Short takes on Tech’s 38-21 win over Tulane

Justin Thomas accounts for first of Georgia Tech’s three fumbles after being hit by Tulane’s Eric Thomas. (Eliot Kamenitz, Baton Rouge Advocate )

Justin Thomas accounts for first of Georgia Tech's three fumbles after being hit by Tulane's Eric Thomas. (Eliot Kamenitz, Baton Rouge Advocate )

Justin Thomas accounts for first of Georgia Tech’s three fumbles after being hit by Tulane’s Eric Thomas. (Eliot Kamenitz, Baton Rouge Advocate )

Here are my three “Short Takes” on Georgia Tech’s win. To read the full column on, click here.

1. FORTUITOUS SCHEDULING: So the good news was Georgia Tech fixed some of its offensive problems from Week 1, rushing for over 300 yards. But the Jackets are fortunate the first two games this season have come against Wofford and Tulane. They played poor first halves in each game (leading Wofford only 10-9 and Tulane 24-21 after trailing three times by a touchdown). They were fortunate to be leading the Green Wave after two quarters despite fumbling twice on their first three possessions. It’s a positive that Tech came back in both games but better opponents would’ve buried the Jackets early. This wasn’t a classic. Each team had three turnovers. Tech blocked a Tulane punt. The Jackets have one more “warm-up” next week against Georgia Southern before opening the conference season at Virginia Tech on Sept. 20. They need it.

2. ZENON’S HOMECOMING: Tech running back Tony Zenon and his family relocated from New Orleans to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was a nice homecoming. With more than 40 family members in attendance, the senior rushed for two touchdowns and 62 yards. He also was charged with a fumble in the first quarter after not being able to handle a pitch from quarterback Justin Thomas. Zenon carried only once in the Wofford game. Coach Paul Johnson has been looking for a player to fill the spot vacated by Robert Godhigh, so this might have been Zenon’s coming out party.

3. DEFENSE HAS HICCUPS: Tulane’s early points were not all the result of Tech’s generosity. Tulane had two 75-yard touchdown drives in the first half and too often moved the ball with ease, stopping itself only with three interceptions. Until the final few minutes, the teams were equal in yardage. The Jackets’ defensive front could not mount a consistent pass rush on Tulane’s quarterbacks and seemed to lose the battle against the Green Wave’s offensive line. But give Tech credit for holding scoreless after falling behind 21-14 in the second quarter.

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grh0317
grh0317

Paul Johnson and the entire GT coaching staff are staying awake at

night concerned over Schultz and Bradley's babble about GT not

winning " style points". NOT...It is a shame football games include

full 4 quarters, as AJC  sports reporters detest seeing GT run away

in second half games to win by 19, 18 points..

ARdawg
ARdawg

Tulane and Wofford are no Georgia Southern my dear sir. Southern will bring an A-game.

GSUEagle
GSUEagle

FBS level.  BTW - the Eagles put up 83 points in their warm up game.  


GSUEagle
GSUEagle

Tech will lose if they go in with the attitude that Southern is just a warm up.  It won't be long before GSU passes this program at the FCS level.


ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

@GSUEagle Believe me, no Tech fan is taking GSU lightly. Just the writers that have no skin in the game, and are just trying to build up their next negative story about Tech if GSU wins.

As far as passing our program, maybe so if our fans don't get a fire lit under their a** and support the program a lot harder.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@GSUEagle I assure you, no one is taking GSU lightly. And we've read that "it won't be long " line a long time now. Good luck next Saurday Eagles.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

This one is in the books, time to get ready for those South Gawja boys. Next week is all that matters now.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Jeff, I must admit, I didn't read every post below so it may have already been mentioned. But just to clarify, Zenon's  family relocated to Albany and CPJ found him playing at a small private school there. I have always felt Zenon should get more touches, he makes things happen with the ball in his hands.

Gt79
Gt79

Wow, was I impressed yesterday. I finally got to see a team with outstanding coaching. I saw a team, which was unranked totally dominate a SUPERIOR opponent. I saw a coaching staff with an actual game plan. I saw a team come on the field ready to play, to leave it all on the field. To bad it was Virginia Tech beating the pants off of number eight Ohio State. Maybe we can get our Ga. Tech coaching staff to watch their film, you know, to see what real football looks like, against a Real opponent.

We are in big trouble, folks. This could be a very bad year for us at Ga. Tech.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Gt79 Congrats to GT and VT. I don't recall a team getting more home cooking from the officials than OSU did last night.  That was pathetic. I understand money talks and OSU was the Big 10's last hope.

