Jackets Dominate Hoos, Win 33-21

In a game that wasn’t as close as the score, the Jackets delivered a 33-21 Homecoming victory over the Virginia Cavaliers.

Defense Steps Up Early, Carries the Offense

The defense played great in the first half and basically carried the water for the offense as the Jackets were able to move the ball at will, but not crack the end zone.

In that first half, the Jackets had drives that ended with a bad pitch, a fumble, a failed fourth down conversion, and an interception.  Up until the very end of the second quarter, when Nesbitt dove into the endzone to cap a 59 yard TD drive, the offense was shooting itself in the foot left and right.  They were moving the ball, teasing the Jackets fans in attendence, but had nothing to really show for it except for a couple of Scott Blair field goals.  It was beginning to feel like Wake Forest all over again.

But miraculously, through all of the offensive mistakes, the Yellow Jacket defense pitched three three-n-out series plus a fourth at the very end of the second quarter.  They also forced Virginia to use 10 plays to travel a mere 33 yards before the Hoos missed a 50 yard field goal.  If not for one busted play which allowed the Cavs to run 37 yards for a TD, they would have pitched a shutout in the first half.

Even including that one big play, the defense had only given up about 120 yards of total offense through the first two quarters of play.

And with Nesbitt’s late plunge into the endzone, the Jackets walked into the locker room with a 13-7 lead.

Offense Dominates Second Half, Defense Steady

The defense continued to play well on the first possession of the second half as they sacked UVA’s quarterback and forced a third and 16 on which Mario Butler forced a fumble and gained possession for the Jackets.

41 yards later Anthony Allen scored his first touchdown of the season, the Jackets led 20-7, and the offense appeared to be on track.

The Cavs managed to match Allens TD on their next drive with one big run and a pass interference call that put them deep into GT territory but 20-14 was as close as they came as the defense kept them out of the endzone until their very last desperation drive in trash time.

Offensive, during this time, the Jackets were gashing the Hoos defense and eating clock en route to a day on which Paul Johnson’s spread option put up 477 yards on the ground and ate 36 minutes of possession time.  And that was with Tevin Washington replacing Nesbitt on Tech’s last two drives…basically taking the snap and holding the ball without any real attempt to move anywhere offensively.

536 yards of offense…not a bad showing for a Homecoming crowd on a day that was perfect for college football.

Game Balls to Allen and Egbuniwe

Kudos need to go out to two players who have taken some heat this season.

On offense, Allen carried the ball 25 times for 195 yards and three TDs.  Noone has really called for Allen to be replaced at b-back but he hasn’t really had that big break out game until this weekend.  And after two season of being spoiled by Jonathan Dwyer, Tech fans were waiting for it.

Its possible that the passing game that Tech showed last week in the fourth quarter against Wake Forest forced UVA to respect the possibility that Nesbitt would throw the ball.  That might have softened the Cav defense a bit for the running game.   Its also possible that the Jackets finally started blocking better…

On defense, Egbuniwe really stepped up and had a big game.  I’ve been vocally critical of #41 this season but he played great against UVA with five solo tackles and two assists to lead the team.  He added a sack and a tackle for a loss to those numbers and was definitely the defensive player of the game for the Jackets.  I’ll gladly eat crow and give Egbuniwe credit for playing a great game.

Local Radio Continues to…Stink…

This is the section of the blog where I rant a bit about the local radio and TV “media” outlets.

As usual, the official GT programming was excellent.   Wes Durham and the ISP guys do a great job.

Unfortunately they have to hand the signal off to 790 and their UGA sycophant “Young Guns”.  I’m not sure where they found these guys, but its obvious that they worship at the altar of all things red and black.  Its so hard to listen to, that I find myself wishing David Pollack and Mike Bell were running the show.  Bell is at least good for a laugh and Pollack at least has a real UGA pedigree such that you expect him to be pro-UGA.

Luckily, the game ended late enough in the evening that I began to lose 790’s “signal” about the time I hit I-285.  And by the time I was merging onto GA400 North, it was more static than Young Gun drivel.

So I clicked over to 680 the Dawg to see if anyone was talking college football on a Saturday evening and what do I hear?  I hear someone talking about NHL Hockey.

