Saturday, September 17, 2011

Georgia Tech plays down revenge angle

Kansas running back James Sims, center, avoids a tackle as he charges up-field against the Georgia Tech defense. Sims rushed for 101 yards in his collegiate debut Saturday, helping KU stun the Yellow Jackets, 28-25, at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back James Sims, center, avoids a tackle as he charges up-field against the Georgia Tech defense. Sims rushed for 101 yards in his collegiate debut Saturday, helping KU stun the Yellow Jackets, 28-25, at Memorial Stadium.


If Georgia Tech is still seething over last year’s unexpected loss to Kansas University in Lawrence during the second week of the season, the Yellow Jackets are not making it obvious.

Throughout the week, the Yellow Jackets have talked more about what they need to do to improve this week and less about being upset that they were stunned by the Jayhawks, 28-25, last September.

There are a couple of reasons. First, although the loss put GT in a momentary funk, it rebounded nicely and finished the season by playing in a bowl game. Second, when looking back at last year’s meeting, the Yellow Jackets see the outcome as a product of their mistakes, not KU’s triumphs.

“I think for us it was more just the fact that we didn’t execute like we were supposed to,” senior defensive end Jason Peters said.

Peters, 6-foot-4, 270, doesn’t expect that to be a problem today. The reason? The Tech defense is built around one thing, and it changes each week.

“Our goal is to try to take away what they do best,” he said.

Just because the Georgia Tech coaches and players aren’t making a big deal of the revenge factor doesn’t mean others aren’t trying to turn it up a notch. Earlier this week, GT coach Paul Johnson was asked what he thought about KU linebacker Steven Johnson’s comments that Tech’s offense was similar to one Johnson’s high school team ran. Johnson didn’t take the bait and said he wasn’t going to spin quotations into bulletin-board material.

“Whatever floats your boat,” he said. “If you can’t be motivated to play them after last year, you weren’t gonna be motivated anyway.”

That’s the way Peters sees it, too. And he says his squad will be ready for Kansas because the Jayhawks play in the Big 12 and are a more well known foe than the teams GT has played the past two weeks.

“We’re looking forward to getting the next big opponent,” Peters said. “They’re experienced with us and what we want to do. We know they’re a good team. They’re much improved from last year, and we have to bring the best game we can possibly bring if we want to have a chance to win the game.”

Knockdowns noticed

One of the areas of emphasis for the Jayhawks heading into this season was to increase their physical play. So far so good. Through two games, KU has been more physical all over the field, especially on offense.

“We’ve really talked about being physical because when you’re knocking people down, big plays are gonna occur,” KU coach Turner Gill said on his weekly radio show. “We’re not just talking about the offensive line. We’re talking about every player on this football team being able to stick their nose in there and be physical. Our wide receivers, our running backs, our tight ends … all those guys love the game of football and they show it.”

Gill said the team goal was to get at least one knockdown per play. They’ve adopted the slogan of “80-for-80” as one of their catch phrases as they expect their offense to get around that many plays.

But Gill made sure to point out that knockdowns weren’t going to be handed out easily.

“Completely off their feet,” he said of the desired outcome. “Knees and hands have to hit the ground for us to call it a knockdown.”


kusportsdotcom 7 years, 1 month ago

"Reveng" angle, eh Tait? Once again, the LJW editors hard at work. Can we please just turn the whole thing over to KU's journalism school?

Eric Williams 7 years, 1 month ago

comma after again is unnecessary.

"the LJW editors are hard at work"

journalism school refers to a department name, which is a proper noun and as such should be capitalized.

Jeff Coffman 7 years, 1 month ago

I hope that knockdowns translate to turnovers in this game. That will help us tremendously.

First road test, should be interesting. I think KU can do it.

notigers4me 7 years, 1 month ago

It really is strange how some people must only read the articles to look for typos. I can't imagine what it must be like to be perfect like some of you. I am for one grateful for the class of articles that the LJW puts out day in and day out. If the LJW is a third rate paper then why do you read it? Maybe the Manhattan Mercury is a better fit for you.

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Yah:,-..."" - lytin uph awn thu speling aynd grumadicle missteaks. Gud greef.

Anyhooo - I totally believe GT when they say there is no revenge factor. Uh huh.

It was probably very easy for them to put that last game out of their heads, since it basically ruined their whole season for them. Hahahahahahaha.

I'll bet if we played NDSU this season there would be no revenge factor there either.

NebraskaJayhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Anyone going to broadcast the game today on JustinTV? I would love to watch this game, but don't have the channel.

Yakihawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know of a Sports Bar in or around Fort Collins, CO that would be playing the game today?

Geekinout 7 years, 1 month ago

Team is fine, except the D-Coordinator might need to be fired after this game!!!

Ron Franklin 7 years, 1 month ago

ya. i don't think there is anyway the d coordinators should remain after this embarrassment.

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