ACC Championship 2012

As a result of self-imposed sanctions by the Miami Hurricanes, GT will represent the coastal division on December 1st.

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Post Game Press Conference Audio

After Georgia Tech's loss to Florida State in Charlotte, Coach Johnson seemed rather pleased with his team, maybe the most pleased I've ever seen him in a losing effort. He was certainly happy with how well they responded following last week's shallacking at the hands of their in-state rivals, and was encouraged by our second-half defensive play.

Hear the interview here: CPJ Post-Game

Tevin Washington spoke about the failed two-point conversion play, a few very close plays, and then his feelings after this contest as a senior, given where they've been other times this year.

Hear the interview with Tevin here: Tevin Post-game


Tech Falls 21-15

The game ended with an interception by Tevin Washington, dashing out a fantastic last-minute effort from the Yellow Jackets. At the post-game press conference now before getting on a bus back to Atlanta, will post audio and a wrapup story tomorrow.



Halftime Notes: ACC Championship Game

Courtesy of Georgia Tech's SID:

Team Notes

... Seniors Rod Sweeting (CB) and T.J. Barnes (DT) tied a Georgia Tech record by playing in their 53rd career game

... Junior safety Jemea Thomas wore jersey No. 40 tonight, part of the continuing tribute to former Yellow Jacket Julian Burnett

... Junior Euclid Cummings became the 14th different Tech player to make their first career start in 2012; the Yellow Jackets have started 37 different players this season

... Tech has played 197 consecutive games without being shut out (last time: Oct. 18, 1997 vs. Florida State)

... Tech played without leading rusher Orwin Smith for the second straight game

... Tech has outscored opponents 107-99 in the first quarter this season

... Tech allowed 21 points in a half for the eighth time this season

... The 47-yard field goal by David Scully in the second quarter was the longest by a Tech kicker since Dec. 5, 2009 when Scott Blair had a 49-yard field goal vs. Clemson in the ACC Championship Game

... Tech made two field goals in one quarter for the first time since Nov. 10, 2011 when it kicked two in the second quarter against Virginia Tech

... Tech had no touchdowns in the first half for the second straight game

... Tech has outscored opponents 143-104 in the second quarter this season


53, T.J. Barnes 2009-12

53, Rod Sweeting 2009-12

53, Rashaad Reid 2008-11

53, Scott Blair 2007-10

52, Roddy Jones 2008-11

52, Steven Sylvester 2008-11

52, Mario Butler 2007-10

52, Darryl Richard 2004, 06-08

T.J. Barnes, Sr., DT

... played in his 53rd career game, tying teammate Rod Sweeting, and two others for the most career games played in Georgia Tech history

Izaan Cross, Sr., DE

... made his 40th career start

Euclid Cummings, Jr., DE

... made his first career start tonight

Jamal Golden, So., DB-KR-PR

... his 53rd kickoff return yard tonight gave him 633 for the season, passing Kelly Campbell for the 8th-most single-season kickoff return yards in Tech history

Isaiah Johnson, Jr., S

... his second tackle tonight gave him 208 for his career, passing Andre Thomas and Anthony Harrison for the 14th-most career tackles by a Tech defensive back

Vad Lee, r-Fr., QB

... his 11th rushing yard tonight gave him 500 for the season, putting him over 500 yards for both rushing and passing

Sean Poole, Jr., P

... his 55-yard punt in the first quarter tied a career high

David Scully, Jr., K

... his 47-yard field goal in the second quarter was a career long and the longest by a Tech kicker since Dec. 5, 2009 when Scott Blair had a 49-yard field goal against Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

David Sims, Jr., BB

... his 22nd rushing yard tonight gave him 1,200 for his career

Rod Sweeting, Sr., CB

... played in his 53rd career game, which ties T.J. Barnes and two others for the most career games played in Georgia Tech history

Chris Tanner, Sr., K

... his second-quarter field goal made him 4-of-5 on the season

Omoregie Uzzi, Sr., OG

... made his 38th career start (ranks second on the team)

Darren Waller, So., WR

... his 42-yard reception in the second quarter was the second-longest of his career (63 is his longest reception)

Tevin Washington, Jr., QB

... made his 30th consecutive start

Tonight's Captains

Izaan Cross, Omoregie Uzzi, Tevin Washington

Florida State won the toss and elected to defer.


Fan Falls Prior to ACC Championship Game

From SB Nation's College Football Hub:

"A fan fell from the fourth-floor ramp at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Saturday night and is at the hospital with life-threatening injuries, the Charlotte Observer reports. According to the Observer, the fan has been transported to the trauma unit of Carolina's Medical Center with serious injuries after receiving at least some on-site treatment.

The fan fell somewhere between an estimated 40 and 60 feet from a third-story concourse at the stadium, according to reports. The fall took place around 8:30 p.m. ET, which is just about kickoff time, according to when medics first responded to the call.

Police reported that the fan fell outside of the stadium. Identification of the fan is not yet known. It is also not known what caused the fan to fall.

The stadium is hosting the ACC Championship football game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets."

The story can be found here:


ACCCG Halftime Report: Tech Trails 21-6

It wasn't a very good first half for the Yellow Jackets. Any chance they're able to come back?



