Butler & Hill Step Up In Win

The Game

The Jackets started the game against Duke with a comedy of errors…

  • On the first GT drive, a 35 yard TD run is called back on a questionable blocking penalty.
  • After a field goal, Duke muffs the kickoff but Tech isn’t able to recover the ball…giving the Blue Devils possession on the 20 rather than putting GT points on the board.
  • On the second GT drive, the Jackets drive all the way to the Duke 15 before fumbling the ball away in the redzone.

End result?  The Jackets put three points on the board in the first quarter rather than the 21 that could have easily been posted.

The second quarter was more of the same…

  • A 16 yard punt gives GT the ball on the Duke 43 but the Jackets get only a field goal.
  • Duke drives about 60 yards, only to be stopped by a fumble around the GT 22.
  • The Jackets false start on fourth and one (something that has become a trend) and stall a drive.
  • Duke drives 53 yards, the replay ref chokes on his remote control, and the Blue Devils are gifted with a TD that should have been a GT touchback.
  • The Jackets miss on an ill advised fourth down attempt at midfield and Duke goes 55 yards in less than a minute to hit another field goal and go up 13-6.

The Jackets go into the locker room on Senior Day, against Duke, with a 13-6 deficit and I’m thinking to myself that it might have been the most uninspired GT effort I’ve seen in the better part of a decade.

Tech looked horrible!  There’s no other way to say it.

The third quarter started off much the same as Tech drove into Duke territory, stalled, and settled for a field goal to make it 13-9.

Duke took the ball and drove 60 yards on the following possession and then things turned when Mario Butler made two huge plays back to back…

First he shot through on a sweep play to cause a six yard loss and then he stepped in front of a Blue Devil receiver on about the 15 yard line, snagged an interception, and raced 85 yards the other direction for a TD and a 16-13 lead for the Jackets.

The Jackets finally started showing signs of life as the defense got off the field in four plays and the offense started leaning on Anthony Allen, who carried the ball five times in a 74 yard drive that led to a Tevin Washington TD and a 23-13 lead for Tech.

Jacket fans were feeling much better after a 17 point third quarter and probably felt like things were finally under control…but then Duke capped off a 74 yard drive with a 37 yard TD pass from former GT commitment Sean Renfree.

It was 23-20 and White and Gold nerves were getting frayed again.

And then…miraculously…three incredible things happened…

  • The Tech defense got a huge stop on third and one at their own 16 yard line.
  • Duke missed a 34 yard field goal that would have pulled Devils within one score.
  • And Stephen Hill went up and made a physical play over a Duke defender to snag a ball and run into the endzone for a 79 yard touchdown.

The score was 30-20 and the Jackets were able to close the game out en route to becoming bowl eligible for the 14th straight season.

What It Means…

It means that Tech doesn’t have to win in Athens this next weekend in order to become bowl eligible.

It means that the Jackets have extended their streak of .500 or better conference records.

It means that the Jackets have a chance to get to 7-5 (avoiding a slide below Gailey’s worst record) while also sending UGA home for the holidays.

Bowl Eligibility is ALWAYS a “Good Thing”!

Its never (ever!) a bad thing to be bowl eligible.

There is no such thing as a bad bowl.

Why?

  1. Bowl teams get extra practice time…something which Tech really (really!) needs.
  2. Its a reward for the seniors and a chance to get on TV one more time during the height of recruiting season.

Clean Old Fashioned Hate?

Yup…its hate week.  More on that later…

Right now all I can think is that this GT team has yet to play a complete effort.

And without a complete effort…beating UGA in Athens is a tall task.

Just one closing question…

What’s the Good Word?

- by Chris Boggs, Ramblin’ On Blog

36 comments Add your comment

Hwy 316 East

November 21st, 2010
11:49 pm

To Hell With Georgia Tech!!!!!!!!!!

Nostradamus

November 21st, 2010
11:51 pm

In the year 2010, and most of 2011, the Dawgs of Athens will post “(((((44-17)))))” on many a blog.

Dawg House

November 21st, 2010
11:53 pm

Welcome to Hate Week indeed!!

Where Dawg fans talk football, and Tech fans(sic) talk academics and math comparison.

THWGT!!!

