Georgia Tech Postgame Notes

Dec. 6, 2009

Georgia Tech Postgame Notes December 5, 2009 vs. #25 Clemson Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game

Georgia Tech's Win Tonight Gives The Yellow Jackets...
... a record of 11-2 overall - the most wins by a Tech team since 1990... their first outright ACC championship since 1990 (Tech shared the 1998 ACC crown)... a berth to the Fed Ex Orange Bowl on January 5th, which marks the 13th consecutive season Tech has played in a bowl game... a tie for the second-most wins in school history; only the 12-0 1952 team won more games... a 1-1 record in ACC Championship games... a 2-0 record vs. Clemson this season... a 49-24-2 all-time record vs. Clemson and four consecutive wins over the Tigers... a 2-1 record in the state of Florida this season... a 3-1 record vs. AP-ranked teams this season... an 81-46 record in the 2000s... 50 wins over the last six seasons combined... a 4-0 record vs. ACC Atlantic Division teams this season, 12-5 since divisional play began in 2005... a 212-134-10 all-time record against teams in the ACC... an 85-34-5 all-time record against teams from the state of South Carolina... a 1-0 all-time record when playing on December 5th... a 20-6 record over the last two seasons combined... a 9-1 record when playing on Saturdays and a 6-2 mark in night games... an all-time record of 673-448-43 in 117 seasons of football

Georgia Tech’s Win Tonight Gives Head Coach Paul Johnson
… a record of 20-6 in two seasons at Georgia Tech … a 127-45 record overall in 13 seasons as a head coach, tying Tom Osborne for the most wins in the first 13 seasons of a head coaching career … a 3-0 all-time record vs. Clemson

Team Notes
… Tech produced two 100-yard rushers in a game for the third time this season … Tech had more than 400 yards total offense for the fifth time in its last six games … Tech had more than 300 yards rushing for the seventh time in its last eight games … C.J. Spiller is the first Yellow Jacket opponent to score four touchdowns since Utah’s Travis Latendresse on Dec. 9, 2005 … Tech has scored at least 30 points in a game nine times this season … Tech tied a season-high with its second interception – the fourth time this season the Jackets have recorded two INTs in a game … Tech has converted at least one fourth-down attempt in 11 of 13 games this season … Josh Nesbitt, Jonathan Dwyer and Anthony Allen became the most prolific single-season rushing trio in Georgia Tech history, breaking the record set last season by Dwyer, Nesbitt and Roddy Jones (2,778) … At the end of the half, Tech had extended its streak to 16 consecutive possessions without punting … Tech made three field goals in one half for the first time since making three in the first half at Notre Dame on Sept. 1, 2007; Tech has made three field goals in one half just five times over the last 20 seasons … Over the last two games, Tech has allowed three different opposing players to rush for more than 100 yards … Dominique Reese’s second-quarter interception was just Tech’s second INT over the last six games … Tech trailed at the end of the first quarter for the third consecutive game … Tampa native Phil Smith (r-Fr., OT) suffered a lower leg injury in the first quarter and did/will not return … Tech has trailed in each of its last eight games; the Yellow Jackets have trailed in 10 of 13 games this season … In Tech’s first eight games of the season, the Yellow Jackets allowed just four first-quarter touchdowns. Since Game 9 (at Vanderbilt), Tech has allowed five first-quarter TDs … 158 consecutive games without being shut out … 144 consecutive games without returning a kickoff for a touchdown … 32 consecutive starts by senior guard Cord Howard

Jonathan Dwyer, Jr., RB
… saw some action at A-Back for the first time this season … his third rushing attempt was his 200th of the season … his 33rd yard rushing was the 3,100st of his career … his 35th all-purpose yard gave him 3,816 for his career, passing Drew Hill for sixth place in Tech history … his 13th rushing attempt was his 210th of the season, the 11th-most single-season attempts in Tech history … his 64th rushing yard gave him 1,300 for the season … his 17th rushing attempt was the 496th of his career, passing Reggie Ball for the ninth-most in Tech history … made his 26th consecutive start … his 74th yard of total offense gave him 3,141 for his career, passing Billy Lothridge for 15th place in Tech history … his 21st rushing attempt was the 500th of his career … his 23rd rushing attempt was the 502nd of his career, passing Joe Hamilton for the eighth-most in Tech history

Dwyer’s 100-yard rushing performance was his…
… 17 career 100-yard rushing games – the third-most in school history and one short of tying the Tech record … seven 100-yard rushing games this season, tying for the fifth-most single-season 100-yard games in Tech history

Dwyer’s first rushing touchdown tonight gave him…
… 34 career rushing touchdowns – the second-most in Tech history … 212 career points – the fifth-most in Tech history … 35 career touchdowns overall – the second-most in Tech history … 13th rushing touchdown of the season, tying for the fourth-most single-season rushing TDs in Tech history … one more rushing touchdown than he had in 2008

