Jackets Fumble Ball & Game Away

I’ve given myself 24 hours to chew on this one…a personal rule that I apply after tough losses.

Fault?

Can’t lay this one on Scott Blair and the missed PAT.

Blair didn’t choose to go for it on 4th and two on the UGA 19 yard line.  We have to kick the FG there, take the points, and kicked off to UGA again.

Blair didn’t fumble the ball on the UGA five yard line after the defense stopped UGA three and out and GT got the ball at midfield.  Score should have been 10-0 at that point…but it wasn’t…it was still 0-0.

Blair didn’t fumble the ball on the UGA 13 yard line after special teams forced a turnover and gave the offense the ball on the UGA 34.  It was 21-21 at that point and GT squandered the chance to make it at least 24-21 while taking the lead.

Blair didn’t pitch the most costly fumble to an a-back that was about to get plastered.  UGA picked that one up and returned it 18 yards for a TD and the ultimate margin of victory.

Sure…Blair missed a routine PAT attempt after Tech valiantly fought through all the other errors and managed to push UGA to the wall.

But this was a team loss…offense putting the ball on the ground, defense giving up big plays on the ground and the air, and special teams missing the opportunity to tie things up.

Richt Knows He Escaped With This One

With the exception of Johnson’s decision to go for it early on the UGA 19, I thought he flat out schooled the UGA coaches in most phases of the game.

He made Grantham look foolish by running up 512 yards of offense (92 plays, 32 first downs, 411 rushing yards, and 7 of 12 on third down conversions).  And he did it all with his second string quarterback…

He made Richt look foolish late in the game when he told the GT defense to let UGA score.  I’d already told my wife that UGA could just kneel the ball a few times and run out the clock.  We had no way to stop it.  But Richt decided to run a play without telling his offense to stay in bounds and keep the clock running no matter what.  When Ealy rumbled into the endzone I was astonished…UGA had just done the ONLY thing possible to keep GT in the game.

And lets not forget Richt’s decision to go for it on 4th and 1 at the GT 23…up by a point, why not kick the FG and make the lead four rather than a single point.  He basically gave the Jackets the ball back, close enough to win with a FG, with 2:53 on the clock.  Tech stalled on offense but that decision smelled distinctly similar to a decision Jim Donnan once made…

Make no mistake…the Jackets were a better coached football team overall.  Paul Johnson did more with his resources than Mark Richt did.

Johnson’s Scheme Vindicated

This game should put to bed all the talk of Johnson relying on Gailey’s recruits to win and the fact that Tech will slide into oblivion once Joshua Nesbitt leaves.  Tevin Washington is one of Johnson’s recruits and he ran the offense extremely well under very tough circumstances.  He never faltered, despite the fumbles and bad breaks, and he brought the Jackets back from deficits twice.

Tech fans are excited about the upcoming 2011 QB competition as Washington will be pushed by a handful of athletic Paul Johnson QB recruits.

All Bowls Are Good

There is no such thing as a bad bowl.  They all provide a reward for the players, a chance for the fans to watch more football, and extra practices for the development of young players.

This is especially true in Tech’s case.

Washington will benefit from the extra work and with a little luck, we’ll see Nesbitt get some snaps if he’s healthy in late December.

Go Jackets!

102 comments Add your comment

ugahydro

November 28th, 2010
10:36 pm

We lost (again)…but our coach is smarter. We lost (again)…but did more with less. We lost(again)…but (fill in the caveat). Georgia Institute of Technology: National Moral Victory Champions!

ty webb

November 28th, 2010
11:04 pm

“This game should put to bed all the talk of Johnson relying on Gailey’s recruits to win…”

Um…excuse me “Tech Man”(oxymoron if I ever saw one), but Tech lost. Therefore it proved only that Johnson can lose with both his recruits and Gailey’s. You’re welcome.

The Blair Miss Project

November 28th, 2010
11:24 pm

<——- WIDE LEFT <——-

I thought Richt totally "schooled" Johnson on how to score more points than the opponent. AGAIN!!!

(((((42-34))))) All. Year. Long.

The Blair Miss Project

November 28th, 2010
11:27 pm

Georgia Tech- The “We weren’t beat as bad as we should have been” National Champions.

Congrats guys. Put this one on the shelf with your bogus 1990 NC

The Blair Miss Project

November 28th, 2010
11:28 pm

You think Johnson will have rings made for his seniors fir this game?

Dasher

November 28th, 2010
11:30 pm

Come punch me in the face Paul Johnson!!!!

((42-34)) hahahahahahaha!!!

Enjoy your fish fry in Shreveport!!!!

BIG ED

November 28th, 2010
11:30 pm

I can never get upset with my team when they give their all, even if they lose a ball game. But the simple fact still remains, no matter what the game score is, Georgia Tech fans and players are always winners and UGA fans and players are losers. The same holds true in life.

