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Georgia Tech 63, Western Carolina 21

Sept. 1, 2011

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Georgia Tech Postgame Notes
September 1, 2011

Georgia Tech’s Win Tonight Gives The Yellow Jackets…
… a record of 1-0 to start the 2011 season
… a 27-14 record in four seasons under head coach Paul Johnson
… a 16-4 record under Johnson in Bobby Dodd Stadium
… a 16-1 record under Johnson when scoring at least 30 points
… a 22-1 record under Johnson when leading after three quarters
… a 5-0 all-time record vs. Western Carolina
… a 42-1-3 all-time record vs. teams currently in the Southern Conference
… a 129-68-4 all-time record vs. teams from North Carolina

… 173 consecutive games without being shut out (last time: Oct. 18, 1997 vs. Florida State)
… 159 consecutive games without returning a kickoff for a touchdown (last time: Oct. 31, 1998 at Maryland)
… 27 consecutive starts by senior A-back Roddy Jones

Team Notes
… Georgia Tech scored a touchdown on its first offensive play from scrimmage for the second time in three years. Tonight, Orwin Smith scored on a five-yard run. In 2009, Jonathan Dwyer sprinted 74 yards for a TD vs. Jacksonville State on the first play of the game.
… Three times over the last two seasons Orwin Smith has rushed for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball – vs. North Carolina and NC State last season.
… Tech passed for more yards in the first quarter (148) than it did in any GAME all of last season (130 vs. Wake Forest).
… Tech’s 28 first-quarter points were its most in any quarter since Sept. 8, 2007 when it scored 28 in the first quarter vs. Samford.
… Tech’s 28-0 lead was its largest lead before the opponent scored since Sept. 20, 2008 when it led Mississippi State 31-0.
… Yellow Jackets who made their first career start tonight:
Ray Beno, LT
Tyler Kidney, RT
David Sims, BB
Daniel Drummond, LB
Rod Sweeting, CB
Louis Young, CB
… Tech scored more than 40 points in a half for just the fourth time in the last 30 years. It’s 42 first-half points were its most in any half since scoring 45 in the first half vs. Samford on Sept. 8, 2007
… Tech had a field goal blocked for the first time since Sept. 1, 2007 at Notre Dame when Trevor Laws blocked Travis Bell’s 29-yard attempt.
… Tech passed for 260 yards in the first half. The most Tech has passed for in a GAME under Paul Johnson was 266 vs. Mississippi State in 2009.
… Tech and WCU combined for 63 first-half points – only the second time in the last 30 seasons Tech and an opponent have combined for 63 points in any half. The other came in the first half of the Oct. 10, 2009 game at Florida State.
… Georgia Tech passed for more yards tonight than in any previous game in Paul Johnson’s four years as head coach. The previous high was 266 yards vs. Mississippi State in 2009.
…Georgia Tech’s 662 total yards were the second most in school history behind the 706 against the Citadel in 1948
…The 63 points for Georgia Tech were the most since scoring 63 against Wake Forest on Nov. 21, 1998. That was also the last time seven different Yellow Jackets scored a touchdown.
…Tech’s 365 yards passing were the most since having 373 vs. The Citadel on Sept. 12, 1987
…This is the first time the Yellow Jackets have thrown for more than 300 yards passing in the Paul Johnson era and the second time a team coached by Johnson has thrown for more than 300 yards

Jeremiah Attaochu, So., LB
… his first-half sack gave him 4.0 career sacks
… recorded his first career fumble recovery

Synjyn Days, r-Fr., QB
… rushed for his first career touchdown in the first quarter to give Tech a 28-0 lead

Daniel Drummond, So., LB
… saw his first collegiate action and made his first career start
… recorded his first forced fumble

Stephen Hill, Jr., WR
His 82-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter…
… tied for the sixth-longest pass reception in Tech history
… was a career-long reception for Hill
… was Hill’s fifth career TD reception – he has had at least one TD reception in each of the last three seasons – and his sixth career touchdown overall

… Hill had 104 yards receiving in the first half alone. His previous career-high for a game was 79 yards vs. Duke last season… Hill’s 79 yards receiving vs. Duke last season were the most by any Yellow Jacket in 2010
… Hill added a 77-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter for his sixth career TD reception

Roddy Jones, Sr., AB
… his second-quarter touchdown reception was his third career TD reception and his 14th career touchdown overall

Preston Lyons, Sr., BB
… rushed for his second career touchdown

Tyler Melton, Sr., WR
… his 66-yard pass reception in the first quarter was a career long

Justin Moore, So., K
… scored his first career points as a Yellow Jacket

Quayshawn Nealy, r-Fr., LB
… recorded his first career fumble recovery, which led to Tech’s first touchdown of the game

Jason Peters, Sr., DE
… his sack in the first quarter gave him 4.5 career sacks

David Sims, So., BB
… made his first career start and the former QB saw his first action as a B-back
… rushed for his second career TD in the second quarter

Orwin Smith, Jr., AB … scored a touchdown on Georgia Tech’s first offensive play of the season, a five-yard run in the first quarter
… his 77-yard touchdown run in the first quarter tied for the 11th-longest rush in Georgia Tech history and gave him six career rushing TDs

Tevin Washington, Jr., QB
His 82-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Hill in the first quarter…
… was a career-long completion
… was his third career touchdown pass
… tied for the sixth-longest pass play in Tech history; Washington has been involved in two of the 19 longest pass plays in Tech history

… had a career high for passing yards tonight (previously 101 vs. Miami last season)

Brandon Watts, So., LB
… registered his first career sack
… recorded his first career forced fumble, which set up Tech’s first touchdown of the game

Today’s Captains
Roddy Jones, Steven Sylvester and Logan Walls.
Georgia Tech won the toss and elected to defer.



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