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CFN Take: Georgia Tech Loses To Dawgs In OT
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2013 ...
Head Coach: Paul Johnson
Georgia 41, at Georgia Tech 34 2OT
| 2013 Record: 7-5|
8/31 Elon W 70-0
9/7 OPEN DATE
9/14 at Duke W 38-14
9/21 North Carolina W 28-20
9/26 Virginia Tech L 17-10
10/5 at Miami L 45-30
10/12 at BYU L 38-20
10/19 Syracuse W 56-0
10/26 at Virginia W 35-25
11/2 Pitt W 21-10
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/14 at Clemson L 55-31
11/23 Alabama A&M W 66-7
11/30 Georgia L 41-34 2OT
Basically … Todd Gurley ran for three scores, with two in overtime including a 25-yarder in the third frame, and the Georgia D held as the Bulldogs pulled out a comeback win. The Yellow Jackets got up 20-0 on two Harrison Butker field goals and helped by a three-yard Vad Lee touchdown run and a 26-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Smelter, but Georgia started the comeback with a nine-yard Gurley touchdown catch and a Michael Bennett scoring grab, but Smelter answered with a seven-yard touchdown catch. Morgan’s third field goal forced overtime as part of a 10-0 Georgia run to close out regulation.
- Georgia QB Hutson Mason completed 22-of-36 passes for 299 yards and two scores with a pick
- Georgia Tech RB David Sims ran 21 times for 100 yards
- Georgia Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu made eight tackles and four sacks.
- Georgia RB Todd Gurley ran 20 times for 122 yards and three scores
at Georgia Tech 66, Alabama A&M 7
Basically … Georgia Tech ran for 428 yards with 15 different players carrying the ball. The Yellow Jackets scored 24 first quarter points and got up 59-0 before Alabama A&M got on the board late in the fourth on a 20-yard Demario Ross touchdown catch. Synjyn Days and Matt Connors ran for two short scores for the Yellow Jackets and the defense got a 18-yard Quayshawn Nealy fumble return for a touchdown.
- Georgia Tech came up with 476 yards to A&M’s 252
- Yellow Jacket quarterbacks combined to complete 2-of-8 passes for 48 yards.
- Georgia Tech RB David Sims ran eight times for 111 yards and a score.
- Alabama A&M QB Jaymason Lee completed 14-of-27 passes for 205 yards and a score.
at Clemson 55, Georgia Tech 31
Basically … Tajh Boyd left the game with an injured collarbone in the third quarter, but not before he threw four touchdowns passes and ran for a score. Boyd found Sammy Watkins from 41 and 44 yards out, connected with Martavis Bryant for a 76-yard touchdown, and threw a four-yarder to Mike Williams. Clemson took a 27-7 lead before Georgia Tech got a home run of its own on a 65-yard touchdown dash from Robert Godhigh, the first of two rushing touchdowns. Clemson backup quarterback Cole Stoudt put the game well out of reach with a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
- Boyd appeared to be fine after leaving with his injury. He completed 20-of-26 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 15 times for 43 yards and a touchdown.
- Georgia Tech outrushed Clemson 248 to 168 with Robert Godhigh leading the way with 126 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
- Georgia Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu made five tackles with two of the team’s four sacks.
- Clemson WR Martavis Bryant caught five passes for 176 yards and a score, and Sammy Watkins caught five balls for 104 yards and a touchdown.
at Georgia Tech 21, Pitt 10
Basically … David Sims ran for a 12-yard score and Robert Godhigh ran for scores from 35 and 11 yards out as Georgia Tech took the lead in the first quarter and never trailed. Pitt got a 44-yard Chris Blewitt field goal in the second and a 12-yard Tyler Boyd scoring catch in the third, but the Georgia Tech defense held firm the rest of the way and the rushing offense took over.
- Georgia Tech ran for 276 yards and outgained Pitt 360 yards to 228.
- The Georgia Tech defense registered five sacks with Jeremiah Attaochu coming up with two holding Pitt to -5 yards rushing.
- Tom Savage completed 25-of-37 passes for 233 yards and a score with a pick. Tyler Boyd caught 11 passes for 118 yards a touchdown.
- Georgia Tech RB David Sims ran 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Georgia Tech 35, at Virginia 25
Basically … Georgia Tech got its running game going early with Davis Sims tearing off a 36-yard scoring run in the first quarter, and putting the game away with a 29-yard touchdown dash in the final minutes. In between, the Yellow Jackets overcame five turnovers with timely defense and more scoring runs, getting two short touchdowns from Zach Laskey and a 65-yarder from Robert Godhigh. Virginia hung around as the two teams traded scores all game long. David Watford threw two touchdown passes to Darius Jennings in the fourth quarter, and Kevin Parks ran for a six-yard touchdown.