Justin Houston

November 21st, 2010
11:54 pm

Who is your 3rd string QB?? Because he is going to have to play by the 2nd quarter. Tell him to be ready.

Caleb King and Washaun Ealey

November 21st, 2010
11:56 pm

We will make last year look like a warmup!! We cannot wait to see your defensive line get manhandled by our offensive line…… Again!!!!

AJ Green

November 21st, 2010
11:58 pm

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!

And you though UGA scored at will last year, without me…….

Harold

November 22nd, 2010
12:00 am

I thought UGA already plated the maximum 2 non-FBS schools this year??…….

inbred morons

November 22nd, 2010
12:12 am

the sad thing if inbred university had 99 arrest on here, these bumpkin heads would still be beating their chest about how great their school is, no shame that they went from a preranked number one power house two years ago to the butt of jokes all over this country now..couldn’t even beat Miss St but pointed the finger at GT who did last year. 5 stars gave you big time wins over Idaho of the poor and sisters of the Lafayette..athletic director arrested and fired for drunk driving, hit and run players, but who cares, guarantee CMR doesn;t as long as you give him that 7 figure pay check for this performance and fiasco soap opera on and off the field….simple minded vast sea of nothingness you turned that place into in just two years, congrats

TechMan

November 22nd, 2010
12:17 am

Nothing but dawg comments on a GT blog. Obsess much? Obsession indicates envy.

Harold

November 22nd, 2010
12:17 am

As long as we give Rucht that paycheck he will easily give us wins over Yech.

8-1, fixin’ to be 9-1

ManUp...

November 22nd, 2010
1:16 am

Wow the air’s a little thin here. Not a lotta brains so far on this blog. Lots of drool and ice chips though.

The Good Word, Mr. Boggs, is as follows:

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!

Should you ask the followup question, “How ’bout them dawgs?” I would answer thusly:

PISS ON ‘EM

Why? Because I’m a Ramblin Gamblin Helluva Engineer!

Cuttysark

November 22nd, 2010
2:10 am

Georgia Tech has struggled all season long with mistakes and penalties that have seriously impacted this team. With Joshua Nesbitt out for the rest of the season, and maybe a bowl game too, it would appear that UGA should win this game easily. However, one thing is certain about rivlary games; nothing is certain! We will find out next Saturday in Athens if both Georgia teams get to go bowling this season. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Looking forward to another great chapter of clean old fashioned hate. Go Jackets!

GTracy

November 22nd, 2010
2:48 am

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!

How ’bout them dogs?

PISS ON ‘EM!

On paper UGAg should beat us but that’s why they play the game on the field. Rivalries are crazy! Anything can and does happen! No need for the puppies to be overconfident because nothing is guaranteed. It’s going to be a dirty fight on Saturday. Too bad our best player won’t be behind center so if UGAg does win, they won’t have beaten our best.

GO JACKETS!

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:25 am

Stephen Hill finally got the monkey off his back and made a Demaryius-Thomas-esque play.

We know what you’re capable of, Stephen. Show the world on Saturday on national TV!

As always, GO JACKETS!

Bring Back Chan

November 22nd, 2010
8:56 am

Get used to yearly dogfights with Duke as long as CPJ is here. They largely whipped us Saturday when they weren’t throwing Pick-6s or missing chip shot FGs. Very fortunate to win this game.

The way Duke scorched our D with their running game, I shudder to think what UGA will do. This same Duke team managed a whopping 4 yards rushing vs Boston College.

Burdell

November 22nd, 2010
11:34 am

BBC

Scorched for 105 yds with the longest being 20? It’s also the same Duke team that scored more points and gave up less against Miami than we did.

GT Iggy

November 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

We are so freakin embarrassing

Bring Back Chan

November 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

109 rushing yards on 25 attempts. A 4.4 ypc average, which is the 2nd highest all season in ACC play for Duke(powerhouse UVA allowed more). The ACC is not a stout defensive football conference. The simple fact is we should never be outgained by DUKE in a football game, as we were Saturday.

But we’re #1 in rushing offense!!! Woo hoo!

#119 in passing offense. #61 in scoring offense. We would have lost to Duke if not for a lucky pick-six and a missed chip shot field goal. Duke looked like the superior team most of the day.