DaGherk
DaGherk

@Gt79  Va Tech did look impressive. Glad the whooped up on the Suckeyes! Tech does have some work to do. If Tulane had half a QB, and a head coach with any sense, Ya'll might have been in trouble.... Zenon looked good.


GTPhenom
GTPhenom

Well . . . good news is, sloppy play didn't cost the Jackets against a lesser opponent. It easily could have been much worse, all things considered (Nebraska's adventure yesterday comes to mind). The problem is, there are still a LOT of problems to iron out, and they need to be ironed out quickly. The Jackets get one more "warm up" (not meaning to offend any Southern fans, but in comparison to what comes after Southern, it's what it should be for the Jackets), before the season really begins.


The run game was obviously better this week, but I'm still extremely concerned. Justin Thomas looks like a deer caught in headlights half the time when he's making his reads and progressions out on the field. Maybe that's just early jitters, but misreads, and poor execution were the cause of all three turnovers. Thomas has got to start making more crisp throws and reads if this team wants to go anywhere this season. 


Special Teams are still as much an adventure as ever. Credit Butker for being able to knock them out the back of the endzone on every kickoff (something a GT kicker has struggled to do for a long time), but wow. The guy can't hit a chip shot to save his life. He's got a leg and a half on him, but that shank in the second? quarter was horrendous. Return game was still average, although the punt block was nice to see.


Defensively . . . it really was a tale of two halves. The Jackets need to thank the young QB playing for Tulane, because without his terrible picks in the first half, the Jackets might have been buried before the third quarter. They deserve a lot of credit for battling back, putting a lot of pressure on the QB in the second half, and pitching a shutout after the second quarter, but we won't see the Jackets winning many games if they give up 21 points in the first half of games. 


So, overall, better showing than last week, at least marginally, but still nowhere good enough if the Jackets want to be a threat in the Coastal. VT looms in two weeks, so they need to turn their play around, and quick. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTPhenom: "The Jackets get one more "warm up" (not meaning to offend any Southern fans, but in comparison to what comes after Southern, it's what it should be for the Jackets), before the season really begins."

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Again, overlooking GS, which I realize is hard to resist, could be a major mistake GT. They're 2 points short of being undefeated after blowing a double-digit lead on the road at NCST--and ran up 83 yesterday, albeit against Savannah St.


D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@DawgNole @GTPhenom 

Just so we're clear on how impressive GSU's 83-9 win over Savannah St was, the Sav St Tigers were 54 points short of taking Middle Tennessee St to overtime in week 1.  MTSU squeaked out a 61-7 win in that one.


0-2, outscored 144-16. I'm guessing that Sav St isn't very good? 

GTPhenom
GTPhenom

@DawgNole @GTPhenom First of all, you may want to take a course in READING COMPREHENSION. Read what is in quotes, directly after that statement, and take note of "warm up" being in QUOTATION marks. Compared to ACC caliber opponents, yes, Southern is more of a "warm up." But that is ONLY in comparison to the ACC opponents the Jackets must get ready for. 


In NO way was I trying to disparage Southern, or suggest that they will be an easy out. I understand reading isn't a strong point over in Athens, but please, try harder than this.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTPhenom @DawgNole

"Phenom" at what? Ignorance?

It's clear to anyone but you that your reference to GS as a team that "should be a warm up" for GT before the season "really begins" is condescending at best. I'm simply cautioning you against such arrogance, you pompous fool.

And for the record, I hope GS doesn't spoil your party, jerk, because I'd like to see GT take a decent team over to Athens more than once a decade.

Get a life and learn how to write before you worry about the reading comprehension skills of your superiors.

GTPhenom
GTPhenom

@DawgNole @GTPhenom Once again, reading comprehension buddy. So, are you TRULY arguing, that Georgia Southern is the same caliber opponent as Virginia Tech? Miami? UNC? Are you REALLY that much of an idiot? I know something as simple as a comparison is hard for you guys over in Athens to comprehend, but it's really not hard to follow.


And may I ask, where exactly was my type not concise, to the point, and grammatically correct? I'd love to know, but then again, you are simply speaking out of your rear (there is a more choice word I'd use there typically, but I'm pretty sure those aren't allowed here), with no actual argument.


I'll say this ONCE more, to try and get it through your obviously thick skull: Georgia Southern, in COMPARISON to the other teams coming up on the Jackets schedule, should, IN COMPARISON to those teams, be more of a "warmup" style of game. In no way is that to suggest that Southern can't be a threat, In no way is that to suggest that the Jackets should look past the Eagles. It is simply a COMPARISON, to the teams the Jackets have on their schedule AFTER Southern. 


