Tech Loses Gutsy Effort Against Hokies

Live First Half Thoughts

The Jackets lead at the half 14-7 and make no mistake…the Hokies haven’t stopped us all night.

We’ve stopped ourselves!

The mental mistakes began on the fourth down during our third drive.  Only needed about 6 inches, which is pretty much a gimme, but we had an offensive tackle move early.  Rather than extend the drive and ownership of the football we end up having to punt.  Luckily the defense stepped up and got the ball back.

Then on the next series we have a penalty on second down that puts us off schedule again.  We end up punting.  This time special teams bails us out by forcing and recovering a fumble.

Then we get third and goal at the VT six yard line (following the fumble recovery) and we get cute and try to throw the ball.  It gets picked off and Nesbitt gets hurt trying to make the tackle.  I can understand “playing to win” but this was a situation where “playing to win” would have been keeping the ball on the ground on third down and kicking the field goal on fourth, if it was needed.  That would have made the score 17-7 and we’d be sitting on a two score lead.

A two score lead on the road against Tyrod Taylor is huge!  One big play wouldn’t have been enough to beat us if we’d kicked that field goal…

The Hokies will get possession to start the third quarter and the game will be decided by two factors…

  1. Can the Jackets defense continue to hold the line after playing a pretty good first half?
  2. Can Nesbitt return to lead the GT offense?  Its painfully obvious that the Hokies cannot stop our running game right now, but is this really the environment that you want for Tevin Washington’s first real test?

14 points will NOT win this game…we’ll need to put more on the board in the second half.

Our ACC repeat title hopes still hang in the balance…

Final Thoughts At The End

Well…if we don’t lose Nesbitt in this game we very likely beat the Hokies by two or three scores.

That’s not sour grapes.  That’s fact in my opinion.

The Hokies had no answer for Nesbitt and the offense moved at will when he was in the game.

And then even without Nesbitt on the field, the defense still played well enough to give us a chance while Tevin Washington got things sorted out.

You can hang this loss on a few coaching decisions, false starts, and a special teams gaffe:

  • Throwing the ball on the VT six yard line resulted in a INT and Nesbitt injury rather than a FG and a two score lead on the road.
  • Going for it on fourth down at midfield cost the Jackets valuable field position.  Why not trust your D, which is playing well at that point!
  • “Special” Teams gives up a 90 yard TD return after a great game tying drive was engineered by Washington.
  • Six or seven false starts consistently put our offense behind schedule and in long yardage situations.

In the end, this loss means our hopes of a repeat ACC title have ended and Nesbitt may be injured and out for more than just one half of football.

But on the bright side, the Jackets showed some real life and grit on defense and Tevin Washington throws a really nice, catchable ball.

Go Jackets!

100 comments Add your comment

jackette

November 4th, 2010
11:05 pm

well it wasn’t so bad, GT looked good until Nesbitt went down, Washington did better than I thought he would, nice effort, GT had the momentum and most likely would have won had Nesbitt played but that’s the way it goes…..hope Nesbitt would be back next week

joeygt

November 4th, 2010
11:19 pm

im so disappointed, bc we played better than va tech we outgained va tech, when nesbitt went down that killed us, although i was a little impressed with washington , he needs more reps, he seemed to hesitive out there til the end , wwwwwooooooowwwww i hope nesbitt is not too hurt, we need him badly to run our o if not its going to be tough last 3-4 games…

travgt02

November 4th, 2010
11:24 pm

Pathetic. I’m so tired of this crap. 3rd best recruiting state in the nation and both of the state big boys are also-rans. I can’t think of anywhere else in the nation that is so cursed in athletics.

Augusta Jacket

November 4th, 2010
11:25 pm

T. Washington looked great w/ all things considered…O-Line did good blocking but the false starts killed us (Will Jackson seems to be made of glass). Secondary looked 10X better…we have 1 defensive linemen and his named is I. Cross. I don’t like the passing on first down…it seems to put us behind the 8 ball.

