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Wake Forest threw up a few hail mary’s during its final 15 second possession, but was unable to make magic happen. As a result, Georgia Tech picks up the (much more difficult than expected) ACC road win. Paul Johnson has still not lost consecutive games with the Jackets.
Georgia Tech was able to win the war despite losing the T.O.P. battle and despite GT dropping the ball (both fumbles and passes) way too much, the defense again not being fantastic, and the O-line letting the Wake Forest Sackaholics get to Nesbitt way too often. But whatever, at the end of the day Nesbitt threw 2 touchdown passes and ran the ball for 72 yards to lead GT to victory.
After receivers dropped 2 deep passes from Nesbitt, he is able to complete a 6-yard pass to Tyler Melton setting up a 4th and 4 situation on the GT 37-yard line. Nesbitt takes the situation into his own hands and carries the ball for a 16-yard gain, first down on the Wake Forest 47-yard line.
Nesbitt then COMPLETED (meaning the receivers actually held on to the ball!) back to back passes, making it first down on the Wake 29-yard line. A few plays later and Nesbitt CONNECTS with a 9-yard TD pass to Correy Earls. Tech leads 24-20 with 0:15 on the clock.
Joshua Nesbitt begins the final drive by twice in a row hitting receivers in the hands with the ball down field. If either were to have caught the ball, GT would have been set up to at least kick a game tying field goal, if not more.
Anyway… GT driving… 1:30 on the clock.
In a drive lasting 4:25, Wake Forest drove the ball down the field to their 9-yard line. Kicker Jimmy Newman just hooked in the chip shot field goal, resulting in a Wake Forest 20-17 lead over the Jackets.
Tech will receive the kick off with about 2:20 on the clock and 1 time out.
FINALLY… Georgia Tech breaks a big play. Joshua Nesbitt broke free for a 51-yard scamper down the field to the Wake 26. A couple sacks later and Scott Blair is on the field to kick a 42-yard field goal. Tech is currently only losing 17-9. At this point, I have lost count of the times Nesbitt has been sacked today.
FINALLY… Georgia Tech breaks another big play as Anthony Allen breaks a 30 yard rush to the Wake Forest 25 yard line. After stalling Tech decides to go for it on 4th and 5 and Nesbitt connects with Stephen Hill on a 20-yard touchdown pass, bringing the score to 17-15, Wake leading. Obviously Tech goes for 2 and the Nesbitt draw play works like a charm, tying up the game at 17.
After starting the second half with three and outs on both sides of the ball, Georgia Tech actually obtained a first down. Later on the drive, at their own 34, Tech went for it on 4th and 1 for the second time today. In Paul Johnson’s favorite situation, they kept the drive alive on a pitch to Charles Perkins as he picked up about 10 yards. Two plays later, Nesbitt fumbled the ball and Tech recovered for a loss of 5 yards. One sack later, it was time to punt away.
A drive later, Tech's defense does its job and forces Wake to punt, but Georgia Tech's punt returner, Jerrard Tarrant, could not handle the ball. Wake recovered Tarrant’s fumble and began its drive on Tech’s 19-yard line. One first down later, Josh Adams carried the ball from the 3-yard line into the endzone for a touchdown.
Skylar Jones, Wake’s fourth string quarterback, is being evaluated on the sideline as Joshua Nesbitt is being sacked on the field to end the third quarter.
Georgia Tech began their 1:22 drill by throwing two incomplete passes. On third and 10, Nesbitt completed a dump-off pass to Preston Lyons who was able to run for 38 yards to the Wake 31 yard line. On first down Nesbitt ran the ball 4 yards and on second Emery Peoples lost a yard on a pitch. All setting up… another incomplete pass on third down.
On fourth down, Scott Blair came out and kicked a 45-yard field goal to bring the score to 10-6 as we go to half time.
At the end of the half, Wake is winning the T.O.P. war 17:06 to 12:54. The teams’ passing yards are about equal (neither in triple digits) and Wake has about 20 more rushing yards than Tech. The difference in the game has been the Tech fumble that Wake was able to turn into 7 points.
Although Tech’s offense hasn’t done anything, at least the defense has held the mighty Wake Forest offense to only 10 points!
