Defense Delivers, Jackets 30 UNC 24

After giving up three long scoring drives and 17 points in the first half, the Georgia Tech defense rallied with adjustments and youth to stiffen up and hold the Tar Heels to just seven second half points in a tough, gritty win.

The Good

  • The Jackets secured a crucial ACC conference win on the road in Chapel Hill…a location which has been a house of horrors for GT in the past.
  • The Jackets gained 372 rushing yards en route to a ten minute advantage in time of possession (35 vs 25 minutes).
  • Anthony Allen played an active role (20 carries for 115 yards) in this win, as the Jackets were able to gash the Heels on the dive play.
  • The patented Paul Johnson Death March to end the second quarter…20 plays, 87 yards, 10 minutes and 32 seconds…awesome!
  • The GT receivers caught the balls that were thrown to them, forcing the UNC defense to at least respect the prospect of a pass.
  • Perimeter blocking by the a-backs and wide receivers was excellent, allowing for good yards on the edge.
  • Brandon Watts, Julian Burnett, and Jeremiah Attaochu were impact players in the second half.
  • TJ Barnes and Izaan Cross had huge games on the defensive line.
  • Tackling was improved, effort was improved, and defensive adjustments were evident as Groh did what he had to do to slow down TJ Yates and the UNC offense.

The Bad

  • The first half defense was horrible as UNC seemed to move the ball at will on both the ground and through the air.
  • Certain players continue to be pushed around on defense.  This resulted in young players entering the game in the second half.
  • Yates was allowed to complete 18 of 25 pass attempts.  That’s 72% and way too successful.
  • Tech committed seven penalties for 50 yards.
  • UNC was 50% on third down conversions and perfect in the red zone.

The Ugly

  • The offense stumbled badly in the third quarter, killing two good looking drives with bobbled pitches.
  • On fourth and inches, in a critical situation, the Jackets try to get cute with motion in their offensive alignment and an offensive lineman jumps early.
  • UNC averaged 6.2 yards per play.  If the GT offense had been unable to soak up so much time of possession things might have gotten ugly.

Ultimately, at the end of the day,  Mark Bradley is correct…the Jackets finally played like the Georgia Tech team we’ve come to know and love.

There was no lack of toughness…no lack of effort…no lack of aggressiveness…no lack of desire.

The offense displayed calm confidence with the game on the line and weathered a string of mishaps which might have broken a weaker team.

The defense fought, scrapped, adjusted, and ultimately won the day in the second half by holding the Heels scoreless on their last five possessions.

The Jackets are 1-0 in the ACC now, which is all that matters until that last game against our in-state rival.

Now we get ready for a North Carolina State squad which has looked good.  More on that later in the week…

Go Jackets!

41 comments Add your comment

A 55,000 seat "stadium", with 30,000 empty the Ghetto

September 18th, 2010
11:01 pm

North Dakota State > Georgia Tech

Damon Evans

September 18th, 2010
11:09 pm

Red panties.

Jack this

September 18th, 2010
11:13 pm

wow that’s it? Where are the rest of the ugay big mouths? Drowing your sorrows with donuts I imagine


September 18th, 2010
11:13 pm


The Good, and no mention of Blair going 3-3 including the game winner? How could you miss that?

Damon Evans

September 18th, 2010
11:15 pm

Lambuth > Ole Miss


September 18th, 2010
11:16 pm

a ugager at 0-2 in SEC is talking smack on a Tech blog???? WOW, those people really are stupid!


September 19th, 2010
2:22 am

Great point, GT Backer

bob horner

September 19th, 2010
5:42 am

the “woofers” are certainly acting strange after their loss yesterday. They are still cutting down Tech, as usual, but I hear no excuses or gripes about their sorry team. They must be in a coma after an 0-2 start in the sec…Oh well…keep cutting down Tech, that will possibly make you feel better….go jackets…


September 19th, 2010
7:48 am

Blair was more consistent yesterday, which is good, but he has to do that more often now. Allen seems to have a much better stride to the line than Dwyer did. Team played hard yesterday, but the defense still has to play better. Their still not getting to the QB enough, and the pass rush sucks or its non exsistant. The 2010 season will be controlled how the team plays defense. The only way this program will be more elite in the country is acutally playing defense. The offense will get better, but the D still isnt very strong.


