Georgia Tech

How Good Were the Hokies Against the Run Monday?

Even though this is a short, somewhat obvious post, I felt it was necessary to write. The defense was outstanding against the run, Georgia Tech's bread and butter, Monday night. Their effort was fueled by the Hokies deep defensive line (7 players played more than 30 snaps) that penetrated, created havoc, and held their gaps at the line of scrimmage. It was preserved by a back seven that for the most part cleaned up the wash—any loose ballcarrier. The longest run from scrimmage was just 22 yards.

The Hokies held the Yellow Jackets to 192 yards on the ground. Let's put that into context. Over the Paul Johnson era (2008-11, not including 2012), Georgia Tech accounts for 17 of the top 20 rushing games, including four of the top five, among ACC schools. Over the same timespan nationally, they're tied for second best with Neveda with 9 of the top 100 single game rushing totals (Air Force and Navy each have 10). They have ranked in the top 4 nationally in rushing yards per game each of the last four seasons.

Virginia _ech pu_s a s_ranglehold on ACC Coas_al

Stealing the 'T' from the Tech Tower is a Georgia Tech tradition that dates back to the 1960s. Students plot to steal the 'T', and if they're successful it's returned during homecoming.

Seemingly harmless, and kind of cool if you ask me. Recently however, filching the 'T' from the Tech Tower has spread to boosting all off the T's around, and off campus.

H/T @sportsbroad

One of our T's went missing this weekend, and rivalries are fun.

After Georgia Tech took a three point lead with less than a minute to go, I stood hunched over on the bleachers in the East Stands. My mouth remained open, but I was no longer screaming. A day of drinking PBR-limes, RAILs, and bourbon be damned, I was left sober by watching approximately 56 minutes of missed opportunities over the course of the night. With a clear mind I thought the worst —Alabama '09, Boise '10— history was going to repeat itself.

More than Superficial: Georgia Tech

Dozer does it again. Bravo!

Now that I have your attention... This will be a new Friday (or Wednesday) post. I want it to be a quick reading, in-depth set of notes that'll get anyone up to speed for what to watch on game day. For the bigger games, there might be video too.

Brent Benedict and Michael Via will rotate snaps at right guard. Benedict is as strong as a bull, lean, and looked terrific in Virginia Tech's first public scrimmage. However, he struggled in the final scrimmage, then the tried and true Michael Via reappeared into the picture. All along It was obvious Via would rotate in somewhere, and play many meaningful snaps this season, he's too good not to.

Stopping the Triple Option

It almost seems surreal that, given Virginia Tech's long standing rivalries with Miami and UVA, that over the last 5 years the ACC game which has caused many Hokies the greatest worry has been the Ramblin Wreck of Georgia Tech. Paul Johnson has successfully been able to implement a true flexbone offense in a BCS Conference, and despite a clear drop in his offensive recruiting talent, Johnson has been able to adapt his lesser athletes into a system that works.

A moment of full disclosure, I am a football purist. I believe in the fundamentals, and the premise that repetition and technique can make up for a lack of athleticism. This matchup features a Virginia Tech defense that uses a slanting, gap control model which compensates for lesser athletic ability against a Georgia Tech offense which harkens back to the days of Darryl Royal, where the offensive line veer blocks, coming off low and fast the way many of us were taught in high school.

Q&A with From The Rumble Seat

Editor's note: Brian did a Q&A with our Georgia Tech friends at From the Rumble Seat. You can read Brian's answers on their site. LilBroey700's answers to Brian's questions are below. -- Joe

TKP: One big knock on the Paul Johnson era (other than the crew neck sweat shirts and hiring Al Groh) has been the team’s lack of performance in games where the defense has had time to prepare for the triple option (primarily in bowl games, where they’re winless). Does that worry you, as Bud Foster has had months to prepare his guys for the triple option?

Virginia Tech to open the season against Georgia Tech on Labor Day

The Hive is reporting Georgia Tech will open the season against Virginia Tech.

The Jackets will play their first game on Labor Day at Virginia Tech.

Over the last few weeks we had been hearing rumors that this was a possibility. We've followed-up The Hive's initial report with one our trusted sources who says it is a done deal.

We reached out to the ACC for an official response, and if/when we receive a reply it'll be posted here. Edit: this is the response we received via email from Michael Kelly Associate Commissioner (Broadcasting/Communications/Football), "The 2012 ACC Football Schedule is under development and nothing is confirmed until its official release. Any speculation prior to official release is premature since there are so many factors beyond our control and since dates frequently change."

What does everyone think about the game?

Georgia Tech Roll Call

What a thrilling win to watch. This is an awesome group to watch when its clicking.

There were a lot of huge efforts on Thursday night, and I try to mention them all below.

1. Antone Exum - He got away with one on a third down crossing route. I thought Bud had him lined up a little close to the line of scrimmage much of the night, which made it difficult for him to get outside when needed. Overall, OK night.