NoShamSam

November 4th, 2010
11:31 pm

Looking forward to seeing how Washington progresses in the final 3 (4?) games. He definitely pass the ball much better than Nesbit…this will give us a more balanced attach.

Thomas Davis

November 4th, 2010
11:34 pm

Washington looks good…..he throws the ball better than Nesbitt and is quicker and slicker running the ball…..Nesbitt is an all-time warrior, though…..if he can find a position in the NFL he may have a career based on his strength and toughness…..

question

November 4th, 2010
11:34 pm

What was Sweeting thinking?

question

November 4th, 2010
11:36 pm

another question, when a D player pushes the intended receiver away from the ball and makes an interception, should that not be pass interference?

question

November 4th, 2010
11:38 pm

still another question, would PJ like to have that midfield 4th call back?

cdub

November 4th, 2010
11:39 pm

I think we played hard, just hard to win without nesbit. Right on with the made of glass comment. Jackson goes out of every game he plays in. Hill may be an athelete but he CAN’T catch for sh#t. I would not throw to him again. Orwin Smith is great. AA is running tough. Hope Nesbit is OK. Al Groh WILL have a good D when he gets his recruits. I hope Vad Lee sticks to his commit, we need him. Free useless evaluation.

lucky21

November 4th, 2010
11:49 pm

Al Groh knows what he is doing and I called this to all my buds before the game I said there was a very good chance we could win this game if we didn’t screw up on special teams.

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 4th, 2010
11:50 pm

Well, I have to agree with the authors game evaluation – including the poor coaching decisions. I will also have to say that the boys played considerably better than they have all season – even with the miscues. Washington will come on now that he’s had some game experience. That’s tough having to go in and play with basically no experience in front of that crowd at Lane Stadium. And speaking of the crowd, I almost ended being more upset with the camera crew showing a shot of the crowd after every play on the field – than I was about how we played. Just wondering – I have season tickets so I don’t get to watch the games televised in our stadium – but does the camera crew for ESPN show our supporters as much as they did the Hokies tonight? It was almost like an “in your face” deal – whether VT was making plays or not. I think Washington showed us he is a better passer than Nesbitt (even with both having interceptions in the end zone)- but Nesbitt is much better reading the defense and running the offense in general. I also think we found other receivers who will step up and catch the ball in a crowd – unlike Hill who dropped another one he should have caught. The author mentioned the 90 yard kick-off return but neglected to say that Blair kicked it only to the 10 yd. line – and had kicked it out of bounds earlier giving VT the ball on the 40. Poor!!

sduncan

November 4th, 2010
11:55 pm

I am very proud of my team. The team played like a great group of kids. That is what they are kids,we are the adults. Footballs is a game,and I die each time Tech loses. Paul Johnson lead this team into a game in which the team played like warriors. I wanted the game to end different,and I believe their no such thing as a mental victory. Yellow Jackets thank you for a great effort. I think your coach will lead us into the big picture next year. Please stay Mr. Johnson.

too late now, but

November 4th, 2010
11:55 pm

kicking it out of bounds would have been nice….

I did enjoy watching Bud C talking to himself much of the game.

Buzz ME

November 4th, 2010
11:57 pm

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Buzz ME

November 4th, 2010
11:57 pm

damn comcast. CPJ seemed to suggest Nesbitt done for year in his after game interview

BW

November 4th, 2010
11:59 pm

Chris

Regarding that INT…at a certain point all quarterbacks must learn to recognize when not to throw a pass and that was one instance. Unfortunately he got himself hurt in the process. All in all I liked the composure of Washington and thought the D did a bang up job for three quarters. Clearly once they get true depth they will be better. Did I read that Nesbitt is down for the season?? Ouch…well we’ll see what we’re made of….I actually like Washington’s passing skills…but don’t pass to Hill…he can’t catch a cold right now.

