Live from Athens: Can Tech defend the ‘Dogs?

The result of a Clemson turnover — a Tech TD. (Hyosub Shin/AJC photo)

The result of a Clemson turnover -- a Tech TD. (Hyosub Shin/AJC photo)

The result of a Clemson turnover — a Tech TD. (Hyosub Shin/AJC photo)

Athens — If you’re a Georgia Tech fan (and this is intended as a Tech-centric post), here’s a stat to buoy your spirits: The Jackets enter today’s tilt with the better offense, if only just. They’re ranked No. 23 in the land; Georgia is tied with South Carolina at No. 25. UCLA is No. 24, not that such a rating is much consolation to Jim Mora today.

Now, in interest of full disclosure, here are two stats Tech folks won’t like: Georgia’s defense ranks 14th nationally; the Jackets’ is 60th. Tech has proved deft at taking the ball from its opponents — it’s tied for ninth in turnover margin and 18th in turnovers gained — but Georgia has been remarkable at keeping it. The Bulldogs are tied for second with Rice, trailing only Oregon, in turnovers lost with eight.

Put another way, Georgia has lost the ball three more times in 11 games than Pitt did on its first five possessions against Tech. Which brings us to the question of the day: If the Bulldogs don’t turn it over, can Tech’s defense stop them?

We’ll find out soon enough. (For the record, I’ve picked Georgia to win 35-27.) I’ll be here until someone prevails, and I’d welcome the company. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

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HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

Usually ...mediocre teams get rid of their sorry coaches in hopes of growing out of the mediocrity; the Gawga Bullfrogs keep their sorry coach because mediocrity is the essential ingredient for remaining irrelevant.

icedawg
icedawg

Look, Dogs finished 9-3.  UGA is fortunate to have won as many games with Richt at the helm.  Yeah we haven't won a NC and not many SEC championships either.  But the winning percentage speaks for itself.  It was a long dry spell between Dooley and Richt.  To think that a coaching change will produce more wins and championships is unrealistic.  We lost some good defensive talent.  Pruitt did a pretty good job with what he had.  Hopefully we will be better on defense next year.  Games are won along the line.  We need some help there.  We stunk it up on both sides today.  Embarrassing.

Mike
Mike

It wasn't the triple option that won the game, It was smash mouth football, straight up the middle, over and over. Meanwhile Chubb was running to the sidelines.

icedawg
icedawg

Tech simply outplayed the Dogs, both sides of the line.  The score and the stats don't lie.  It was crazy that the Dogs could have won it with 18 secs to go.  But as usual, they found a way, a short kick and the d gave up another gashing run.  Tech came to play smash mouth football and did a good job of it.  The SEC East is embarrassing to say the least.  Tech owns the State this year.

NotDisappointed
NotDisappointed

That game was a Barn Burner! Way to go Georgia Tech!

Stinger man
Stinger man

Hey Bradley...dawg got your tongue????????  Pretty silent.  Surely you have something bombastically biased to say.

GTRay
GTRay

Is Johnson ACC coach of the year?

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@GTRay unless Cutcliffe gets credit for his garbage Duke's choke season

Kigou
Kigou

@GTRay  He had better be. If we beat FSU, maybe National COY

Wrecker
Wrecker

The worst thing about these message boards is that the classy fans will still be here today, tomorrow, and next week.  It is the idiot sidewalk fans that fade into oblivion after a loss.  Good game by both teams and I wish the Dwags luck in their bowl.

GTRay
GTRay

This was the kind of game I both hate and love.  Bad for my heart.  But what a satisfying outcome.  Tip of my hat to UGA for playing hard.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Jmonty @GTRay

Co-sign.

The game goes down as one of the classics in this storied series.

FSU-GT shaping up as an interesting matchup.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@DawgNole @Jmonty @GTRay yep, was typing my sympathies for tek kicking out butt, but losing the game on the scoreboard...then the pooch kick...congrats and good luck against the Seminoles...go dogs

GTRay
GTRay

@DawgNole  

I feel your pain.  But we're enemies for only one more game, right?  ;-)

Jmonty
Jmonty

@GTRay Both teams laid it all out on the field.  No shame..

Zapp
Zapp

I hate to read the low quality comments that neither make sense nor have any class.  First let me say I hate this game and I always will.  It becomes too personal as if the world will be heaven or hell depending on the outcome.  The mental aspects of Tech's QB leaves a lot to be desired.  He had to be relieved in the Duke game, and probably should have been replaced today.  Georgia had two good drives in the game, that didn't end in a fumble and Tech threw away a chance to win large with the decision to run the QB at the goal line.  Tech's defense is playing as good as it has in years, and hopefully they will beat FSU next week.  Georgia's fate was sealed when Missouri won, so they were playing for the Citrus (or whatever it is now) or the Outback bowl, so the win was important to them.  I'll say it again, I hate this game and have for many years.  Yes I am a Tech fan.

