GT 24 – Wake 20…Ugly, ugly win!

According to one of the guys on the GT message boards, “Ugly doesn’t show up in the Ws and Ls.”

That’s true…thankfully.  It means we can put this game behind us and move forward at 3-2 even though there’s not much to feel good about.

I spent the first three quarters of this game wondering to myself if I might be witnessing the worst exhibition of GT football in the past decade.

On offense we couldn’t block anyone, we couldn’t run the ball, and we couldn’t catch anything.  Wake Forest defenders were in Nesbitt’s back pocket just about every snap and several catchable balls were dropped.  The offense looked lethargic and distracted.  It was obvious that something wasn’t right.

Luckily, defensively, the Jackets only had to face Wake Forest’s fourth string QB.   That allowed Groh’s unit to hold the Deacons to 11 first downs and a measly 268 total yards of offense.  It also allowed the Jackets to stay within striking distance as they slept walk through the first 45 minutes of football in Winston Salem.

Going into the fourth quarter I found myself wondering if Coach Johnson needed to put Tevin Washington on the field…but then Josh Nesbitt seemed to wake up and shake off the poor blocking and lack of help from his fellow running backs.  He picked the team up on his shoulders and willed the Jackets to an 18 point fourth quarter.

Three scoring drives in the fourth quarter covered 61, 62, and 69 yards…culminating with a nine yard strike to Corey Earls while just 15 ticks remained on the clock.

So what positive can we take from this win?

It may well be the fact that Nesbitt completed passes to eight (8!) different players.  Recently he hasn’t completed eight passes, much less thrown to eight different guys.

So that’s the positive I’ll focus on.

If Nesbitt can spread the ball around and get the passing game going, like he did in the fourth quarter, then the running game will open up.

But that’s also contingent on the wide receivers catching well thrown balls and occasionally making a play on a poorly thrown ball…

Maybe this most recent fourth quarter will be a turning point for the offense.  I’d sure like to see Earls snag a few more TDs…

Go Jackets!

73 comments Add your comment

YJ Fan

October 3rd, 2010
12:02 am

FIRST!!!

THWG

JacketFan

October 3rd, 2010
12:07 am

Great last drive there! Nesbitt willed us to victory again! Thats what a great QB does!! Great play calling on the last drive and some actual good route running. Go Jackets! THWG. Losing to Colorado may be a new low lol.

White & Gold Forever

October 3rd, 2010
12:14 am

That’s right! I will glady take 2 and 1 in the ACC. We have got to get these next two easily and get some confidence heading into the tough stretch. A wins a win! Combined with the mutts folding in Boulder, it was a great night.

No Huddle Offense

October 3rd, 2010
12:19 am

Enter your comments herei was left wondering how dangerous this offense could really be if they ran a series of no huddle offense. And we finally had a short passing game

Paul in RDU

October 3rd, 2010
12:31 am

Chris – Excellent column – I agree with just about everything you wrote. GT was awful but at least they got the win.

Big B CH 99

October 3rd, 2010
12:48 am

The passing game was there all day today if we could protect and catch. We had guys open all night, we have got to stop dropping so many passes (at least 5 tonight). I think it’s fair to say that at least 15 of Joshua’s 21 passes were catchable. Most of our passing game needs to be roll-out (boot) shorter passes b/c we can’t protect to throw the deep ball and we don’t have any WR to catch the jump ball.

Using out, crossing, & comeback routes to the WR’s and swing routes to our A & B backs is what we should be throwing.

ramblinman

October 3rd, 2010
1:03 am

Georgia Tech is a bad football team this year. I don’t know the reason for it (especially because we were so good last year), but were just bad. On offense, the O-line is horrendous (the worst in the FBS? maybe…), receivers that get their quality GT education paid for so they can catch a few footballs are afwul (but thanks for showing up Corey Earls!), Nesbitt is a poor (or at least VERY inconsistent) passer, Nesbitt seems to have lost the ability to consistently make the right reads in this offense, and the a backs cant catch a pitch.

