Tech Rambles Past Raiders 42-14

Apologies for the late blog…spent the weekend down in Tampa with family…only my second missed home game in about a decade but well worth it.

The Good

  • The Jackets are working off a three game win streak now…Clemson would make four.
  • 42 points, 415 yards of offense (340 on the ground), and nearly 33 minutes of possession by the GT offense.
  • Nesbitt looked good on most of his throws against the Blue Raiders and his backups played the entire fourth quarter.
  • The GT defense continues to improve, allowing just 316 yards of total offense and 14 points (including a late TD against backups).
  • The GT defense snagged four interceptions and two fumbles!
  • The Jackets defense held MTSU to 4 of 13 on third down conversions.
  • Poole punted only five times…placing four of them inside the opponent’s 20 yard line.
  • Blair appeared to be booming his kickoffs…with three touchbacks on six kicks.

The Bad

  • Penalties (5 for 45 yards) and fumbles (3 dropped and two lost) stalled the Tech offense at times, especially in the first half.
  • Multiple dropped passes on what appeared to be good passes by Nesbitt cost the offense at least two more scores.
  • Uneven officiating and some questionable calls on pass interference…both offensively and defensively.
  • The Jackets defense allowed MTSU to get 22 first downs and over 100 yards on the ground.

The Ugly

  • ESPN360 listed this game as an “Exclusive” but failed to provide audio during the broadcast.
  • When I tried to access an audio feed on I had no success.

General Thoughts

Overall, its hard to complain about a 42-14 home victory…especially when you win the first half, dominate the third quarter convincingly, and then play your backups for the majority of the fourth quarter.

The Jackets running game was working well enough that only a Jackets penalty or fumble stopped Nesbitt from moving the team at will and the passing game was very close to breaking out, stopped only by a handful of drops and a questionable offensive pass interference call.   It seemed obvious that Paul Johnson wanted to air things out a bit and give our upcoming conference rivals something to think about.

Defensively we still seem to be progressing.  We played aggressively and were able to apply quarterback pressure and force turnovers.  Julian Burnett looks like the answer at one inside linebacker spot and Jerrard Tarrant continues to make plays at his safety position.  I’m curious to see how we perform this coming weekend against Clemson.  While Dasher might arguably be more dangerous than Parker right now, the Tigers have a better supporting cast amongst their skill players.

Buckle Up!

The next three games could be a bumpy ride.  As Doug Roberson reports, things now begin in earnest with ACC title game implications hanging on each result.

I’ve got tickets for this weekend’s Clemson game and plan to make the drive up.  A 3:30pm EST kickoff is ideal for GT fans who want to drive up early, get in a little tailgating before the game, and still be able to make it home before it gets so late that you’re nodding off at the wheel.

Clemson is one of my favorite road trips…close enough to drive, great tailgating, quality fans, and a rivalry that always figures to be a tight contest.  I strongly suggest any GT fans who are on the fence about making the trip grab tickets and head up there.  This game is huge.

Go Jackets!

Beat Clemson!

35 comments Add your comment

Hunter Suspence

October 19th, 2010
12:00 am

First…thank goodness for AJC FB feed.

Hunter Suspence

October 19th, 2010
12:01 am

oh, and GO JACKETS!


October 19th, 2010
3:03 am

At some point the receivers will hold onto the football for some long gains and touchdowns to make this triple option offense even more productive. Clemson is a good road challenge for the improving Yellow Jackets at this point, and we will see if they have learned to play from the opening kickoff as opposed to waiting until the second half of a game to get things going so far this season. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to Go Jackets!


October 19th, 2010
6:43 am

I don’t believe ISP allows 790 to do internet streaming audio of the games on

Don’t know what ESPN’s problem was on ESPN3…but one sure solution is to have your butt in the stands for home games at least. That way you’re not dependent upon either ESPN or our “flagship” station.

Look for CPJ to be Clemson's next head coach...

October 19th, 2010
6:48 am

…per Doug Roberson, yesterday CPJ called out the GT fans and we were too stupid to know it; wrote Doug:

“Johnson said he doesn’t have a favorite road stadium, but noted that Clemson should be fun because, “they seem to fill their stadium up no matter who they play.” Tech only fills theirs up when we play UGA…

If Dabo doesn’t get the job done next year I see them making a change – Clemson still has to pay T. Bowdon for one more year, then they will have to buy out Dabo (they gave him a $1mil raise this year, to $1.8mil), and I don’t believe CPJ has a buyout clause in his contract. Clemson is closer to his NC roots, and would thus be a logical “final stop” for his coaching career…

King of Sandy Springs

October 19th, 2010
8:52 am

@ Look for CPJ to be Clemson’s next head coach…
He’s already coached at a school like Clemons, had some good years at Georgia Southern.


