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Football Looks to Rebound at North Carolina

Oct. 13, 2014

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RV/RV GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (5-1, 2-1) at NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (2-4, 0-2)
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
 • 7 p.m. ET • Chapel Hill, N.C. • Kenan Stadium (63,000)
TV: ESPNU • Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM / GT Radio Network • Satellite: Sirius 108 / XM 193

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Georgia Tech looks to rebound from its first loss of the season when the Yellow Jackets face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

SERIES HISTORY
Saturday will be the 50th series meeting with Georgia Tech owning a 28-18-3 overall advantage. Tech has won the last five meetings in the series, eight of the last nine, and 14 of the last 16. The Jackets are 10-11-3 all-time in Chapel Hill, including a 2-1 mark under Paul Johnson, who is 5-1 all-time vs. the Tar Heels.

GOLDEN RETURNS
Redshirt junior DB Jamal Golden leads the ACC with 458 combined return yards (434 kick, 24 punt) – ranking 12th in the nation. Golden’s 1,225 career kick return yards ranks 7th on Georgia Tech’s all-time list.

THRU THE AIR & ON THE GROUND
Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas is 1 of 8 FBS signal-callers that leads his respective team in both passing and rushing. Thomas is 1 of 3 in ACC QBs, including North Carolina’s Marquise Williams.

3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS
Georgia Tech is the only FBS team ranked in the Top 10 in both 3rd down and 4th down conversions. Tech leads the nation with 58.9 percent 3rd down conversion rate. The Yellow Jackets are tied for 5th nationally, converting 85.7 percent of 4th down tries (6-of-7).

EATING UP YARDAGE
QB Justin Thomas’s 823 career rushing yards ranks 8th all-time for Georgia Tech quarterbacks. Thomas needs 177 yards to become only the 6th 1,000-yard rushing QB in Georgia Tech history. Thomas needs  111 yards to become the  5th Georgia Tech QB to rush for  700 yards in a season.

TECH 300
Georgia Tech has rushed for 300+ yards in 43 of 75 games under head coach Paul Johnson. The Jackets are 35-8 in those games and have won six straight (9 of last 10).

NET-WORKING
Senior B-Back Zach Laskey has recorded only FOUR negative carries (only fiveyards lost total) in 322 career rushing attempts – or 1.0 percent of his career rushing attempts. 

ONE FOR YOU, AND YOU, AND YOU…
Georgia Tech’s defense has forced nine turnovers – all recorded by a different player (Quayshawn Nealy, Demond Smith, Lawrence Austin, KeShun Freeman, Corey Griffin, Paul Davis, D.J. White, Isaiah Johnson, and Jamal Golden).

KING OF BLOCKS
Junior DB Chris Milton is tied for second in the FBS lead with two blocked kicks this season. He has five in the last two seasons. He ranked second overall in 2013 (3), and was the only player in the nation to block three punts.

THE Paul Johnson RADIO SHOW
The Paul Johnson Radio Show returns for the 2014 season and will be held Monday nights from 7-8 p.m. at Hudson Grille Midtown (942 Peachtree St NE). Hosted by the “Voice of the Yellow Jackets” Brandon Gaudin, the one-hour live call-in show can be heard statewide on the GT IMG Sports Network. If you can’t attend, you can call and ask Coach a question at 866-477-7020. You can also submit questions on Twitter using #GTRadio or through the GT Athletics Facebook page.

The first 25 Georgia Tech students to show their BuzzCard at each of the Paul Johnson Radio Shows will receive either a free dessert or free wings. Additionally, there will also be a GT burger special for $5.95 and free valet parking.

DOWNLOAD GEORGIA TECH GAMEDAY APP (Download: App Store | Google Play)
Georgia Tech Athletics joined forces with IMG and SportsLabs to develop the Georgia Tech Gameday app to keep Yellow Jackets fans connected to the action while on campus or watching from home. The Georgia Tech Gameday App will replace the current official app for Georgia Tech Athletics.

The Georgia Tech Gameday App is packed with robust social, on-campus and stat-driven features that enhance the gameday experience by delivering: free live game audio; real-time Instagram and Twitter feeds from the team and fans; the official game-day guide with key times, events and need-to-know information including stadium maps and parking to plan the day; live conference and Top 25 scores, real-time stats; opt-in alerts for weather updates, pre-game events, play-by-play information and more.

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