OK, so here it is, the aforementioned post with the aforementioned 45-42 reference. It's nothing too crazy, but I figured since it had something to do with that one game that was played on this day last November that some Georgia Tech fans call "sacred," and Georgia fans call "the day pigs discovered they had wings," I figured you'd want to read about it. So here goes.
So, earlier today, a few Georgia Tech football players and one assistant coach were made available to interested members of the media following a morning workout on campus. The coach, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, chatted with those of us present for several minutes as he was grilled about everything concerning the Yellow Jackets' defense, from the d-line to the secondary to the linebackers to his incoming freshmen. (More on that in The Telegraph and at macon.com in the coming days) But at one point during the conversation, he spoke about that November day. Yes, he contends, there's a lot of good to remember from that soggy, chilly afternoon east of Atlanta, but perhaps selfishly, he also admits, there were some not so good things to remember, as well.
Entering the game that afternoon, the Yellow Jackets, losers of the series' last seven contests, weren't expected to win. The Bulldogs were the nation's preseason No. 1 team, and the Yellow Jackets were implementing a new offense that wasn't expected to produce immediate positive results. But, as it turns out, the Bulldogs had trouble with that offense, and couldn't stop the Yellow Jackets from rushing for 408 yards, including a 214-yard rushing performance from backup A-back Roddy Jones. Most of his yards, by the way, came as part of a massive second-half rally. At the end of the game, the Yellow Jackets held on to win, 45-42, prompting T-shirts to be made in Atlanta, a new saying ("45-42!") to be shouted at Bulldogs fans for at least another year, and a huge brick block to be removed from the Yellow Jackets' collective shoulders.
But amid the celebrations, for some, it didn't fully feel like the Yellow Jackets had earned the victory over their hated rival. ...So now we go inside Dave Wommack's head:
"Sometimes, this is selfish to say, but I didn't feel like (we won the game), from a defensive standpoint. ...(Currently) There's a closeness in our unit -- really on the team -- but I think there's a closeness on the unit that they've got a lot of pride. I know that they were really disappointed with their last two games. I think we all were with the way we finished the season defensively, even if we did beat Georgia."
Wommack's defenders had allowed the Bulldogs to amass 488 yards in the wild, high-scoring, high-stakes shootout before giving up 38 points in a blowout loss to LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to end the season. But disappointments aside, he was just glad the Georgia game ended in his team's favor.
"I'm glad our offense scored 45 was (the first thing) going on in my mind!"
He said he hadn't seen the Georgia-Georgia Tech game on television until two nights ago, when his wife told him it was on. Aside from film study, it was the first time he had seen it.
"She said, 'You ought to watch it.' So I said, 'Alright, I'll sit here and watch it.' They cut it down in parts into two hours and all that stuff. You'd shake your head here and there.
"You don't want to make excuses; they had some really good players on the field. I mean, some great players. And they put you in a bind because they had a great wide receiver, a a great running back and a great quarterback, at times.
"But I thought we could have played a lot better than we did. We looked like we were in slow motion. And, to be honest with you -- and I don't mean this derogatory to Georgia's defense -- they did, too. Both teams, defensively, looked like they were in slow motion. We didn't look like we were playing as hard as we're capable of playing, and we did some stupid things that we hadn't done in the past. Hopefully we'll be able to use that -- well, we already have -- but we hope to use that as a learning situation from them.
"Thankfully, our offense scored 45; and it was a great win."
So there you have it, folks. Wommack was a little disappointed with the way last regular season ended, but he sounds quite optimistic that while the result in this year's regular season-finale should be the same, that his defense will play even better to achieve that goal.
Hope this whet your Georgia-Georgia Tech appetite just a taste. There are less than five months until the game in Atlanta, so it'll be here before you know it. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Keep checking out the stories online and in The Telegraph, like Friday's feature on former Johnson County standout, Brad Jefferson. Also, keep following me on Twitter @macontechtalk.
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