Wrecker
Wrecker

@Zapp I would say that JT has one of the toughest mental attitudes on the team.  Bench him?  Have you watched him play?  He was obviously hurt in the Duke game.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@Zapp I agree.  Low blows are not needed.  It's a game..  Last 2 games have been battles..  I applaud both teams for hard fought games.

gtyjackets0003
gtyjackets0003

Great Game! It was a very physical and tough game. Both teams showed real guts in never giving up and fighting until the very end. Glad my Jackets were able to get a win though. And glad it didn't go to another overtime. Not sure my heart could have taken much more! 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Great day to be a Jacket!........no shat from me guys, great game......let me say that again....Great game!!...It nice to win for a change..............go FSU 4-0 against SEC today and i want to be the one to spoil FSU season.........GT Jackets 10-2 .......who would have thunk it?......I'm in T-Town again so got to get ready for the Iron Bowl..........looks like ole miss might take care of biness.!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@gtcaryd: "Great day to be a Jacket!"

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GTBob  would disagree with you. The UGA-GT series is meaningless, according to his highness. What a dolt.

Nice job by your guys today in a tough environment.

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

Why those mean ole Gawga Bullfrogs were a whole lot nicer than anyone expected. They probably ate to much turkey and read too many media articles on how good they were. ...Sssshhh! Don't tell them that they shouldn't believe everything they read; they'll likely make the same mistake next year, too.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@HuckFinn1835 nah, just some of us have a little class...unlike a jacka$$ like you...go dogs

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

The best college football team in Georgia will represent the ACC East Division in the ACC championship game. Wonder where the mediocre, irrelevant dog fans will go??

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

From preseason national champions to Music City bowl. Life has to suck being a dawg fan.  

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@ThulsaDoom what really has to suck is to have so little of a life, you have to troll UGA stories for something to do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon...go dogs

GTJohn
GTJohn

Finally, we do not have to listen and read all that Dawg crap for an entire year.  We run this state, look at the scoreboard, etc., etc., etc.  Such arrogance finally rewarded.

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

May I offer any of you sad, dejected, mediocre Gawga Bullfrog fans a Kleenex??  I offer all of you my most unctuous and insincere apologies for that beatdown.  I've got to go get ready for the ACC Championship game. Somebody's got to properly represent this state as a winner and champion.. Just to make ya feel better, we'll give you guys a rematch next year, ok??

saltyreb
saltyreb

Dave79 - You are spot on!  

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

Well at least we can dispense with the nonsensical talk from dawg fans over being in the national title chase. After even 2 losses these delusional dawg fans were still talking national title. Unbelievable. Nevertheless it looks like Tech put a stop to their crazy talk today. 

ATLShawty
ATLShawty

What Coaching by CPJ and the entire staff. The guys showed so much fight and effort, and they never quit. Great day to be a Yellow Jacket and THWG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We run this state on the COURT, the DIAMOND, and the FIELD

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

Hey Bradley, heartbroken much? I am sorry your future national champions lost today against 2 and 3 star recruits. :(

buztech
buztech

@Dirtyb8 Yeah, Bradley's full article tomorrow will tell us that UGA is still the superior team with too much talent to lose to GT.  The game today was just a big misumderstanding, UGA really won it.

saltyreb
saltyreb

Hellav of game.  Good ole fashion hard nose football.  GT put a butt whipping on the dawgs and they know it, even if it did go into OT.


Watched this from Harry A's on St. George Island, Fl surrounded by dawg fans - it was oh so sweet!  They left the bar qucikly.


Go Jackets - THWG!!!

welcometotheclub
welcometotheclub

Don't blame that kick off on Coach Richt. That falls squarely on the shoulders of the Special Teams coach. Wait....

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

For all of you sad Gawga Bullfrog fans who are rightly inclined to have a great big ole commiseration party, FYI , there's a current sale on Kleenex at Costco. If you hurry you can get a case or two before your wailing party begins tonight..ok???

saltyreb
saltyreb

That High School offense just dominated the Mutts D in the 2nd half.  Ran it down their throats and took there will away.  Refs and poor ball handling by JT kept them in the game.  

grh0317
grh0317

That high school offense is just amazing! A little payback

from last year at Bobby Dodd coming the dogs way.

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

@grh0317  Yes...highschoolers who are mere 3 star athetes soundly whippoing those big ole 5 star superstars on the Gawga Bullfrog team is just outrageous.

welcometotheclub
welcometotheclub

@HuckFinn1835 @grh0317 yeah we have the 5 star athletes vs your 3 star athletes. it just shows you how difficult it is for a 3 star coach to beat a 5 star coach.

GTRay
GTRay

And the Seniors go out with a win against UGA.

jacketbacker
jacketbacker

Congratulations to CPJ and the Jackets!! I'm looking forward to hearing how Bradley gets UGA into the playoff after this loss! 


30-24!!!! THWG!!!

Dawgsandbones9
Dawgsandbones9

CMR calls for squib kick with 18 seconds on the clock and Yech has no timeouts...

Why?

Dawgsandbones9
Dawgsandbones9

Because CMR is a fecking terrible coach, that's why.


Name one reason you don't kick it thru the end zone there? Yech starts at the 25 with 18 seconds left and NO TIMEOUTS!!!

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

The mighty Gawga Bullfrogs got flushed today......by a far superior team. That's just cold reality.

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

@Buschleaguer @HuckFinn1835  Why I am being just as gracious as those Gawga Bullfrogs deserve.

Why I hope ya'll get to the annual mediocre bowl game that you so richly deserve. Now how is that for plum delicious graciousness?

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@HuckFinn1835

So much for being a gracious winner ,but who would expect that out of someone with so little experience actually winning anything.