- It wasn’t a perfect performance by any stretch - the five turnovers could’ve been a problem, but weren’t – thanks to another great week from the ground game. Three Yellow Jackets – Zach Laskey, Robert Godhigh and David Sims – ran for over 100 yards with a touchdown. Again, though, this could’ve been a blowout without the turnovers.
- The Yellow Jackets might not be in the hunt for the title with the key losses to Virginia Tech and Miami, but they can close out strong and make some noise. With the way the running game is rolling, beating Clemson on the road isn’t out of the question and closing out with a win over Georgia is possible. With Pitt and Alabama A&M still to play, the Yellow Jackets will be bowling. Now it’s time to fight for a good one.
- Virginia had its chances. The defense and the linebackers whiffed way too much against the run, but it forced five takeaways. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities, failing to score off the gifts. David Watford completed 43-of-61 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns as the offense kept up, but the defense couldn’t hold late.
- Now on a five-game losing streak, Virginia has to win out to get to a bowl game. With Clemson, at North Carolina, at Miami and Virginia Tech to close things out, 2-10 and an utter disaster is more than possible.
at Georgia Tech 56, Syracuse 0
Basically … Georgia Tech threw an interception on its first possession, and that was it for the mistakes as the ground game ripped off 394 yards and seven scores with Vad Lee scoring twice in the second quarter and Zach Laskey scoring from six and three yards out before closing out the day with a one-yard touchdown. Syracuse turned the ball over three times and managed just 208 yards of total offense.
- Not every day goes like this for Georgia Tech, but when it works, it’s a thing of beauty. The offense came up with an early turnover, and that was the only thing that went wrong with no more turnovers, no penalties and big run after big run. 14 different players ran the ball with the team averaging close to six yards per carry.
- Blow this off and move on. Sometimes the Georgia Tech offense is unstoppable, and Syracuse didn’t have any answers with the linebackers always a half-step behind and too many plays made down the field. The D couldn’t get off the field.
- The Orange couldn’t keep the chains moving and was out of its offensive rhythm from the start. The Terrel Hunt and Drew Allen each failed to do much for the passing game, combining to complete 13-of-29 passes for 65 yards and two picks. The inability to hit on third downs was a disaster – it gave Georgia Tech’s offense more chances to control the game.
- Vad Lee has been through his ups and downs, but he was on his game against the Orange, completing all three of his passes for 88 yards with a 46-yard touchdown to Darren Walker. He made every right decision, running for 75 yards and three scores on just 13 carries.
at BYU 38, Georgia Tech 20
Basically … Taysom Hill hit Cody Hoffman for a 45-yard touchdown early on, and the Cougars never trailed from there with Jamaal Williams adding a two-yard touchdown run and Algernon Brown scoring from 15 yards out to go along with a one-yard Hill score and a pick six from Alani Fua for a 38-13 lead. Georgia Tech tied it at seven on a two-yard run from Vad Lee, but it could only managed two Harrison Butker field goals and didn’t get back into the end zone until the game was well out of reach.
- BYU was smart, disciplined and consistent defensively with Blake Morgan and Austin Jorgensen each making 11 tackles and Uani’ Unga coming up with ten stops as the Georgia Tech offense couldn’t get off the ground. Kyle Van Noy was his normal disruptive self with six stops and two sacks, pressuring the backfield throughout the game.
- The Georgia Tech rushing offense has lost its mojo over the last few weeks, mostly because Vad Lee isn’t hitting on his big pass plays. He only connected on 7-of-20 throws for 133 yards with a pick, and while he ran for 41 yards and a score, he was dropped behind the line way too often.
- Taysom Hill was fantastic, completing 19-of-27 passes for 244 yards and a score, and he ran for 65 yards and a touchdown. Georgia Tech applied a little bit of pressure – he was sacked just enough to give the offense a few problems – but he produced when needed. He wasn’t great on third downs, but the defense picked up the slack when needed.
- The Yellow Jackets held on to the ball for close to 37 minutes, but the ten penalties and two turnovers didn’t help the offensive woes. Now on a three game losing streak, the team needs a blowout win over Syracuse or Virginia just to know it can. This looks like an offense in need of a confidence boost.
at Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30
Basically … Down 17-7 after the first quarter, Miami caught fired and answered with 17 straight points as part of a 38-7 scoring run to stun the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech ran for 335 yards, but the Canes struck fast and effectively with three touchdown passes from Stephen Morris and two scoring runs from Dallas Crawford. David Sims ran for two touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets, but three turnovers including an interception for a 39-yard touchdown from Ladarius Gunter late.
- It might be time to start talking about Miami in the big picture. The win over Florida might be every bit as good as Clemson’s victory over Georgia, and now the landmine has been sidestepped. With North Carolina and Wake Forest up next, the Canes will be 7-0 going into the Florida State game if everyone can stay healthy.
