Dec. 31, 2010
By Jon Cooper
– Jan. 1 is a big day for college football enthusiasts and is still the one that is traditionally big for bowl games.
Before we start looking ahead to 2011 — after all, Spring Practice will be here before you know it — today is the perfect day to wrap up the 2010 football season.
Here now is a final look at some of the numbers of the 2010 Yellow Jackets football season, statistically speaking.
0 – The number of drives of 20 yards or less by the Jackets in 2010.
1 – The number of drives of seven minutes or more.
2 – The number of games in 2010 that Tech held its opponent without a touchdown in the first half. They bookended the season in that stat, holding opener opponent South Carolina State and Independence Bowl opponent Air Force without scores in the opening stanza.
6 – The number of different starting lineups on the offensive line.
20 – The number of drives taking three minutes or less, the most common.
22 – The number of opposing drives taking three minutes or less.
12 – The number of drives of 80 yards or more.
2 – The number of years in a row former walk-on Sean Bedford was named first-team All-ACC.
4 – The number of consecutive years that Georgia Tech has had a running back named first-team All-ACC. Anthony Allen made it four in four years, joining Tashard Choice (2007), and Jonathan Dwyer (’08, ’09).
7 – Joshua Nesbitt’s rank among Georgia Tech’s career rushing leaders. He finished his career with 2,806 yards.
8 – Anthony Allen’s rank among Georgia Tech’s single-season rushing leaders. Allen rambled for 1,316 yards on the season.
4,203 – Georgia Tech’s nation-leading rushing yards. They averaged 323.3 yards per game. It marked the second consecutive season the Jackets rushed for at least 4,000 yards.
50.0 – The total completion percentage for Tevin Washington in his final five games. He was 24-for-48 for 413 yards, with three interceptions.
53.7 – The completion percentage for Tevin Washington in his four starts. He completed 23 of 41 passes.
7 – The number of different receivers to catch a touchdown pass in 2010. That’s three more than 2009.
8 – The number of interceptions by Georgia Tech in 2010, down from 12 in 2009. Jerrard Tarrant led the team with three picks and was the only player with multiple interceptions.
2 – The number of interceptions returned for touchdowns. That’s one more than last season. Tarrant and Mario Butler each had one. Tarrant had the only pick-six last season.
11 – The career-high number of tackles made by Jason Peters in the Advocare100 Independence Bowl. His previous high had been six.
89 – Sophomore Julian Burnett’s team-leading tackles total. Making it more impressive was that Burnett didn’t start until week six.
20 – The number of plays in the longest sustained drive of the season. It was the only drive of 20 plays or more all season.
62 – The number of big plays (plays over 20 yards) by Georgia Tech in 2010.
50 – The number of big plays by opponents.
153.6 – The number of yards by which Georgia Tech out-gained opponents per game.
5.7 – The number of yards gained per play by both Tech and its opponents.
37/28 – The number of fumbles by Georgia Tech on the season vs. the number forced.
20/13 – The number of fumbles lost by Georgia Tech vs. the number of opposing fumbles lost.
6 – The number of fumbles lost in the red zone. Tech also had three red zone interceptions.
4 – The total number of opposing turnovers in the red zone (three interceptions, one fumble).
-6 – Georgia Tech’s turnover margin on the season.
40.4/38.9 – Georgia Tech’s third-down conversion rate vs. opponents. The Yellow Jackets converted seven more third downs (74) in 11 more tries (183).
10 – The number of points separating Georgia Tech from opponents (338-328)
22 – Tech’s edge in scoring in the second half (197-175, 104-84 in the third quarter).
12 – Opponents’ edge in scoring in the first half (153-141, 74-65 in the first quarter).
19.9 – Georgia Tech’s average on kickoff returns. Opponents averaged 19.1.