Short takes: Georgia Tech’s run of bowls, non-losing ACC seasons will end

October 17, 2015 Atlanta – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Marcus Marshall (34) scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 17, 2015. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COMt34

October 17, 2015 Atlanta - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Marcus Marshall (34) scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 17, 2015. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COMt34

Georgia Tech freshman Marcus Marshall scores a touchdown on his first of two 58-yard runs in his first start against Pittsburgh at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com)

Georgia Tech lost to Pitt 31-28 Saturday. That makes five straight defeats, and if you thought, “There goes the season after losses to Duke and North Carolina,” well, there REALLY goes the season. Here’s a link to my full game column MyAJC.com. Below my three “short takes” on the game:

1) Infamy Dead Ahead: Here’s how five straight losses can bury a program. Neither of these two streaks are talked about a lot, but Georgia Tech’s long run of bowl appearances and non-losing ACC season are both likely to end. The Jackets have gone to bowl games in 18 straight seasons and have posted winning or .500 records in the conference 20 straight years. But at 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the ACC, Tech would need to go 4-1 in the final five games to become bowl eligible and sweep its last four ACC games to go .500. With remaining games against Florida State, at Virginia, Virginia Tech, at Miami and Georgia, that just ain’t happening. Things haven’t been this depressing on The Flats since the final days of coach Bill Lewis, who was fired after starting 1-7 in a 1-10 season in 1994.

2) The Marshall Plan: Whether because of injuries or just plain old inadequacy, Tech’s offense has struggled to find a consistently effective rusher this season (other than quarterback Justin Thomas). But freshman Marcus Marshall may be the answer to their problems. The freshman, making his first start of the season at B-back for Patrick Skov, had two 58-yards runs (one for a touchdown) and finished with 10 carries for 159 yards and (two) touchdowns. He has a nice burst of speed when he gets into the open field — which assumes he can find open field, given Georgia Tech’s blocking issues. It’s probably safe to assume the starting job is now his.

3) The D (-minus) is for Defense: It has been a problem all season. In fact, defense has been a problem throughout the Paul Johnson era. Saturday was no different, as the Jackets allowed 31 points and two fourth-down conversions on Pitt’s game-deciding, seven-minute field goal drive. Tech’s offense tends to be the lightning rod for criticism but the defense is what has been losing games. But in four of the last five games, the Jackets allowed 457 yards to Notre Dame, 413 to North Carolina, 537 to Clemson and 391 to Pitt. Tech started the week ranked next to last (and 73rd nationally) in scoring defense (26.8) and 77th nationally in rush defense. “We’re ranked 10th to 14th in pretty much every category,” Johnson said. That can’t happen.

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jarvis1975
jarvis1975

18 straight seasons? 

There's the proof (as if any was needed) that there are entirely too many bowl games.


Tech has had some really good teams and some really bad teams over the last 18 seasons. This streak doesn't even seem fathomable. 

TideDawg
TideDawg

I noticed PJ is blaming the defense for losing 5 in a row. He never blames his "unstoppable" offense or the fact that he is only interested in "His" offense performing well. I haven't noticed any other teams copying his offense. 


I fell sorry for the Tech fans. They have to wait until PJ has another weak schedule so his offense can win games. Running up big scores on teams that are only there because they are paid to be there is sad.


PJ says if the players had carried out their assignments we would have won.........Isn't that the case with any team. If the other team players carried out their assignments would they have won or would they play to a tie game?

Kickass
Kickass

only bowl they are going to is the Tidy Bowl. Wait til next season...

OH:IO
OH:IO

dogs, yet again, are irrelevant.

ronaldtallon
ronaldtallon

Tech is sure to have it's worst season inmany years.   Remember, they were preseason ranked 12th and rose to 8th before the historic slide began.  They were actually favored by 3 at Notre Dame.  What a joke that turned out to be.  I must agree with Schultz on all his points.  Defense is not existant.  They might as well recruit replacements from the student body.  Tech's offense has been bad but if you look closely, you will see they have scored enough to win if they had a defense show up.  However, they have not.    They could very well lose the rest of their games.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

It can still work out, beginning with next Saturday. Florida State must go ahead and Clemson. They've been almost-Clemsoning for a year and a half.

OldGaTech
OldGaTech

I had no hope of bowl eligibility ---- but if Schultz says it won't happen, it almost a lock that it will happen.

usjacket
usjacket

Johnson should take the heat for the defense. You cannot continue to blame the defensive coach. Recruiting defensive players has been a dumpster fire under Johnson. The buck stops with the head coach and his 3 million + salary.

MyMourningJacket
MyMourningJacket

" I ill  believe Paul Johnson is the right man for the job" (s omitted by intention)

birdrow
birdrow

I miss Poad, SuperSize, and all of those other blowhards that were predicting Tech's appearance in the BCS Championship Series all summer long.  I would be curious to hear how their expectations have evolved over the course of the season.  At least GT Bob and TO have the fortitude to get on here and try to explain to themselves and everyone else why they just aren't any good (like the vast majority of the time since Elvis was alive and under 200 lbs).