2. Josh Oglesby - He was impressive on the first touchdown drive and the TD drive where Tech took the lead. He's a tough runner, but I'm not sure we should be pitching him (or Wilson) the ball on first and goal from the two. But I like them, or Logan up the middle.

3. Logan Thomas - He already has that Tyrod Taylor confidence about him. Like Tyrod, he doesn't really show stress in adverse situations. I'm just really impressed: The throw to Coale was a laser right on the money. The second pass to Coale was beautiful. Even the throw that Drager dropped was sick. And we're seeing what we were all waiting for on these 3rd-and-shorts...Really glad he's on our team - I would hate to play against him. I'd probably punch him in the head.

GIFTORY: 37-26

Last night was cause for a celebration.

U MAD BRO?

Oh no big deal, just Jaymes Brooks pulling around and getting him some.

PIGGY BACK RIDE

He can throw, he can truck, he can block.

Lanier making ham sandwiches with the second level.

French couldn't stop talking about Becton's footwork here.

There are no words.

TRUCKED!

Grohmentum

LT3 WILL TAKE ALL YOUR BEST PUNCHES.

Eddie Whitley, future WWE Superstar.

Get Your Head Right For Tonight

I think this has been the best we have covered an opponent in the site's short history. When I say "we" I mean the community here. The football conversation has been engaging and insightful; the Photoshops hysterical. I just wanted to thank you all for making the bye week fly by.

Before the game I'd recommend (re-)reading French's Glory, or Death by a Thousand Cuts, Kevin's Preview, taking a look at the defensive depth chart changes, laughing at the MascotMock™ and getting fired up with some Raid.

Most of you are either at the game or a bar, so there will be no live blog, but leave any before and after thoughts in the comments below.

Go Hokies!

Q&A with From The Rumble Seat

Thanks to our friend Winfield at From The Rumble Seat for dropping by and answering some less than insightful questions by your's truly about tonight's game. You can find my answers to his questions over at his place. Their VPI preview is well done, and is worth the read if you're left wanting to know more about what the guys across the field think about tonight.

1. Aside from the obvious, "have more points on the scoreboard at the end of the game" answer, what does Georgia Tech have to do to win this football game?

Georgia Tech Preview

Who: #10/9 Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1, 4-1 ACC) @ #20/19 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2 ACC)

Time: 8:02 PM

TV Coverage: ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, Craig James)

Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA (55,000 – Grass)

Series History: Virginia Tech leads 5-3

  • Last Meeting (2010): Virginia Tech 28, Georgia Tech 21
  • The Hokies won last year on a 92-yard kickoff return from David Wilson with 2:23 remaining
  • Virginia Tech has won all 3 meetings on Thursday nights, including twice in Atlanta.
  • The Hokies are 4-2 when ranked higher than the Jackets

Injury Report

  • LB Alonzo Tweedy – Out (Ankle)
  • K Cody Journell – Probable (Quad)

The Opponent: Well, here we go again. As usual, the 2011 Battle of the Techs will go a long way in determining who will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship game in December. This rivalry has had its fill of great moments, including the “Beat You in Your Own Uniforms” game of 2007, the “All The Way Turnt Up” debacle in 2009, and of course the “David Wilson Eats Chick-Fil-A on Sundays” spectacle last year. Hard to believe the two schools have met just eight times, not including the cancelled BCA classic back in 2000.

Raid.

This game will make or break our season. I don't know about y'all, but I don't want to put on a happy face and drag my ass down I-81 to Blacksburg next week and pretend like nothing is wrong. Another win in Paris won't mean a whole lot if a trip to Charlotte doesn't follow it. I don't want ten forgettable wins and the Peach Bowl. I don't want to hear The Frankinator say, "we did a lot of things right," or "we're so close," after a loss in Atlanta. I want this team to say we've arrived, so very badly. They've worked their asses off for that.

Actions speak louder than words and this is our chance to make a statement in front of a national audience. The last time we had that opportunity we squandered it and were embarrassed by Clemson, at night, in a nonchalant Lane Stadium. Not this time. I'm going to be incredibly selfish and greedy here. I just don't want a win. I want us to slap the shit out of Georgia Tech.

Have you ever slapped someone? Aside from controlling OddJob and knocking around James Bond and company in GoldenEye 007, I haven't. I've punched a few people in my day and gotten into a few scuffles defending myself, but I've never slapped another person. Pimps slap, parents slap, Ric Flair slaps; you slap someone to put them in their place. The sting immediately puts the recipient at attention and bluntly delivers the message: know your role.

Grillin' With Wolf: Beer Can Chicken

Thursday night Atlanta, GA will host the Techmo Bowl. While Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, Georgia Tech's annual contest against Georgia is their biggest game, we're quickly building a great rivalry. The winner of this game will be the Coastal Division champ just as it has been since the ACC expanded. Hopefully you guys will be able to make it to Atlanta to tailgate this beautiful Thursday night (high is 58 degrees btw). While you are cracking jokes about the university that brought you Jeff Foxworthy, fire up that grill and use the extra time you have to make something exceptional. Here is my recipe for beer can chicken.

