Monday, August 31, 2009

#22 GT Rolls over Duke 49-3

Georgia Tech fans are finally seeing signs of what this team can do. Well, atleast half since Dwyer just came back and Nesbitt is out.

Jonathan Dwyer returned to the lineup with a school record 5 touchdowns and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets thumped Duke 49-3. The game was out of hand early when GT put up a monster 42 points in the first half.

Dwyer, returning from a month on the inactive list had a school record 5 touchdowns. He also had 74 yards on 17 carries. The big player was Marcus Wright who had 3 runs for over 30 yards and finsihed with 6 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. Jones also chipped in 75 for the Yellow Jackets who finished with 316 rushing yards.

The first started quick for GT as they took the ball down the field on the opening drive and it was capped by a 2 yard TD run by Dwyer to make it 7-0. Following a Duke INT, Marcus Wright added an 11 yard touchdown run to make it 14-0. It was 14-3 after one.

The Second quarter saw GT light up the scoreboard with 4 touchdowns. Dwyer got it started after a Cone catch and run to the Duke 1. Dwyer took it in for a 21-3 lead. Duke would then throw another pick and Josh Tarrant made them pay. Tarrant returned the pick 42 yards for the score and a 28-3 lead. Dwyer added two more touchdowns in the quarter to add insult to injury.

The third quarter saw the final plays of the starters as Dwyer capped his day with a nice 17 yard run to setup a 1 yard run to give him the school record for TD's in a game. " I didnt wanna use him that much but he really wanted the ball in the red zone" said Millhimes. Dwyer now has 14 touchdowns on the season.

Derrick Morgan continued his monster season with 2 more sacks and 11 tackles. The LE has 13 sacks on the year. Hopefully, we can hold on to the Junior. The surprise for GT, TJ Barnes the true freshman had a sack for the team and has 7 this year.

Shaw had a nice day for GT as he was 13-15 for 169 yards and no TD's or INT's.

GT outgained Duke 485-183.

Tech goes to 7-3 on the season and will next play the possible undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Nesbitt will likely miss that game.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Georgia Tech Loses Nesbitt, Still Manages To Crush Virginia

There is yet another injury to the Georgia Tech offense. This time, its there second best player. Josh Nesbitt went down on a botched option run that caused a Virginia defensive touchdown. Not only that, it will cost Nesbitt 4 weeks. Josh Nesbitt tore a muscle in his right shoulder and will likely be out 3-4 weeks. " This is not what we need headed down the stretch" said Coach Millhimes. However, the Yellow Jackets did get some good news.

Georgia Tech had three Interception returns for touchdowns and Tech dominated Virginia despite the loss of Nesbit 49-7. GT's defense was strong all day holding Virginia to just 161 yards offense. The Cav's came in at 5-1 (1-1) and looked like they could GT fits. However, Tech controlled the clock all day with the Triple Option winning the T.O.P battle by almost 8 minutes.

Before the Nesbit injury in the third, he had a nice game with 46 yards passing and a touchdown on 6-7 passing. He also had 28 yards rushing. Anthony Allen spilt time with Lucas Cox at HB. Cox had 25 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Allen had the better game with 77 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Sophmore Marcus Wright spent time at FB where he racked up 61 yards on just 6 carries.

The GT defense was strong all day. Three interception returns and three sacks really helped finish off Virginia.

GT would lead 7-0 after one when it really went to work. Nesbitt hit Tylor Melton for a 10 yard touchdown pass with 1 minute left in the second to take a 14-0 lead. Then, the next Virginia possession was the start of the Cav's nightmares. Rashaad Reid picked off a pass and went 77 yards with 4 seconds on the clock to make it 21-0 at the half.