We’re #24 in time of possession though! We rule! The #1 team in the country? They are #108 in time of possession. The #2 team? #84. Kind of an overrated stat maybe?

The most hilarious moment Saturday was when we ran that old PJ “draw them offsides” play on 4th down and both our A-backs moved at the same time, sending *us* back five yards. It’s year three folks. PJ is busy blaming Chan for not leaving him with good recruits, all the while accepting every bit of credit for the success accomplished by the best recruiting class in GT history. Meanwhile, in year three, his team still doesn’t exhibit any of the “nastiness” or discipline he claims is demanded of his players.

No playmakers, No excitement. Half-empty stadium. A tiresome, repetitive, antiquated offense. No toughness, no leadership, mistakes galore. Competing with Duke and Sun Belt schools for athletes.

This is Paul Johnson Football.

I do not want CG back

November 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Simple Techster

November 22nd, 2010
4:59 pm

Hey, bring back Chan….
CPJ was COMPLIMENTING his players on Saturday, and placing the blame on his coaching staff. BC has one of the top 10 rushing defenses in the country. Duke put up 307 yards in the air. After trying to run 17 times in the first half and netting a big fat 0, they took to the air. BTW, Duke almost won that game. With Cutcliffe at the helm, Duke is no longer going to be the pushover they have been since Spurrier left.

CPJ is the best coach we have had since Bobby Ross. Offense purely based on perfect execution, which we are lacking, and injuries has a lot to do with that. Tiresome? I love watching it. Repetitive? If Duke is going to keep putting their linebackers to block the edges, you run it up the middle. Over and over and over if that is what it takes. We have a chance to beat UGA on Saturday. We have qualified for a bowl, which gives us LOADS of extra practices to fix the error and mental mistakes. Competing with Duke and Sun Belt schools for athletes? Seriously? You have ABSOLUTELY no idea what you are talking about? How about the 10 recruits CPJ signed last year rated 75 and above? Dwyer was a 81. Burnett and Morgan were 79’s. Tarrent too. Nesbitt was a 77. Bebe Thomas was a 73. He had 17 recruits the previous year ranked higher than 74. You have got to be the biggest IDIOT in the great state of Georgia, and seriously need to come to terms that you are not a GT fan.

Nate

November 22nd, 2010
5:10 pm

@ GT Iggy

We suck because we got conned into hiring a hackjob artist of a coach that duped our moronic AD into thinking his goofy high school offense would work consistently against the big boys.

Simple Techster

November 22nd, 2010
5:11 pm

Duke was lucky we didnt hang 21 on them in the 1st quarter. Every team in the ACC is going to have to get used to having a dogfight with Duke. That has to do with coaching, and CDC is from the SEC. Even Nick Saban complimented Duke after thrashing them.

Glass half full or glass half empty dude, pick one. CPJ is redshirting the majority of his recruits. He didnt even have the full compliment of scholarship players available his first year, remember? Everyone in the ACC hates playing us now, most teams ADMIT when they are preparing for us their offensive scout team doesnt even use a football because they cant simulate what we do full speed, and at the same time they are having to prepare for a 3-4 defense. We have the 2008 and 2009 ACC coach of the year, and the 08 NCAA coach of the year. He has the respect of coaches all across the country. I dont care if he does border on arrogance, he believes that if his offense is executed perfectly, then it will work against any defense. And you know what? I believe him. He will take this offseason, not to mention the extra practices before the bowl and spring practice as well, and make the necessary changes from top to bottom. And i will bet my immortal soul and Georgia Tech will win a National Championship before UGA does. And that, sir, is the simple truth.

Simple Techster

November 22nd, 2010
5:14 pm

That goofy high school offense, Nate, runs for more yards per game than any other Division I school in the USA.

Simple Techster

November 22nd, 2010
5:17 pm

More than Auburn, Nebraska, Oregon, TCU, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Last time i looked, four of those teams are #1 and #2 and #3 and #7 in the BCS standings.

Simple Techster

November 22nd, 2010
5:21 pm

CPJ has technically had TWO recruiting classes. He has a new defensive coordinator with a completely new defense. He is still bringing in his players, and Groh will be doing the same. Can you people not have just a tiny bit of faith and believe that the execution and intensity problems will get worked out this offseason, that we still have the opportunity to deny Georgia bowl eligibility, play in a bowl, no matter how “crappy” it is, and prepare to have a monstrous season next year?

