Jan. 1, 2007
Calvin Johnson caught his 14th and 15th touchdowns of the season, extending his Georgia Tech season record. That number equals as the third best season in ACC history. The ACC season record is 17 by Clarkston Hines in 1989, followed by Torry Holt of NC State with 16 in 1997 and Andre Cooper of FSU with 15 in 1995.
Johnson’s second touchdown catch was the 28th of his career, also extending his Tech career record and moving him into a tie for fifth in ACC history. He has now scored 29 career touchdowns (including one rushing TD), more than any players in Tech history except Robert Lavette (46) and Joe Burns (34).
With 186 yards receiving, Johnson raised his season total to 1,202, setting a new Tech season record. The previous record was 1,138 by Jonathan Smith in 2003.
Johnson’s 186 yards receiving today are a career-high.
Johnson raised his career receiving total to 2,927 yards, breaking Kelly Campbell’s Georgia Tech record of 2,907. Johnson also raised his career total to 178, moving into second place in Tech history, behind only Campbell (195).
Quarterback Taylor Bennett completed eight straight passes to open the game. That is believed to be the longest streak by a Tech quarterback since George Godsey hit 11 straight against The Citadel in 2001. The unofficial school record is 18 in a row by Joe Hamilton, who hit his last 15 against FSU and then his first three against UCF in 1999.
Bennett’s 326 passing yards was the most for any Georgia Tech player since George Godsey passed for a Tech single-game record of 486 yards against Virginia in 2001. Bennett’s passing total was the 13th-highest single-game mark in Georgia Tech history and the best ever by a Yellow Jacket in a bowl game.
Tailback Tashard Choice reached the 100-yard mark for the seventh straight game and the ninth time in the last 10 games. He breaks Eddie Lee Ivery’s Tech record of eight 100- yard games, set in 1978, and equals Ivery’s record of seven straight 100-yard games, also in 1978.
With 170 yards today, Choice raised his season total to 1,474 rushing yards, the second best season total in school history. Only Eddie Lee Ivery (1,562, 1978) gained more yards in a season. Choice also set a new Tech record for carries in a season with 297, breaking the mark of 283 set by P.J. Daniels in 2003.
Choice’s 170 yards rushing and 198 total yards today (including his 28 receiving yards) are career-highs.