I'm not exactly sure what isn't clear about that. Oh, and "for the record," I'm not too concerned about what team we take over to Athens. Difference is, my life isn't predicated by how my favorite team does against their rival. A win would be great, but I'm not going to sit here, and stress about it, particularly considering I had zero expectations going into this season.


One last thing.You tell someone else to "get a life," and try to act superior, and yet you were the only one to seemingly take issue with my comparison. I wonder why that is? I'm quite comfortable with where I'm at with my life, and am CERTAINLY not worried about a pissing contest with a Dwag fan on the internet. Have a good one.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

WILL OH-IO show his face on the blogs ,hellOH-IO ,calling out The OH-IO State,

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Buschleaguer

Been wondering about that since the delicious results of VT-OSU last night. I expect that Buckeye blowhard will be shrinking from the blogosphere spotlight for awhile. 

TheRealJDW
TheRealJDW

must suck to be a "Big" 10 fan tonight.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TheRealJDW Imagine the B1G pretty much eliminated from final four playoff,the First Saturday in September.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Penn St would be in the discussion if they stay undefeated.........which certainly would say lots about how weak that conference is!!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Hahaha....

Geez, Maryland really has been the most impressive team in that league after 2 weeks!!

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Safe to say GT won't be beating VT again this year. :(

GTPhenom
GTPhenom

@BigCrimson75 I'm not sure how much stock we can put into what VT did last night. It was a good win, but Ohio State could easily be a very average team this year without their Heisman candidate at QB (many teams tend to be much worse without that caliber of player). They didn't exactly blow everyone away against Navy last week. I don't think the Jackets will beat VT, just based on how both teams have played to this point in the season, but I don't have that opinion just because VT beat another highly overrated Big 10 team.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Much like the Nic-Tator, Frank Beamer is a first class HC.

Big benefits to those who schedule tough & snatch a W!

Once again PJ & GT pass on a golden opportunity to enjoy one of those! :(

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Tech's D and passing game are bottom 3rd in D-1........and then there's STs & Coaching. :(

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@BigCrimson75 

I hope you realize that it took Beamer 7 years at VT to start producing consistent winners.  During those 7 years, his VT teams won 2, 3, 6, 7, 5, and 2.  If he had been at Ga Tech, the fans would have been calling for his head after that 6th year, if not before.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

"his VT teams won 2, 3, 6, 7, 5, and 2. If he had been at Ga Tech, the fans would have been calling for his head after that 6th year, if not before."

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You mean like GT fans did with Bill Lewis? :)

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@BigCrimson75 

Yep, although it was obvious that that jerk was never going to do anything.  VT fans were more than patient with Beamer, and look how it paid off.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

The W-L record was only one of Lewis' failings.  His handling of Donnie Davis and Luginbill was a disaster.

Lewis had 1 winning season as a HC in his entire career - unfortunately the year before GT hired him.  Lewis had to be Homer Rice's worst hire in his long career.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@BigCrimson75: "Big benefits to those who schedule tough & snatch a W!"

_______________________

CO-DAMN SIGN!!!

And we need a helluva lot more of that in FBS football.

Jmonty
Jmonty

GT just can't seem to get past that 1st half collapse.  There were so many miscues, I stopped counting.  The TO wasn't ran very smooth.  The "D" had tackling issues.  Poor play calling.  We're just lucky that they made as many mistakes as we did.  We definitely have to play better when we play VT or we're going to get taken to a woodshed.  I suspect the Georgia Southern game to be run...run...run... 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Jmonty

I wouldn't look past GS; they scored 83 yesterday. That's hard to do against air.

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

What a game! GT felt right at home playing in a stadium that has a capacity of 30,000 and was at best, half full. It looked like a high school game from both a talent standpoint and an offensive scheme standpoint. Just a lot of mediocre athletes playing in a game where the fans made a statement...who really cares?

The positive? The game was played in NOLA. That reduced the possibility of students being robbed. As reported by AJC, 3 GT students have ben robbed in the last 10 days. Is GT allowed to go to a bowl game this year? Seriously, aren't they on an extended period of probation? SAD for our proud State.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@OkieDawg 

The game was supposedly sold out; no tickets were available.  The empty seats you saw on the sideline looked like club level seats, and in that heat, the people in them were probably all inside the lounge, just like they are at most Tech games.  Pitiful, but that's the way it is.  Other empty seats there?  Who knows?  Like I said, no tickets were available for the game.

As far as the safety aspect, I feel safer in Atlanta than I ever do in Athens.  Your fan base is full of thugs and drunks who get some kind of cheap thrill in harassing opposing fans.