Simple Techster

November 22nd, 2010
5:24 pm

Simple Techster

November 22nd, 2010
5:26 pm

There is the link to all of GT’s past and present recruiting classes, from 2006 on up. Go look for yourself. Then come back and tell me CPJ cant recruit, or that Gailey could do something CPJ couldn’t. You’re not going to be able to. Facts don’t lie.

How bout them BEES!!!

November 22nd, 2010
8:29 pm

Nostradamus , That should be Nostradumbass. Use you misspelled your handle.

TTTH

November 22nd, 2010
11:25 pm

To Hell With Georgia! Cesspool of the South!

“Toe Meets Leather” t-shirts – Christmas-priced at $15!

http://www.stinGTees.com

Bring Back Chan

November 23rd, 2010
4:31 am

Simple Techster is in massive denial. As Paul Johnson likes to say so often… this team is what it is– 6-5 in PJ’s 3rd year with no apparent stars or playmakers emerging, and an extremely disappointing recruiting class following the ACC Championship season. No discipline, no toughness, no excitement. Struggling against horrible teams like Kansas, Duke, Wake Forest. Things are not looking up for this program.

I was one of the few Tech fans who saw this team for what it was before the season– a mediocre 5 loss team, but most of the kool-aid slurping Tech fans were predicting 10+ wins, all by the magic pixie dust Paul Johnson would sprinkle upon his Sunbelt-caliber “diamonds in the rough.” Now these same folks who have been wrong all along are busy making every excuse in the book to deflect the blame from their precious CPJ, and to label the people who’ve had it right all along “fake GT fans.”

I’m telling you right now. This is Paul Johnson football. Subpar talent, 6-7 win seasons, crappy bowls, He caught lightning in a bottle with Chan’s recruits. After 3 recruiting classes, it’s become apparent that PJ isn’t the great evaluator of talent that everyone professed he would be. Where are the playmakers? Is this kid Snoddy that Tech just stole from 1-AA schools going to be that missing link that leads GT to a national title? LMAO.

Nate

November 23rd, 2010
11:49 am

Wonder why you failed to mention where that offense ranks in passing yardages and wins. Hmm…….

Too Easy

November 23rd, 2010
3:48 pm

Looking at the schedules of all the schools Simple Techster mentioned – compared to gtu’s schedule – it’s not surprising that gtu gains more rushing yards.

hello

November 23rd, 2010
5:10 pm

“Georgia Tech has struggled all season long with mistakes and penalties that have seriously impacted this team.”

Insert “UGA” for “Georgia Tech” and the statement is still true…both teams have looked horrible at times this year. I mean even Colorado beat UGA this year…just saying.

hello

November 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Simple techster is right….GT is recruiting almost the same level of talent as it did under Chan Gailey. Sounds like Bring Back Chan has been listening to his UGA buddies a little too much….calm down….GT has plenty of talented players who are very very young. UGA has had 4 top 10 recruiting classes in a row…and they are at best going to finish with the same regular season record as GT(6-6)….think about that. Would you really rather be a UGA fan? Do you think maybe rivals and scout are a bit overrated? Make your own conclusions….but this argument clearly has two ways of looking at it. Try being an optimist once in a while.

Tim Manion

November 24th, 2010
1:49 pm

I am currently living in Ohio and was in Atlanta to visit Georgia Tech and my 1985 All-American Bowl teammates this past weekend against Duke. I had a great weekend reliving memories and seeing great friends. On Sunday morning, I picked up the AJC at my hotel to read about the game, etc. and realized that not many things have changed since I played in the mid-80’s at Tech. Furman Bisher is gone, but the obvious bias towards the Bullpuppies is still alive and well. I guess there’s just one thing I would say to that, “Oh if I had a son, sir, I’d tell you what he’d do. He would yell, “TO HELL WITH GEORGIA” like his daddy used to do. Go Jackets!!

gt4ever

November 26th, 2010
10:44 am

Bring back chan,,,, is absoulutely RIGHT! I still wouldn’t bring back Chan, but we have a MAJOR problem, and we gave that problem a RAISE…… What were we thinking….