- One of the biggest keys to stopping Georgia Tech is preventing the really big pass play. Vad Lee’s longest completion of the day was just 27 yards, and while the running game did its job, there weren’t any home runs to test the secondary. Tim Byerly and Justin Thomas didn’t have a whole bunch of luck, either.
- It should’ve worked. The ground game was effective, and the Miami defense was getting gassed, but even with a few long drives, the Yellow Jackets couldn’t get control of the game. The Canes were scoring too easily and effectively.
- Miami has its healthy stars back. Stephen Morris threw two picks, but he completed 17-of-22 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, while Duke Johnson looked like Duke Johnson running for 184 yards on just 22 carries. Defensively, linebacker Denzel Perryman is coming up with a whale of a year. He made 11 tackles with a broken up pass.
Virginia Tech 17, at Georgia Tech 10
Basically … Virginia Tech stuffed Georgia Tech’s running game, allowing just 129 yards, while Logan Thomas did what he needed to for the Hokie offense, running for a five-yard score and hitting D.J. Coles for a 21-yard touchdown. The Yellow Jackets fought back, pulling within four on a two-yard David Sims run, but Cody Journell hit a 39-yarder to put the Hokies up seven. A missed chip shot gave Georgia Tech some life, but the offense couldn’t do anything with the chance.
- How do you stop the Georgia Tech option? Clog everything up in the middle and the Virginia Tech defensive tackles destroyed the interior of the line from the start. There was no place for the Yellow Jacket offense to move. This was a masterful performance from the Hokie defensive front.
- You wanted a big performance in a big game from Logan Thomas? 19-of-25, 221 yards, one touchdown and no picks. Even more than that, he led the anemic rushing attack with 58 yards and a score on 16 carries, while the team finished with just 55 net yards. He did everything for the offense to keep things under control, even with Georgia Tech dominating the time of possession for stretches.
- This only works if Vad Lee and the Yellow Jacket passing game is efficient. Lee was able to hit on some huge plays, but he only completed 7-of-24 passes for 144 yards with two picks.
- Give the Virginia Tech secondary a ton of credit. The defensive backs handled the Georgia Tech receives without a problem, and everyone else was able to cheat up to handle the run. The longest run allowed was just 15 yards, and no running back gained more than 11 yards a dash.
at Georgia Tech 28, North Carolina 20
Basically … Down 20-7 in the second quarter, Georgia Tech dominated the rest of the way with 21 unanswered points on a 21-yard Darren Waller touchdown catch and short scoring runs from Vad Lee and David Sims. The Tar Heels got two touchdown passes from Bryn Renner, with a brilliant one-handed touchdown catch from Eric Ebron, and a four-yard Romar Morris scoring run, but the offense didn’t score in the second half.
- It wasn’t a perfect performance by Georgia Tech, but how did the defense step it up? The offense kept the ball. The Tech D did its part with several stops, but the Yellow Jacket offense had the ball for over 22 minutes in the second half and close to 33 minutes over the last three quarters.
- The Tech running game worked like it was supposed to with 324 yards and three scores, with the 1-2 punch of David Sims and Robert Godhigh combining for 199 yards and two scores, while Vad Lee connected on 7-of-12 passes for 104 yards and a score to go along with 55 rushing yards and a score.
- Bryn Renner has to be better. He has NFL skills, and he has a decent receiving corps to work with, but he only completed 14-of-29 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns with a pick. He didn’t get the offense moving in the second half, and going forward, he has to start consistently hitting on his midrange throws.
- The Tar Heel linebackers had fits, but Norkeithus Otis managed to make eight tackles with a sack and two forced fumbles. Kareem Martin had a nice game up front making ten tackles with a half a tackle for loss.
Georgia Tech 38, at Duke 14, Sept. 14
Basically … The Georgia Tech running game rolled for 344 yards, but it was Vad Lee’s arm that got the job done with four touchdown passes including two to DeAndre Smelter in the second quarter. Lee added a four-yard touchdown run and a 13-yard scoring pass to Robert Godhigh as part of a 31-7 lead before Duke could answer with a seven-yard Brandon Connette touchdown run in the fourth.
- That’s exactly how the Georgia Tech attack is supposed to work. Get the ground game going, get several runners involved, hit the passing game for scores when needed, and control the game and the clock along the way. The Yellow Jackets had the ball for over 38 minutes and ground out drive after drive.
- The Duke passing game didn’t come up with enough pop to keep up with a rolling Yellow Jacket attack. Brandon Connette ran for a touchdown, but he only completed 15-of-28 passes for 122 yards. For the Blue Devils to have any prayer in ACC play, there has to be high-octane action from the air.
