Five takeaways from Georgia Tech-Vanderbilt

Tech coach Paul Johnson rings in his third victory of the season. (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com)

Tech coach Paul Johnson rings in his third victory of the season. (Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com)

A handful of thoughts about Georgia Tech-Vanderbilt:

  1. The good news is that here it is only mid-September and the Yellow Jackets already have equaled their win total of a year ago (a modest three). And can you really see this team – barring another plague of injuries – going into a swoon anything like 2015, when Tech lost nine of its last 10? This team is showing signs of improvement not deterioration. You know, growing up, like it’s supposed to.
  2. This bunch has some intriguing talent at receiver. That it mostly occupies the backfield is immaterial. Yes, yes, by all means give us more plays like the 81-yard catch-and-run to B-back Marcus Marshall and the 77-yard scoring connection to A-back Clinton Lynch. The forward pass can really be a friend to Paul Johnson and his triple option.
  3. Decent defenses baffle, and to honest, Ted Roof’s is doing just that. It has me completely confused. It doesn’t exactly throw up a stone wall, and it certainly isn’t Tech’s trademark. But then you look up and the other team has barely set a toe in the endzone. Granted, the offenses facing the Yellow Jackets to date haven’t been particularly dangerous. The truer test comes Thursday in Clemson.
  4. Does Tech have a chance in five days against the Tigers? Of course. Clemson has been so unimpressive in the early going that it has fallen a few pegs from its preseason No. 2 perch. Tech has played well enough that it may yet show up in the “Others receiving votes” footnote at the bottom of the rankings. Strange stuff happens at Bobby Dodd when the sun goes down (ask Florida State). A win may be unlikely but Tech did nothing Saturday to suggest that it will be impossible.
  5. What was the story on that cowbell Paul Johnson was ringing after beating Vanderbilt? Do yourself a favor and read this quirky historical account by Andy Demetra in a Ramblinwreck.com.

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bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

Clemson already looking towards Lamar Jackson and company. We will bring it this Thursday!

dawg fan
dawg fan

"Tech has played well enough that it may yet show up in the “Others receiving votes” footnote at the bottom of the rankings."

LOL


SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@dawg fan 

And the quality of play by the mutts SHOULD result in them among the "others receiving votes," because, pure and simple, the mutts are not a very good team

TOJacket
TOJacket

We certainly played well enough to beat UGA or Mizzou.....y'all might call Richt back? He's really beating folks up!

DawgNole
DawgNole

"Strange stuff happens at Bobby Dodd when the sun goes down (ask Florida State)."

____________________

MUST you remind me?

Big Wally
Big Wally

Hummer decided to write an article not supporting transgender agenda's?  Guess he is all worked up over the loss of Alexis Arquette.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Vandy didn't know it but their fate was sealed with the 3, 3 and outs to end the first half.  After that it was noose tightening by the CPJ offense.  Vandy thought they had a chance but they really didn't.

juvenal
juvenal

Not marked my ajc. Blocking and tackling

Jmonty
Jmonty

Best game I've seen GT play in a few years.  Hope the D can keep it up.  Go Jackets!

230gr Full Metal Jacket
230gr Full Metal Jacket

A good, solid performance in all aspects!! But they will have to play even better Thursday night -- And something tells me they will. I smell an upset coming...........

TOJacket
TOJacket

Proud of the performance yesterday. Ok, that one is over......time for Clemson.......GO JACKETS!!!!!

alanwilliams
alanwilliams

Yesterday was as good and complete, as I have seen in years. We will find out real quick how good we are Thursday. I like the pass plays to the backs. I think it will make us harder to prepare for , and will open the running game   Go Jackets!