Defense held up tonight, but thats more of a result of playing against at 4th string QB. Like we saw against NCSU, they can’t pressure a QB or tackle consistently.

There’s something wrong with this team more than physically and fundementally. There’s something wrong mentally or chemically within the locker room. I don’t know which but perhaps and hopefully a gut-checking win like this can rectify it perhaps. I love GT and GT football. That’s why I’m embarrassed to see what we’ve been playing like…but let’s rectify it!

GO JACKETS

OldSchoolTechFanatic

October 3rd, 2010
6:09 am

Yes, this was an ugly win, but was it a defining moment in Tech’s season ? Maybe we turned the corner on offense and can rely on the pass a little more. Nesbit was slap wore out at the end he gave us his all !!! Thanks

Tokyo jacket

October 3rd, 2010
7:36 am

I truly hope this will be a turning point for the offense. But, UNC was supposed to be a turning point and then we met NCSU. If we finish the regular season 9-3 w/ a win over UGA, I’ll be happy.

B-rad

October 3rd, 2010
7:54 am

Hey Tech,

Win ugly? Wanna trade???

TDone

October 3rd, 2010
8:09 am

I would like to see us play some straight up plays in order to add some variety to our offense. Keep the OPS, but just man up on folks to see what see could do.

Burdell

October 3rd, 2010
8:23 am

I have not cussed my television that much in a long time! The 4th down conversions were nerve racking. Glad we got the win. Like some of you have said, I hope that our offense can turn the corner after that 4th quarter performance.

Jacket Backer

October 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

First 3 quarters reminded me of the Bill Lewis years. Awful does not even describe it. I’m glad we got the win but I’m concerned about the direction of this team. They don’t seem to want to play. Is Johnson losing this team? I don’t feel good about the rest of the season. MUCH togher competition ahead. We’ll see what happens. I haven’t felt this bad about a W in a long time. Would be nice to actually show up from the opening kickoff against UVA!

Go Jackets!!

Burdell

October 3rd, 2010
9:59 am

This is the worst GT team I have seen in a long time. It’s as if Chan is still on the flats, under performing with the talent that he brought in.
It is a sad state of affairs when we struggle against a Wake team that was blanked the weekend before by a sub-par FSU.
Pass blocking is atrocious, running game is weak, defense is terrible. I mean we played against their 4th string QB and made him look like a freakin Heisman candidate. Special teams is a joke.
The only positive I saw was the hurry up offense and the passing ability of Nesbitt, which sounds weird when I read this out loud.
I hope something changes soon with this team or it is going to be a bad season.

A Rob

October 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

Was it just me or did we run some different offensive formations in this game? If so, it shows PJ is willing to adapt the offense as it seems to be less effective this year.

ugly

October 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

an ugly win is better than a lose–right UGA, Russ, CMR, TG, BOO-BOO

Burdell

October 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

Wow…a new Burdell on the scene…and he(she) is a little upset…

CarolinaJacket

October 3rd, 2010
10:35 am

They surely looked bad, but at least go a win. I am delighted that Correy Earls has had some big plays in the last couple of games. He has had a rough career at Tech after showing promise his freshman year.

Burdell

October 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

…and misinformed. The talent Chan brought in?? Other than the class of ‘07 and the once in a lifetime commitment of Calvin Johnson (who was coming to Tech regardless of the coach) what talent are you speaking of? Tech definitely developed some NFL talent especially on the defensive side of the ball while Chan was around but none of those were highly touted recruits. And Chan had nothing to do with those guys…that was all Tenuta.

UGA = YAWN

October 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

Can some just say it? We really just aren’t that good. 5 fumbles. Penalties that nearly totaled 100 yards. Blocked punt (again). 4th down and 1 on 19 and no field goal try? All this against a team that was outscored 99-24 in their 2 previous games!!!