Ingredients

Defensive Depth Chart Changes

Georgia Tech is only our biggest game of the season, the winner is almost certain to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. So really there's no better time for Bud Foster to swap around the bodies on the defense.

J.R. Collins is moving inside from defensive end to tackle. If you remember Collins practiced at both end and tackle during spring ball. He's got a heavy shoulder, but didn't maintain the weight necessary to play fulltime at tackle.

Tyrel Wilson will replace Collins at end. Wilson earned the praise of the coaches in relief of James Gayle at stud end, but at 6-1 219 he struggled at times to take advantage of his quickness and rush the passer.

Jack Tyler will start at middle linebacker over Barquell Rivers. Rivers and Tyler were listed as 1 and 1a on the depth chart going into the Duke game, but Rivers played all 72 snaps. Tyler has only started one game, the Orange Bowl against Stanford. Tyler is the better backer against the run. Against Duke Rivers still couldn't move to his left and right like he used to before his quad injury.

Kyle Fuller will remain at Whip backer. Alonzo Tweedy practiced in a blue non-contact jersey Sunday. He's still hampered from a high ankle sprain. That means Cris Hill and Jayron Hosley will play at corner.

CBSSports.com Report: Georgia Tech Will Vacate 2009 ACC Title

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke this news at 9:22 AM this morning.

The NCAA will announce the results of an investigation into alleged violations committed by Georgia Tech's football program at 3 p.m. today.

The alleged violations occurred within the past several years. The NCAA considers the violations, which included improper benefits, minor. However, Tech allegedly didn't cooperate with the investigators as enthusiastically as the NCAA would have liked. A phone conference is scheduled with Dennis Thomas, the chair of the NCAA's infractions committee, at 3 p.m. Georgia Tech President Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson and Athletic Director Dan Radakovich will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m.

And now according to CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy the Wreck will vacate the 2009 ACC Championship.

Georgia Tech will vacate its 2009 ACC Championship, a source has told CBSSports.com.
The school and NCAA will announce the Yellow Jackets' NCAA penalties and infractions later this afternoon.

Georgia Tech will also vacate other wins, besides the ACC title game, during the 2009 season, a source said.

Our Rivals: A Current Introspection

Merriam-Webster defines the word rival as:

a : one of two or more striving to reach or obtain something that only one can possess
b : one striving for competitive advantage

Specific to college football, rivals, and rivalries are constantly evolving, growing and shrinking in terms of importance and relevance. What makes an opponent a rival, and what makes a rivalry intense? I think in most cases it goes without saying that teams who play annually, and are in close proximity stand a better chance of developing a rivalry. There are plenty of other qualifiers, both general and distinct, but above all, in my opinion rivals give as good as they take, and the most bitter rivalries develop when the stakes are the highest.

Who are our rivals and how do they rank in terms of current relevance, all-time relevance, loatheability, and must win?

Hokies Knock Off Georgia Tech 59-43, Face FSU in Quarterfinals

Virginia Tech got off to a fantastic 15-2 start and coasted to a 59-43 over Georgia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament Thursday night in Greensboro. The win advances the Hokies into the quarterfinals tonight against third-seeded Florida State at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Tech played tremendous defense throughout the 40 minutes, limiting the Jackets to the lowest point total in the Paul Hewitt era, which more than likely ended Thursday night. Georgia Tech missed 10 of it first 11 shots to allow the Hokies to get out to the 15-2 advantage.

The Hokies continued their hot shooting the remainder of the half, shooting 50 percent in the first 20 minutes, while holding the Jackets to 23 percent shooting. Tech opened up the lead to 30-11 with less than eight minutes to go before the Jackets went on a 8-0 run to get back within 11, but they could never get any closer.

Leading by 17 at halftime, Tech conserved energy while not letting the Jackets get within 15. The Hokies expanded their advantage to 24 with less than nine minutes to go at 55-31. Over the final nine minutes, the Hokies scored just four points playing a four-corner style of offense with the game in hand. Meanwhile, Tech limited GT to 43 points, the second-lowest total in ACC Tournament history.

ACC Tournament Preview: Georgia Tech

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (19-10, 9-7 ACC) vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-17, 5-11 ACC)

When: Thursday, March 10 @ approx. 9:20 p.m.

TV: ACC Network/ESPN2

Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

The Opponent:The Hokies enter the 2011 ACC Championship in need of a couple wins to assure a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament. After failing to take care of business against fellow bubble teams Boston College and Clemson in the last week of the season, Tech finds itself squarely on the bubble with a slow of other similar teams.

Tech’s journey starts Thursday night against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-17, 5-11 ACC). The two teams split the season series, with each winning on its home floor. In the last meeting on February 13 in Blacksburg, the Hokies dominated the Jackets to the tune of a 102-77 victory. Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen had monster games scoring 33 and 25, respectively. Allen added 14 rebounds in the 25-point victory. Iman Shumpert scored 27 for Georgia Tech, including 6-of-13 from deep.

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