October 19th, 2010
9:07 am

Look for: I’m not foolish enough to think that with continued success that GT would be CPJ’s ‘final stop”. I believe if he leaves he leaves for a big time program(A fairly large SEC school, A Penn St. type big 10 school or Nebraska.) I really thought that if Bo Pelini hadn’t turned Nebraska around like he had the last couple of years that would have been CPJ’s home. He would be beloved there. Truth is and this just in’t the Tech PR machine talking , he really does love his situation at tech and being in the state of Ga. again. He has lots of connections in the stat from his time at southern and he answers to no one at tech. The program is his and not even D-Rad second guesses him. The Ad and board at Clemson is very hands on with the football team. CPJ has already turned down Auburn so I think tech is safe right now.


October 19th, 2010
9:40 am

Look for- are you going to post this on every blog? Please let me know in advance so I can skip over the BS.


October 19th, 2010
11:11 am

It’s time to call a spade a spade. We suck. Johnson has been living off Gailey’s recruits with nothing to show from his own in his now third season. His offense is putrid and the laughing stock of the ACC. And don’t even get me started on the defense.


October 19th, 2010
11:39 am

Nice try, “Techalum.”

The offense has been better this year than it was last year so far.

As for the defense, it is taking time to switch to a 3-4, and when your defense was already bad and you lost your 2 best players, it takes even longer to get good. But you know that from watching your Bulldogs under Grantham this year, don’t you?


October 19th, 2010
12:11 pm

No ACC coach has won more conference games or even overall games since CPJ took over at Tech.

Choke on that one “Techalum”…


October 19th, 2010
2:25 pm

Dawg fans are trying everything today, huh?

OMG yer Coach is teh LEAVES!!!1

I personally think the circumstances surrounding the hiring of Al Groh specifically point to a staff that is dead set on building (slowly as that may have to be) a national program in Georgia Tech. I think they’re looking to be the guys that turn Tech into a consistent challenger for the ACC and more. If there’s an MNC run then maybe you can look for CPJ to leave, but you can also bet DRad and then Alumni would make it really easy to stay and go for more, too.

The Groh thing tips me off because the man was gonna retire. He also turned down Belicek to come do the college thing one more time, because defense is what he loves. Look at the (relatively) entry-level paycheck! He aint doin’ it for the money!


October 19th, 2010
3:21 pm

See, the fact you traitors have to compare CPJ to the rest of this pathetic conference’s past two years of shame shows how little you know about college football. The ACC has been absolutely putrid. We have the fewest BCS bowl game wins out of any conference in the nation that is eligible. Look at how we did last year. We won the conference by default but couldn’t even defeat a sorry UGA team at home that was playing without their best player. Johnson has found “success” with Gailey’s players. Where are Johnson’s boys? Oh that’s right, they either transfer or just flat out quit. Stop drinking the koolaid and educate yourselves on what is really happening. We are about to go 1-4 for our remaining 5 games. What will be your excuses for this??


October 19th, 2010
3:45 pm

@ Techalum,

It’s refreshing to read a fan that actually gets it and isn’t blindly shaking the pompom’s like a tard. The Johnson hire was a massive failure. And like you sort of stated, the fact he managed to win the conference in possibly the worst year in ACC history only solidifies this loser as our coach for at least a few more seasons. It’s clear he cannot win big games outside of the conference. The only one I can think of was UGA two years ago and that was thanks to their defense refusing to wrap up and the refs giving us some major breaks. Even then we still only escaped by 3 points.

fan of Tech football

October 19th, 2010
4:19 pm

Some of these bloggers could not pass the dog breath test. But it is fairly easy to distinguish a yellow jacket from a bulldog.

Tech is my team

October 19th, 2010
4:30 pm

It is true that we suck and our coach is the most overrated in college football, but I still love them and wish them the best. THWG!!!!

Jerrard Tarrant

October 19th, 2010
4:31 pm



October 20th, 2010
10:11 am

If Johnson isn’t gone by the end of the season I’m canceling all future contributions. I love Tech through thick and thin, but it’s growing tiresome watching them deliberately shooting themselves in the foot with a fad coach that has proven he cannot win when the competition is anywhere near the same level as his team.