GTFan

November 28th, 2010
11:32 pm

Chris – Fault should read: DEFENSE. Period.

Tuck Fech

November 28th, 2010
11:34 pm

Paul Johnson a “genius”??????

Is that because he abandoned the run (just like in 2009) with over 2 mins and a timeout left, down by a single point? UGA had NO timeouts. The way you were running the ball down our throats, you were guaranteed to at least get in field goal range.

Let us not forget you Nerds have lost 4 of your past 5, only beating Duke.

Genius??? I thought you Nerds were smarter than this.

Oh….. One more thing….. (((((42-34))))) HAHAHAHA!!!!

GO JACKETS

November 28th, 2010
11:38 pm

I agree with you Chris about the FG on 4th and 2 on the first drive, why not the FG and put some points on the board to give Tevin and the offense some encouragment. Other than that, I liked the way CPJ coached the game.

The big concern now is going to be the grad school admissions office. I understand there are several redshirt juniors set to graduate. How many are going to get the opportunity to continue on? That would be a good story to look into.

Honestly, GT will always be an engineering school but could use more curiculum both undergrad and graduate programs to have a better opportunity in recruiting

Karma

November 28th, 2010
11:38 pm

So, remember all the Shreveport jokes you guys threw at UGA the past year??

Oh…. This trash talk has only begun. Wait til you sign the contract to play there in the next few days.

42-34, 9-1, 61-39-5

Dingleberry Pie

November 28th, 2010
11:47 pm

Only Georgia Tech can lose to their biggest rival, and still try and spin it like they are the better team.

Your fans are a joke!!

Not a single Tech coach or player was optimistic in postgame interviews. They were sad. They were hurt. They admitted defeat.

But leave it to you geeky fans. It was the “best Paul Johnson game EVER!!”

(((((42-34)))))

Go Dawgs

November 28th, 2010
11:57 pm

How come everyone is talking about how much The Dawgs couldn’t stop Tech’s offense but if you look at the numbers UGA averaged 8.7 per play. So who’s offense was better? It’s all a moot point because both offense made the other teams defense look foolish. The problem is that Tech made more mistakes than UGA did. Coaching takes place more than just on game day. A good coach can not only coach it up on game day but teach the players to strip the ball on defense then protect the ball on offense.

So what are the conclusions? Oh yeah 9-1.

We Hit and Run This State

November 29th, 2010
12:05 am

Tomorrow’s headline: “classless ugag fans troll Tech blog, sun rises.”

Seriously, does it ever end?

Here’s some math for you ugag fans – we have 4 national titles, yall have 2. 4 > 2. Understand?

THWG

dobearsbare

November 29th, 2010
12:11 am

This game was pretty close to being the 2008 game in reverse. And the way Tech lost was the way UGA’s been losing the last two years. Law of averages was bound to kick in at some point. You’re right not to blame Blair. GT leaving points on the field on three possessions inside the UGA 25 is why they lost. Back to 2008 … Tech fans didn’t want to hear that Georgia suffered a self-inflicted loss. This year, Georgia fans know the Dogs got away with one. Doesn’t mean we won’t take the win, though. Ugly win’s better than a pretty loss.

The Blair Miss Project

November 29th, 2010
12:17 am

Tech Fan: “We rushed for more yards than you! Snort!

UGA Fan: “We scored more points than you”

Which is better Nerds???

The Blair Miss Project

November 29th, 2010
12:36 am

UGA beat themselves against Florida this year, and Florida has owned UGA the way UGA has owned Tech over the last 10 years.

But you don’t hear Dawg fans trying to convince the world they should have won that game. But fir the next year, you Nerds will show your true whiney colors and try to convince everyone, and yourselves, that you are better than a team that beat you head to head.

(((((42-34))))) I’m glad it hurts so bad!!!!

THWG

November 29th, 2010
1:00 am

UGAg fans are such aholes. We outhustled them and outcoached them. We moved the ball with our second string freshman QB. We played with more heart and guts. The ball just bounced their way on a few plays like it seems to do a lot in this rivalry. I’m so freakin proud to be a Jacket. So much better than an obnoxious mutt who is a sore winner and loser. UGA may have won on the scoreboard but we giftwrapped them the win. Gracious are they? NEVER! And they talk like they don’t whine and make excuses every single time they lose especially to UF! Give me a break. They are one of the most hated fan bases for a reason. What a bunch of thugs! 11 arrests, AD caught with panties in his mouth, and a coach giving the choke sign to opposing teams! Hahaha what class UGA and all their fans represent. They are the real losers!

