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College Football 2009: UGA munches on GaTech

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets outscored the UGA Bulldogs by three points nearly a year ago in Athens.  Tonight, the Dawgs rode over to the capital city to try to save some face.  Broadcast on ABC, and narrated by Matt Millen and Sean McDonough, the first quarter began with the Bulldogs on offense.  Half a dozen plays into the game, Bulldogs running back Washaun Ealey got into the red zone with a thirty-four yard run.  His teammate Caleb King made a touchdown on the following play.  UGA 7 and GaTech 0.  The Yellow Jackets did decently when they took their turn with the ball, despite running back Roddy Jones’s near fumble-non-recovery.  Yellow Jackets’ first go at scoring was a failed field goal.  The next Bulldogs possession yielded a fumble that was recovered by the Yellow Jackets.  Quarterback Josh Nesbitt had to step out of the game after he was brought down to the ground.

The second quarter started with Scott Blair making a forty-two yard field goal to get his Yellow Jackets a few numbers.  UGA 7 and GaTech 3.  Would it be a broken record for the Yellow Jackets’ defense?  Every other tackle one of them has trouble getting up?  The Bulldogs increased their lead with a field goal in the middle of the quarter.  UGA 10 and GaTech 3.  Jaybo Shaw threw an interception–into the bosom of Reshad Jones–when stepping back onto the field for Nesbitt.  The Bulldogs separated themselves ever more with a Michael Moore TD catch in the end zone.  UGA 17 and GaTech 3.  Josh Nesbitt went back onto the field in the bottom of the quarter.

The Yellow Jackets got a much-needed adrenaline and confidence booster in the top of the third quarter with a seventy-six yard rushing TD by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.  UGA 17 and GaTech 10.  The Bulldogs spat right back with a seventy-five yard rushing TD by Caleb King.  UGA 24 and GaTech 10.  Yellow Jacket running back Jonathan Dwyer jumped over the goal line and into the end zone in the middle of the third quarter.  UGA 24 and GaTech 17.  For every figurative step forward that the Yellow Jackets made, the Bulldogs hop-scotch over two steps…if not in actual score then certainly in morale.  Two words: Washaun Ealey.  Or in the bottom of the third quarter, Blair Walsh.  He kicked out a field goal.  UGA 27 and GaTech 17.  Josh Nesbitt fumbled the ball in the stomach pit bottom of the quarter.

The Yellow Jackets kept the Bulldogs to a field goal as the fourth quarter started.  UGA 30 and GaTech 17.  Inching halfway through the quarter, Josh Nesbitt arguably got his upper body across the goal line.  Would the booth review concur?  Replay officials decided the ball was short of the end zone.  On the second go, Nesbitt definitely got over the line.   A fifty-five yard field goal attempt by Blair Walsh was no good in the bottom of the fourth quarter.  With under two minutes left to play, both Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets fans perched at the edge of their seats, what could GaTech do to execute the marvelous?  Three long but incomplete passes; Demaryius Thomas unable to hold onto the ball.  UGA 30 and GaTech 24.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  During the commercial break before kick-off, sideline footage included an extreme close-up of Russ, stand-in for the late Loran’s Best.

2.  UGA wore red jerseys, GaTech wore white; they looked like ketchup and honey-dijon mustard.

3.  One of the cameras caught former UGA quarterback Matthew Stafford standing on the sidelines of his alma mater.

4.  An elderly gentleman, who was watching the game from the UGA sidelines, was knocked down inadvertently when linebacker Darryl Gamble made a late hit on Demaryius Thomas.  One of the Bulldogs players could be seen in the background asking the man if he was all right.

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College Football 2009: GaTech heats up NC’s night

Steve Martin and Ray “Dog” Walker provided commentary for the game between the North Carolina Tarheels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets today at Bobby Dodd Stadium.  Televised on my local CW station,the first score of the game happened in the first quarter with a touchdown by Yellow Jackets Roddy Jones.   The rest of the first quarter and the first half of the second quarter were relatively uneventful.  GaTech’s kicker Scott Blair threw on a thirty-four yard field goal.  GaTech 10 and NC 0.  The Tarheels’ trip to the red zone in the bottom of the second quarter led to a thirty-two yard FG attempt, which Casey Barth missed.

And then I had to go to Target.  I wasn’t able to watch the rest of the game, but GaTech beat NC 24 to 7.  Yellow Jackets quarterback Josh Nesbitt made two TDs in the fourth quarter (the third was score-less).

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The stands were filled mostly with gold.  There were a few areas of light blue.