September 19th, 2010
8:45 am

We know Blair can kick field goals but I’ve never seen him have a better day kicking off. He nailed them all. Good job Scott!


September 19th, 2010
9:11 am

On the headlines, DEFENSE DELIVERS, DELIVERS WHAT? can you send Al to Georgia so we can beat them this year. In watching Clemson last night, we are in serious trouble, we cannot stop the run, pass etc. Just because we did better the second half. A football game is all about the whole game, not just halves. They have to play a complete game. Nebitt needs to be more consistent. At least we won, better than losing to a team from OZ.


September 19th, 2010
9:14 am

Furman’s offense is > UGA’s.

to the clueless buzzman

September 19th, 2010
10:09 am

Coach Al delivered to UNC what he has been delivering for several years…
another stop.

ps…buzz, why the long face?


September 19th, 2010
12:14 pm

Give the team some credit, this was a huge win on the road. The defense, while not perfect, found a way to stop UNC. They could just as easily let the heels score the winning TD on their last drive. This was a game to build on. A loss at UNC would have been very demoralizing for the team and the fans.


September 19th, 2010
12:33 pm

Great road win for the Yellow Jackets. The offense is really starting to get it going with the players recruited by Paul Johnson on the offense line. Excellent blocking all day long. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to Go Jackets!


September 19th, 2010
2:37 pm

I love how the Dawgie fans are on here because they have nothing better to do after yesterday.

willie grantham / todd martinez

September 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

We are the #1 team in the SEC. No one can touch us…. at the bottom!

willie grantham / todd martinez

September 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

we are the bulldyyyyykes!


September 19th, 2010
5:07 pm

I read on the Tim Tucker column that UGA has now lost 6 of its last 8 SEC games. This is not good if you are a UGA fan.

Did VT come out of its coma this week in the East Carolina win?

Clemson v Auburn was the hardest hitting game I have seen in years.

Now I know why Al Groh took the GT job. To see how it felt to coach a defense that only needs to play much less than half the game.

fan of Tech football

September 19th, 2010
7:35 pm

Coach does not seem to “like” the pass, but against UNC, the left wide-out seemed to have at least a 10 to 12 yard cushion about 60% of the plays.
That quick pass seems almost a sure five+ yards each time….if he ever feels the need to pad the passing numbers. Not a suggestion to the coach….just an observation. Another obv…never knew the option was so precision that the QB did not even have to look prior to the lateral.

GT Sux

September 20th, 2010
8:54 am

How come no one mentions the fact that NC is still playing without 12 suspended starters?
Tech would have lost by 3 touchdowns if not for their good fourtune.


September 20th, 2010
12:03 pm

Bulldawgs lost again.And again.


September 20th, 2010
12:58 pm

Great road win in the conference and in the division. Take it and run. Get ready for NC State. Laugh at UGA as they go 1-3 and lose in Starkville.

Willie Martinez

September 20th, 2010
1:58 pm

It’s great to be at OU. We have a great team, a good defense and we’re undefeated. We’re looking forward to conference play getting started. BTW, how’s the new guy working out at Georgia?

That Guy

September 20th, 2010
2:05 pm

@GT Sux

It must suck to be you. With your first and middle initial and a last name of “Sux’, you might as well end it all now.

Better yet, I hope you’re more miserable next week after another Yellow Jacket victory, and a leghumper loss.

Now get out of the library and get back to the trailer park because you have some under pinning that needs to be replaced.


