Originally created 09/22/03

Gailey finds few positives in blowout loss to Clemson



ATLANTA - The game film offered little solace for Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey in the wake of his team's 39-3 loss to Clemson.

"I feel the same way I felt last night; there were some positives you look at, but they are few and far between," Gailey said Sunday evening.

The drubbing left little to smile about, but Gailey insisted that positives could come from the loss. He said he'd stress focus and a sense of urgency at practice this week - two intangibles lacking from the Yellow Jackets' preparations for Clemson.

"Every time you go through something you learn something about a guy and a group of guys. We'll find out something about this team this week," Gailey said. "It will show us a great deal about what kind of team we have if we can come back."

Senior cornerback Jonathan Cox said the Yellow Jackets (1-3) are prepared to put the loss behind them for Saturday's game vs. Vanderbilt (0-3).

"We know that we are better than that and we're going to work hard in practice and try to correct our mistakes for next week's game," Cox said after the game.

  • As Gailey feared, Clemson used true freshman Reggie Ball's comments about not losing another game as a motivating factor. After letting Ball know how they felt all game, some Tigers told the media how they felt as well.
  • "We told him on the field, that was a big statement from such a small man. To make a statement like that, we told him from the first play that we were going to get after him all game and make him eat his words. And we did a good job of that tonight," Clemson defensive end J.J. Howard said of the 5-foot-11 Ball after the game.

    Ball was contrite after the game, and Gailey said Sunday he doesn't expect his quarterback to provide bulletin-board material again.

    "He'll probably measure his comments from here on," Gailey said, adding that he didn't speak with Ball after the game. "If I've got to say something after that, he isn't as smart as I think he is."

    Ball completed just 19 of 42 passes for 248 yards, and many of his throws were well off-target. Gailey said Ball was pressing, which led to delivery problems.

    "His technique got sloppy during the course of the ballgame," Gailey said, adding that the mistakes would be easy to point out on film.

    With third-stringer Patrick Carter battling a knee injury, the Yellow Jackets dressed senior Brian Camp and would have used him as a third-team quarterback if necessary against the Tigers. Gailey said Carter's injury is short-term.

    Senior A.J. Suggs remains the second-team quarterback, but he did not play in the game.