Tech checked all boxes Thursday

Tech quarterback Justin Thomas barely had to break a sweat in the opener against Alcorn State. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Tech quarterback Justin Thomas barely had to break a sweat in the opener against Alcorn State. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

About all one can do when the match-up is as out of balance as Georgia Tech-Alcorn State is to, first, recognize that the visitors brought a kick-butt band.

The Braves won the battle of background noise.

And the message on the back of the Braves band uniforms was priceless: “Sound of Dyn-O-Mite.”

There, the polite nod to the guests is done. Now all that’s left is to review a few bullet points from the evening to make sure the Yellow Jackets covered everything they needed to before moving on to more competitive days.

So, the Tech checklist:

*Suitable blowout (check). The 69-6 final may not have exactly been a Cumberland quality rout, but not even the most bloodthirsty Yellow Jacket fan could quibble with the point spread. The margin sufficiently screamed: Why are they scheduling this kind of opponent!

*Preparation (check). Perhaps one of the most impressive parts of the stat sheet, once you get past the ridiculous offensive totals, is the zero next to Tech in the penalty column. Against an opponent who demanded only passing attention, the Yellow Jackets were disciplined.

The mere one turnover, however, was still one too many for Paul Johnson’s taste. “If you can play with no penalties and no turnovers, you’re going to win a lot of games,” he said. That’s a mighty high bar.

*Justin Thomas (check). I guess. The Tech quarterback only appeared for one quarter, flashed his speed on a touchdown run, picked up 34 points in the blink of an eye, and then led the cheers for three quarters.

*Justin Thomas’ new toys (check). How ‘bout those B-backs, freshman Marcus Marshall (184 yards) and Stanford transfer Patrick Skov (72 yards)?

*Ted Roof’s defense (check). His first unit didn’t give up a first down in the first quarter. Overall, the Yellow Jackets won the turnover battle 3-1.

*Everybody healthy (check). Maybe the most important category. B-Back Marcus Allen was shaken up, but the injury was not thought to be serious (easy for those of us up here in the press box to say).

Just how important was this factor? Just listen to Paul Johnson on taking out Thomas so early: “If something had happened to him in that game I would have shot myself.”

So, really, the best thing to say about a 69-6 victory over a lower class opponent is the very simple summary of that one-quarter quarterback.

“We did what we were supposed to do,” Thomas said.

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19 comments
Peachs
Peachs

We got a lot of speed, most at every position than I can remember, this team is better than last year's.  The problem is the every other team we play is better too, but I think we will be fine. 

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

Tech will check lot's of boxes before seasons end!!!

Hunk
Hunk

Tech did not play to the level of their opponent. That was a pleasent change.  They looked as good as hey did at the end of last season.  There is a lot of fooball to be played. This could be a very interesting season if everyone caan stay healthy.

DawgNole
DawgNole

"Why are they scheduling this kind of opponent!"

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Why is any FBS team scheduling this kind of opponent?

Buying wins--the most despicable practice in college football.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@DawgNole I agree.  No better than UGA's game.  It does no good for the fans, ratings or strength of schedule.  GT blows out their opponent. UGA, Ole Miss, Oregon, etc...  None of these games were exactly great.  

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

he may not win the heisman but he sounds and looks the part.  i sure hope the back ups are studying up on how he leads.

we are due a heisman winner. and a nc!

acgypsy
acgypsy

Hey ACC and UGA, Heads up Tech will be a very dangerous team this year.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

About that instant poll on this site. Who is Marcus Mitchell, and why is he leading?

GTBee
GTBee

New running backs look great.  THWG !!

JacketTime
JacketTime

Braves band was legit. I believe I heard the Ludacris song about the players who play in ATL. It was a nice touch.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@JacketTime What was up with them playing while their own injured player was down.  I didn't understand that.  Also, I thought bands weren't supposed to play once the QB was under center.  They were playing throughout the play several times last night.


Amazing half time show, though.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

I don't know what league Alcorn plays in but being defending champs with 16 returning starters, was not very impressive tonight. They took one punch to the mouth early and folded like a $3.00 suitcase.


The new receivers and A backs were blocking like they were in mid-season form.  At least what you could see on tv.


And last, why did GT wear their practice uniforms for this game???????

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Quackmeyer

Why did they wear the practice unis?

Because that's all this game was.

Wreck13
Wreck13

Thanks for the AJC's next to nothing coverage of TECH and now you want us to PAY but the muttcounty is all over the place and free? What a JOKE. 



This is FREE? WOW thanks. 

gt51
gt51

@Wreck13

what else do you want?  it was an inferior opponent.  there are 3 or 4 articles.  give the ajc a break.  think they cover both teams equally

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@Wreck13 You are right Wreck.. When the dogs are wrecked , AJC will play

as they will have no choice!!

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Newcomers to the GT program, Bbacks Skov & Marcus Marshall, combined for 256 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns.  Not a bad opening night for the position!