Georgia Tech Vs. Western Carolina: Pass-happy Jackets Fly High, 63-21

Yellow Jackets' quarterback Tevin Washington threw 271 yards and three touchdowns as Tech defeated Western Carolina 63-21

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Georgia Tech Score: 63-21 Win, And Paul Johnson's Got An Air Force (Again)

Paul Johnson would like you to know something: there's room in his offense for a passing game. At Hawaii in the 1980s, his quarterbacks Warren Jones and Garrett Gabriel threw for more than 2,000 yards each in consecutive seasons, with Gabriel almost hitting 3,000 in 1990. The Rainbow Warriors used aggressive deep routes, screens, stack formations, double-A-back formations and general zaniness, and it was spectacular. Take a look -- you'll barely recognize it until almost two and a half minutes in:

Since coming to Atlanta, he's mentioned multiple times that the flexbone will flex to accompany an aerial component if it damn well pleases. 

Thus far is has not frequently pleased, except when Demaryius Thomas was around, but in Georgia Tech's opener against Western Carolina, new quarterbacks Tevin Washington and Synjyn Days got to show off the flyin' Jackets display, combining for 261 yards at the half and 365 overall. You never thought you'd see a Johnson offense get dinged with NCAA 12 runnin' up the score penalties, but here we are.

(Which makes you wonder just how inaccurate Joshua Nesbitt was, and marvel at how good Thomas was.)

Yep, it's only Western Carolina. But it's not like Tech has bombed Gardner-Webb or South Carolina State or Duke or any of their other cupcakes to this degree. If the Jackets are going to incorporate a few more rainbow passes in their attack this year, few viewers will complain.

For more, visit Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat.

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Georgia Tech Vs. Western Carolina Final Score: Tevin Washington Leads Tech To 63-21 Victory Over The Catamounts

Georgia Tech's 63-21 season opening victory over Western Carolina may not be all that exciting until you look deeper into the numbers. Consider that the Yellow Jackets rolled up 662 yards of offense but 365 of those coming via the forward pass.

Tevin Washington finished the night completing 8 of 13 attempts for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Wideout Stephen Hill did most of the damage hauling in four passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Hill had scoring plays of 82 and 77 yards.

Despite their passing efforts, the Yellow Jackets still steamrolled their way to 297 yards rushing on the night while averaging over six yards per carry. Orwin Smith racked up 84 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries. Synjyn Days and David Sims each had rushing scores.

The Yellow Jackets dominated early scoring 28 unanswered points in the first quarter. Western Carolina scored all 21 of their points in the second including a blocked punt return for a touchdown just before halftime. Brandon Pechloff completed 20 of 33 passes for 180 yards. Shaun Warren led the Catamounts in rushing with 43 yards on 13 carries. Michael Vaughn and Brandon Pechloff accounted for Western Carolina's two touchdowns on the ground. 

For more on the Yellow Jackets, be sure and check out From The Rumble Seat

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Georgia Tech Vs. Western Carolina Score: Yellow Jackets Take 42-21 Lead Into Halftime.

Georgia Tech wasted little time in getting its season off to a good start scoring on its first offensive play from scrimmage and take a 42-21 lead into halftime over the Western Carolina Catamounts. The Yellow Jackets scored 28 unanswered points in the first quarter before Western Carolina could semi find itself in the second. 

The Yellow Jackets forced a fumble on the Catamounts first possession and took control of the ball on the Western Carolina five yard line. Orwin Smith rambled five yards on Tech's first play from scrimmage giving the Yellow Jackets an early touchdown lead. Tech would add three more touchdown's in the first quarter with the highlighted by a Tevin Washington 82 yard touchdown to Steven Hill

Western Carolina got on the board early in the second quarter after a fumbled punt return by Tech's Euclid Cummmings set up the Catamounts at the Georgia Tech four yard line. Brandon Pechloff punched it in two plays later and Western Carolina trailed 28-7. 

Both teams would alternate touchdowns to end the quarter with the big play coming as Western Carolina's Isiah Moore blocked a Yellow Jackets punt and ran it in from 69 yards out with one second left in the half cutting the lead to 42-21.

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Georgia Tech Vs. Western Carolina TV Schedule: Football Back, Football Back

At 7: 30 pm ET on ESPN3.com, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets play Western Carolina, and that's wonderful. College football is back, Georgia Tech will be one of the first several teams to play on the opening Thursday night -- no shame in that, Wisconsin is playing too! -- and we have three-ish months ahead of us during which the world is correct.

Roddy Jones will play, after a doubtful bout with the maybe-not list, not that the Jackets will really need need his services. If everything goes according to plan, he and his fellow starters will be sitting by the fourth quarter anyway.

To watch: quarterbacks. This is Tevin Washington's game as an on-purpose starter, but both Synjyn Days and Vad Lee have developed intrigue around town. Expect all three to play, and expect too many people to make too much of comparing their stats.

The Catamounts are debuting a pistol offense, which could get messy quickly, but it will still be fun to see two specialized attacks in one game. Plus, with all that running you'll probably be home in time to watch way more college football. It's on TV! College football is on TV!

For more, visit Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat. The national college football TV schedule is here.

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Roddy Jones Injury: Georgia Tech Captain Doubtful For Western Carolina

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets don't have the hardest opponent in their first game of the season against Western Carolina, but it won't be as easy as it could be because they will be without starting running back Roddy Jones. Jones is not listed in the depth chart for this opening game because of an unknown injury and is considered "doubtful for the game by the coaching staff, according to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Johnson said A-back Roddy Jones is doubtful (undisclosed injury). Jones has appeared and started in all but one game in his Georgia Tech career. Johnson said he was “dinged up.” Embry Peeples would start in Jones’ place. Backup A-back Marcus Wright is also on the injured list.

Jones averaged 6.8 yards on 52 attempts last year and finished with four rushing touchdowns. He was expected to play a larger role with the team in this his senior season. For more on how this might effect the Yellow Jackets, and Georgia Tech news and reaction in general, head over to From The Rumble Seat.

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Georgia Tech Football Schedule 2011: Western Carolina To Provide Opening Week Tuneup For Yellow Jackets

Western Carolina doesn't figure to be a stout test for the Yellow Jackets football team as it kicks off its 2011 season. However, the game will provide coach Paul Johnson the opportunity to see many of his team's new moving parts in action for the first time in a game situation. By opening the season on Thursday, it will give the Yellow Jackets extra time to prepare for their road trip to Middle Tennessee State on September 9. 

A Closer Look At The Catamounts
Coach: Dennis Wagner 7-27 in four seasons at Western Carolina; 51-64-1 Overall
Last Season: 2-9, 1-7 SOCON
Returning Starters: 13 (nine offensive, 4 defensive)
Key Players: WR Deja Alexander, DB Randy Pressley, QB Zac Brindise

Western Carolina finished dead last in the Southern Conference during the 2010 season and ranked near the bottom in most offensive and defensive statistical categories. With many of the Catamounts young and inexperienced, they figure to have another tough season in 2011 and were picked to finish last once again by the SoCon coaches. If there is a glimmer of hope it comes in the form of sophomore wideout Deja Alexander who was named to the SoCon's All Freshman team last season. While the rest of the Catamounts are likely to be out manned by the Yellow Jackets, Tech's secondary could get a test from Alexander. 

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