That’s right…on a Saturday night in the biggest college football city in the nation, 680 is broadcasting hockey.

At that point I just laughed and turned it over to one of the FM pop stations.  I’ll listen to Katie Perry or Lady Gaga before I’ll listen to hockey on the radio…

And WSBTV (ABC/ESPN)… you’re on my list too!

I didn’t post this blog last night because I was watching the FSU vs Miami game.

Not only is my wife a rabid Nole fan, but that game had an impact on Tech’s chances at returning to the ACC title game.  (And I like to scout our upcoming opponents as well…)

The Noles are leading 31-17 (that’s just two scores) with somewhere around seven minutes left in the game when suddenly the feed switches over to Stanford vs Southern Cal.  My wife is irate and I can’t blame her.

Here’s a newsflash to ABC/ESPN…we don’t care about some football game out on the left coast.

And we especially don’t care when one of the teams isn’t even ranked and the result has absolutely NO national implications.

It might have been admissible to cut away from the ACC game just long enough to show us Stanford’s field goal attempt, but its not admissible to show us two minutes of garbage time leading up to the kick followed by highlights and scores from around the country…all while FSU and Miami are still playing!

This is twice that FSU games that are in progress have been switched to feeds from other parts of the country.  Its unacceptable…

Go Jackets!


33 comments Add your comment

dawgfan

October 10th, 2010
11:07 am

Lady Gaga is a big Tech fan from what I hear.

Biff Pocoroba

October 10th, 2010
11:15 am

Lady Gaga like to wear coats made out of meat so she definitely isn’t a fan of a team with a dog mascot.

BobinBuford

October 10th, 2010
11:45 am

Chris:

Your opinions of 790 are spot on. Does anyone think that the UGA homers on WSB spend that much time on their aftergame show on Tech?

It’s time for 790 to live up their responsibilities of being the flagship station of GT sports. Mention the UGA score, but just because they bear a 2nd rate Tennessee team does not merit all that coverage. Let’s get Ryan Stewart on there after the game and hear from a Tech alumnus.

Next up on 790: Why UGA’s 2 and 4 record is better than GT’s 4 and 2.

BobinBuford

October 10th, 2010
11:45 am

ramblinman

October 10th, 2010
11:49 am

WHY DO WE FUMBLE THE BALL SO DANG MUCH???

wreckmaniac

October 10th, 2010
12:15 pm

Chris: Thanks for your comments on the deplorable radio coverage. I too was trying to dial into something relevant as we left the stadium, heard the final few minutes of the 790 broadcast from Wes Durham, switched to 680 to hear a hockey ?? conversation ( did not realize that 680 is based in Toronto)and then went to 750 where there was a political discussion. Hello. No local media covering college football.
When I get back to Greeville SC and tune into 104.9 I will get updated on every major college team endlessly beginning Monday am. Other cities have relevant coverage.

wreckmaniac

October 10th, 2010
12:19 pm

I’m sure we will hear all next week about how the SEC east is up for grabs and UGA is as good as any team in the division (other than SC) and that UGA should be national champs and playing in a BCS bowl this season. I wish someone could teach me how to convert chicken___t into chicken salad.

wreckmaniac

October 10th, 2010
12:20 pm

Here we are in the home of TBS and cannot communicate

dawgfan

October 10th, 2010
1:51 pm

“I wish someone could teach me how to convert chicken___t into chicken salad.”

Its called ACC football. You are very familiar with it. How’s that OOC record looking?

ESPN is terrible

October 10th, 2010
2:04 pm

Not sure why ESPN does this, but I’ve noticed too they cut out of ACC games a lot and show worthless stuff like the SEC standings during the Tech-Wake Forest game last week. WTF was that about???? Why would Tech or Wake Forest fans care about the SEC standings toward the end of a close game THEY ARE PLAYING RIGHT NOW???? And don’t even get me started on David Pollack as the announcer of that game…..you could tell he made a point to make digs at Tech and CPJ any chance he could. What a douche! And ESPN is just a terrible network. This sport is becoming an ugly monster.

Hayseed Dixie

October 10th, 2010
2:17 pm

@Chris Boggs: “pitched a shutout.” Got baseball on your mind? Many of us do.