UGA = YAWN

October 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

And PS: WR’s that can’t catch a ball thrown to them!!??

Sting'em!

October 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

What a bunch of pansy asses GT fans can be! We won the damn game! Isn’t winning the damn game the object of the endeavor?! Most of the people on this blog are the same lightweights that never stand up at the games and never cheer, they just sit and complain! We won the damn game! Mr. ‘ramblinman’, sir, you are Bi-polar at best. The only chemical imbalance at GT is in fans like you. Were you equally embarrassed that we lost to Iowa in the Orange Bowl, which we went to cause we won the ACC. Oh God, the embarrassment of winning the ACC but losing the Orange Bowl. Give me a break! We won the damn game last night. Would you get more excited if we clubbed the Deacons like baby seals? I don’t know about you, but I love the thrill of a winning touchdown pass with 15 seconds to go in the game. It was really, really exciting. I got my monies worth. So, here’s to all you half-hearted fans overwhelmed by your on issues with low self worth: “Kiss my White and Gold ass!”

UGA = YAWN

October 3rd, 2010
10:50 am

Dude – sting yourself. This is a blog. A place to vent. I love reading everyones take on the game. And it seems you, my friend, are in the minority here – not majority. So sorry we won’t be following you. You are not a leader.

SCJacket

October 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

The thing about the passing game is not that they don’t use it enough, its that they are so bad when they do go to it. Dropped passes, poor routes, quarterback/receiver miscommunication are inexecusable and speak to bad coaching. Passing plays have turned into drive killers. I was afraid that they had done it again when they dropped those two long ones on the opening plays of the last drive. I don’t understand why CPJ does not use more of the short to mid range passes. It seems that the only time he passes is for the 20+ yard pass plays. Yet Tech has shown no ability to make that throw or catch this year. That last drive was all about the short throws. That’s what we need to do more.

UGA = YAWN

October 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

I always thought the same thing. Short 5-10 yard passes in hopes they actually catch them. We need to start small then go big.

AMG

October 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

ramblinman, I agree, you are dead on. I hate to say the same thing, but the offense on this tech teams is HORRIBLE and alot of it has to be blamed on CPJ. I still believe but he has abandoned his run first and always philosophy this year. Who cares if we can pass, RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN, but you can’t run if don’t block. Take the red shirt off some of the freshman and get them in there.

Eastof A1A

October 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Hey Sting ‘em, calm down and stop the name-calling. Yes, winning on a pass play with 15 seconds remaining is wonderful, but only at the end of a well-played, hard fought game against a substantial opponent. Under-achieving effort such as last night never needs to be commended.

VRTECHFAN

October 3rd, 2010
1:38 pm

I don’t agree that the long pass plays are CPJ’s call, it’s the qb’s decision which receivers he is going to throw to. Some of those pass plays that Nesbitt threw deep was because there were no pass blocking at all. As soon as he dropped back, he had to elude a defender. He did not have any time to progress to his receivers. So, he had to do what he could and that was to get rid of the ball. And most of the time, he was in the pocket so he could not just throw it out of bounds, but instead throw it deep and hope the receivers could make a play at it. Nesbitt to me did a very good job with his decisions. The receivers are a big disappointment because of the dropped passes last night. Hopefully this win will turn it around for us because like most of you on here has said, it won’t get any easier down the road.

GT man

October 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

On fourth and one, does anyone not suspect that Nesbitt gets the ball? Is that why at least 6 defenders are all surrounding him when it fails? Why does Bostic run 3 times, rack up 70+ yards and he dosent get ball again? Is PJ saving Roddy Jones for the GA game? Why does he not get to carry?