Regarding the probation, it stinks, but the current AD has said that too.  Unfortunately our previous AD didn't pay any attention to what HIS staff did.  The odd thing is that Tech reported the violations but get probation for "not monitoring" the staff activities.  How is reporting them and firing the guilty parties not monitoring the situation?  Meanwhile the football factories pay their athletes, give them cars, give them passing grades in courses they are not even enrolled in, etc, and what do they get?  NOTHING

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Super, If you have one "smidgen" of proof that football factories pay their athletes, give them cars, give them passing grades in courses they are not enrolled etc. (as you stated), then post the proof you have. And don't try to post some school like USC, Miami or Georgia Tech that has been caught and punished! Your post are usually more meaningful and thoughtful than this. You're slipping?

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

@OkieDawg Go suck an egg, OkieDwag. How's life in your mobile home park, bless your heart.

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

You should see my mobile home park!

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@OkieDawg 

Well, although it wasn't football, it was reported several months ago in the newspapers that Georgia's swim coach had some professor give some members of the swim team passing grades in courses they weren't enrolled in, so I think that's a "smidgen" right there. And if it happens for the swim team at Georgia, you know it happens elsewhere for football teams.  And it was common knowledge in middle Georgia 30 years ago that Herschel Walker got a brand new Trans-Am from a wealthy Georgia booster. Also, Miami got slaps on the wrist for their transactions, as did UNC, and their transactions were far worse than selling a t-shirt, which was what Thomas was accused of doing, resulting in Tech's probation in 2009.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@OkieDawg I know first hand that UNC players had people turning in school work for them in the 90's.   I also know someone that had an uncle arrested for falsifying documents on car titles given to Bama recruits.  Funny how the man was arrested, but the NCAA never investigated the program.  It's about money..  Big programs that bring big money to the NCAA get certain perks.  I honestly think most schools have shady dealings.  Thing is coaches get paid to win and nothing else.  Sad...  But that is the cold hard facts.  Do all programs cheat?  Probably not.  But, there is enough going on.  In UGA's defense.  I haven't seen or heard of such things..  Only thing is player issues..  Off field.  But, that is usually chalked up to them being young.  Most of us make very dumb mistakes at the 18-20 age range.  Anyways..  Just my 2 pennies. 

ARdawg
ARdawg

@BigCrimson75 You made the accusation Crim, prove it or STFU.


" promise you the dwags do anything it takes to compete.

Whatever Todd Gurley needs, Todd Gurley is provided."

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Jmonty -- Don't kid yourself guy.

I promise you the dwags do anything it takes to compete.

Whatever Todd Gurley needs, Todd Gurley is provided.

ARdawg
ARdawg

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @ARdawg 

Then prove it. STFU move along, try to dig up and reclaim what small piece of self respect and dignity as a man might still exist in you and stop hurling baseless accusations

ARdawg
ARdawg

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @ARdawg Exactly what I thought. You can't prove it but, you have no problems challenging the integrity of a college kid or the program he plays for. Obviously, you have no integrity yourself. You're a little man Super. You should grow up and put you some big boy panties on. You are embarrassing yourself and openly admitting you don't know shyte from shinola. Back away you are dismissed

ARdawg
ARdawg

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @ARdawg 

Stay on topic Super, what was the accusation? Have you seen Gurley trying to cash a canceled check, driving in a Trans Am or on the swim team? What was the accusation you so loosely and freely flung hoping someone would take it as truth?

Supersize has been known to copulate with various farm animals and been seen to several times daily. Other morons in the state have so I assure you, it is true.



See how that works?

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@ARdawg @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

Well, you just proved you are nothing more than a typical classless redneck piece of trash.  You have been reported for that obscene post.  And to the matter at hand, Georgia is now and always has been a school of thugs and cheaters.  I never said that Gurley had received anything.  But anybody who thinks giving cars to players and recruits started and ended with Herschel is in denial

ARdawg
ARdawg

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @ARdawg OOooo, you really showed me, didn't you. You big meanie. Classless and piece of trash would only be you projecting onto others.


You made the accusation, prove it or STFU

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@ARdawg @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

It may interest you to know that a Tech blogger was banned by Schultz last night for posting a racist remark.  I doubt that he is still watching this blog, but if he is, you won't be long fo this blog either after posting two sexually explicit attacks.  I merely stated what everybody in this state knows to be true; I didn't attack anybody.  I am done with you, and I hope that Schultz or somebody at the AJC sees your remarks and gets you out of here.

ARdawg
ARdawg

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

There's football, competition, trash and smack talk. Then there's personal attack and character assassination. You should learn the difference