Live from Blacksburg: A tough trek for Georgia Tech

Lane Stadium, 9:55 a.m. (M. Bradley)

Lane Stadium, 9:55 a.m. (M. Bradley)

Lane Stadium, 9:55 a.m. (M. Bradley)

Blacksburg, Va. — Not for nothing is Virginia Tech known as every ACC program’s least favorite destination. Logistics are never easy, there being no great way to get here. As evidence, we offer Georgia Tech’s latest trek.

The Yellow Jackets boarded their plane in Atlanta before noon Friday. They expected to land in Roanoke, which is 40 miles up the interstate. They landed instead in North Carolina. Two landing passes at the Roanoke airport proved unavailing due to fog.

So the plane flew to Greensboro, which is a 2 1/2-hour drive from here. (I know because I made that haul on a stormy and foggy Labor Day 2012, when the Jackets lost here in overtime.) Tech’s plane sat on the runway at GSO for a bit under an hour — this narrative comes courtesy of Randy Waters, intrepid Tech broadcaster — and waited for the fog at ROA to lift. Which it did. The Jackets got where they were going, albeit behind schedule.

About the game: Nobody knows how good either Tech is. Georgia Tech trailed Georgia Southern with 30 seconds left; Virginia Tech beat Ohio State on the road but lost at home to East Carolina. Most everybody assumes the Hokies will win today, but I haven’t been impressed with VPI, as we old folks used to call it, in a while. I’m not sure the Jackets, as unimpressive as they’ve been, can’t win here.

And with that, the figurative floor is again open. I’ll be here until somebody named Tech wins. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

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RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

Utah is leading Michigan.

Looks like that job is coming open this Dec., I wonder will they come after CPJ?

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Lets' see for a "horrible, untalented, incapable QB, Brewer went 28-39 for 297 yards. Forced errors and a great athletic play by DJ White spoiled what was otherwise a pretty good day for the hokie QB.


The players stepped up and made plays. Tech wins!

So sorry for the trolls who spent the day hoping otherwise. ;-)

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

BYU has a really cool PSA that they play during their CFB games.

What they don't tell you is that you get booted out of school for taking a drink or having sex.

GTRay
GTRay

@MarkBradley

Appreciate when you use VPI, but then you also use VT.  C'mon, WE are the only TECH in the ACC.


But I love you anyway, right now I love everyone.


You have got to love Thomas.  And yes, Smelter, Butker, etc.  But love what my man Davis did.


A tip of the hat to Jacket Bracket and GTBandit22, who predicted:

"I think it will be a tight game decided by a late field goal. 27-24 Good guys." 

and

"27-24 Jackets, Butler kicks fg as time expires."
(He later corrected the misspelling)

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Computer shut down for some reason.............just wanted to say never been prouder of a Jacket effort, great win for PJ......maybe Rue will shut the F#@$ up now, and It's great to be a Georgie Tech Yellow Jacket!

Jmonty
Jmonty

The ACC's new motto? At least we're not the Big 10. Lol

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

ECU looks like it could be going 2-0 vs. the ACC...

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

People saying our game was sloppy should avoid Florida-Bama.

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

UVa. is looking pretty good vs. BYU so far.

Keep playing like this and London might save his job.

Greentow
Greentow

Good win for GT who took full advantage of all the gifts they received.   I hope the rest of the opponents will be equally as generous.

Ramblnwrek
Ramblnwrek

@OldJacketFan 

Totally agree.  VPI QB had a pretty good day.  The turn overs killed him, he will be hard to face in he future.

Jmonty
Jmonty

Rue... Sometimes you are beyond ignorant.

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

@gtcaryd

No!

That's not going to happen.

Why am I one of the few to not resort to vulgar language and profanity?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@AugustaJacket 

They were 2-1 vs the ACC in 2013 - if it hadn't been for the refs against VT they would have been 3-0

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

@GeorgeStein

That game is being played at a much higher level that what we saw today in Blacksburg, the LOSER of that game beats both GT and VT and could score 45-50 while doing so.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@RuePaulJohnson 

You must live in a cave.  UVA has a good D. They lost to UCLA (28-21) b/c the Bruins scored 3 defensive TDs. 

grh0317
grh0317

@Greentow Gifts?   Looks as though GT earned every touchdown they made?

Gifts? This is ACC football Greentow , you take turnovers and score. GT does it very, very well..

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

@Jmonty

I just noticed how cool and fun-looking their PSA is and yet no mention of how restrictive it is for a Student to attend BYU, especially Students from a non-LDS background.

You have to admit their PSA is much cooler than GT's.

Greentow
Greentow

@grh0317 I believe I said they took advantage of the gifts, didn't I?  Still, that was the poorest performance by a VT team I have seen in some time.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@AugustaJacket 

You have that the wrong way around - ECU should win but it wouldn't surprise me to see UNC pull the upset

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

@grh0317 @RuePaulJohnson @GeorgeStein

you're right he is perfect.

but the old volunteer coach in me is always striving for perfection and looking to improve in all phases of the game.

when CPJ acts like that, you guys love him, when i demand the same level of perfection you guys no longer like it.

I'm just mimicking CPJ.

grh0317
grh0317

@Greentow @grh0317 What you are seeing is a tough GT team

that refuses to lose. I was at Bobby Dodd last year and we rolled over.

This year we are rolling and taking what is needed to win.. 4-0......

I agree VT is lost... 

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

I'm shocked (shocked!) you weren't paid for your coaching!

Greentow
Greentow

@AugustaJacket @Greentow @grh0317 Well, that is true, but none was so egregious or remarkable as those terrible balloon passes the VT QB insisted on throwing.  They clearly led directly to 10 GT points.

Greentow
Greentow

@grh0317GT has been "tough" in comparison  to the teams which they have played so far.

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

@GeorgeStein

What can I say?

I guess coaching gets in your blood just like Pom-Pom waving gets in your blood.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Greentow @AugustaJacket @grh0317 Calling back the TD run for an illegal block was pretty egregious.  Being offsides when you stop a 3rd and long was pretty bad as well.  Fumbling on your own 10 yard line wasn't really a good thing either....   

Greentow
Greentow

@AugustaJacket @Greentow @grh0317 Almost every game involves mistakes by both teams and this was no exception.  But I still feel that the gift INT's were exceptionally bad plays by VT and not a part of what one expects in a normal game.

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

@Greentow @AugustaJacket @grh0317

No!

you are wrong our Genius HC coached our defenders to be in the right spot, no other team on the planet could have intercepted those passes.

They were all great plays by our defense, I won't believe any other version of the facts.

GTPhenom
GTPhenom

@RuePaulJohnson @Greentow @AugustaJacket @grh0317 No one said they weren't poor throws by the VPI QB. The difference is, it still falls on the defender to make the play. That is the difference in winning, and losing that game. In the past, GT defenders haven't done a good job of capitalizing on the mistakes over teams make. But they did today, which reflects just as much on the defense, as the VPI QB.

RuePaulJohnson
RuePaulJohnson

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @RuePaulJohnson @AugustaJacket @GeorgeStein

Once again vulgar language.