out patterns. Stop throwing them. The stuff over the middle was wide open all day.

Denver Dawg

September 11th, 2010
4:26 pm

I agree just a big fail.

Jacket Backer

September 11th, 2010
4:28 pm

Bad day…is Chan Gailey back?


September 11th, 2010
4:31 pm

I would hate to be a Tech player at practice this week.


September 11th, 2010
4:35 pm

IMO Roddy just doesnt seem to have enough speed. I saw on more than one occasion he got the pitch and had about 10 yards in front of him and got hawked down

Jacket Fan

September 11th, 2010
4:46 pm

Lets face it, the ACC is about two or three notches above Georgia AAAAA football. I assume Boise will declare war on Harrisonburg, VA (home of James Madison?) for taking them out of the national championship picture. Their season is over. It will be good to get into conference play so we can see some ACC teams win.


September 11th, 2010
4:52 pm

I was physically ill watching that debacle. Johnson must have done a horrible job preparing the team because Tech played about as bad as you can play in every single phase of the game. A complete and total team effort in that loss, From the Head Coach to the punter.

George P. Burdell

September 11th, 2010
4:56 pm

I’d like to say we just didn’t show up, and there are plenty of examples of questionable effort, but I really fear this team lacks a few players on defense and the offense has started buying into the idea that they are unstoppable. We have real trouble stopping the run up the middle and more often than not our secondary is confused on coverages. This is shaping up to be a long season.


September 11th, 2010
5:18 pm

Hey, at least UGA lost to a ranked, GOOD SEC team. Tech pooped the bed. Ha ha ha ha ha!


September 11th, 2010
5:31 pm

Maybe its what we needed. The play calling at the end was atrocious. When did we become a passing team?

Anyway, I’m still glad I made the journey. Hope they don’t disappoint me in Chapel Hill.

Its off to Portland for me. Enjoy the 95 degree weather fellas.


September 11th, 2010
5:57 pm

I am a Tech grad form ‘73, and I live on Ramblin Recluse Rd. as a recluse from Tech whenever Tech bums me out, such as today . What I noticed on defense was Tech was not following the ball. I used to play football a little, and the coaches said on defense to always follow the ball. Tech seemed to follow the players on offense, not where the ball was. On offense, Tech ran the same play over and over again- the toss sweep. Kansas keyed on the running back, and eventually tackled the runner. If they were blocked by Tech players, there was always a final Kansas defender keying on where the ball was. Tech was relegated to running to the sidelines only, where they would never score. That’s what my coaches also taught- to run straight downfield because running to the sidelines will never gain any points, as proven in this game to Tech. This game was a replay of the Iowa game last year. Iowa’s defense had Tech’s offense down. It’s easy to defend against a team that never runs varying plays like Kansas ran in the first half of this game. Tech the past two years ran varying plays, particularly pass plays. Nesbitt only threw one long td pass today. Two years ago he passed to various areas of the field successfully.The Tech players need to get those fancy gloves off and catch with bare hands. Then maybe they won’t have butterfingers. The offense was monotonous and boring, running it to the sidelines on the same play every play. The defense has big problems- with the pass, like Tech linebackers have always had problems with, and with runs right up the middle when they line up only three linemen. They need to blitz often if the offense is passing most of the time, and watch for the short pass blitz killer, which was used in this game, and is usually used as a blitz killer by all teams. Tech can be thankful that Kansas had Pepper Rogers as their coach, so this game could be considered like a scrimmage a little bit, like a T-night game from the 70’s. But they got a long, long way to go this year if they want to win the rest of the games. Now Tech will not be in the top 25, and will receive maybe one or two votes, if any, since tiny North Dakota State beat Kansas last week.

Golden Tornado

September 11th, 2010
6:05 pm

As a jacket fan…….ACC STINKS .BAD BAD day.


September 11th, 2010
6:08 pm

The U would clobber SCar and UGa.

Golden Tornado

September 11th, 2010
6:13 pm

CD…..U stinks too.


September 11th, 2010
6:30 pm

Chris are you really delusional enough to think that GT can even sniff the ACC title this year. You saw that soft middle. Every team on the schedule will run the rock right down our throats and there won’t be a damn thing we can do about it. The D front is soft and weak. A bunch of pansies.


