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.

GO JACKETS!

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

Nate

September 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

A buddy of mine that’s a bug fan swore to me they would still be ranked after their humiliating beatdown on Saturday. Good thing he didn’t put any money on it.

old dawg

September 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

they trying to give me hell on there blog seems half hearted tho lol

Coach Moobs

September 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

It’s a little offensive to attempt to watch a Tech game with small children around. They are constantly commenting on the size of CPJ’s breasts and you have to routinely explain to them how he is not a woman.

The implosion continues

September 13th, 2010
1:33 pm

I think it’s time to go ahead and call a spade a spade and just admit Johnson isn’t the solution afterall.

Battle Axe

September 13th, 2010
2:17 pm

The 3-4 defense sucks. Too many holes where they can gash us. I say scrap it now before any more damage is done. I never thought I’d say it but I miss Tenuta.

xyz

September 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

Battle Axe,

Like with any defensive scheme, you have your advantages and disadvantages. A 3-4 works great on pass happy offenses and can be very effective against running offenses. However, if you don’t have the right guys in place a team can burn you in the run, which rang true for both UGA and Tech this past weekend.

Carl

September 13th, 2010
3:19 pm

Tech winning the ACC this year would be as rewarding as being the skinniest kid at fat camp

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

September 13th, 2010
4:00 pm

yall are beating a dead horse, jerk-offs!!

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

September 13th, 2010
4:00 pm

ajc is a joke! y’all write the same s^&t every time! We lost to Kansas, we get the point!

bawahahaha!!!!!!

September 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

No, you just didn’t lose to Kansas. You lost to a program that was held to 3 points the week before to a high school team!!! hahahahahahahaahahahahaha!!!!!

lonely Jacket

September 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

will we ever get a real coach???? :(

Kay

September 13th, 2010
10:17 pm

Bottom line: It was a “team effort.”

John

September 14th, 2010
9:16 am

The ugliest game in the paul johnson era so far. He better get control and turn this around or questions will continue about his ability to win at this level with this offense. It’s one thing to lose to a good team. Kansas is a 6 point underdog against S Miss this week who was blown out by S Carolina. They are a bad team. And they beat us. That is unacceptable PJ and very embarassing. You were saved only by Fsu and VT looking even worse.

LWK

September 14th, 2010
9:19 am

This offense is starting to annoy me. They run the same failed stuff over and over. They have no passing game because they never work on it. But to keep calling the same stuff over and over. It’s insanity. Sometimes I wonder what the heck is wrong with the coach to keep calling the same plays over and over that are not going to be successful.

Rob

September 14th, 2010
10:22 am

We are a top fifty team with systemic problems….poor blocking, cannot tackle and cannot catch the ball or throw it either. I don’t think any adjustments, coaching or schemes can make up for those weaknesses. Looks like a long season to me. The performance at Kansas would not win another game this season.

BUMBLIN' ON!

September 14th, 2010
9:56 pm

More like a top 500 team that won’t win another game, ever, no matter how they play.

Sad, really.

stewart

September 15th, 2010
10:48 am

Tell us again, why do you players stuff your helmets with an extra ten pounds of hair? Doesn’t it get very hot? Is this some way of getting back at the coaches? To attract women? Because you can and “They” can’t? What is it that causes you to pre-occupy yourselves with this affectation, to the detriment of your game? The game is football, not hair growing. If you’re going to grow anything let it be height so that goofy QB can complete some passes.

Golf one

September 15th, 2010
10:34 pm

Johnson just got out coached by a roookie coach,Turner made the changes at half and P.J. did not