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ATLANTA, GA - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets successfully completed their preseason campaign with a convincing 74-41 victory over the Clayton State Lakers Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. Twelve players saw 10+ minutes with 5 players reaching double-digit point totals.
Given the number of new faces that joined the program many fans wondered how the team would gel and who would form the starting five. Tonight that five was G Travis Jorgenson, F Marcus Georges-Hunt, F Quinton Stephens, F Robert Sampson, and C Demarco Cox.
With the game under control from the start Head Coach Brian Gregory went deep into the bench and rotated in 9 different players before the under 16-minute timeout. It was a planned strategy before the game even started.
"[Tonight] was more about getting guys minutes," said Gregory. "I didn't want anyone playing more than 20. That's hard though playing 12 guys. I wanted to see different guys in different situations and different alignments."
Photos from Georgia Tech's 35-10 win against UVA on 11/01/2014
ATLANTA, GA - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2) combined an early offensive surge with a dominating defensive effort to win its final ACC Coastal match-up of the year against the Virginia Cavaliers (4-5, 2-3). The Jackets sprinted out to a 21-7 lead in barely more than one quarter of play, which was more than enough to coast to a 35-10 win Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Georgia Tech B-back Synjyn Days #10 finds a running lane for a touchdown
Tech opened in commanding fashion by scoring touchdowns on each of its first three possessions. On the Jackets' first series the ground game repeatedly took advantage of space on the edge and capitalized with a 14-yard touchdown run from running back Deon Hill. The drive marked the seventh time in nine games that Tech has scored on its first drive of the game.
The Jackets' offense continued...
Head Coach Paul Johnson
Synjyn Days and Jamal Golden
Adam Gotsis and KeShun Freeman
Jackets rout Panthers on the road 56-28
PITTSBURGH, PA - Even before six minutes had elapsed in the game, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-2, 3-2) had already built a daunting 28-0 lead against the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4, 2-2). By the end, the Jackets maintained that margin with a decisive 56-28 victory against the Panthers on the famed Heinz Field.
Footage courtesy of The ACC Digital Network
In what turned out to be one of the most bizarre if not fortuitous starts to a Georgia Tech football game in recent history, the Georgia Tech defense forced fumbles from four different players on Pittsburgh’s squad in their first four possessions. The highlight being a pure hustle play by defensive back D.J. White (#28) chasing down Pittburgh’s running back James Connor (#24) for 74 yards before forcing a fumble into the end zone resulting in a touchback.
In complete contrast, the...
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets mascot Buzz becomes a photographer.
WR Coach Buzz Preston enters the field from the visitor locker room.
Captains offensive lineman Shaquille Mason #70, linebacker Quayshawn Nealy #54, and quarterback Justin Thomas #5 enter the field together.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Head Coach Paul Johnson and the rest of the players walk out of the locker room.
Head Coach Paul Johnson and rest of the players await their entrance to the field.
Coach Johnson, offensive lineman Chris Griffin #72, and rest of the...
CHAPEL HILL, NC - The North Carolina Tar Heels (3-4, 1-2, scored touchdowns on seven of their final nine drives to defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-2, 2-2) by a final score of 48-43 Saturday night at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
UNC quarterback Marquise Williams #12 hands the ball off to running back T.J. Logan #8.
After a slow start offensively by both teams highlighted by two turnovers in the game's first nine plays, North Carolina ultimately gained just enough of an edge in what turned out to be an offensive shootout. North Carolina and its high-tempo offense generated 88 plays for 579 total yards while Georgia Tech's slow-it-down pace ran 69 plays for 611 total yards for the game.
Neither team was effective stopping the other even when the chances presented themselves. North Carolina converted 10 of 15 on 3rd downs and 2 of 2 on 4th downs. Georgia...
Head Coach Paul Johnson
DeAndre Smelter and Demond Smith
QuayShawn Nealy and Justin Thomas
Adam Gotsis and Charles Perkins
ATLANTA, GA - A week after their finest performance of the year against the Miami Hurricanes, the #22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-1, 2-1) fell flat Saturday at home against the Duke Blue Devils (5-1, 1-1). The result was a 31-25 loss that took Georgia Tech out of the ACC Coastal division driver's seat.