Buzz ME

November 5th, 2010
12:02 am

Agree BW Hill might be an athlete but he can’t catch a cold. Johnson needs to incorporate some short stuff to the backs with Washington now in charge, get Allen and Orwin outside more, let Orwin stat returning kick offs again, limit Blair to field goals and new one to all the special teams

BW

November 5th, 2010
12:07 am

Yeah Buzz…I’m wondering where are the slants? It was good enough to win the Wake Forest game…it will at least keep the D honest. Those A-backs haven’t been much better this year catching the ball especially Peeples. I don’t understand why they don’t spend a scholarship on a kicker because this dog ain’t gonna hurt.

Thwg

November 5th, 2010
12:46 am

Let’s just hope Hills injury is enough to keep him off the field this season. If the coaches aren’t smart enough to bench him, then perhaps this injury takes him out. Now we won’t waste any more passes to that pathetic receiver. Maybe he’ll transfer and we can use his scholarship on someone who can actually catch the ball?

Nesbitt for Heisman

November 5th, 2010
1:03 am

Sanford Drive

November 5th, 2010
1:09 am

Hey,

We talk a lot of Smack back and forth on these blogs. But I wanted to day, from a Dawg alum, get well soon Josh Nesbitt.

I was looking forward to a full stength matchup Between the Hedges, and NEVER wanted to hear the news of one of the GREAT State if Georgia’s FINEST going down.

Best of luck in the future, Joshua. You are a proven worthy competitor, and I think Tech should retire your #9.

Go Dawgs!!! No excuses come Thanksgiving guys!!!

Sanford Drive

November 5th, 2010
1:11 am

(phone typos)

get well soon Joshua!!!

bill wenzel

November 5th, 2010
1:13 am

The game has really passed Al Groh by. He and his offensive coordinator lost this game. They got lucky when they went for it on 4th down around midfield the first time, then he tries it again after his defense had made a great stop deep in VT territory. This was a fatal mistake which for all intensive purposes cost him the game.

This was just horrible coaching. I don’t even think it would have been justified with Nesbitt in the game.

Nesbitt for Heisman

November 5th, 2010
1:19 am

38% completion percentage. Truly an ACC great.

REAL

November 5th, 2010
1:59 am

Johnson has completely turned us into Annapolis South. We won’t have any bonafide Div 1’s by the time he is finished recruiting for his system. VT is terrible…more predictable than UGA. Crap…if they called motion on us every time our line jumps we would have negative yardage. That was crap.

FalconUGAFan

November 5th, 2010
4:02 am

From a Dawg fan….Sorry to hear about your QB guy..Always hate to hear about injuries…

FalconUGAFan

November 5th, 2010
4:04 am

typo…meant to say guys

Cuttysark

November 5th, 2010
4:19 am

Georgia Tech loses Joshua Nesbitt but fights hard to the end forcing the Hokies to make an interception in the end zone to win the game. Great effort by the Yellow Jackets and now it is up to Tevin Washington to lead us through the rest of the schedule. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Heal up Joshua and Go jackets!

Tevin for Heisman

November 5th, 2010
4:48 am

Nesbitt is the most overrated GT qb in recent memory. A slow, plodding runner, terrible passer, inconsistent on the pitch. He was exposed this year without Dwyer and Thomas to draw attention. Good riddance.

Rockdale Jacket

November 5th, 2010
5:05 am

Another game lost because CPJ`s offense is one dimensional: 346 yards rushing. 2 passes completed. 2 passes intercepted. Nice rushing stats for CPJ`s resume. GT will probably finish the season as the No. 1 rushing team in the country. Final stat: 6-6 record if we can manage to beat Duke. But….Duke beat Navy and the remains of CPJ`s TO offense he left for the Midshipmen to suffer with.

roy regals

November 5th, 2010
6:11 am

I am so sick. You can thank Scott Blair for this defeat. Kicking out of bounds, kicking short in the middle, when it was to be to the left.Look out her-a-canes. Good job blocking and running Roddy, you are a very good football player and unnoticed for all your efforts.

Scott V.