September 11th, 2010
6:41 pm


September 11th, 2010
7:48 pm

Golden Tornado – Everyone knows you are the same loser that poses 99% of the negative comments on these blogs using various names. Grow up and go home.


September 11th, 2010
8:21 pm

That’s not fair. They easily won the battle of the cornrows. Sure do look pretty fellers.

Score Check

September 11th, 2010
8:24 pm

The acc is a joke.

gt belongs in the acc.


September 11th, 2010
9:15 pm

So you still think you can continue to win with that high school offense. Nesbitt only has one thing going for him and that’s his legs. You can forget about his arm. Chok From Coke!!!!!!!


September 11th, 2010
9:22 pm

Failed to execute any phase of game. Lack of effort from entire team and coaching staff is an embarassment to Ga. Tech. Everyone, including coaches, should run up the stands at least 40 times Sunday for their lack of effort. It will be a very long season.


September 12th, 2010
1:40 am

there not hunger enough

Butts Wagner

September 12th, 2010
2:37 am

Terrible day for the ACC. And terrible game for the defense and receivers. As I’ve been saying for a while, without the drops, I would guess that Nesbitt is more confident in his throws and makes better throws more often. But when the receivers drop so many passes, Nesbitt is probably worried that when he makes good throws, they will get intercepted, so he isn’t so sure about his passes. And the defense. Well, it’s just like last year. Getting blown off the line of scrimmage. No pass rush at all. No ability to clog running lanes. It’s getting old, and at this point, it’s either a complete lack of talent or a complete lack of confidence. We’ve been through multiple coaches and nothing has changed. I think it’s a psychological problem within the program. It’s only been 2 games for Groh, so he gets a pass for a few more weeks, but if this continues, he needs to feel some real pressure. The worst part is that the team just looked complacent the whole game(and last week). There doesn’t seem to be any emotion from GT. This is not a good sign. One last thought. If Chan Gailey was still coach, this game would have been 60% likely Kansas win. At least with PJ, we were expecting this game to be a win. Hopefully, this is just a necessary bump in the road to consistent 10-win seasons under PJ.

GT Fan

September 12th, 2010
5:00 am

Same old offense that cannot and will never have a acceptable passing
attack to mix with the run as long as PJ is the coach. Although GT played
poorly in all phases of the game, they could have won with anything
close to a decent passing attack when they had to use it.


September 12th, 2010
7:43 am

Tech scored 25 points, that should be enough to win any football game.

Nesbitt is just nopt a passing QB and will never be one.

Tech will be lucky to win 8 games this year. I picked them to win 8 games this year and they just lost one of the wins.

The guy that looked good at QB was Sims last week. He is quick, fast and strong. Nesbitt is strong only.


September 12th, 2010
9:03 am

We’re back to the Chan Gailey days.. losing to Kansas.. the Duke of the Big 12. I sense some bad years ahead.. bad recruiting.. no QB next year.. PJ has won with Gailey players.. he did not prepare for UGA last year…UGA ran roughshod all game long up the middle. Nesbitt throws worse than Reggie Ball… we have sorry special teams.. we need a new punter.. our defense is worse than last year.. Al Groh stinks.. he’s a poor man’s Dave Wommack. I’m cancelling my season tickets.. I’m switching over to Spurrier and the Gamecocks immediately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 12th, 2010
9:59 am

This season’s over.. can’t even beat kansas.. the Duke of the Big 12. We’re back in the Gailey Days for sure. PJ hasn’t recruited anyone.. and did not prepare for UGA last year… allowing them to run free up the middle like Kansas yesterday. The Defense is a shambles.. we should fire Groh right now before UNC piles up 500 yards next week. Wommack looks like a genius compared to Groh. We’ll finish behind Duke this year. After Hewitt and now PJ.. its time to give up.. Danny Hall loses to a second rate Alabama blowing the regional at home.. I’m switching allegiance to Gamecocks and Spurrier..


September 12th, 2010
11:07 am

All of you people disgust me. You sound like a bunch of UGA fans. We lost a bad game. And Jacket Backer, “Is Chan Gailey back?” Really? You need to change your name. You jackwagons need to realize that the world isn’t coming to an end with one loss out of conference. Was it sickeningly embarrassing? Hell yes, but quit sounding like a bunch of babies.