Cuttysark

October 3rd, 2010
2:52 pm

A tough win on the road that makes us 2 and 1 in the ACC. We still control our fate this season, but at least we were able to win when the offense played well below expectations for most of the game until the 4th quarter. Congratulations Yellow Jackets on the win! For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets! Let’s get ready for UVA at BDS!

buzzwax

October 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Yes, happy we won but we are not playing remotely close to expectations, period!! We lost to a Kansas team that was beat by North Dakota State and was waxed by Baylor 55-7!!!! We gave up more points and yards at home to NCST than any other GT team in a decade. The offensive line has two ‘gailey’ recruits playing most of the minutes, Claytor and Barrick (TE recruit) (Bedford was put on OL after walking on for DL). BUT most of the two deep are CPJ’s OL and overall as a unit THEY ARE NOT PLAYING WELL!!! This is either poor recruiting or poor coaching or both!!!!!!!!! Its time for this unit to GROW A PAIR!!!!!!!! It’s time for Sewak, CPJ and Todd Spencer to put each OL in the center of a ring and let Brad Jefferson and Julian Burnette tee off on each one who wiffed on a block to almost get Nesbitt killed several times. We did this in Pee Wee football and it works!! Our OL is not playing with enough intensity!!

“Buzz” Preston – I’m sure you are a nice guy so don’t take this personally – your WR are either very poor or very pooly coached! Both are your responsibility!!! Sans Bey Bey this unit has made ZERO improvement in three years!!! Stephen Hill – you need to stand in front a throwing machine for 8 hours every sunday until your hands bleed!!!! Corey Earls, you make me proud to be a GT fan for not quitting on yourself despite some adversity in your carreer!! For every drop in practice I’d make the WR’s run until they puked!!!

BRAD JEFFERSON – STOP OVER RUNNING THE PLAY and GET YOUR ASS UP IN THE HOLE!!

Entire team – Would you play like you want to hurt somebody!!!!! Intensity and toughness are 95% of football!!! Wake the F up!!!

collegeballfan

October 3rd, 2010
5:43 pm

Every time I look in the mirror I realize that ugly is not necessarily a bad thing.

So I will take the win.

But, gawd, it was really ugly!

GT 94

October 3rd, 2010
5:49 pm

Buzz, you make good points. However this team just is not good man. After losing to a PATHETIC kansas team and blown out by NC STATE at home, there was no excuse to come out YET AGAIN, and lay this kind of an egg against a PATHETIC wake forest team. It seems strange that for 3 games this season CPJ can’t get this team fired up and play assignment ball and play with some fire! Where is the pride of being ACC champs? Do you want it or do you want to fold and get eliminated from any shot of a repeat before we even play clemson,VT and miami?

This team stinks in all phases of the game and the special teams and O-line just need to pack it up because they are horrible! HORRIBLE!!! I can’t really see our team really winning any of the last 4 we play. I think uga stink too but they are better than us. The GT/UGA game may come down to the winner just being able to make a bowl! Sorry, i will take uga on those odds considering the brand of GT ball that is put on the field. This team has no leadership and just seems to think they can walk on the field and beat everyone. I though kansas was the wake up call, then came NC STATE pathetic showing and then last nights debacle! This is a tired act already and i wouldn’t bet against UVA OR MTS beating us the way this team plays on saturdays. I will be happy with 7 wins with this team. CPJ, PLEASE RECRUIT A DAMN QB WHO CAN COMPLETE PASSES AND AN OFFENSIVE LINE THAT CAN BLOCK!

P.S MAKE SURE THEY KNOW HOW TO PLAY WITH HEART AND INTENSITY AS WELL!

joeygt

October 3rd, 2010
6:07 pm

like coach pj said things are never as best as they seem or they are never as bad as they seem. i know we played horrible til the 4th quarter, its weird to say this but the defense actually played with some intensity and keep gt in the game, but tech came back and won the game credit nesbitt hes such a warrior. that was a gutsy effort, but i love tech football and i will not talk bad about my team like some of you bandwagon fans, i know this is not our best team but with coach pj as coach why would we doubt him what has he done the past 2 years for us not to trust he will get things fixed????
i for one am still optimistic about this year we could still go 9-3 this years with alot of hard work.