November 5th, 2010
6:24 am

Did anybody else realize that we got jobbed out of 25-30 seconds during our last drive? We threw an incompletion on first down (around midfield I think) and then had a false start. After the false start our team huddles up to set up a new play. By the time Tevin is about to snap the ball I realize the clock has been running. I’m not 100% solid on this rule, but if a offensive penalty follows an incomplete pass, I thought the clock should remained stopped. If this doesn’t happen we’re looking at 30-35 seconds left instead of 8 and maybe we don’t need to have Tevin immediately try to throw into the endzone.

I’m proud of our team but frustrated with our coaching. Special teams bites us in the butt again and when your backup quarterback hasn’t moved the ball yet, why risk a 4th and 2 at midfield. By the way, during the ensuing drive VT faced a 4th and 3, which they made. Had the ball been 30 yards downfield (had we punted) they would have punted and we would have maintened our lead. I think PJ thinks he has to always win with offense because he’s had to before. Our defense was playing a heck of a game though, and needn’t have been put in that position.

Tevin for Heisman

November 5th, 2010
6:24 am

This is just beginning… 6-6, and another embarrassing loss in the bowl game. Chan never lost more than 6 in a season!!! Where is the talent??

roy regals

November 5th, 2010
6:44 am

Tevin, Yo0u are sooo positive.You need to bet all you have that gt wins out. eight wins and a bowl winner. Thank goodness Chan is gone.Our wr needs to spend some time with Calvin Johnson, third down call on goal line was really stupid, and really costly

TDone

November 5th, 2010
6:46 am

If we make it on the fourth down play, we continue to drive the ball downfiled. It’s Coach Johnson’s offense, let him run it.

Mack Jones

November 5th, 2010
7:15 am

We could have won this one. What was Johnson thinking about on 4th down at midfield? Nesbitt is not a passer and that was evident tonight. He does run the offense well but I thought Washington did good after he settled down. As for the penalties we are lucky we didn’t get more motion calls on us. Really. Jones is our most unheralded player. Does great.

DirtDobber

November 5th, 2010
7:22 am

Poor coaching? “Well I woulda done …” [yea, right].
Hindsight is always 20/20 u boneheads.
Prefer the aggressive approach. Without risk there is no reward. GO PJ GO!

Washington looked better as the game went on. Get well Nesbitt.

Gold Helmets

November 5th, 2010
7:59 am

I’m proud of these Jackets. They never gave up. The blocking and tackling improved big time last night. Everyone in my family loves JN and hopes he gets well soon. Washington does not appear to be as strong as JN, but he looks a step faster and seems to be able to pass a little better. We’ll see next Saturday. Go Jackets.

Scrod

November 5th, 2010
7:59 am

Gutsy doesn’t make you bowl-eligible. Winning does. Where has the effort been all year? All we’ve had is a buch of critical miscues from a marginally-prepared team. That points back to coaching (preparation) and recruiting (let’s get some players who don’t get hurt every down or who run away from tackles).

HokiesRule

November 5th, 2010
8:04 am

How come when the Dawgs lose you Nerds say they choked,
but when the Bees lose, it was a “gutsy effort”?

Another L

November 5th, 2010
8:07 am

Hey CPJ, ever heard of a play called “punting”
on 4th down?

MoDawg

November 5th, 2010
8:10 am

I am a Dawg, but I hate to hear that Nesbitt is out for the regular season. I may not care for GT or most of their fans, but this kid is a warrior and has my 100% respect for the way he plays the game.

Buzzhater

November 5th, 2010
8:13 am

HokiesRule, it’s because most nerd herd fans are jealous little boys, with an inferiority complex. Get well soon straw man, uh Nesbitt I mean.

wreckbone

November 5th, 2010
8:15 am

Nesbitt a huge loss. But on the upside, Tevin can pass better. I too believe we would have won with Nesbitt at QB. The kick return was the killer. I think the defense did excellent. they were too tired at the end of the game due to the offense getting off the field so quickly and still only allowed 3 scores. Good to see Tevin really moe the ball on the last 2 drives. That was impressive.