Rockdale Jacket

November 29th, 2010
4:35 am

One can analyze, rationalize any game any way they would like to do so. However, no matter what anyone says, the
result does not change. A win is a win and a loss is a loss. A one point loss hurts as much as a 40 point loss. Six losses by GT and UGA means both teams had medicore at best regular seasons no matter which schedule may have been softer or tougher. All fans of both teams should get over it and look forward (?) to whatever they may get as a bowl game.
Frankly, I think bowl invitations should be limited to teams with a wining record. Fill the smaller bowls with
teams from any division as long as they have above .500 records.

What game were you watching?

November 29th, 2010
7:38 am

UGA averaged 8.8 yards per offensive play. Tech averaged 5.5 yards per offensive play. It takes UGA fewer plays to put up points because they can actually throw and catch the football. It looks to me that CPJ might have to actually recruit someone to play QB who has the ability to do both things required of a college QB nowadays. At least he’s more of a man than O’Leary or Gailey – both of those guys would have had no problem blaming the loss on the kicker!!!

What game were you watching?

November 29th, 2010
7:40 am

One more thing – our QB is a freshman too!

TechSux

November 29th, 2010
7:55 am

Hey THWG, Excuses are for LOSERS, which is what
Tech is for the 9th time in 10 years!!!!!!!!!!!

ss

November 29th, 2010
7:59 am

The one thing thats obvious after watching that game sat night,

Both teams suck. We lost, its a game, quite frankly i dont really care anymore.

WideLeft

November 29th, 2010
8:00 am

Outcoached? Outhustled? Blah Blah Blah!
You forgot to mention who was OUTSCORED!
That would be you losers.
Why don’t you cry me a river, Ms. THWG

d. pollack

November 29th, 2010
8:04 am

its ok, uga still blows and their fans are trash. and their coach has aids.

TDone

November 29th, 2010
8:50 am

I am firmly convinced after watching the Tech-Georgia series since 1965 is that Muttland has made a pact with the devil. That can explain the only way Muttland has the advantage in this series. They catch every decisive break. It both amazes and frustrates me to the nth degree. The bottom line is that we have to learn how to win this game and we can do so best by not beating ourselves.

We_Run_This_Country

November 29th, 2010
8:52 am

To HELL with Georgia!

Great game to watch, and I think we did all we could with what we had….it’s obvious that Tevin is a 2nd string QB….always has been and always will be. He won’t be the starter next year. I am excited for 2011 and even more excited for the bowl game that’s upcoming! It looks like we may be playing Boise St. or Southern Miss….and either sounds good to me!

Go Jackets!

Gordon

November 29th, 2010
8:59 am

“UGA beat themselves against Florida this year, and Florida has owned UGA the way UGA has owned Tech over the last 10 years.

But you don’t hear Dawg fans trying to convince the world they should have won that game.”

LOL. All I heard for a week after that game from UGA fans was “what if”, just like Tech fans are doing now.

By the way Chris, you can go back and say CPJ shouldn’t have gone for it just on those times he didn’t make it. UGA turned it over as well. The bottom line is they had a lot more talent, especially with Nesbitt out, and we needed to be +1 or +2 on turnovers. Instead we ended up -1 or -2. We just turned it over too much. But that’s football.

ty webb

November 29th, 2010
9:22 am

of course techies “beat themselves”…they can’t get dates.

roughrider

November 29th, 2010
9:51 am

I don’t see why Tech fans are upset about losing. They should be used to it by now.

The Man

November 29th, 2010
9:52 am

Great game to watch. Both teams played well.

I will say this. The days of Georgia having an easy game with Tech is about over. ON the other hand Florida will probably be Georgia`s daddy forever.

In losing this game Tech may have laid the foundation for the future. The longer Richt stays at Georgia the likelihood of the Dawgs doin much of anything are over.

Give Groh a bit longer. Tech just hasn`t had a defense for some time.

Johnson will get the players he needs to make his system work. Keep in mind he is looking for a different kind of player.

I don`t think folks understand what

Taco

November 29th, 2010
9:52 am

I guess moral victory champs is almost as good as pre-season natiobnal champs from a few years ago?

collegeballfan

November 29th, 2010
10:22 am

Washington will need to beat out David Sims for the QB job next spring and fall. Expect a war between the two.

Why would anyone brag about beating a team with 5 to 6 losses? In reading the coverage of games around the country fans are just giddy because they beat a team with 5 losses. Sounds like “loserville” to me. Beat a team on 11/27 that has 8 to 10 wins and then brag!

Dawgtards ruin this state

November 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

All the thUGA posters here are for sure Dawgtards. thUGA = A place where 5 star recruits go to learn how to matriculate from clarke county correctional institute.

Tear in my Beer

November 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

I had an OK time at the game – but this is great. You yech fans are funny. So this is how little brother feels when he gets beat up by big brother? Do you know what you call the dance line at Yech? Hired help! Don’t tell me those girls are actually on your campus. HA!