GT fan in MS

October 3rd, 2010
6:55 pm

9-3?
GT needs to win the next 2 just to have a good shot at 6-6 and a bowl game.

Dawghater

October 3rd, 2010
7:53 pm

This was the worst team performance by a CPJ coached team. And the mental errors are on the coaching staff. This years edition is a game by game hope! Hope we don’t turn the ball over, hope we can complete a pass, hope we don’t fumble too many pitches, hope we don’t miss too many blocks and hope the Defense can actually make the other team punt the ball at least one time. Wake Forest is not a good team. Just ask Stanford. They put up 55 on WF. We barely could score. Folks we may and I mean may win 6 games. Murders Row will be 0-3. VT, Clemson and Miami will have their way unless this squad finds a way to stop the mistakes and learn how to over achieve. SATURDAY WAS UGLY!

GT 94

October 3rd, 2010
8:56 pm

JoeyGT, The defense played well? Hey joey, newsflash…WAKE PLAYED A 4TH STRING QB! We still gave up 20 and a terrible FSU defense shut them out! Our defense is not good man, as evidence of our 2-2 record coming in and we were lucky not to lose at UNC cause our defense was a joke then as well. I would hope we could possibly not allow 30 plus to a 4th string QB joey! If any time would have been left, i’m sure we would have managed to give up more points. Wake gave up 50 to DUKE! They gave up 68 to stanford! We had 85 yards on the ground on 35 carries at one point to WAKE FOREST!! Dropped passes, poor tackling, bad special teams, poor passing at times, fumbling, not making the correct reads…ect. You don’t want to say anything bad, ok then you don’t have to. You can live in your fantasy land that this type of play is acceptable from a team that won the ACC title last year with 15 starters back and lost to a kansas team whom was beaten by a DIV II team and by baylor 55-7! Giving up 45 to NC STATE at home? Penalty after penalty to further dig a hole for our team? Need i say more, we stink.

If this team only decides to play football when they trail in the 4th quarter, then clemson,VT and miami may have 50-0 leads on us at half each. Those teams are 10 times better than wake and kansas. A 6-7 loss season is very likely with this bunch of underachievers.

GT BABY

October 3rd, 2010
10:14 pm

GT BABY

October 3rd, 2010
10:18 pm

SOMEONE SHOOT ME IN THE HEAD, PLEASE! THANK GOD UGA SUCKS, BECAUSE WE ARE GOD AWFUL! WHERE THE HELL IS RODDY JONES? DID THEY FIGURE HE WAS THE ONLY A-BACK THAT COULD BLOCK? ORWIN NEEDS MORE TOUCHES. STEPHEN HILL…..WELL…..YOU SUCK AND I CANT BELIEVE I HYPED YOU UP TO ALL MY FRIENDS. AL GROH….ITS TIME FOR YOU TO GO BUDDY! CPJ…IDK WHAT THE F HAPPEN TO YOU, BUT YOUR TEAM AND PLAY CALLING ARE HORRIFIC! SYLVESTER, QUIT GETTING BURNT. REESE…YOU SUCK. BUTLER, YOURE OVERRATED. B. JEFFERSON, YOU SUCK TOO! THE WHOLE O LINE IS GARBAGE! NESBITT, YOUR OK WHEN CPJ CALLS SOME SHORT PASSING PLAYS

GT BABY

October 3rd, 2010
10:20 pm

CROSS IS PRETTY GOOD BUT PETERS SUCK. OH, AND I WONT EVEN GET STARTED ON LOGAN WALLS….DEAR GOD HES TERRIBLE. THE INSIDE OF OUR D GETS BLOWN UP ON EVERY PLAY! WE ALMOST LOST TO WAKE FORREST’S FOURTH STRING QB. I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT UGA IS GOING TO BEAT US. GT BETTER STEP IT THE FU*( UP!

ss

October 3rd, 2010
11:02 pm

9 yards of offense in the 3rd quarter last night?