October 20th, 2010
12:13 pm

You got to give it to the Muttlanders who choose to come on this blog to spout their bovine skullduggery.

As Bob Schieffer said to David Axelrod, “Is that the best you can do?”


October 20th, 2010
12:34 pm

Locker– If your contributions to the Athletic Association are as meaningless as your contributions to this blog then I think DRAD and the rest of us real contributors will be just fine with you…dawgbreath.


October 20th, 2010
1:11 pm

tech is nothing without hewitt johnson and the times of ole shall ride again! UGA takes the SEC east, trumps auburn in atlanta, and embarrasses the yellow at the end of a triumverate season.


October 20th, 2010
2:03 pm

He is an absolute joke and was a disaster of a hire. His offense cannot compete at a consistent level in the ACC, and especially not with our of conference BCS competition. We were supposed to be averaging 40+ points a game with this “dominate” offense. Where is it? Why were we better with Gailey’s recruits and not with Johnson’s? Open your eyes and stop supporting hype and potential and start looking at the reality on the field.

Dr. Lou

October 20th, 2010
2:28 pm

I didn’t know that the Oakland Raiders were on Tech’s schedule this year.


October 20th, 2010
2:30 pm

If Jamarcus Russell didn’t get involved in that Purple Drank the Raiders would have won!


October 20th, 2010
5:28 pm

Locker you are a tool! Grow up and learn football. I bet you never played a down in your life. If you did you would understand that I dont get 5 star recuits so I am already fighting an uphill battle with the teams such as: Alabama, Auburn, UGA, Clemson, The U, FSU and UNC. Do you see the trend? My scheme works year in and year out. Won more games than Gailey and I had his players. What do you think about that?


October 20th, 2010
9:08 pm

UGABugkiller, that’d be the biggest indictment of your vaunted SEC. On the positive side, at least we’d be spared all the nonsense about how tough that bunch of girls scout troops that conference really is.


October 21st, 2010
7:45 am

A good bit of these comments are overreacting big time. I bet some of you only buy tickets every other year when uga, clemson, and the turkeys come in. Live in the past all you want, but the ACC will never be a strong football conference. You guys watch a big east football game before? Thats worse than ours.

5-2 after 7 games is not bad. Sure this team has struggled to win games, but thats why you play the game.

Live in the past all you want, but you guys complain about stupid stuff.


October 21st, 2010
10:44 am

Don’t be an idiot. Have I “played” football? Sure. Have you? Probably not. 5 star recruits? Who cares. UGA has only had like eight 5-star recruits the past 10 years!! You are doing nothing more than making excuses because you know that gimmicky offense of yours has been exposed. I thought you were supposed to be the biggest and brightest thing since sliced bread and you could make your offense work anywhere and against anyone? Looks like you are nothing more than a sham.

@ Dan

October 21st, 2010
10:47 am

The fact that UGA has as many BCS wins as the entire ACC COMBINED is all the indictments one would need to solve that little riddle. The SEC has 8 times the number of BCS wins as the ACC. The ACC has had the worst bowl showings out of any conference in the country. Hook any ACC fan up to a lie-detector machine and they would all confess that they believe the ACC should be stripped of their automatic BCS bowl bid.

Thanks for the laugh.


October 21st, 2010
1:30 pm

Hey Dan, @ Dan just ripped you a new one!!! Ouch!!!!


October 21st, 2010
4:38 pm

Wow! Raiders.


October 21st, 2010
5:17 pm

These SEC homers will have a hard time if Oregon and the sooners run the table. Someone will get screwed over by the computers and it might be a big bad sec team.

The Truth

October 22nd, 2010
12:55 am

Clemson 44, GTU 3


October 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

@ ss,

The “big, bad SEC” has what you call clout. Something GT and the ACC will never experience. Oregon might have sealed the deal last night by beating a team that destroyed media darling Texas, whom in turn defeated another media darling Nebraska. But they still have USC, Arizona and Oregon St.. Oklahoma I believe can and should be leap frogged by a one loss SEC team even if they go undefeated. What cracks me up is that the majority in the national sports media resent and are just as jealous of the SEC as you are, but the SEC is so great that even they can’t undermined them.


October 22nd, 2010
3:17 pm

So in short SS, you need to pull for the SEC East team in the SECCG if you don’t want the BIG BAD SEC to haunt your dreams by winning yet another national title.