After recovering B.J. Bostic’s fumble, the Deacons drove the ball from their own 43 yard line to the endzone, taking a 10-3 lead. Skylar Jones (reminder, Skylar is Wake’s fourth string quarterback) led the team down the field, completing a few passes and rushing for 23 yards.
Wake had first and goal from the two yard line, but it looked like GT would be able to put up a goal line stand as they forced Wake into a 4th and goal situation from the one. In Paul Johnson fashion, Wake went for the 4th and short and Brandon Pendergrass ran the ball into the end zone.
With 1:30 left, GT will receive the ball and start working from behind.
B.J. Bostic had big two carries for 40 yards before putting the ball on the ground on his third attempt. Joshua Nesbitt tossed the ball to Bostic who could not handle the pitch. Georgia Tech’s luck has apparently run out as they were unable to recover their third fumble of the day.
Wake Forest takes over the ball on their 43-yard line with 6:30 left in the half. We’re still tied, 3-3.
Skyler Jones has taken over as quarterback for Wake Forest. This is the team’s third quarterback of the game, as Jones takes over for Brendan Cross, who previously took over for the injured Ted Stachitas.
In other news… Georgia Tech continues to be lucky, as they have put the football on the ground twice in the first half, but have yet to turn the ball over. Anthony Allen dropped the ball on the first play of the game and Nesbitt recovered and Joshua Nesbitt fumbled the snap early in the second quarter, but then recovered.
At the end of the first quarter the Jackets are tied with the Demon Deacons 3-3. Nesbitt has gone 2-4 passing for 17 yards thus far in the game, bringing the team up to 18 complete passes for the season. He has also carried the ball 8 times for 32 yards. Overall the team has rushed 15 times for 77 yards.
The Deacons are 1-3 passing for 3 yards and have 82 rushing yards on 9 carries. Tech has done a better job of moving the ball and has picked up 5 first downs to Wake’s 2. Most importantly, Tech has almost doubled the time of possession of Wake.
The first quarter ended with GT on Wake’s 20 yard line facing a 4th and 1. To open the second, CPJ and Joshua Nesbitt say let’s go for it, my friends… but fall short. That one won’t make any future Heisman videos.
Scott Blair capped the first GT (short) drive with a 48-yard field goal. This increases Blair’s career point total to 86 and gave Georgia Tech an early 3-0 lead.
On Georgia Tech’s first play of the drive, starting left guard Will Jackson stopped the clock with an injury, but was able to walk off the field without assistance. Three plays later, left tackle Nick Claytor goes down with his own injury, but walks off on his own accord. Hopefully this trend will subside shortly.
After holding Wake Forest’s defense to two three and out series, Wake was able to break a long run and set up a chip shot field goal to tie the game at 3-3.
Wake Forest quarterback Ted Stachitus has been taken out of the game due to an injury and the team is down to its third-string quarterback.
Losing a center is bad. Losing an all-conference center and his backup is even worse. Having to use a guard who’s never played before at center, and letting him field a blitz-crazy, turnover-happy defense on a scalding Georgia afternoon? Yep.
Coley Harvey reports:
The addition of Bedford and Finch should tighten up an issue coaches had been preparing the last few days to gameplan around. In addition to Beno, backup guard Zach Krish had been taking snaps at center, and was expecting to see time against the Demon Deacons.
“He’s only one person,” co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak said of Bedford. “But he’ll do a good job. His intensity and his desire and his drive is contagious. So Sean’s a good leader, and it’s good to have your leaders on the field. It’s a calming influence, too, sometimes.
Series history: Tech leads 21-8, and has gone 8-3 on Deacon turf. The Jackets haven't lost in Winston-Salem in over a decade.
The two teams' most famous matchup was also the most unwatchable ACC Championship Game ever played, which is saying something.
Entering the 2006 conference title game, Tech was visibly deflated from a 15-12 loss to Georgia in which Tashard Choice ran for 151 yards from scrimmage but Reggie Ball went 6-of-22 with two picks. Calvin Johnson was held to two catches, the second-worst game of his three-year Tech career.
Megatron bounced back against Wake, catching all but 12 of the Jackets' 129 passing yards, but the rest of the offense didn't. Allow From The Rumble Seat to elaborate:
Nix was ready to leave Georgia Tech and most likely had his offer from Miami in the mail as he haphazardly called deep bombs and halfback draws in one of the worst offensive efforts of the 2000's.
