Nov. 22, 2010
Georgia Tech-Georgia Set For 105th Meeting Saturday Night In Athens
Georgia Tech, bowl-eligible after a 30-20 win over Duke last Saturday, meets its in-state rival Georgia for the 105th time Saturday night in Athens, Ga. (7:45 p.m./ESPN).
The Yellow Jackets, 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the ACC, snapped a three-game losing streak with the win over the Blue Devils. Tech rushed for 320 yards and used two long plays in the second half — an 85-yard interception return by Mario Butler and a 79-yard pass from Tevin Washington to Stephen Hill — to rally from a seven-point halftime deficit. Senior Anthony Allen rushed for 165 yards on 34 carries.
Georgia Tech leads the nation in rushing offense (319.4 yards per game), paced by Allen (96.3 ypg), who ranks second in the ACC and 24th nationally. Washington has done a solid job at quarterback, replacing senior Joshua Nesbitt, who broke his right forearm in the Nov. 4 game at Virginia Tech.
Georgia, 5-6 and 3-5 in the SEC, had an open date last Saturday after a 49-31 loss at No. 2-ranked Auburn on Nov. 13. The Bulldogs have won four of their last six games.
Georgia is led offensively by freshman quarterback Aaron Murray (234.5 yards passing per game) and All-American candidate A.J. Green at wide receiver (9 TDs). The running back duo of Washaun Ealey and Caleb King combined to rush for 349 yards against the Yellow Jackets last season.
Georgia leads the all-time series, 60-39-5. UGA won last year’s meeting, 30-24 in Atlanta. Tech won the last meeting in Athens, 45-42, in 2008.
Quick Notes On The Yellow Jackets
– Georgia Tech is bowl-eligible for the 14th consecutive season. The Yellow Jackets are tied with Georgia for the fourth-longest active bowl streak nationally.
– The Yellow Jackets have finished .500 or better in ACC play for a conference-record 16th consecutive season.
– Tech ranks first nationally in rushing offense (319.4 ypg). The Yellow Jackets finished in the top five nationally in rushing in 2008 and 2009. Tech owns the second-highest rushing average in school history.
– Sophomore Tevin Washington, in his first two career starts at quarterback, has rushed for 216 yards and a touchdown, and has thrown two TD passes.
– Senior running back Anthony Allen, over his last three games, has averaged 122.3 yards rushing. He ranks second in the ACC in rushing and has run for 1,059 yards this season.
– The Yellow Jackets are 11-2 under head coach Paul Johnson in games decided by five points or less.
– Tech is 10-6 in road games under Johnson, including wins at North Carolina and Wake Forest this year.
– Georgia Tech hopes a trend continues Saturday. The road team has won the last three meetings in the Tech-UGA series.
– The Jacket defense held Duke to seven second-half points Saturday and returned an interception 85 yards for a key touchdown in the third quarter.
– At least six different Yellow Jackets should receive consideration for All-ACC honors: RB Anthony Allen, OL Sean Bedford, OL Omoregie Uzzi, LB Julian Burnett, LB Brad Jefferson, and kicker Scott Blair.
Georgia Tech-Georgia Series History
Overall series record: Georgia leads 60-39-5
Current streak: UGA 1
At Georgia Tech: UGA leads 32-26-4
At Georgia: UGA leads 28-13-1
At Neutral Sites: 0-0
Under Paul Johnson: 1-1
– Georgia leads the all-time series, 60-39-5.
– The Bulldogs have won eight of the last nine meetings, including a 30-24 win in Atlanta last season (Nov. 28, 2009).
– Tech beat Georgia three straight times from 1998-2000, then lost to the Bulldogs seven straight years from 2001 through 2007.
– The Yellow Jackets broke Georgia’s streak in 2008, Paul Johnson’s first season as Tech’s head coach, with a 45-42 win in Athens.
– Three of the last four meetings have been decided by a combined 12 points (30-24 in 2009, 45-42 in 2008 and 15-12 in 2006). Five of the last six meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
– Georgia leads the series, 28-13-1, in games played in Athens. Tech won the last meeting in Athens.
– Georgia Tech has played Georgia more frequently (104 meetings) than any other opponent. Auburn, with 92 meetings, is next.
– Tech and Georgia first met on the gridiron in 1893 and have met every season since 1925. The Tech-UGA series is the 20th-most frequently played series in the FBS, 12th-most among in-state rivals.
– The Yellow Jackets were members of the Southeastern Conference, along with Georgia, from 1933-63. Tech is 203-208-24 all-time against teams currently in the SEC. – Tech is 21-6 all-time against Georgia when scoring at least 21 points.
– Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is 1-2 all-time against Georgia, including a 1-1 record while at Tech and an 0-1 mark while at Georgia Southern.