All you Groh haters need to shut up. His adjustments were great and it will only get better. Sometimes the guys were there but couldn’t make the plays. Experience will fix that and remember all of his defense is not fully in yet. Just like johnson his first year. For you guys who are bashing Johnson and Groh you really suck. I would not have gone for it on that last 4th down. But you gotta admit, sure does make the game exciting when he goes for it so much.

Watching Tevin run the option, it shows how skilled Nesbitt was with it. He makes it look so smooth. We really could have used Shaw, but that’s OK. If you are upset when you are 190 wet and not playing QB in an option offense at FBS level, then you are sadly mistaken. hope that 4-4 season in Div II was worth leaving for. You could have saved the day on naitonal TV, but your little B&tch as$ had to leave. You chose poorly in my opinion. Allen ran ver well. One of these new QBs will have the grit Nesbitt had and an arm to go with it. Groh will have a really good defense and look out. That’s the year I’m waiting for. And to that Chan lover from before. Yeah we may go 6-6 but we went 10-2 and you’d never get that from Chan in my opinion. I love our scheme and we are really getting some pieces together. The first year, when Nesbitt went out with Fla State, we just held on for dear life. last night, we finally competed without Nesbitt in the fourth quarter. Next year will be better than I thought. 2-3 years from now, we should be a machine that will be very hard to stop.

Dadgum.....

November 5th, 2010
8:26 am

Well I predicted 35-17 VT. Give Al Groh a big A+ for his defensive schemes to give Tech a chance. Tough to see Nesbitt’s career come to an end. Luckily we only have a weakened Miami team and Puke left. Should be two wins and a 2nd place finish in the coastal division. That should put us in Charlotte for the MCC Bowl. Georgia game won’t matter for bowl selection.

Would you people please quit talking about going for it on 4th down last night at midfield. This is Johnson’s M.O. Did you think he was going to morph into Gailey all of a sudden? Also 3rd and 8 with VT stacking the box and you guys would call for a run to set up a field goal. That’s brilliant. Nothing wrong with the call. That was all on Nesbit. Rough outcome all around. An incompletion and you still have 3 points. Completion and you have a TD. The only thing that could have gone wrong did. Still the right call just wrong outcome.

Blaming Al Groh?

November 5th, 2010
8:42 am

I don’t understand all the complaining going on about Al Groh’s defense in last night’s game. They held Va Tech to 335 total yards and just 21 points (VT offense was averaging 37 ppg before last night) on the road…seems like the defense did a pretty solid job to me.

Dadgum.....

November 5th, 2010
8:45 am

For those that have never been to Lane Stadium let me clue you in. It is one of the top 5 football stadiums in the country including pro stadiums. The atmosphere can only be matched by LSU and nothing in the. ACC is even remotely close including Clemson and FSU. The noise level is deafening and the stadium is a perfect and I mean dead perfect venue. Total class. Great fans that respect the opponents. Gorgeous campus. Nothing not to like. Nobody has to get on the jumbotron at Lane urging the crowd to get it all the way turnt up. Y’all think about it. Out.

GT #1 Fan

November 5th, 2010
8:47 am

J. Nesbit will forever be remembered as a CHAMPION!

Lets send him out like he deserves. Time to win these games ahead, and give him his first Bowl Victory!!

gtbook

November 5th, 2010
8:58 am

I strongly agree with the fact that it would have been a easy game if we had not lost Nesbitt! I also agree with the face that CPJ made a real bad decision goin for it on 4th down…..I understand that this is what he does, but like anyone with eyes it was obvious that 13 was having issues with the mesh point and even having the courage to move his legs in a forward direction! He often looked scared to run! I saw several times when 9 or 7 would have made VT pay for focusing so much on 18 and the dive! We were playing great on D and making them drive a long field would have been alot harder based on how the D was playing! I for one have watched both back ups in spring and camp and I think 7 gives us a chance to do what we’ve been doing (RUN)!!!!!!!! Seems like 5 has butter fingers or issues with the sun or stadium lights…..we cant really count on him at wr anymore! I will give koudos to both lines, they seemed to do the pushing more then being the ones being pushed around! I dont know what to expect from here on out but im a Jacket for life!!!