Tim Byerly (#18) QB leads the offense after an injury sidelines Justin Thomas (#5)
The dichotomy between last weekend's emotional win versus the Hurricanes and yesterday's loss to the Blue Devils was pronounced. All of the old coaching axioms and formulas for winning and losing held true. Boiled down into simplest terms the Blue Devils did to the Yellow Jackets what the Yellow Jackets did to the Hurricanes. That is, they played cleanly and won the turnover and penalty battle.
Head coach Paul Johnson summarized all of the above after the game. "I was...
Head Coach Paul Johnson
Tim Byerly and Zach Laskey
Adam Gotsis and Tony Zenon
ATLANTA, GA - The parents out there will not want to use Saturday night's game at Bobby Dodd Stadium as an example of how to play nice in the sand box. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-0, 2-0) refused to share the ball and stole what was not theirs against Coastal division rival Miami Hurricanes (3-3, 1-2), culminating in a 28-17 victory for the home team.
B-Back Zach Laskey #37 leads the offense against Miami
The Yellow Jackets pulled away in the second half Saturday night by holding on to the ball for 40+ out of the game's 60 minutes, intercepting two Miami passes deep in their own territory, and executing a fake punt to perfection. As head coach Paul Johnson stated after the game, Georgia Tech's complete disregard for kindergarten rules was all part of the plan. "How do you neutralize [Miami's offense]? You hold on to the ball for 40 minutes, 45...
Head Coach Paul Johnson
Charles Perkins and Jamal Golden
Quayshawn Nealy and Justin Thomas[/U][/B]
Zach Laskey and Isaiah Johnson
This is a thread for folks to post things that stood out to them that helped win the game Saturday for the rest of us who might not have noticed. I have three in mind.
1.) DJ White pulled a brilliant and classic bait-and-switch on that VT QB on the last interception. The defense had given up that short out route all game long and the VT QB had been taking it all game long. You know that QB wanted to make the longer throw, but we were always playing it conservative and giving them the short one. Then the stakes were raised on the last drive and the VT QB wanted to make a bigger play down the field to make the game winning drive. And, DJ baited him right into it. He sat on the flat route like he was determined to finally stop that short route, and then the instant he saw the QB go into his windup, he took off in a backpedal toward the corner route, and it was a can of corn at that point. I marveled at that play. I am still wondering if that was all DJ's jedi-mind-game or if...
Photos from Georgia Tech's 27-24 victory against Virginia Tech on 9/20/2014
First of all, I think you have to give a ton of props to Bud Foster. You may hate him, but you better respect him, because he had those kids ready to play a pretty complex scheme against us. Most teams line up with one base formation all game and just do a couple simple variations off that based on down and distance and our formation. Not BF and the VT defense. They did a little of everything and often mixed, from down to down, who had QB, who had pitch, and from a totally different look. It is obvious they wanted to confuse JT and our OL. Personally, I think the game ball (for either team) goes to #36 on VT's defense. He played better than anybody else on the field. Although we owned the action in the G-C-G area of the field, we just couldn't get a hat on that guy or take him to the ground pursuing to the edge. He single handedly kept our dive from blowing up on them and he single handedly allowed them to run some of the tactics they did in the flats. Without him, they are not...
BLACKSBURG, VA - Georgia Tech rallied from a 16-10 deficit in the 4th quarter to defeat ACC Coastal Division rival Virginia Tech 27-24. Harrison Butker clinched the victory with a 24-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in regulation.
Quayshawn Nealy #54 LB and the Georgia Tech defense swarm over Virginia Tech
Both teams started slow in the first half with Virginia Tech scoring the game’s first touchdown in the 2nd quarter to take a 13-3 lead. After Georgia Tech’s next drive stalled and resulted in a punt, defensive back Corey Griffin picked off the Hokies' quarterback Michael Brewer to give the offense another shot. Georgia Tech’s subsequent drive resulted in a 70-yard touchdown drive to narrow the score to 13-10. The touchdown drive was highlighted by Justin Thomas’ 18-yard and 19-yard strikes to DeAndre Smelter and Deon Hill...
Head Coach Paul Johnson
Justin Thomas, Adam Gotsis, and Harrison Butker
DeAndre Smelter, PJ Davis, and Chris Milton
Zach Laskey, and DJ White
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