The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fall in OT at Blacksburg

Well it seemed that for the entire first quarter Georgia Tech’s offense had the ball on their own ten yard line to start every drive, while the Hokies had field position around their own forty yard line or even in Yellow Jacket territory time and time again to start every series.  Even with that reality, the defense certainly played quite well in the first half holding the Hokies to seven points, and in fact for the entire game.

An OT loss on the road to open up the season against a very tough Coastal Division rival is not the preferred way to start the 2012 season, however, the team did show outstanding fight and kept hammering away all night in Blacksburg.  When Tevin completed that fourth down pass to B.J. Bostic for about a twenty yard gain down to the fifteen yard line you could just sense that they were going to score the go ahead touchdown.  His ten yard touchdown pass to Deon Hill with forty-four seconds left to put the Yellow Jackets ahead 17 to 14 appeared to seal the win.

Unfortunately the Hokies managed to complete two passes then made a forty-one yard field goal to send this one into OT.  The entire crowd at Lane Stadium was roaring after the game was tied up at 17 and going into OT.  Probably the hardest thing to do in football is win a game in OT on the road, and this was the first one ever at Lane stadium to go into OT. 

Nobody is ever happy when their team loses a game, however, I will say that the defense and the offense both did their jobs well, and by scoring late to take the lead, it then forced a team to make some plays, and rely on the leg of their kicker to force a tie and send the game into an extra session. 

My impression is that the Yellow Jackets now understand that they can rely on both their offense and defense to get it done when it counts.  I can tolerate a loss by a field goal much better than one where a QB runs it up the middle untouched for an easy score.  Logan Thomas was not able to run at will against these Yellow Jackets tonight and that can only bode well for the remainder of the season.

When the Hokies had their chance on offense in the OT, everyone in Lane figured that Logan Thomas would just take it into the end zone himself straight up the middle.  Well when Virginia Tech had a first and goal at the two yard line, the Georgia Tech defenders stepped up their play and kept him from scoring on three straight tries by stuffing him in the backfield each time, and finally forcing their kicker to win the game with a field goal. 

While I was disappointed in the loss, there was a sense of toughness, urgency, and pride that manifested itself on both sides of the ball for the first time under Coach Paul Johnson and I expect these Yellow Jackets to play with this level of intensity for the remainder of the year.  That is important.

No matter who lost this game was going to be behind by effectively two games as now the Hokies hold the tie breaker over the Yellow Jackets.  That is the reality, but more importantly the Yellow Jackets showed for the first time since they started utilizing the Al Groh 3/4 defense that they can stop another team and force some punts.  That hasn’t been seen with any consistency until tonight.  The field position was a big problem all game long however, the Hokies played a very tough game on both sides of the football themselves. 

So time to put this one to rest and get ready for the home opener against Presbyterian on a short week this Saturday evening, followed by two more tough Coastal Division games at Bobby Dodd Stadium.  After their performance tonight on both sides of the football, Georgia Tech is still primed to have a very successful season on the Flats.  Go Jackets!

Comments

  1. says

    The TO is not the answer for major college football. It is okay for DII and DIII teams that cannot recruit talent (like GT). Furthermore, PJ has proven he knows how to lose all of the big games except for maybe Clemson. It is all his fault as he is the coach and recruited what he has and who he has hired. Time to find a new answer on the Flats.. It isn’t PJ and the hand the ball to the B-Back up the middle 5 plays in two series in a row. This experiment is OVER! Another 6-7 wins with losses to many ACC teams, UGA and EVERY Bowl game until he is gone!! I’ll help you pack!

    • Mike says

      Hi again Scott Davis,
      One game does not make for an entire season otherwise Mark Richt would have been gone last season at UGA after losing at the dome to Boise State. As well as Les Miles after losing to Alabama in the BCS Championship Game as there was no excuse for not being able to beat them a second time, especially considering that it was a Tigers home game in the Super Dome.
      Not to mention how could Clemson keep Dabo after that horrible Bowl Loss to WVU last season. Or back further a few more years to when USC destroyed OU to the tune of 55 to 14 in the BCS National Championship Game. Bob Stoops is still coaching at OU, go figure!
      No doubt Brady Hoke is now on the hot seat for delivering such a substandard offensive performance against Alabama who had to replace so many folks on defense. Therefore Dennard Robinson is a failure as a QB and needs to ride the pine.
      Steve Spurrier struggles at Vanderbilt and nobody is calling for his head or demanding that he return to the fun and gun passing game and dump the ground and pound as Lattimore will not last the season. In reality unless an offense is getting blocking no offense works. Last night the offensive line did not do a very good job and the skill positions were not consistently getting their blocks either. Hence, a very close game.
      If the Yellow Jackets can’t close out September with some wins, then perhaps you might be right. But that is why one week doesn’t make for an entire season of football. I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet, nor do I think that the Yellow Jackets are either.

