Early routs misled Tech

Georgia Tech did stop Notre Dame C.J. Prosise occasionally. Still, he ended with 198 yards on the afternoon. (Getty Images)

Georgia Tech did stop Notre Dame’s C.J. Prosise occasionally. Still, he ended with 198 yards on the afternoon. (Getty Images)

SOUTH BEND, IND. – Every parent knows it, and preaches it: Kids don’t load up on the cupcakes, because that’s going to spoil your appetite for the dinner to come.

We pause in the aftermath of Saturday’s 30-22 loss to Notre Dame to remind Georgia Tech of the same nutritional truth.

The argument against the kind of scheduling that brought you 60-point outbursts against the likes of Alcorn State and Tulane was made loud and clear on a late afternoon in Knute Rockne’s house.

When Paul Johnson says afterward of his team, “Today, their eyes got real big, especially from the start,” you wonder if their expression might have been a bit steelier had they been tested a little more in advance.

Beating Tulane by 55 a week earlier did nothing more to prepare a team to go into the maw of Notre Dame Stadium than playing beer pong would prepare a person for Olympic table tennis.

The oddsmakers – or those who made the bets that influenced the spread – may have been fooled by Tech’s opening outrageous victories. Only the Fighting Irish – who at least opened with teams you have heard of, Texas and Virginia – didn’t seem impressed at all.

To their credit, Tech players did not seize on the out of blaming the intimidating environment for the loss.

“I don’t think that’s an excuse we can use at all,” B-Back Patrick Skov said. “It doesn’t matter where we play, our offense should be able to execute on a tundra. It doesn’t matter what the weather is, who’s in the stands, whether you can hear the cadence or not, we need to execute in all phases of the game.”

Saturday represented the first honest look in the mirror that Georgia Tech has had this season, and it has taken three games to provide that.

The reflection was of a team that was not quite as physically stout up front as maybe we thought, or quite as unstoppable on offense or nearly as ready for the premature whispers of post-season tournament play.

Finally, in Week Three, the Yellow Jackets had a game that was, as defensive lineman Adam Gotsis said, “a good measure to see where we’re really at.”

There is much value Georgia Tech can wring from the long season to come. But first it had to get an honest appraisal, not coming until a quarter of the way into the schedule.

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MaxMose
MaxMose

tech needs to start playing better teams early to get ready for real games, even for the weak acc.

GoldRush
GoldRush

Pretty funny *finally* hearing from all these dwag fans.  Three wins for them over weak teams and they again think they're headed to the NC game. What a joke.  Keep drinking the koolaid as you do every year.

 If Bama doesn't put you back in the dog house in two games, which I have a pretty good feeling they will, you will surely slip up against some team you're supposed to beat after that. That is typical uga play.


We'll take care of GT and you take care of your own dog house.

See you in November.


Go Jackets!!

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Nobody was "misled". Every Tech fan knew going in that it would be 2 cupcakes followed by reality football. I think all of the games ought to be against FBS opponents.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

That's OK - we play Dook this week to get back on track - uh, wait a minute, didn't Duke win last year?

coj
coj

Sloppy win against South Carolina and tough lost for Tech. And I'm still not convinced Falcons is a legit Superbowl contender.

Davidweston7
Davidweston7

@coj Sloppy win? The QB sets a record and we win by 32? Good grief, I hope we have a lot of sloppy wins this year.

10percenter
10percenter

How many total minutes had our 1st team played up until Saturday? Not even a full game. It's hard to have an idea of where you are with such a small sample size. We looked real young out there on the edges, and it hurt us bad.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@10percenter  Good point that I think many people ignored.  The first team offense probably played a total of four quarters in the first two games.  The defense, maybe five. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

I think the cupcakes hurt the fan bases expectations. Not sure it hurt the players or the team Steve. They got in scrimmages like preseason NFL before the first real game. Either they are good enough to beat the likes of ND or they arent. Playing teams of the caliber of ND in week one versus week 3 wouldnt change that only changes their overall record. So they are 2-1 instead of 0-3. Again fan base got fooled but what does that matter?

Obvious tech isnt a top 15 team. Prob not top 25 in a few weeks.

GTBee
GTBee

Had we played ND as Game #1 of the season, it might have been better.  Cupcake(s) are okay - but more into the season as opposed the the very first 2 games.

