Posted: 11:42 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Live from Tech: Will Jackets waffle versus Wofford? 

By Mark Bradley

Historic Bobby Dodd Stadium. Did I mention it's hot? (M. Bradley)

Bobby Dodd Stadium. Historic Grant Field. Did I mention it’s hot? (M. Bradley)

To answer the question posed above: No.

With the exception of Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech tends to beat teams from lesser divisions/conferences like a rug. Remember last year’s opener, the 70-0 demolition of Elon? Remember 59-3 over Presbyterian in 2012? Remember 63-21 over Western Carolina in 2011?

(You might also remember the 10-7 victory over Gardner-Webb in 2008, but that was on a day when Joshua Nesbitt didn’t play.)

It would be a major shock if Tech doesn’t look good today. These games are made for the bigger program to look good. Indeed, the season’s first three weeks — the Jackets play Tulane next Saturday and then face Georgia Southern, new to FBS, Sept. 13 — should leave them 3-0, if not terribly tested. Then they meet Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, which should provide a test.

About Wofford: The Terriers were 5-6 last season, losers of their final four games. They were beaten 69-3 by Baylor in their opener. They were picked fourth in the Southern Conference, one spot above the aforementioned Western Carolina.

About the weather: It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s supposed to rain later in the afternoon, though not at kickoff.

About this live game thread: These are being reinstated after a year’s absence, and we hope you’ll avail yourselves of the format. I’ll check back periodically. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

159 comments
mgt87
mgt87

GA SO. Will pack our stadium. That will help fill the seats at least. PJ can take credit.

mgt87
mgt87

PJ did not seem to think his team was on solid ground at half time or the end of game. That changed quick and against woofart. Solid probation ground.

Old Jacket
Old Jacket

 The O looked decent. We may have another Joe Hamilton on our hands with Thomas. The D? Well, it just sucked. The Terriers were just a couple of plays away from an upset. No bowl game this year gang.

DallasJack
DallasJack

Sounds like a miserable win. Honestly I only listened to the start of game. Kept up through this blog and other sources. I watched Georgia Southern at NC State. Southern should have beat NC State. Luck plays a role in any game. Southern had some terrible luck. Fumble on the goal line. Losing their starting QB  on a 50 yard run changed the game. From what I've read and heard Tech looked lousy. I've heard JT looked good. That's promising. I don't take much from the game except Tech looked weak. I would agree with MB's final remarks.

Ersatz
Ersatz

Had fun at this game. Glad to see the ball in the air for a change. Atlanta college teams are 2 for 2 this week, and have to admit I'm impressed.

inoto20
inoto20

Vad lee taking the field now on big ten network

NW_Jacket
NW_Jacket

As a GT graduate, I am happy they won, but you can see the years of 2 & 3 Star recruits made this game closer than it should have been.  We looked like a good FCS program today.


MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Funny game. Never had the feeling Tech was in real trouble, but when it's 24-19 with nine minutes left, you're one bad play away from being in real trouble.

inoto20
inoto20

Nice garbage points

Tulane might beat gt.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Synjyn Days scores with 1:34 remaining. It's 38-19.

Jaded_Jacket
Jaded_Jacket

We'll I'm glad we are going back the basics this year

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

JT has a quick release and pretty accurate. 

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

What I'm seeing from JT today he appears to be a gamer.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

They very well could @inoto20  but do us all a favor and go root for the rednecks in Athens because we don't  want you here.

slydawg
slydawg

First things first: what was the spread for this game?

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

Wofford came to play. But yes, defense has to progress because don't look now, ga southern is coming in two weeks and that won't be easy. 

Tech93
Tech93

Our defense looks terrible. We knew going into the season that the D line was thin, but this confirms it. It is going to be a tough season.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Tech scores after a long run off an option pitch (that was actually ruled a forward pass, correctly) and a Laskey rush up the middle. It's 31-19 with 8:34 remaining.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

I didn't expect to barley beat Gardner Webb by 3 in 08, even without JN. These kind of games happen. Wofford gave Clemson a hard time in 2011.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DallasJack 

So - you didn't watch the game and you didn't listen to most of it - but you think Tech looked weak?  Must be ESP on your part.

For what it's worth I watched the game and was less than impressed with the D.  The O looked OK for the first game.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@inoto20 

And Vad finishes the day 16-37 141 yds 0tds 2ints in the Dukes' 52-7 loss to Maryland.


Maybe Maryland is that good?  LOL

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@inoto20 

And at the half Vad has still led the Dukes to 0 pts. He's now 8-20, 73yds 1 int. 

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@inoto20 

1 qtr in the books in College Park, MD.  So far Vad Lee has lead the Dukes to 0 pts, and is 5-13 passing for 35 yds.  At this rate he'll finish the day 20-52 for 140 yds.

GTLee
GTLee

Did UCLA cover the spread vs UVA?

inoto20
inoto20

@bobbyross1990 Oh so gt didn't come to play? Always lame excuses.

GSu will beat gt. Mark it.

Will10
Will10

@Tech93 The Defense and Offense have never been good at the same time for a season, except PJs first season. Its one or the other. 7 seasons in, you would expect different 

HobNailBoot14
HobNailBoot14

Wofford gave South Carolina a run into the fourth quarter in 2012 if I remember correctly.

Wrecker
Wrecker

@D-Sheets @inoto20 He is a great drop-back passer, huh?  How long before we label him an overrated bust?

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@inoto20 @D-Sheets 

your lack of football knowledge has been previously exposed.  But that's a YOU problem. 

The kid can play. You don't have to like it, but it's the truth.  

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@gatechclassof95 @D-Sheets 

Dude, if you can't tell that JT looks like a good fit for this O, then oh well. 


Kid throws the ball pretty well, and made some nice pitches too.  And doesn't run scared like the guy did last season.

GTLee
GTLee

Idioto20 never lets FACTS get in the way of a good troll.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

@inoto20 @HobNailBoot14

In 2012, 

Wofford and South Carolina were tied 7-7 until the 4th quarter.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Jaded_Jacket @D-Sheets 

Just looked at the 71 yd td replay ... I know what the "back" foot is, and JT did anything but throw off of it. Nice try though. 

Jaded_Jacket
Jaded_Jacket

your right he has a strong arm...his technique could use some work

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Jaded_Jacket 

And the other two highlights that are on the ESPN box score (21 yd pass play, and 19 yd td) JT is stepping into the throws ... both good, strong throws.


I like that he's not afraid of contact, unlike his predecessor.