I agree, the “Young Guns” are imbeciles.

We’re still pretty lucky in Atlanta radio, though, by virtue of Wes Durham. One of the best football play-by-play guys I’ve ever heard. Just solid, with enough hyperbole to make it exciting.

I think Leo Mazzone and Chris Rude should do all Atlanta sports post-game radio- I’d personally buy Leo a handle of whiskey for every show. Those two are flat out funny.

Hayseed Dixie

October 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

dawgfan: please, STFU. your team is beyond pathetic this year. i mean, really. you guys couldn’t win the Sun Belt Conference this year.

and I don’t know why you mutts start going “SEC, SEC, SEC” when you suck, because every. single. other. fanbase. in. the. SEC. hates. your. f-ing. guts.

Every single one.

Brock

October 10th, 2010
2:39 pm

dawgfan is nothing more than a troll who spends hours upon hours on another teams blog and spews mindless, no substance comments that makes him feel like he has accomplished something. I say again, the most pathetic fan in the history of college football. Now, go cry in your pillow little girl.

Burdell

October 10th, 2010
3:20 pm

dawgfan

October 10th, 2010
3:21 pm

We only chanting “SEC!!!” when we’re wiping the floor of Grant Field (aka Mark Richt Stadium) with the butts of the ACC Chumps, like we did last year.

If you don’t like the SEC chants it would help to beat a 6-5 SEC team when you are ACC Champs. I thought you clowns were smart, or is that just more internet tough talk?

LOL @ Tech fans. Like shooting fish in a damn barrell I tell ya.

Brock

October 10th, 2010
3:33 pm

livin in the past cause you can’t accept the present. what a fool.

Jacket Backer

October 10th, 2010
3:38 pm

I stopped listening to 790 a long time ago. I think the last straw was when I tuned in to hear the morning idiots broadcasting live from Vince Dooly’s house! It’s a joke. That is suppossed to be the flagship station of the Jackets?? Its Regular Guys in the morning and then off to satellite radio.

dawgfan = loser

October 10th, 2010
3:46 pm

My name is dawfan, i post on the Internets in my Mom’s basement. I attended school at Chattahoochee Tech to learn how to clean toilets, but I am a huge Georgia fan because I am a redneck. (I saw a boobie one time).

Reality

October 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

The local media stinks. I just do not understand why these stations (TV, radio) and even the ajc gives such little respect to GA Tech and to the ACC.

They all hire ugag people to cover Tech sports – now, how does that make sense at all?

If a new news media started in Atlanta and covered the sports properly, they would most certainly thrive. I don’t know of any Tech fan that likes any of the current media outlets.

savjacket

October 10th, 2010
5:06 pm

I guess UGA won a game finally. All the idiots like Dawgfan are running their mouths again. Oh, and Dawgfan, don’t use the word “we” when you speak of UGA because I am pretty sure you never saw the UGA campus.

Ramblin Man

October 10th, 2010
6:34 pm

I like how dawgfan stayed hidden until UGA finally beat soembody. You are the very definiton of bandwagon fan. What a loser.

Tokyo jacket

October 10th, 2010
7:35 pm

dawgfan, we will beat a mediocre 5 and 6 SEC team in November. Will the idiotic chants stop then? Or will it be “you just got lucky with your high school offense” (again)? My guess is that if you are still telling us how good UGA is with respect to GT and you’re staring at 2-4, us winning will not affect your idiocy. Why let the facts interrupt your fantasy!?!?!

BUT, I do think COFH will be a tough game this year. It won’t be because it’s in Sanford stadium. It won’t be because UGA is really any good. It will be because UGA is going to lose to UF (like always) and Auburn. So, even if they do beat Kentucky, they’re going to be 5-6 and playing for bowl eligibility. Personally, I would love to have GT be the team that beats their 13-year streak.

Tokyo jacket

October 10th, 2010
7:38 pm

Oh, and BTW, I like the way the Tech D is progressing. They remind me a lot of our offense in 2008 – learning and getting better every game with some painful mistakes along the way. Just like the spread option, with time, our D will be good. We don’t even need great, just good will pave the way to championships.