September 12th, 2010
11:21 am

Straight up embarrassment… the whole team should be ashamed of that performance.

GT4Life (the Original)

September 12th, 2010
2:25 pm

Well said, savjacket. Over-confidence seemed to be the mood of the day. The multiple dropped passes did not bode well for Tech. Everyone complaining about Nesbitt’s passes should realize that he hit at least 5 players in stride (or in the gut) with a few great passes. Of course he missed a few (which every QB does – the biggest being the Peeples miss). His confidence in his receivers/a-backs must be non-existent now. Without the drops, Nesbitt completes over 60% of his passes with 2 TD’s/No INT’s and about 180yds…the kind of efficiency we need. The dropoff at receiver after Hill is precipitous.
The defense up the middle is particularly distressing. Put TJ Barnes or Shawn Green in and let them learn on the job. They can’t be worse than Logan Walls. Walls was pushed into the laps of the LB’s all day…too light in the pants. Put someone else in and go with “trial by fire”.

GT4Life (the Original)

September 12th, 2010
2:40 pm

Also…where is Ben Anderson? Hurt???

Tech Man

September 12th, 2010
3:28 pm

The coaches poll came out..They got Tech at 35, uga is ranked higher than Tech;haven’t seen that in a long time!!! They better get it together. That lost better teach them that the easy games are not automatic!! I hope the lost inspires them to WAKE UP!!!!!!

Tech Man

September 12th, 2010
3:38 pm

Alright Tech Fans..Please don’t cry like uga fans do and go hide for weeks after a lost. This will make Tech a more HUMBLE team and that will make them better. They have had a big head for a long time and that put them down a few notches and made them more human. THEY WILL COME BACK and play like we are accoustomed to and hopefully better!!


September 12th, 2010
3:49 pm

Tech Man

Big Head, why on earth would any GT football player have a “big head”? We haven’t beat anybody, matter of fact, every team we play that is a notch up we LOSE! i.e. LSU, UGA,Iowa…… This ACC thing is becoming a real JOKE!


September 12th, 2010
4:56 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

((( 45 -42 )))

Vegas Jackette

September 12th, 2010
5:03 pm

I am in agreement with savjacket, were you there? Of course not. What you failed to mention, Kansas and their fans came with a mission as if the national title was on the line. Remember how you felt vs. VT last season? That was what GT was up against. No GT band there to help encourage the team. I realize some of you think what does that have to do with anything but it does matter. The GT fans tried their best to scream and clap but we were “outband” and outmanned. Kansas cleverly also had cheerleaders placed all around the stadium and even next to our cheerleaders and behind GT players. Nesbitt did not have his best game but he played in a hostile territory. I am not saying fans were rude to GT fans they were not but I am saying Kansas came to play. You have to remember they were ranked a top 5 team and went to the BCS two years ago. Despite the problems and coaching change, do you think they were ready to give all that up? I do not understand why some bloggers on here thought this was going to be a cakewalk in the first place. I sat near the GT entrance to the field. I saw no encouragement or excitement in the players. It was a difficult travel game to get to as well that did not help. SO if GT didn’t have their A game which they didn’t, it wasn’t going to add up to a win. I heard Jayhawk radio guys keep talking about GT as a school that played in the BCS last season and that is how we were looked upon as a huge target. I raised an eyebrow at some of the play calling as I am sure most of you did as well but how do any of us know what kind of time did Nesbitt have to make a decision? Lend support to the team and head to Chapel Hill who is team number two waiting to take out revenge on GT. At least we are not them, a team full of infractions and cheating scandals. Butch Davis doesn’t deserve this favor. He should be ashamed.

Vegas Jackette

September 12th, 2010
5:05 pm

and just for the record, I wish we never threw the ball

Vegas Jackette

September 12th, 2010
5:08 pm

and BTW, hats off to Buzz29, he wore his gold GT jersey and hat proudly to the airport and on the airplane despite us being surrounded by Kansas fans estatic by their win. I admit I kept my GT earrings on but changed shirts. lol


September 12th, 2010
8:25 pm

My play calling may have prevent us from winning, but there are only 3 plays i know and the forward pass is not one of them.