GT looks to stay above .500 and go to the Orange Bowl (two clauses that should never be next to each other ever again).


Opponent Q&A with Tomahawk Nation

FSU affiliate Tomahawk Nation answers our questions about FSU's team this year


The Roadmap to Beating Florida State

Florida State has lost twice this year to North Carolina State and Florida, and came close to losing at Virginia Tech. How was it done by those teams, and can Georgia Tech replicate it?


Tech Fans, Let's Cheer on Our Jackets in Charlotte

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time to support this team like never before. They've 'wow'-ed us this season, pulling themselves up from the pits of Hell that they had dug themselves into, giving themselves and this program new life, a berth in the ACC Championship game, and a chance to go to the Orange Bowl.

It's been an incredible roller coaster of a season so far. From losing at Virginia Tech in heartbreaking fashion, to whipping Virginia at home, to losing another heartbreaker to Miami and a terrible one to Middle Tennessee, to a revitalizing win at home against Boston College, followed by another bad loss on Homecoming to BYU, to the 3 straight wins reeled off to attain bowl eligibility and win the Coastal Division -- I told you, it's been crazy.

But after it all, this team now has a chance to go and do something special -- something they haven't done in 14 or 3 years (depending on if you ask the NCAA or literally anyone else) -- and we need to be there to support them. Why can't you go? It's only a 4-hour drive from Atlanta. You can get tickets for $35 as a student (for the student section), or for only $10 on StubHub. Students: perhaps you have a test the next week? Wrong, you don't. It's Dead Week. There are no tests that week.

LET'S GO TO CHARLOTTE AND SUPPORT THIS TEAM. Let's show what great fans we are and be there for this team as they play for a conference championship.

Students: If you're looking to go to this game and need a ride, I'm working on organizing a bus. Contact me for info at


Our Ridiculous Road to the 2012 ACCCG

Let's take a trip back in time 6 weeks to October 8th, 2012. Georgia Tech was sitting at 2-4 (1-3), the latest loss having been a boomer to Clemson that was much more disparate than the final score indicated. At around 3:30PM that day, Joey, myself, and seemingly the rest of the media in Atlanta were called into the Edge Center for a press conference to announce the firing of defensive coordinator Al Groh. The program, needless to say, was in shambles at this point. Not many people thought we could ever come out of this season with our heads anywhere but up our butts, myself included. But the ever-tenacious Paul Johnson wasn't ready to give up. He said as much in that press conference: "We're not ready to give up, we have six games left and are looking to move on." After what seemed like a rebound game against BC which moved us to 3-4 (2-3), we found out against BYU that not much had changed and BC is just terrible. Then boom, we haven't lost a game since. What changed to get us to this point, and just how exactly did we get there?

One thing that's changed that we've all noticed is team energy, particularly on defense. Players finally seem to be tackling properly, and are hitting harder. I asked Paul Johnson about this in the Duke post-game conference and he said that the team had been working on tackling technique, so that's certainly part of it. But moreover it seems like some innate energy that's just spread throughout the team. The offense shows it too. The past two weeks, the team has set records for of number of knockdown blocks in a game by coach Johnson's count. To me, there's nothing more indicative of a dominate mental state than effectively screaming at the other "get on the ground, BITCH!"

The other thing that hasn't really changed throughout the course of the season, but has certainly helped us, is the fact that the ACC Coastal is...fuck it, there's no euphemism here. We're all terrible this season. All the off-field issues don't matter, we're still all going to finish 6-6 somehow. That last sentence was the most ACC sentence ever typed in history, no matter what Spencer Hall has to say about it. I really wish I could explain the infamous ACC "parity" (pronounced "parody") but I just can't. Consider the following: in order to ger to the ACC Championship Game 5 weeks ago, we needed this absurd confluence of events for us to get to the ACC championship:

2) The other option is the possibility of a 3-way tie in the ACC. This would require Miami to lose only 2 of their last 4 ACC games. The 3-way tie would have to occur between GaTech, Miami, and Duke (3-losses per team).
- Requirement: GaTech needs to beat Duke. Duke needs to beat Miami (the toughest part about this requirement).
Miami's two losses would need to come from FSU and Duke (any extra losses would make it much easier), but Miami NEEDS to either lose to Duke or they need to lose to VaTech AND Virginia, which seems unlikely.
- Duke's two losses would need to come from (FSU or Clemson [not both]) and GaTech. (This seems improbable because Duke still needs to play a very good North Carolina as well as FSU, Clemson, GaTech, and Miami, who are all much better then Duke imo)
- Virginia Tech needs to lose to Clemson, Miami, and FSU. There is no way that we can be in a 3-way tie with VaTech and Miami, since we lost to VaTech (Unless we somehow get into a 3-way tie between GaTech, Virginia, and VaTech, which isn't going to happen). This seems very probable.
- If the above scenarios work-out, then there is a 3-way tie for first place in the ACC between GaTech, Miami, and Duke.

Of course, we got a little help from Miami because they are Miami and are magnetized to hookers, but still that's a pretty low confidence interval up there in grey. I guess what we can take away from all this is that the ACC sucks, but, at least this year we rode it into the championship game.


Georgia Tech is Going to the ACCCG

As a result of self-imposed sanctions by the Miami Hurricanes, GT will represent the coastal division on December 1st.

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