September 20th, 2010
2:06 pm

GTSux, better get your facts straight. UNC, while playing without at least 5-7 starters, are not missing 12 starters. Those who are missing, however, include at least 4 probably high draft choices (Little, Austin, Quinn, Williams).


September 20th, 2010
2:19 pm

Yes, CrackDaddy is correct with his assessment. The moral of that story is this; if you cheat you won’t compete. As the uGaggers well know, being one of the dirtiest athletic programs this side of the Mason-Dixon line, you are actually supposed to do your own work in the classroom as well as show adequate progress toward a degree. Notice I didn’t state “meaningful” when describing the degree.

Hey Crack, GT Sux better be in the trailer park repairing that under pinning so the rats and possums can’t come in through the crapper hole in the floor.


September 20th, 2010
4:43 pm

I know we lost 2 years ago in Chapel Hill, but it hasn’t exactly been a house of horrors to us. We are 10-2 against UNC in the last 12 and are 5-2 in Chapel Hill since 1998.

GT Sux

September 20th, 2010
9:44 pm

That Guy – Real creative. I happen to be an Alabama fan who lives in Ga and have to listen
to you blow hards brag about a weak team in a weak conference. How’d you do against
powerhouse Kansas – and Ga, Iowa last year?


September 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

Mr Sux, you evidently are a glutton for punishment…if you seek to “listen” to Tech fans…Dude, you must select the blog…it does not call you.
I would think a bammer would be smiling all the time. How did you like Durham?


September 21st, 2010
4:03 pm

GT Sux,

Iowa obviously isnt getting credit from the SEC knuckleheads since their a mid west team and the last team from the big 10 got beat two years in a row in the bcs title game by sec schools. Their d-line was one of the better ones in the country, but you dont seem to care to hear that. The SEC fans are going to have a hard time the day they dont win a bcs national title, but i dont see a team that can beat the tide on their whole schedule or in this country.

Iowa was a top 10 until they lost since you sec fans like numbers so much.


September 21st, 2010
4:06 pm

Jax st a real powerhouse beating a big bad sec team at ole miss? haha

brokeback jacket

September 21st, 2010
9:16 pm

Hopefully this victory will wake up some idle fans.

My guess is that on the typical student’s priority list, football is now in a dead heat with World of Warcraft, day old pizza, and jerking it to anime porn. The catch is that students enjoy those last three all at once, and instead of going to football games (or bathing). Go figure!

Damon Evans

September 21st, 2010
9:28 pm

Anybody read the blog with all the Georgia people jumping ship? Having to hang with ugly dumb women really messes with your mind,


September 22nd, 2010
1:03 am

Great win, Yellowbackets! So why only thirty-something entries to this blos that been up since Saturday evening??? WHERE’S THE PASSION???


September 22nd, 2010
2:41 pm

heey fayncdawg,

when does writing on a blog determine passion?


September 22nd, 2010
2:42 pm

the uga blogs are just idiots complaing about funny stuff, so the small entry numbers dont mean squat


September 22nd, 2010
3:32 pm

How does a team that’s missing half it’s players put 24 points on the board? Yech defense much be God awful.


September 22nd, 2010
5:04 pm


they had some guys come back if i recall, but how does the hogs score in 3 plays to beat your defense for the game winning touchdown?


September 22nd, 2010
5:45 pm

I’m an idiot Dawg fan, what do you expect? When my team is down I feel better trying to put down other school’s programs. The way I see it, if my team sucks I just need to find a different team that sucks worse so that I feel better about my Dawgs. Ok? So, I’m trying to feel better about the Dawgs and it aint working. So, ignore me I guess, everybody else does.

Coach Paul Johnson

September 22nd, 2010
7:26 pm

You honey bee fans make me sick! If my fat @ss can go to the games, so should you! You can yank it to pictures from Avatar and cartoons after the we get killed on the gridiron, but at least you nerds could show up to watch us get destroyed at home! Geez!!