A Week Off Before the Hokies

Its a little ironic that I wrote a blog about Clemson memories and then spent the better part of this past week trying to forget the Clemson game.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a great trip.  The Clemson fans were awesome and the tailgating was top notch as well.  Its one of the best ACC road trips around.

Actually, everything was perfect except for the horrific play of our football team…and horrific might be a polite term for what we witnessed.

When the Jackets weren’t running into kickers, blocking guys in the back, hitting guys out of bounds, and watching punts bounce at the one yard line on special teams they were dropping passes in the endzone, whiffing on blocks against the Clemson defensive line, or chasing Andre Ellington around the field as he ran for over 150 yards.

It was easily the worst Yellow Jackets special teams exhibition of the past several seasons.

And now we go on the road to face Virginia Tech…a team known for special teams.

And also a team that has placed a target on our back after we upset them last season.

Make no mistake, after all of their whining and crying and gnashing of teeth last year regarding “illegal blocks”, the Hokies want to beat us.  They want to beat us really bad.  They want to embarrass us the way we did Cam Chancellor.

So how do we stop that from happening?

Its got to start at the top…with Coach Johnson, who may be the real wild card on Thursday night.

Coach Johnson likely hasn’t forgotten Coach Beamer’s whine-n-cheese tantrum and how he went running to the league officials to complain about his players being blocked.  Johnson has had a week to put together an offensive game plan and revisit the events from last season.

So how does Georgia Tech beat the Hokies?

First, we have to control the ball and eat clock like we did last season.  That means we need to be getting at least 2-3 yards on first down so that we are on track towards third and short instead of third and long.  Last season we ran for 300+ yards, converted 8 of 15 third down conversions, and held the ball for over 38 minutes.

If we are losing yards or getting penalties or dropping pitches early in a possession, we’re doomed.

Secondly, we have to put a spy on Tyrod Taylor and take our chances on someone else beating us.  Taylor is not only the Hokies’ leading passer but also their leading rusher.

Like Nesbitt is for Georgia Tech, Taylor is the key to the Hokies’ success.  Make someone else beat you.

And lastly, we have to play like we have a clue on special teams.  We have to kick and cover and win the battle of field position.  We cannot allow a blocked kick or a big return.  If we get a chance to pin them deep, we must capitalize.  And we cannot give them extra yards through stupid penalties and mental mistakes.

If we lose the special teams and field position battle with Virginia Tech, things will snowball quickly and we’ll get embarrassed.

With a little luck and solid execution we can gain a game on Virginia Tech and then sit back this weekend while an ailing Miami team faces Maryland and North Carolina travels to Florida State…games which could knock the Canes and Heels out of the Coastal race.

Granted, Virginia Tech would still need to lose another game…but at least we wouldn’t be looking over our shoulder anymore.  We’d be able to look ahead with the knowledge that the Miami and Duke games could put us back in the ACC title game.

Go Jackets!

Beat the Hokies!

17 comments Add your comment

To HELL with ga

November 3rd, 2010
10:43 pm

I don’t know what climpsun fans you were hanging out with at the game, but they treated the band like pure crap. The worst part was when they threw hush puppies at us from the other side of the road while we were warming up before entering the stadium. LOL

And its Kam* not Cam

Let’s go Tech!

Imran

November 3rd, 2010
11:20 pm

“With a little luck and solid execution we can gain a game on Virginia Tech.” Why stop at that. Why not dream bigger. If the top 25 teams in the poll lose the rest of their games and be charged with NCAA violations, the yellow jackets can be in a position to play for and win the national title this year.

Unfortunately this is a very badly written article. This year the officials will be on the look out for dirty play and that will nullify any advantage the jackets may have. Virginia Tech wins big: 45-7

Go Virginia Tech Hokies.

GTee Time

November 3rd, 2010
11:24 pm

Dude…… the first poster in the comment section, for an article that hasd NOTHING to do with Georgia, has a handle name having to do with Georgia.

Can we drop our obsession, and focus on the GEORGIA TECH game tomorrow night. I am starting to get a little embarrassed seeing all my fellow Tech fans constantly screaming “To Hell with Georgia”….. it’s sad and pathetic.

Brian

November 3rd, 2010
11:25 pm

Wahhhhh. Poor holkies. Still whining. Losers.

GTee Time

November 3rd, 2010
11:29 pm

If we lose this game, it’s seriously time to evaluate if we want to run this style of offense or not.

I personally liked it at first, but when you see how vulnerable we can be if things don’t go PERFECT…. I now think it’s a bad idea at this level. It may have worked against the weak opponents Ga Southern and Navy play, but not the ACC, even in a down year.

And I don’t know what to say once Nesbitt and Allen are gone next year……

PAUL JOHNSON MUST GO!!!!

Nathan Deal

November 3rd, 2010
11:34 pm

QUESTION OF THE NIGHT…..

What will Josh Nesbitt do with his Georgia Tech degree??? Will he:

A) Play in the NFL (LOL)
B) Become a World renowned Engineer (LOL)
C) Become a Math Professor (LOL)
D) Go back to Greene County, GA and teach High School P.E. and coach JV Football (More than likely)

If you chose the ONLY logical answer, D, just remember…. It’s stories like this that you make fun of UGA grads for doing. But when your “boy” does it, you will consider it “making a difference in the community and healping mold young people into fine young adults”

Hypocrites.

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH!!!!!!

ManUp...

November 4th, 2010
12:26 am

GTee Time is a Dawg. Walks like one. Talks like one.