Bring Back Chan

November 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

Chan never lost 7 games…

PJ fluked a lucky win in 2008 when UGA underestimated us at half time, but then proceeded to lose to the two worst UGA teams since Ray Goff.

We had a golden opportunity the last two years to gain the upper hand in state. PJ fumbles it away.

Thanks a lot PJ.

Prince

November 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

“this is what it sounds like, when nerds cry”

RT in NC

November 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

Tuck Fech ,
Much as it pains me to admit a dawg is right, I was screaming at the CPJ to run the freekin ball. I guess he did not hear me from my home in NC. We had plenty of time and only 4 or 5 UGA defenders in the box at the end of the game. You win by sticking to what got you there… the run. I was really shocked that we didn’t even run a QB draw at the end. Other than that I am still optamistic about next year.

bob horner

November 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

tech is loaded for next year .Beat us while you can trash, your time is coming. Mark Wrong will be fired before our game next year, and the entire trashy nation will be in shock at the Waffle House.

wrecked

November 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

Loaded with what?PJ’s BS,

needums

November 29th, 2010
2:26 pm

I was at the game and I have to say that Tech scared the h!@# out of me.Our defense couldn”t stop you guys at all in the second half but we found a way to win it and I’ll take it, but if we don’t fix our defense it’s gonna be a long season next year.

MC

November 29th, 2010
2:27 pm

Tech beat themselves? Excuse me. UGA didn’t turn the ball over? The only difference in the turn over excuse is that UGA capitalized on Tech’s miscues and GT didn’t capitalize on UGA’s. Tech didn’t beat themselves. They didn’t do what they had to do to win.

MC

November 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

And why does the great PJ consistently go away from what he does best with games on the line? His offensive strategy on Tech’s last posssesion GAVE the game to UGA. All the moron had to do was get a few 1st downs out of his offense and kick a field goal. But hell no. The worst passing team in college football tried to pass.

MC

November 29th, 2010
2:32 pm

bob horner, all we heard was how the 3rd year was the year PJ controlled the football universe. What happened?

MC

November 29th, 2010
2:38 pm

If UGA had run 92 plays GT would have needed a mercy rule to keep them under 100 points.

Cheese w/Your Whine?

November 29th, 2010
2:47 pm

Every single time Tech loses you candy azz fans come in here whining about how the team beat itself. That being the case, maybe the great Paul Johnson might try recruiting and building a team that doesn’t beat it’s own azz week in and week out. And I guess the opposing team doesn’t fumble, throw interceptions, or get penalized, huh girls? Just GT.

jsmuga

November 29th, 2010
3:04 pm

Wow, I have never seen a LOSS painted so rosy………….

egeagle

November 29th, 2010
3:15 pm

A Georgia Southern fan here. I hated it when PJ went to Tech because he was great for us and I see that he is doing well for you. You avoid us for years, obsess over UGA, claim “moral” victories, and see yourselves as better than those around you. It’s a good thing that I know a few GT folks who arereally good people or I’d have to despise you even more than I do now. Trash? Trailer parks, Wal-Mart fanbase, THWG, and the list goes on forever. I don’t blame UGA folks for rubbing your noses in each and every defeat.One thing is sure. If you put the effort into beating Miami, Clemson, and such that you do into beating UGA, you’d have those bigger fish to fry that PJ talked about last year.
BTW, after defeating South Carolina State IN THE FIRST ROUND OF REAL PLAYOFFS today, we heard from disgruntled SC Sate fans that we were tougher and beat them worse than you did. See y’all in ‘15. But you folks deserve all the misery. It would have been even better if UGA had killed the ball and let you lose by one. Or even better, Richt could have gone for two, made it a 9-point game, and then let you run the ensuing kick back for exercise. Y’all love those stats, but I’ll pass along what has been said to us( Georgia Southern– you know, the six-time FCS, 1-AA National Champions, Stats are for_________ (Fill in the blank)

Ugag

November 29th, 2010
3:41 pm

I am glad Ugag fans were given a chance to vent after they gagged against Florida. Don’t think for a minute that Tech fans don’t know that Ugag is a football school with an academic problem. We all know that you belong to the mighty SEC, but there is something special about seeing a Ugag throw his menu around and trample all over his sunglasses at the bar whenever we scored a touch down, while the Tech fans were happy to know that their team stood up to the challenge when the odds were stacked against them. I just think it is hypocritical of Ugags to say that our national titles don’t matter when they themselves keep throwing numbers on our face. I gracefully admit that you won fair and square this year. Bask in your glory, until next time.

MC

November 29th, 2010
3:45 pm

How about Stats are for LOSERS? Pretty well sums it up. Wouldn’t you agree egeagle?