The third quarter started with both teams trading posessions. Then, the Nesbitt incident occured. With Tech driving at the Cav's 17 yard line, Nesbitt attempted an option keeper. Instead, he was met by a 320 pound DE who came crashing down on him. Cav's lineman Nate Jenkins picked up the fumble and ran 83 yards for a touchdown. (Yes, I said DL) Nesbitt lay there not moving and the trainers went out. He told them he hurt his throwing arm and could not feel anything. They took him off the field and Shaw warmed up. Tech came right back when Marcus Wright went down the sideline for an 88 yard return to the Cav's 4. That set up Allens 4 yard touchdown run to make it 28-7 after three.

The Fourth was all about the GT defense. First Cav's possession saw Dominique Reese pickoff Sewell for the second time and return it 44 yards for the touchdown. GT would force a three and out and run some clock off. They would tack on another touchdown with the backups thanks to a 7 yard Cox run. The final blow came when backup CB Steven Sylvester picked off Sewell when Sewell was hit while throwing. Sylvester was right there at the line of scrimage to grab it and go 69 yards for the return and put a big blow on the Cav's self esteem.

Now, the real question. Can GT recover without both Dwyer and Nesbitt to atleast become Bowl Eligable?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

GT Stuns #16 Virginia Tech

Atlanta GA- The losing streak is over. That's what the Top Story looked like on the school newspaper this morning. Everyone especially coach Millhimes is cheerful after the Yellow Jackets upset #16 Virginia Tech 14-10 lsdt night to stop the three game losing streak.

"We needed this win for ourselves" said Josh Nesbitt. Nesbitt had 45 yards rushing and 122 through the air to help the cause.

The big thanks goes to the GT defense. Morgan and company held VT to just 10 points and 225 total offensive yards. VT only had 70 yards passing. Taylor finished 10-20 for 74 yards. He was harrassed all day long by constant blitz schemes.

Georgia fell behind early 3-0 after one and had the ball on VT's 3 yard line on a 3rd and goal. Nesbitt kept the option ball and was stripped from behind. VT recovered and it was a spoiled chance. GT also missed a field goal just before halftime. VT would lead 3-0 at halftime.

It stayed that way until late in the 3rd when Marcus Wright took a handoff up the gut for a 9 yard touchdown run to give GT a 7-3 lead. Virginia Tech struck right back when Williams went 46 yards on a pitchout to make it 10-7 with 4 minutes left. Georgia Tech kept there poise and marched down the field with 15 plays and 73 yards of field to cover. It was capped with a 6 yard Brad Sellers touchdown run to give Georgia the lead with 2:15 left.

Gerogia Tech came up big next VT drive when they Sacked Taylor on consecutive plays and then forced a big overthrow. On 4th and 20 with 30 seconds left, Taylor was hit while throwing causing the ball to go up and come down at the line of scrimage and secure the GT win!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tech Limps Out Of FSU Without Win And Dwyer

#12 FSU Survives and Knocks Out 2 Key Yellow Jackets

Coach Millhimes stormed out past reporters today furious. It was hard to tell if he was upset over the 45-42 loss to #12 FSU, or the fact that he lost Jonathan Dwyer the All-American for 4 weeks. Not to mention the loss of Demaryious Thomas for the season with a Broken Fibula.

Georgia Tech fell behind early in the game. FSU managed 10 points in the first half thanks to the passing of Manuel who was 17-21 for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. Down 10-0 in the second, GT made a move. Dwyer took it in from 1 yard out early in the second half to make it 10-7. Jones came right back for FSU with a big 42 yard touchdown run to put the lead up to 17-7. Dwyer answered with his own 40 yard touchdown run to get within 3. FSU then missed a 30 yard field goal which put GT in control. Josh Nesbitt hit Rob Jones for a 7 yard touchdown pass to give GT a 21-17 lead with 8 seconds left and a chance to get the ball abck after the half. Thats where it goes downhill. Reed took the kickoff and went down the right sideline and broke 2 tackles and outran the kicker for a 90 yard kickkoff return for the touchdown.

The Third was a disaster for GT. Jonathan Dwyer went down on the first drive after a 10 yard run. It was later learned he would be out for 4 weeks. Dwyer finished with 21 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Manuel stayed in the air in the third with two touchdowns and jumped the lead to 38-21 after three.