BigAl

October 10th, 2010
8:44 pm

If you want to know why the SEC is always hyped up on ESPN, it is very simple. ESPN owns most of the television rights of SEC football. Out of all the conferences, ESPN spends most of its money on the SEC. Of course ESPN is going to hype up something they have most of their investments in. Us Tech grads may not be economics majors, but, duh, if I invested in, say, Chevy, I’d tell you Ford sux.

But in reality, is it just me or is the SEC really hyped up this year? I’m no fool, I think the SEC is the best conference, but not by very much. I tend to use my own logic to make my descision rather than someone else’s feelings (such as Dawgfan does). I say, in order, it is SEC, Big12, ACC, Big 10, PAC10, then the others. Also, why is the PAC10 ALWAYS overhyped? To me, go by the raw # of players going into the NFL.

Coach

October 10th, 2010
9:00 pm

ESPN is calling all of the shots in college football these days. They consistently influence the rankings and promote the teams they’re carrying and schedule those with the largest fan base. I understand that it is business, but we are slowing having it taken away from the fans. And their coverage is really not that good. Am I the only one who had rather see the formation before the snap than a closeup of the quarterback?

And yes, we are so blessed to have Wes Durham and his pregame folks. Flip over to the pregame on the Bulldog network and listen to the trash talking …not from fans but from the announcers! Very unprofessional.

Also, I love the ISP Network’s countdown (on both Tech and UGA) to “toe meets leather.” Big Al is smiling!

BigAl

October 10th, 2010
9:29 pm

No such thing as professional in today’s so called journalism. They just stir it up to get more ratings. Sad to say, but I think most people enjoy the trash talking crap, instead of logic and facts. I am only 33, but I am old school and I can’t stand listening to lips smacking trash talk. Sometimes, I just mute the games and watch them over music. I can really focus on the play calling and what works and what doesn’t work. I don’t need some emotional, disrespectful, unimaginative, idiot talking over my back. The first few minutes of the game is the only informative info they give.

GT-UT

October 10th, 2010
10:04 pm

Good blog, Chris. Spot on about talk radio. I am also pleasantly surprised that you will eat crow when it’s appropriate. The D is improving and congrats Jackets on a good win.

Wreckmaniac

October 10th, 2010
11:20 pm

Richt has already given up on the rest of the season and is practicing for Tech every day now. Bobo is instructed to run the option on all practice plays. Richt knows he has the job for life as long as he beats Tech and recruits a top 10 class. The top 10 classes have won nothing but at UGA its a status thing. Like the UGA coeds with three teeth and a pack of Camels.

Cuttysark

October 11th, 2010
4:12 am

Given our history when we play UVA, the win Saturday was impressive considering the amount of fumbles we lost and still put up close to 500 yards rushing for the game. With the “U” losing to FSU, we are still in control of our own fate this season, and hopefully we are now starting to play some football. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

mwh6767

October 11th, 2010
6:57 am

Good win saturday. The team seemed to play with more emotion which is a good thing. Offense seems to be close to clicking on all cylinders. Clean up the fumbles and keep focusing on blocking the edge and it will be there. Still think tech is going to have to commit to throwing the ball about 15 times a game. The big boys (va. tech, miami) are going to stack the line against the option and tech needs to throw a little to loosen them up. Defense is still a work in progress but if they can keep reducing the big plays like they did in this game I will be happy. Seems like tech is getting a little better with each game and that is a very good thing. As to the radio coverage, I listen to the pregame stuff , the game and the locker room show with Durham and thats it. The rest is just UGA homers running their mouth. Seems thats all UGA homers are good for. Beat a bottom barrell team coming off a heartbreaking loss and all of the sudden they are back in the national title hunt. What a joke! Durham and Eli Gold are prob. the two best annoucers in college football today IMO.

Wes is good...

October 11th, 2010
10:04 am

…but he ain’t squat compared to his daddy, Woody, the Voice of the Tar Heels….

dagnabit

October 12th, 2010
4:06 am

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Burdell

October 12th, 2010
1:02 pm

Considering our lone conference loss was to an Atlantic Division opponent we control our own destiny regardless of what other teams in the Coastal do.

But that Clemson, VT, Miami stretch is a tough one to come out unscathed.