Josh Nesbitt, Jr., QB
… his fourth rushing yard gave him 1,924 for his career, passing Wake Forest’s Larry Russell for the third-most career rushing yards by a quarterback in ACC history … his 12th rushing yard gave him 900 for the season … his 20th rushing yard gave him 1,940 for his career, passing Duke’s Mike Dunn for the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in ACC history … his 21st rushing yard gave him 909 for the season, passing Joe Burns for the 15th-most single-season yards in Tech history … his 26th rushing yard gave him 914 for the season, passing Jimy Lincoln for the 14th-most single-season yards in Tech history … his 43rd rushing yard gave him 931 for the season, passing P.J. Daniels for the 13th-most single-season yards in Tech history … his 13th rushing attempt gave him 250 for the season, passing Jerry Mays for the eighth-most single-season attempts in Tech history … his 106th yard of total offense gave him 2,547 for the season, passing, Reggie Ball for the sixth-most single-season total offense yards in Tech history … his 126th total offense yard gave him 4,500 for his career – the seventh-most in Tech history … his 70-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter was his 11th completion of 50 yards or longer this season … his 55th rushing yard gave him 943 for the season, passing Jerry Mays for the 12th-most single-season yards in Tech history … his 80th yard rushing gave him 2,000 for his career

Nesbitt’s first rushing touchdown tonight gave him…
… 25 career rushing touchdowns – the fifth-most in Tech history … 152 career points, passing Ron Rice for the 17th place on Tech’s all-time career points scored list … 25 career touchdowns overall – the 10th-most in Tech history … 18 touchdowns this season – the second-most single-season TDs in Tech history and one shy of tying the school record … 18 rushing touchdowns this season – the second-most single-season rushing TDs in Tech history and one shy of tying Robert Lavette’s record of 19 … 108 points this season – the second-most single-season points in Tech history … one rushing touchdown shy of tying the ACC single-season record of 19 held by North Carolina’s Don McCauley in 1970, although Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams also has 19 rushing TDs this season

Derrick Morgan, Jr., DE
… his first tackle for loss gave him 18.0 tackles for loss this season, tying for the eighth-most in Tech history … his first tackle for loss also gave him 29.0 for his career, tying Willie Burks for the 19th-most in Tech history … made his 26th consecutive start

Morgan Burnett, Jr., S
… made his 26th consecutive start

Roddy Jones, So., AB
… went over 1,000 career rushing yards tonight … his first two carries of the game – 21 and 22 yards, respectively – were is two longest runs of the season

Demaryius Thomas, Jr., WR
… had his first rushing attempt of the season … extended his streak of catching at least one pass to 29 consecutive games (does not include last year’s Virginia Tech game, which he did not dress for) – tying for the fourth-longest streak in Tech history … his 30th receiving yard tonight gave him 2,292 for his career, passing Harvey Middleton for fourth place on Tech’s all-time career receiving yards list … his 38th receiving yard gave him 2,300 for his career … his 62nd receiving yard gave him 1,139 for the season, moving him past Jonathan Smith into second place on Tech’s all-time single-season receiving yards list … his 70-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was his fourth reception of 70 yards or longer this season … recorded his 15th career touchdown reception, breaking a tie for the fourth-most career TD receptions in Tech history

Scott Blair, Jr., K
… his four field goal was a career high; his only previous career-high came earlier this season vs. Clemson … he is the first Yellow Jacket to make four field goals in one game since Travis Bell made four at Notre Dame on Sept. 1, 2007; he is just the fourth Tech kicker in the last 20 years to make four field goals in one game … made the two longest field goals of his career (49 and 48 yards) in the first half … his fourth field goal made him 14-of-19 this season, 26-of-38 for his career … made two field goals in a game for the third time this season … his 49-yard field goal was the longest field goal by a Yellow Jacket since Sept. 22, 2007 when Travis Bell kicked one from 51 yards at Virginia … his third field goal gave him 10 points for the game, 150 points for his career … his 11th point of the night – a third-quarter PAT – gave him 151 career points, passing Ron Rice for the seventh-most career points by a Tech kicker

Dominique Reese, So., DB
… recorded his first interception of the season and the fourth of his career

Cord Howard, Sr., G
… made his 32nd consecutive start

Jerrard Tarrant, So., QB
… recorded the first interception of his career … his 50-yard interception return was the longest by a Yellow Jacket since Sept. 9, 2006 when Jamal Lewis returned an INT 97 yards for a touchdown against Samford

Mario Butler, Jr., CB
… made his 26th consecutive start

Sedric Griffin, Sr., LB
… played in his 50th career game

Today’s Captains
Derrick Morgan, Josh Nesbitt, Morgan Burnett Georgia Tech won the coin toss and elected to defer until the second half

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