Then Nesbitt took over in the air. His best game of his career without a doubt. He hit Jones again for a 17 yard touchdown pass to start the 4th. After a three and out for FSU, GT went back down the field and managed to score on 5 yard touchdown run by Nesbit to cut the lead to 38-35 with 2:17 left. FSU struck again when Thomas took a run up the gut for a 23 yard touchdown run to seal it. Backup Larry Cox did hit teh endzone late in the 4th for GT but it was to little to late. On that fianl drive for GT, Nesbitt went up top to Thomas who came down very hard which later turned out to be a Broken Fibula. Thats 3 losses for GT!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Georgia Tech Loses Heart Breaker to #10 NC 20-14

GT Celebrates after making 20-14 with 2:00 minutes left

Atlanta GA- #21 georgia Tech is likely waking up tommorow morning to find themselves out of the Top 25. Thats because of back to back losses and a game with NC in which they were never in until the 4th.

#10 NC lead most of the game 17-0 before Georgia Tech managed to core a few late minute touchdowns and blow a comeback when Josh Nesbitt fumbled the football with 56 seconds left at the NC 40.

Backup QB Mike Paulus of NC had 186 yards passing and a touchdown to torch the GT secondary. At times, the GT cornerbacks looked confused.

However, GT had plenty of chances to take control of this game early but failed on all. They included a missed 28 yard field goal, an interception thrown by Nesbitt at the NC 27 yard line, and a fumble with 56 seconds left.

GT trailed 17-0 going into the 4th before they kicked into passing mode. Nesbitt had a season high 103 yards passing.90 in the 4th. GT scored early in the 4th on a Jonathan Dwyer 1 yard touchdown run to make it 17-7. NC would hit another field gaol before GT would again give it to Dwyer for a 4 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 6 with 2 minutes left.

NC was held and kicked back to GT with 1:19 on the clock. After a dropped pass by Peeples that would have been atleast a 30 yard catch, Nesbitt found Roy Jones for a nice 28 yard catch and run to the GT 47 Yard line. Nesbitt followed with a flexbone option keeper that saw him take off and attempt to get out bounds by leaping a defender. That didnt happend. Nesbit coughed up the ball with 56 seconds left and no timeouts left to lose the game.

GT is off next week before traveling to Florida St.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

#14 Georgia Tech Upset In Miami

Big 4th down conversion and last second TD do in Tech

Miami FL- Coach Millhimes could not really utter the proper words last night. Perhaps, its because he was still shocked by what he saw with 1 minute left in the 4th. Millhimes watched as Jacory Harris would lead the Hurricanes down the field in the final minute and hit a key 4th and 10 with alittle under 30 seconds left. It got worse as the drive continued until Craig Cooper scored his 3rd touchdown of the day with 16 seconds left and the Hurricanes defeated the #14 Yellow Jackets 35-31 in Miami.

" This one hurt" said Josh Nesbitt who was 6-8 for 94 yards passing and also had 58 yards rushing. Jonathan Dwyer had 3 touchdowns and 78 yards rushing. As a team, Tech beat Miami in rushing 258-179. In the end, it was the one field goal GT kicked that was the difference.

Both GT and Miami matched each other score for score through three quarters until GT hit a 25 yard field goal to make it 24-21 early in the 4th. Miami went right down the field afterwards with a 10 touchdown pass from Harris to Byrd to make it 28-24. Tech responded with its own impressive drive. On a 3rd and 3, Nesbitt hit Jones on an option play. Jones broke free for a big 54 yard run down to the Hurricanes 9 yard line with 1:46 left. Tech would hit the endzone when Dwyer would take it in from 7 yards out with 1:10 left to make it 31-28. That was way to much time for Miami.

"We have to move on from this" says Millhimes. "We still have North Carolina, Virginia Tech, FSU, and Georgia waiting." All is not lost yet in the ACC Coastal, however they did make it alittle more tougher for the team to clinch with such a tough schedule.