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9 takeaways from Tech-UNC

  • 8:30 am Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. You could make the case that Georgia Tech’s defensive performance was worse than it was in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Clemson in 2012, the final game coached by then-coordinator Al Groh’s before his dismissal two days later.

(The abbreviations are yards per play, points per possession, third and fourth down conversions, plays of 20 yards or more, points per red zone trip.)

Game
YDS
YPP
PPP
3rd/4th
20+
Pts/RZ

Clemson
601
6.5
4.1
14/20
7
5.0

UNC
579
6.6
4.4
12/17
3
6.8

A pretty significant difference is who was on the field. The 2012 defense had proven veterans like Jeremiah Attaochu, Jemea Thomas, Izaan Cross and Brandon Watts. In fact, eight starters on that defense against Clemson at the least [More]

Duke tightens grip on Coastal

  • 4:02 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

With Duke’s 20-13 home win over Virginia Saturday, the Blue Devils took further control of the ACC Coastal Division.

As of Saturday afternoon, there were four teams with 2-1 records in the Coastal – Duke, Tech, Virginia and Pittsburgh. However, the Blue Devils, seeking their second Coastal title in a row, are the only team with control of their fate.

Duke now owns tiebreakers over Georgia Tech and Virginia. The Cavaliers were the last remaining team with an undefeated league record. Miami, which beat the Blue Devils, has two losses to one for Duke.

Pittsburgh has a loss to Virginia and needs another [More]

10 doubtfully must-read Tech notes

  • 5:12 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Sorry for the delay and for the relative thinness this week. Trying to catch a plane. (figuratively speaking)

1. This will be Georgia Tech’s first prime-time game at North Carolina since 1998, when the Jackets beat the Tar Heels 43-21 behind three touchdown passes and 303 passing yards from Joe Hamilton in a 7 p.m. ESPN game. (Tech played its 2004 game at Kenan Stadium at 6 p.m., which I guess sort of counts.)

It was a monumental victory. With the beginning of their annual series in 1980, Tech failed to win at North Carolina in nine consecutive visits, the only non-loss [More]

Breaking down Deon Hill’s 8-yard touchdown run

  • 11:34 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

There was 11:39 remaining when Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson called timeout with the Yellow Jackets leading 21-17. It was fourth-and-2 on the Miami 8-yard line. Johnson decided to go for it, eschewing a field-goal try for a likely seven-point lead. Further, Johnson’s play call spoke to the confidence he felt in his offense, a triple option to the right. It’s not like Miami wouldn’t be expecting it. Over the course of the night, Johnson estimated later, about three-quarters of the team’s 65 run plays were triple options.

“Coach Johnson was like, we do this every day in practice,” A-back Charles [More]

Tech’s Zenon coming through in clutch

  • 10:09 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech A-back Tony Zenon added to his cache of big plays this season Saturday.

The senior from Albany contributed to the Yellow Jackets’ win over Miami with a six-yard touchdown run that tied the score at 14 in the second quarter and another big play, a 30-yard catch to convert a third-and-16 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Tech went on to score on the drive to lift its lead to 28-17.

The pass play was designed to go to him on a wheel route. Zenon said he faked an out route and lifted up his arms to lure [More]

Tech Throwback Thursday

  • 9:09 pm Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

We’re coming off the bye week for a return to Throwback Thursday, presenting a series of Georgia Tech-related items in the possession of the College Football Hall of Fame. There’s a two-fer this Thursday, with two pieces of memorabilia celebrating Tech’s share of the 1990 national championship.

Kent Stephens, the curator and historian for the hall, said that previously, the hall asked schools that had won national championships to send memorabilia for a display. Tech sent this poster and pennant (and, hopefully, other items).

The poster doesn’t exactly knock your socks off, although I wonder how many hours this took someone to [More]

Breaking down D.J. White’s fourth-quarter interception

  • 10:21 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

After Georgia Tech had tied the score at 24 with 2:03 to play in the fourth quarter, Virginia Tech began its drive to re-take the lead and potentially win the game at its 25-yard game. However, depending on one’s perspective, the Hokies made another critical error or the Yellow Jackets produced another clutch play, as cornerback D.J. White intercepted quarterback Michael Brewer at the 40-yard line to return the ball to the Jackets.

10 vaguely must-read Tech notes

  • 1:07 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. A couple answers to questions that were asked on the mailbag on Wednesday that I didn’t have answers for. One regarded the possibility of freshman offensive linemen Trey Klock and Gary Brown moving to defense. I sort of tweaked the question, because, as I thought about it, I don’t know if it would be impossible to move them now, but it would be asking a lot because they would be so behind.

To give it some context, true freshmen sometimes end up getting redshirted instead of playing because they miss a week or two of camp, as that time [More]

Tech Throwback Thursday

  • 11:03 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

For the fourth installment of Throwback Thursday, as we present a series of Georgia Tech items that are in the possession of the College Football Hall of Fame, we’ve got another unusual artifact – a portrait of Georgia Tech coaching great Bobby Dodd.

The piece was done by Ted Watts. When the museum was in South Bend, Ind., hall of fame curator and historian Kent Stephens said, Watts was commissioned to do a number of drawings, including a gallery of Heisman Trophy winners.

On a related note, I was very pleased to see that the work of my colleague, AJC political cartoonist [More]

5 notes from Paul Johnson’s presser

  • 4:14 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Highlights from coach Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference

1. A critical aspect of the game will be third-down performance when Georgia Tech is on offense and Virginia Tech is on defense. (I’d guess it’s a critical part of every game, but especially so Saturday.)

The Hokies are tied for No. 3 in the country in third-down defense at 23.3 percent. The Yellow Jackets’ offense is No. 2 in the country at 64.0 percent. Johnson said Virginia Tech’s aggressive style creates sacks and negative-yardage plays on the first two downs, leading to third-and-long situations.

“I don’t care who you are, nobody’s going to make [More]