2.  The Yellow Jackets wore white jerseys and the Tarheels wore blue ones.

3.  Signal reception was spotty.  More pixelated images.

4.  The Fox Theatre got some on-air name-drop love.

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College Football: GaTech uncorks UGA with pow

1893. Grover Cleveland was the President of the United States. Thomas Edison was forty-six years-old. F. Scott Fitzgerald wouldn’t be born for three years (he hadn’t even been conceived). DW Griffith was eighteen years-old. And, for our purposes today, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the UGA Bulldogs first felt the pangs of anything-you-can-do-i-can-do-better.

The stingers and the barkers doled out their best moves in Athens today. Would UGA win for the eighth time in a row? Would GaTech yank the handkerchief from the Bulldogs’ breast pocket? Televised by CBS, the first quarter started with a Bulldogs possession which led to a touchdown catch by tight end Tripp Chandler, who spent most of the season injured. UGA 7 and GaTech 0. In the bottom of the first quarter, UGA quarterback Matthew Stafford threw an interception–right into the arms of GaTech safety Morgan Burnett, who then ran thirty-five yards into the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point snap wasn’t executed well (due to the rain perhaps?). An improv two-point conversion was not successful. UGA 7 and GaTech 6.

The second quarter started with a TD for UGA thanks to wide receiver Mohammed Massaquoi. UGA 14 and GaTech 6. Running back Lucas Cox took the Yellow Jackets into the end zone on their next possession. A deliberate two-point conversion was foiled. UGA 14 and GaTech 12. It’s not my imagination. On UGA’s next go, Mohammed Massaquoi threw the ball in search of wide receiver AJ Green (the pass was incomplete). And then, Massaquoi swept himself forty-nine yards into the end zone. Bulldogs 21 and Yellow Jackets 12. The bottom of the second quarter ended with another Massaquoi TD. Going into halftime, UGA 28 and Yellow Jackets 12. Actually, it literally ended with GaTech quarterback Josh Nesbitt throwing an interception; the ball was grabbed by safety Reshad Jones.

Whatever happened in the Yellow Jackets locker room during halftime–a thundering speech by head coach Paul Johnson or just an austere stare down–worked very well. The third quarter started with GaTech running back Jonathan Dwyer running sixty yards into the end zone for a touchdown!!! He also made it into the end zone for a two-point conversion. Bulldogs 28 and Yellow Jackets 20. GaTech, capitalizing on their newfound electrifying umph, increased their points with a TD by running back Roddy Jones. Another two-point conversion was effectively attempted–the goal line broken by Nesbitt. Both teams tied with 28 points. UGA, on their next possession, had the ball for one play. Bulldogs running back Richard Samuel was ferrying the ball back, and as he was tackled, the prolate spheroid fell out from his grasp. GaTech recovered the fumbled ball; Jonathan Dwyer ran it into the end zone one play later. The extra point kick was good. The Yellow Jackets took the lead with 35 to 28 points. GaTech kicker Scott Blair sent out a field goal towards the bottom of the third quarter. Yellow Jackets 38 and Bulldogs 28. The third-quarter-ending play had UGA running back Knowshon Moreno hobbling off the field (but he was able to go back in in the fourth quarter).

The fourth quarter started with Moreno cramming the ball into the end zone. GaTech 38 and UGA 35. Jaybo Shaw had to step in for Josh Nesbitt when the game clock was about nine minutes. Two plays later, Nesbitt was back in the game. Roddy Jones increased GaTech’s lead with a forty-five yard rushing TD halfway through the fourth quarter. C’etait magnifique! Yellow Jackets 45 and Bulldogs 35. UGA was not about to let their rivalry victory reign slip from under their chins. Aided by successful connections between Stafford and Moreno, the Bulldogs got to the red zone and AJ Green put the ball into the end zone. GaTech 45 and UGA 42. Final score. FINAL SCORE. For the first time since he’s been head coach at UGA, Mark Richt and his Bulldogs lost to the Yellow Jackets.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Craig Bolerjack and Trev Albert something or another provided commentary.

2. Both teams were on the field before the game, emulating mosh pit frenzy.

3. Brief shots of the spectators revealed a lot of red.

4. The Yellow Jackets wore white jerseys, the Bulldogs red.

5. The interception that Matthew Stafford was the best thing that could’ve happened to UGA. The Bulldogs offense was on fire after that move.

6. One of the UGA fans wore a Grinch mask and some plaid.

7. Product Placement break: Matthew Stafford holding a Coke cup on the sidelines in the top of the third quarter (after the play where one of GaTech’s defensive players had to hobble slowly off the field). I guess a Gatorade cup wouldn’t have matched his uniform.

8. By the bottom of the fourth quarter, the offensive Bulldogs’ white pants had turned greenish-gray on account of contact with the turf. The defensive Yellow Jackets’ white pants, on the other hand, were still quite white.

9. Four minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, each team had only one time-out. UGA used their last time-out with ninety seconds left. GaTech took their final time-out with forty-eight seconds on the clock.

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Oh, and New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself last night. He’ll live.

Virginia Tech won against Virginia.