Demarius Bilbo

September 12th, 2010
8:36 pm

The band???? you think the lack of the band and flagboy were the cause of the loss???? The cause of the loss is CPJ’s inability to recruit…..Nesbitt looks like an 8th grade QB and Stephen Hill couldn’t carry Bay Bay’s jock.

Russ the Painted Mascot

September 12th, 2010
9:36 pm

Yes, Coach Johnson is still a great coach and this team has some talented players, but no, they are not nearly as good as last year and it is unrealistic to consistently expect 10-11 wins EVERY season. 7 or 8 wins will this year would reflect an excellent coaching job and team effort, given the schedule. The option attack is not unstoppable–it obviously never was–but it is adaptable and CPJ knows how best to do that. The team looked flat, for whatever reasons, and Chapel Hill looms on the horizon with 2 weeks to prepare.

Russ the Painted Mascot

September 12th, 2010
9:40 pm

UNC’s defense with 2 weeks to prepare is formidable, with or without suspensions and distractions. Here’s hoping and expecting that CPJ has a couple of new wrinkles to throw at them. And while I hate to sound reactionary, either Nesbit & receivers had better get the passing game in sync or we need to be prepping a backup for key passing downs and situations.

Russ the Painted Mascot

September 12th, 2010
9:43 pm

Nesbit is a tremendous talent, but he has become more one-dimensional (all ground attack/inability to pass) than even his first games under CPJ a couple of years ago. The late (eventually meaningless) completions to Hill notwithstanding, Nesbit’s problems passing are crippling the option attack.

Russ the Painted Mascot

September 12th, 2010
9:48 pm

I hear they paint the the UNC Tarheel mascot’s a$$ also, but they do use Obama-approved, biodegradable, lead-free paints. Not like that cheap Walmart spray paint they use on me in Athens.

westcoast techie

September 13th, 2010
2:01 am

Being out on the westcoast, this was my first chance watching this Tech team on TV. Following are my observations (many of which have already been addressed by others).

1) Tech will still be competitive in the ACC, mainly because the conference is weak this year.
2) I have no problem with CPJ’s offense if Nesbit could only complete 33% of his passes.
3) Nesbit should only throw short passes over the middle. That way he won’t throw so many balls
out of bounds. OMG his accuracy was awful.
4) As stated, Kansas’ backs stepped through and jumped over our tacklers all day. In contrast,
how many times did Roddy Jones go down by an arm tackle when one on one in the open field.
5) Our LBs can’t get off blocks or continuously overrun ball carriers. None of our LBs are half the
player that Kansas’ #45 is. That guy was awesome.
6) Our DBs are not aggressive tacklers. They come up and try to contain the ball carrier who
gains another 4 or 5 yds after contact. I’d like to see our DBs pop someone.
7) Special teams? What can I say that hasn’t already been said.
8) To be honest, Tech’s players are just average. They are not athletic.
9) I hope our performance doesn’t hurt future recruiting.
10) I went to the SC Trojan/Virginia game. The Cavaliers played with heart and will surprise a lot of
teams in the ACC this year.


September 13th, 2010
9:21 am

I am a Tech grad of ‘73. This three linemen defense provides an open invitation for off center, guard and tackle runs with holes a mile wide, as wide as the Chattahoochee. It is a passive defensive line that appears like it’s expecting a hail Mary Pass any time three linemen line up, which isn’t true at all because the offense doesn’t throw Hail Marys then. This defense isn’t working. Groh needs to talk to Maxie Baughn about switching to a four man front and not be ashamed. Just have Groh make an ld to Cornell in NY and talk to Maxie if possible since Maxie’s an alum from Tech, or have the Athletic Association pay Maxie a consulting fee. Maxie was a starting lb for the LA Rams and the defense coach at Tech when I was there. On offense, get those goddamn gloves off and feel how nice a college football feels when they catch it. I remember when I did the rope climb in the Gymnastics course at Tech in the old gym. Climbing with gloves on would not have made it. There’s times when you have to feel with your bare hands. Don’t worry, Nesbitt might be throwing bullets, but don’t Tech’s receivers believe in the nails in the hands crucifixion of Christ?


September 13th, 2010
11:13 am

But hey, at least you got a Heisman caliber QB at your disposal, hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

old dawg

September 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

hey bugs where u ranked now?