Georgia Tech fans realized that Pat Nix had truly fooled them for five years. Nix, in fact, was an agent sent from Auburn University to destroy Georgia Tech's chances at ACC glory. In a rainy, cold Jacksonville crapfest, Tech only scored 2 field goals. The offense averaged almost 27 points per ACC contest. The defense only gave up 3 field goals. Pat Nix is very fortunate he got a job with Miami because he was about to be fired.
A defense powered by Calvin Johnson and Tashard Choice mustered six points against Wake Forest, with championship rings on the line. To this day the game's 9-6 final score functions as a shorthand for ACC title game fail.
Last meeting: Down by three in overtime, Paul Johnson called for Joshua Nesbitt to attempt a fourth-down conversion. If he converted, Tech would go to 7-1 in the ACC with a game against Duke the following week. If he didn't make it, Miami would have a chance to take the division, as they held the head-to-head tiebreaker.
We'd been standing since the middle of the second quarter, when a dubious chop block penalty negated a 60-yard end-around touchdown by Stephen Hill and necessitated half an hour of booing, but I had to sit. "This is the conference," I kept muttering with my hands on my head, forgetting for a moment the conference's 9-6 heritage.
He made it:
Heather Dinich writes:
Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price didn’t practice on Monday because of a concussion he sustained at Florida State, and his status is uncertain for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.
Blogger So Dear mentions Wake’s other quarterback, Ted Stachitas, is also banged up.
SBN ATL: I noticed Wake Forest has some very, very strange rushing yardage stats. The two QBs run about as often as they pass, and lead the team in yardage. Even without their contributions, the team still runs way more than it passes. Is all this by design? Is this a new thing? How do you feel about Wake's running game?
MR: I'll try to answer your questions all in one. It's a complicated answer.
Tanner Price showed a big arm in the win over Duke, but in the FSU game, he often had little time to throw the ball, so he had to tuck or run for his life.
When Ted Stachitas is in, it is absolutely by design. He was Tebow's successor at Nease H.S. so he is familiar with that style of offense. He had some big passing games in high school, but as of yet has shown little to no development in the passing game (although he was efficient when called into duty after Price's concussion).
A lot of Wake's running game has come from designed QB zone reads and options this year. Wake has run options in the past, but not much in the last few years as Riley Skinner was not a very mobile quarterback. Both Price and Stachitas have wheels, so it appears that the coaching staff is content to let them run. Unfortunately the offensive line is poor, especially in pass protection, so the two quarterbacks have to do this far too often.
Wake has trouble running between the tackles, but freshman Josh Harris has shown bursts in limited action. Wake has a lot more success on the edge and utilizes their fast receivers like Givens and Devon Brown on endarounds at times.
I would like to see improvement in the running game as we have seen very little I-formation (which has been chalked up to FB Tommy Bohanon's shoulder injury), but when you can't run it up the middle or off-tackle, it is hard to establish consistency. But without a conventional running attack or even the fear of one, it is very difficult to run PA plays and opponents are able to sit back and zone Wake to death, hurting chances at the deep balls and even simple crossing patterns.
As I've said in the last couple weeks, something has to change soon and I'm very disappointed in the playcalling in general.
Comparing resumes: After being shut out by Florida State (SHUT OUT BY FLORIDA STATE) and blown away by Stanford, Wake might actually be looking forward to this game. Boy, that's a depressing thought. The Possessed Parishioners did win a 102-point shootout against Duke, meaning they let Duke football score a bad basketball game's worth of points.
Tech's lone noteworthy win, a back-and-forth survival in North Carolina, trumps Wake's. Yayyy.
Demon Deacons to watch: The nineteen-headed running game monster, led by quarterbacks Ted Statchitas and Tanner Price, is ranked 15th in the nation. Five players have more than 100 rushing yards so far, with three more exceeding 50. Eight have scored ground touchdowns. Considering Tech's run-distribute-y offense and awful tackling, the rushing yard columns in this game's box score could run out of digits fast.
I can't say I've watched Wake this year, but what in the world, man? Their two quarterbacks have combined for 70 rushing attempts and 78 passes. Researching this. More to come.
On defense the ha ha ha it feels good to laugh since our defense is very bad too.
Vegas says: Tech by 9.5.