GTBee
GTBee

I wouldn't say they 'misled' us.  I would say they didn't prepare us.  Had we played within ourselves and to our capabilities, I still say we should have won by 21.  The team looked like 'deer in headlights' and I'm not really sure why?  Immaturity?  Lack of coaching preparation?  It was ND - maybe they were starstruck?   they certainly have played in more hostile environments; Blacksburg, Death Valley, Athens - so you tell me?

Jim70
Jim70

Have games played against fcs teams count as exhibition games, that is, no stats count, individual/team/win-loses.


Some bad calls, but they did have more talent, and the final score didn't reflect how badly we got beat.


Now concentrate on conference games.

dawg fan
dawg fan

I thought we'd see an overrated fraud exposed in South Bend on Saturday but I didn't think it would be Georgia Tech. 

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Before the season started it would have been easy to predict this outcome. However, after ND struggled with a bad UVA team and suffered so many injuries one would think that opened the door for tech. Tech couldnt replace leadership they had last year and also they got hot at the end of last year with some timely turnovers. Couldnt continue. Back to the norm. They will win against the likes of Duke, UNC, Pitt that are all terrrible and each time talk themselves up only to lose to the above average teams on their schedule like UGA.

Phil57
Phil57

You can only improve playing teams that will push you.  One cupcake game a year is enough.  That gives the small teams one good paycheck and gives the fans some real football for the rest of the season.

Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd

Got beat---Damn. Put it behind us. It's our coach and our offense that got us this far. Let's keep'em, praise'em and get on with the rest of the season. Never ever hear Johnson use the word excuse. Got Beat---damn!

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@FreddieBlassie


One win every 7 years hardly lays a sound basis for such a claim.


That sort of consistency is definitely more in line with blind squirrels and broken clocks.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@dawg fan Uh, where are at?  Last I checked, Tech's offenses have not been this good since the days of Joe Hamilton.

DawgNole
DawgNole

You're on the money with this piece, Hummer.

The lesson that should be learned--not only by GT but by all FBS teams--is STOP PLAYING GARBAGE TEAMS!

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

I agree for the reasons you put it out there. My only hesitation with it is those teams would no longer exist without those games. That would be a real bad thing for a bunch of kids that play for the love of the game but arent anywhere good enough to play at the P5 schools. Just something to think about. A lot of money changes hands for those scrimmages.

Zapp
Zapp

Why are we still thinking about an inflexible coach that thinks for 3 quarters his running game will win???  He's a hard headed old man that will never change.  A few more 8-5, 7-6 season will finally get him out the Tech's system.  Remember Randy Edsel that Tech spurned again?  He's building Maryland from the ground up to play in the Big 10, so what do you think he could have done for Tech in six years.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BleedingGold @Zapp 

Maryland went 6-18 in the ACC in the 3 years with Edsall as HC.  GT really missed the boat with that one.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@Zapp  Building Maryland from the ground up?  He took over a 9-4 team from 2010 and went 2-10 with them in 2011.  He's 22-31 there and they just got their butts handed to them by Bowling Green.  I doubt they'll ever be a serious contender in the B10 and that conference is weaker than the ACC.  Find a better coach to use as an example than Randy Edsall.  That's just comical.

R Tooty
R Tooty

You learn from your mistakes and move on.  Otherwise, it will be a loooooong season.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

The early rout was in part due to a missed offensive pass interference call.  That momentum shift lasted a couple of quarters and by then it was lights out.

RonCochran
RonCochran

@Quackmeyer yep that was it,  you nailed it.   One "missed call" led the Irish defense to contain the triple option all game. It probably rattled the GT defense too so that's why our running back broke the record for the longest run in stadium history. Try showing a little more class than your coach does in defeat. You will be beter off for it. Do you teach your kids to whine after losses too?

GMAB
GMAB

Butker's two misses were huge.  GT ran into a superior team. They'll learn from this. Real quick, I hope.

WAITUNTILNEXTYEAR
WAITUNTILNEXTYEAR

For what it's worth, every UGA fan in America is already is still worried about playing Tech this year.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@WAITUNTILNEXTYEAR What is to worry about?  Preparing for the HS offense just when we need to be getting ready for the SEC championship game?  We have put a kibosh on the pooch kick, so that pretty much eliminates your chances.

Hunk
Hunk

We have work to do, no doubt about it. There are many opportunities ahead. Just ask the Old Ball Coach and Saban.