GTBob
GTBob

@birdrow Nobody predicted that we would make the playoffs. We had good reason to be excited about our returning team and those reasons ended up going down the tube.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

I predicted 6-6 and you freaked. Should have said 3-8 lol sorry bob. You guys are just awful.

GTBob
GTBob

@twelveofthirteen We lost on a 56 yard field goal to a team that is now ranked. Im not sure we are all that awful.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgNole You are the only one who freaks out when that is brought up. It seems to bother you for some reason.

DawgNole
DawgNole

MB: "Tech started the week ranked next to last (and 73rd nationally) in scoring defense (26.8) and 77th nationally in rush defense. `We’re ranked 10th to 14th in pretty much every category,' Johnson said."

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Well, which is it--73rd and 77th, or 10th to 14th?!

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Last season GT had two 5 game winning streaks, 

can they get just one and make it to 7-5 ?

inoto20
inoto20

@AlwaysReady The only team they might beat is Vt. At best it's 3-9. Gailey never had anything this bad. Next season won't be much better. They are stuck with this lousy coach because they have a moron for an ad.

inoto20
inoto20

they need to fire the coach, the ad and whoever hired mb. What an idiot. He had all the leverage. If PJ after last year says, my phones ringing, call his bluf! He's lying. By who? Army? NO other college wants him!!

How hard is that to comprehend. Yet this moron Boboinski gives him a 4 year ext??? What a dumbass. He should be fired first. 

GTBob
GTBob

@inoto20 You want to fire the search committee and the President of the Institute, and the Athletic Director, and the Head Coach all because you are unhappy with the current performance of the football team? It might be time to grow up man.

inoto20
inoto20

Just brilliant to give a coach that no other school would ever "steal" a 4 year contract worth 3 million. Why does gt hire these moron ads? Braine and his idiotic PH contract and now this one. Some on here use to always say that PJ never had as bad a year as CJ. Well chan never missed a bowl game and never looked this lousy. And next year won't be much better. I mean, it's still JT team. It's time to move on. Once again eat the moronic contract of a lousy coach. This system needs to go.And so does the idiot ad and whoever brought him in.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

you loosers were laughing at us when we had a fluke loss to alabama but whose laughing now we still are the favorite to win the $ec east and go to the confrence championship and if we win that we are right back in the playoff you wont even go to a bowl game looks like we are laughing now!!

TOJacket
TOJacket

@MoistDawg Yea Moist..........you guys are headed for another impressive year.

Davidweston7
Davidweston7

@MoistDawg If you think UGA is going to even sniff a playoff spot you are stoned. We might not get a first down against Florida.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Davidweston7 @MoistDawg

He's not stoned; he's a longtime blog fraud who sure sucked you right in.

If you decide to frequent the blogs more often, you'll learn pretty quickly.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@DawgNole @Davidweston7 @MoistDawg you should learn to pick a side you should root for utah to there you can have 2 wives who would you root for if uga played fsu?  i know the answer and it makes me sick YOU are the fraud 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@MoistDawg @DawgNole @Davidweston7

If you know the answer, why are you asking, liar?

Looks like you're swallowing your own barf again.

Go back to sucking in the dolts who fall for your tired act.

CedricM
CedricM

paul needs to make big changes next year with a bunch of new coaches---this is embarrassing!

Jmonty
Jmonty

@SurfConcept   First one to go... Ted Roof!!  What a waste of money, air and time.

OH:IO
OH:IO

dogs vs. Tech should be sandwiched into the High School games at the Dome and be televised on GPTV. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

@OH:IO As should the Buckeyes and "Bad news Wolverines"...........I bet both of y'all could make the Quarters?

OH:IO
OH:IO

Where are comments for the dog's snoozer?

prosend
prosend

@OH:IO  You mean the win over Mizou that brought the dogs to 5-2? That snoozer?


TOJacket
TOJacket

And did I see an article about the "Gut-check" game the dawgs won yesterday with no comments?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Who has the most anemic offense right now? dawgs or Jackets?........and has Michigan's punter transferred yet?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Yeah, figured you'd relish that one.

Your time's coming, though, and we'll all relish that one.

darbrednew
darbrednew

UGA sucks this year, but Tech is even worse, all that Tech has to look forward to is a possible win over UGA

MikeS777
MikeS777

@darbrednew With Nick Chubb out, its looking more possible.  Then again, Missouri, UT, and Alabama have much better defenses than what Tech will run out there.  Florida as well.  They will cause problems for UGA that Tech can't.  If Lambert and UGA struggle against Kentucky and Auburn, then you know the problems are for real.