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What Tech’s four-point win (may) portend

  • 2:20 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

For my story on myajc and Monday’s story about what Georgia Tech’s narrow win over Georgia Southern means, I mentioned a few other teams this season who had either snuck out wins over teams from non-power conferences or had lost. Georgia Tech is hardly alone, but joining this list isn’t quite like getting approved for membership at Augusta National.

Others who have won narrowly over teams from lesser conferences thus far: Oregon State (beat Hawaii 38-30), Illinois (beat Western Kentucky 42-34), North Carolina (beat San Diego State 31-27) and Arizona (beat UT-San Antonio 26-23 and Nevada 35-28). The most prominent [More]

6 takeaways from Tech-Georgia Southern

  • 6:00 am Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
By beating Georgia Southern by only four points, is Georgia Tech's season doomed? Easy, tiger. (AJC/HYOSUB SHIN)

1. Maybe it’s always this way when a team gets on a roll the way Georgia Southern did in the second half. Or at least it’s sometimes this way. But, broken into single plays, it wasn’t as though the Eagles were dominating Georgia Tech 11 players at a time for the whole second half. Often, it was one missed assignment or a bad angle that kept the ball rolling for Georgia Southern.

For instance, early in the fourth quarter, Georgia Southern started with the ball on its six-yard line. On the first play, running back Devin Scott took a pitch and [More]

Jackets-Hokies set for ESPN at noon

  • 11:55 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will play Virginia Tech on ESPN at noon next Saturday. The network and the ACC had already determined that the game would be played at noon either on ESPN or ESPNU.

Despite the Hokies’ 28-21 loss to East Carolina Saturday and Georgia Tech’s near-upset loss to Georgia Southern, the game will be on the ESPN’s main channel. It will be the Yellow Jackets’ first appearance on ESPN’s main platform for a regular-season Saturday game since the North Carolina game last September.

The teams’ history for compelling games perhaps played a factor in the decision. Since coach Paul Johnson came to [More]

Tech-Georgia Southern near sellout

  • 12:55 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Saturday’s Georgia Tech-Georgia Southern game is approaching sellout. Limited tickets were available Friday for the first meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Eagles.

Ticket sales this week have been brisk. As late as Wednesday, expected attendance was 50,000 for the game at 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium. The strong start by both teams – Tech is 2-0 and Georgia Southern is 1-1 with a narrow loss to N.C. State – as well as the historic nature of the game are undoubtedly attractions. Besides the game being the first between the two schools, Tech coach Paul Johnson coached at Georgia Southern for nine [More]

10 vaguely must-read Tech notes

  • 12:30 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Georgia Southern will receive $700,000 for playing. When then-athletic director Dan Radakovich and then-Georgia Southern athletic director made the agreement in 2009 to play this year, there was no agreed-upon compensation because there was uncertainty if Georgia Southern would move up to FBS or not, senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said FBS schools receive considerably more for guarantee games than FCS teams, as they’re more prominent opponents. Wofford received $250,000 to play Tech two weeks ago, for instance.

2. Freshman B-back C.J. Leggett will not play Saturday. Coaches have been watching him closely in practice the past couple of [More]

Sewaks on opposite sides of field

  • 10:27 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Nick Sewak talks to his father on a daily basis. Even this week.

The other day, Georgia Southern’s backup long snapper got a call from his father Mike, Georgia Tech’s offensive line coach, who had reviewed his son’s play against Savannah State.

“He called me up and told me I looked good,” Nick Sewak said. “He told me I needed to put a little weight on.”

The youngest of Mike and Robin Sewak’s three children may not play against the Yellow Jackets in the first-ever meeting between the two schools, but he’ll be making the trip. Nick said he expects his father will [More]

Tech Throwback Thursday

  • 11:31 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Welcome to the third edition of Throwback Thursday, in which we present a series of Georgia Tech-related artifacts in storage at the College Football Hall of Fame.

The item this week is a ball commemorating the Yellow Jackets’ 1956 season, one of coach Bobby Dodd’s best teams. The Jackets finished 10-1 and fourth in the final Associated Press poll. They were second in the SEC behind Tennessee. The Volunteers were the only team to beat Tech that season, a 6-0 loss in Knoxville in a meeting of the No. 2 (Tech) and 3 (Tennessee) teams in the country.

According to the ball’s [More]

Breaking down Zenon’s 19-yard touchdown run

  • 11:12 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech had three times trailed Tulane, 7-0, 14-7 and 21-14. With just over three minutes left in the first half, Tech now had a chance to even the game again after safety Demond Smith had ended the Green Wave’s last possession with an interception (a play caused in part by a five-yard tackle for loss on the previous play) to give the Yellow Jackets superior field position. At first and 10 on the Tulane 19-yard line, Tech ran a triple option that ended up in the end zone, tying the score at 21. The Yellow Jackets got the [More]

‘Different feeling’ on Tech offensive line

  • 6:37 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A summary of my interview with left guard Trey Braun, in six points (kind of like a touchdown).

1. The Tech offense had 15 efforts – demerits for not giving full effort on a play – in the Tulane game, which is the unit’s standing goal, on 65 plays. The number had been higher in the Wofford game. It was particularly impressive giving the heat and humidity.

“That’s something we decided to focus on coming into the game,” Braun said. “We really wanted to get that down.”

2. He likes the way the team has finished the first two games, outscoring Wofford and [More]

Breaking down a critical Tech tackle for loss

  • 3:06 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The score was 21-14 in Tulane’s favor in the second quarter. The Green Wave had just taken the lead over Georgia Tech one possession prior on a 61-yard touchdown pass and now had the momentum when kicker Harrison Butker missed from 33 yards, giving Tulane the ball at its 20-yard line.

Tulane had scored touchdowns on three of its first five possessions and was now trying to take a two-score lead. After an incomplete pass on first down, Tulane called for a run play to the left side on second-and-10, presumably hoping to set up a makeable third down.

However, Tech won [More]