The only funny thing during the game was David Pollack and the play by play guy calling the wake kickers name and using the newman seinfeild reference.

wesleywhatwhat

October 4th, 2010
12:53 am

more short passes across the middle, fewer long bombs to stephen hill…

Michael

October 4th, 2010
2:16 am

GT and UGA both stink this year. I don’t think either will finish with a winning record. GT schedule gets tougher later, so unless they win the next two, the chance for a winning season will be gone. UGA has about the same schedule strength left and the key game may be UK. They would need to win more than they lose and right now, not sure they can beat anyone left save for Vanderbilt (maybe UK and, gulp, my GT jackets).

As for GT, Stephen Hill has just acquired the handed down nickname of “Stonehands”. Yes, just like Unecessary Roughness, he too has bricks for hands. Nesbitt is made to look even worse than he is (he really is a 50% comp QB, but made to look worse by the WR and RBs). Losing Demaryrius Thomas is hurting more than I thought it would. I thought we had a Bebe clone in Hill, but only in height, not much else.

The blocking? What blocking? Man, an undersized Wake D was all over the field, stuffing the dive, the QB keep and the pitch and seeming to do it with just 3 or 4 defenders needed. Sigh.

The defense? Well, they got a mediocre offense to boost their confidence some in Wake, but the way VT is rebounding and the way Clemson ran it against Miami (and should have kept running it, idiots) and the Miami receiver that catches everything thrown to him, the defense is about to get lit up like nothing we have ever seen! (at least since the mighty Kansas offense tore us a new one…lol).

Tech is going to be darn fortunate to finish with a winning record. I don’t see it happening.

Oh, and even this GT fan has to chuckle about Baylor destroying Kansas this weekend, 55-7. Nutz.

Hopeful GT Fan

October 4th, 2010
4:04 am

If GT is able to finish 7-5 they must at least win one game against VT, Miami, or Clemson. Unless they play 100% better for a full 60 minutes than they
have played in any game so far, this will not happen.

Bottom line at this point is that we will be lucky to finish 6-6.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 4th, 2010
7:45 am

Yeah, it pains me to say this but i think we will lose to ugay this year. We are just so bad in all areas of the game as the guy above said. I don’t know what the hell we do all week to get ready for saturday? Do we practice? It damn well doesn’t appear that we do judging by saturday.

Nesbitt is worse than reggie ball throwing and i never thought i would see another GT QB who was worse than him! He did have his best passing game at wake, but it’s wake people and that’s not saying much. This team leaves little to be desired in regards to watching football on saturday. We suck plain and simple.

I’m scared to know how bad VT and miami beat the brakes off us next month. It will be brutal! Well maybe next year is all i can think to say….

GT78

October 4th, 2010
9:52 am

We could lose 4 of the last five.

GT78

October 4th, 2010
9:57 am

GT BABY PJ is kinda limited having just 5 plays you know.

GT78

October 4th, 2010
10:08 am

I know I am committing heresy here, but to me that TO is becoming a problem if not THE problem. It gets worse and worse. Everybody defenses it now. Even the small, weak teams.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

October 4th, 2010
11:06 am

GT78, we just don’t have the horses to win the race man! It really comes down to talent and scheme. I do believe CPJ is a solid coach. I’m inclined to say we have talent issues and just mental lapses out there on the field. Without any real passing threat, everyone just plays the run. We had bey bey last year and it’s clear without him and dwyer, this team is no where near as good.

You could tell our offensive lineman that they could have a lifetime supply of cheeseburgers if they could keep teams from dominating us up front and they would still fail.

GT78

October 4th, 2010
11:21 am

A coach I know also told me that teams are now using ways to hold the Tech O line up so they can’t get downfield to make the blocks that help GT outnumber the defense on the corners. Can’t run the TO if you can’t get off the D linemen.