- Being on the field for a long time means big stats from the defense against the Georgia Tech attack. Linebacker Kelby Brown came up with 17 tackles with a1.5 tackles for loss, and safety Jeremy Cash made 14 stops with 1.5 tackles for loss with a forced fumble, but way too many stops were made after positive yards.
- Ten different Yellow Jackets ran the ball with six of them running for 24 yards or more. Tech was cranking out yards in chunks on the ground.
at Georgia Tech 70, Elon 0, Aug. 31
Basically … Georgia Tech unloaded its arsenal on Elon with 557 yards of total offense, while the defense helped the cause with a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown from Tyler Marcordes. Vad Lee completed 7-of-11 passes for 189 yards and two scores, averaging 17.2 yards per completion, with Daniel Sims taking a pass 59 yards for a score and running for a one yard touchdown.
- Six different Yellow Jackets ran for touchdowns with the attack averaging 7.4 yards per pop.
- That’s how the passing game is supposed to work. It’s all about the running attack, but when it’s time to go up top, hit the home run. Vad Lee was sharp from the start both running and with his arm.
- Yards per pass: Georgia Tech 17.2 yards – Elon 2.6. The defense didn’t give up anything that mattered.
Why To Get Excited … the defense—finally—has a chance to be pretty good. In longtime veteran assistant Ted Roof, himself a former Yellow Jacket, head coach Paul Johnson lured a terrific assistant to the Flats. The new coordinator inherits a unit that returns eight starters, and was peaking as the 2012 campaign came to its conclusion.
Why To Be Grouchy … under Johnson, Tech has hit a plateau. Since peaking with an ACC crown in 2009, the Yellow Jackets are just 21-19, and the gap with in-state rival Georgia has widened. The option-based offense continues to crank out yards on the ground, but the passing game has faded and the D is an annual liability. The school is having a difficult time escaping mediocrity’s grip.
The Number One Thing To Work On Is … installing Roof’s system as quickly as possible. The coach is expected to employ a 4-3 alignment, which means stout linemen will come at a premium. The Jackets are in great shape at linebacker, led by Jeremiah Attaochu and Brandon Watts, but there isn’t a sure-thing up front on the roster.
Team Concerns For 2013: The Yellow Jackets should be ready to rock and roll with a veteran team returning, but veteran quarterback depth is a problem and the defensive line will be a concern. More plays needs to be made behind the line and the punting game has to be far better for a running team that relies on field position, but outside of
experienced options, Paul Johnson has his team in place.
The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Skill players. Quarterback was addressed last season, but that still didn't stop Damon Mitchell from signing on. Travis Custis will eventually be a star among the running backs, while Donovan Wilson should bring a little bit of pop. JuMichael Ramos fits the Georgia Tech mold of big receiver. Offensive tackle Shamire DeVine is a massive big body who's ready to roll out of the box, while the defensive front has few nice options led by tackle Darius Commissiong and end Kevin Robbins.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking:
39. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Georgia Tech recruits to a type, and while its classes won’t ever be high up on the lists, they work for what Paul Johnson is trying to do. The defensive line is a focus with a few excellent talents coming in, and the secondary is getting a few new prospects even though the 2010 class was loaded with DBs, but the key might be finding the next gamebreaking receiver to be the home-run hitter the offense needs. No Tech target will ever be a 100-catch playmaker, but Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas have made the school cool for wideouts.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 44. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. The offense needs options to run the Paul Johnson attack, and while there’s an eye towards doing more for the passing game, Vad Lee, Demontevious Smith, and Jamal Golden are runners who’ll be moved around where needed. Broderick Snoddy was the only true tailback brought in, and while he’s not big, he’s fast enough to be a gamebreaker. Defensively, the bulk is at linebacker with Tremayne McNair and Anthony Harrell for the middle and three nice prospects for the outside in Jamari Hunt-Days, Nick Menocal, and Chaz Cheeks all athletic big hitters.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive backs.
Paul Johnson loaded up on linemen last year, he has
a few solid quarterbacks in place to run his attack,
and several other decent pieces are in place
offensively. This year he wanted help for the
secondary and he got it with seven defensive backs
including Louis Young, a fine corner out of
Maryland, and Ryan Ayers, a speedster with lockdown
ability. Safety Isaiah Johnson has the build and the
potential to be a difference maker, an All-ACC
difference maker, while Fred Holton, speedy Synjyn
Days, and Jake Skole beefed up the safety depth.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was
Heavy On ... linemen. For Paul Johnson, success starts on the lines, and he recruited with that thought in mind. With both sides of the ball being hurt by graduation, the Yellow Jackets added four big bodies to the offense and five on defense. The front four returns just one starter, creating an opening for 345-pound tackle J.C. Lanier to avoid a redshirt and make a quick ascent up the depth chart.