No Tech fan thinks saying “To Hell With Georgia” is stupid. If you were a Tech fan/student/alumnus/have EVER been to Tech for anything at all EVER you would know that phrase (which is in our fight song and on the Ramblin Reck along with “Give Em Hell Tech”) is like saying Go Jackets! It’s like War Eagle or Roll Tide or Gig ‘Em or Hook ‘Em or Guns Up or Gator Bait or any other college catchphrase. We aren’t obsessed, just using our battle cry. We all say it without really THINKING about Georgia…who gives half a rat about them this year anyway? We’ll worry about them later this month when it’s relevant. For now we’re Hokie Haters. And guess what we’ll all be singing at the game after a touchdown in Blacksburg and everywhere else we play: “…And if I had a son, sir, I’ll tell ya what he’d do, he would yell TO HELL WITH GEORGIA like his daddy used to do!” ….And then comes the best part – about a barrel of rum and drinking my whiskey clear becuase screw yall I’m from Tech so deal with it (paraphrase)!

Go Jackets and What IS the Good Word?!

ManUp...

November 4th, 2010
12:43 am

Hey Nathan Deal, which Tech fan on this blog said anything about Nesbitt’s degree or about your players’ degrees? I mean, if you’d like to bring academics into a football blog then feel free. Nesbitt is majoring in Management. Does your quarterback major in Business? If not then it can’t really be compared “one to one.” Also, they’re not really the same educational program. Tech’s degree is focused on Operations Management of technological businesses (it does have finance and marketing too, these days) while Terry College offers some longer-standing traditional business degrees. I wouldn’t venture to compare the two in an average student much less a football player. I think a lot of non-athlete students don’t even look at both…it’s probably one or the other. But if one were insistent on putting Nesbitt’s degree (he has not earned it yet) next to that of a Bulldog player majoring in something similar at UGA, then you’d have to see that US News ranks Tech’s Management program (undergrad and graduate levels) ahead of the comparable Business degrees at UGA’s Terry College. Rankings-wise it is second only to Emory’s Goizuetta (sp?) Business School in this state. I’m bringing up US News’ ranking only becuase it’s the one that is most widely used around the country, so that’s what highschoolers see and know first. But seriously, they kind of aren’t comparable in my opinion due to their difference in focus.

I think most football players do what you’re talking about and just do what they love – sports. And fine. Let them. What would be so wrong with a university having a football major that taught a comprehensive mastery of the business behind the game? I bet the first in line for that one would be recruiting better in no time. I honestly wish Tech would get a Sports Technology program with a business or teaching option as an udergraduate degree. I see nothing wrong with it.

Sorry if this hasn’t addressed your point.

The Truth

November 4th, 2010
1:13 am

8 responses in 24 hours. Pretty good for a gtu blog!

To HELL with ga

November 4th, 2010
4:55 am

“GTee Time”-You sir, are an idiot and obviously know nothing about Tech traditions. I would be embarrassed if a guy like you went to my school.

“ManUp”-Took the words right out of my mouth. Cheers.

ss

November 4th, 2010
6:55 am

The clemson fans up there in death valley were really polite and it was a lot of fun going there to see the game, but its time to move on from the team that beat them selves with the stupid mistakes in clemson the last ball game. They kinda looked like the UGA defense with the stupid roughing the kicker flag early in the game which they proceeded to score on after that play haha.

We have to slow down their running game tonight, but i will be surprised if that happens.

To hell with ga,

You complain about funny stuff. The sad thing i did see up in clemson was two tech kids get escorted out since they couldnt stand up from drinking too much before the game. Thats a lot worse than a bunch of clemson fans doing something i really dont believe.

Man up,

Tech fans/student base/alumni is obsessed with UGA, and it will never change. You are right about the college catchphrases though, thats the only thing i agreed with.

Cuttysark

November 4th, 2010
10:50 am

The weather has been wet all week in Blacksburgh and should continue raining tonight. The field will be sloppy as the Hokies have a grass field as opposed to synthetic turf. The Yellow Jackets need to catch the football and eliminate the dropped pitches this game to be successful. The Hokies are very good at taking advantage of mistakes made by opposing teams. Just ask NC State. Not to mention all of the complaining by Beamer after last year’s win by Paul Johnson so the officials will be watching the blocking very carefully all night. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Jimbo

November 4th, 2010
11:06 am

@ ManUp most of your points are correct, but the focus of the Management program at Tech isn’t on IT or Operations (though we’re ranked very highly in the OPS discipline). It might’ve been that way through the early 90’s, but converted to more of a traditional business program since then. You can still specialize in things like Ops or IT, but you don’t have to.

For the record, I’ve personally criticized the UGA football degrees on the Tech blogs… but only in response to the idiots trying to belittle Tech’s Management degree. I highly recommend that the (sad) UGA posters to our blogs focus on things like the dominance of UGA athletic programs, rather than try to compare academics (not your strength).

T3

November 4th, 2010
11:32 am

Boggs, Well written.

The KEY for GT on offense will be 1st down yardage.

The KEY for GT on defense will be ZERO rushing yds for T.Taylor.

If A.Allen rushes for 100+ yds, odds strongly favor a GT win.

T3

November 4th, 2010
11:34 am

I expect to see Al Groh to use LOTS of pre-snap
defensive shifts to confuse T.Taylor.

Systemic

November 4th, 2010
12:16 pm

Taylor running and throwing scares me. For the Jackets to win I think the offense must play near perfectly and there can be no special teams gaffs. The Hokies are a really hot team and if it weren’t for them letting BSU beat them twice they would be hovering around the top ten. But facing a worthy opponent is what it’s all about!

Go Jackets! Beat the Hokies!

Paul Johnson

November 4th, 2010
12:58 pm

Yep. Expecting another hard fought battle tonight. Hopefully my superb, light-years-ahead-of-its-time high school offense will really fool them Hokie boys. Here’s to wishing our bend but hopefully not shattering defense can hold up.