        • Mike says

          The losses in the past seasons were due to a lack of viable linemen in the trenches on both sides of the football. If a DB makes a tackle in Blacksburg then the Hokies lose and all is well. In the meantime, there is a lot of football yet to be played and while GT certainly has no margin for error in the ACC, neither does VT who still have to play Clemson and FSU. Too bad Pitt wasn’t in the ACC this season.

        • Mike says

          The losses in the past seasons were due to a lack of viable linemen in the trenches on both sides of the football. If a DB makes a tackle in Blacksburg then the Hokies lose and all is well. In the meantime, there is a lot of football yet to be played and while GT certainly has no margin for error in the ACC, neither does VT who still have to play Clemson and FSU. Too bad Pitt wasn’t in the ACC this season.

  2. Jordan H. says

    Tough loss for GT. Even though the ending was disappointing, the defense played spectacular for most of the game, and at times the offense looked promising (I say that Tevin Washington’s pass on fourth down late in the game was best he’s ever thrown as a Yellow Jacket). I think this team will bounce back after this loss, but it will be interesting to see if they can catch VT in the division.

    • Mike says

      Hi Jordan,
      It’s a tough loss as you lose the tiebreaker to Va. Tech. However, there were plenty of positives that should carry through heading into the rest of the season. The defense looked very good and that was the reason this game stayed close as the offense was either out of sync or the Hokies did a real good job.

      • says

        With all due respect Mike, the defense didn’t look good at all! VT is horrible on offense and we knew that going into this game. Clemson crushed VT last year twice and their defense was absolutely horrid against GT and especially WVU. What I didn’t want to believe was the GT’s offense was bad, but PJ has proven this over and over again. UTAH, IOWA, UGA, VT, Miami, Kansas. It has to go along with PJ back to DII or DIII where you don’t need talent to win.

        • Mike says

          Hi Scott Davis,
          As it is every year in college football you can go from great to bad inside of a week, then just the opposite the next. The defense holds the Hokies to 14 points up until they kick two field goals late in the game and OT. Any team and their DC in America can live with that result.
          The offense was not able to sustain any drives until they had to in the 4th quarter. So if the defense makes a tackle on a short gain slant pass the discussion turns on what a gut check by the offense and great game by the defense. Right now Virginia Tech has nothing to celebrate as while they did win the game, they have nothing to crow about as they were very fortunate to pull out this win and they know it.

          • says

            Mike, Tevin Washington is just not a good quarterback and wouldn’t start anywhere else in the nation at that position. Regardless, again you are commending a defense that played well but still lost the game. This is a sport where losses do matter remember? The defense is just not good under Groh and PJ. Sorry to say it but GT will soon be heading for the bottom of the ACC if they aren’t already there.

          • Mike says

            Hi Scott Davis,
            I suppose Dennard Robinson isn’t a good QB either as he did nothing against Bama. I seriously doubt that GT will be bringing up the rear of this conference any time soon, but after Thanksgiving we will know for sure. Other than Bama last season, who also lost a game, as long as you win more than you lose, there is an opportunity for a successful season.
            BTW, I suppose Frank Beamer should be fired after losing to Pitt who were dominated the prior week by an FCS opponent. Not to mention Lane Kiffin at USC must be headed out the door after losing to a Luck less Stanford team. This is what makes college football so much fun; you play the games.

          • says

            Mike, Tevin Washington is just not a good quarterback and wouldn’t start anywhere else in the nation at that position. Regardless, again you are commending a defense that played well but still lost the game. This is a sport where losses do matter remember? The defense is just not good under Groh and PJ. Sorry to say it but GT will soon be heading for the bottom of the ACC if they aren’t already there.

    • says

      Jordan the defense didn’t play anything close to spectacular…VT isn’t a top 20 team! Heck it isn’t even top 30 especially on offense this year. Quit sipping the koolaid man and get off the manboobs (PJ) wagon. He sucks as a coach and proves it EVERY year.

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