Nov. 13, 2004
NOTING GEORGIA TECH
With the win, Georgia Tech is eligible for a school-record eighth straight bowl game.
After not reaching the end zone for more than three years, senior fullback Jimmy Dixon has caught touchdowns in Tech’s last two games. Before his 10-yard touchdown catch last week at NC State, his last touchdown was against Navy in the third game of the 2001 season, when he scored three TDs.
With two blocked punts today, Tech now has three for the season. Earlier, Jay Reid blocked one against Duke. The last time Tech blocked a punt for a touchdown was the opening game of the 2003 season, when Kenny Scott’s blocked punt at BYU was recovered in the end zone by Nathan Burton.
With 83 yards receiving today, Nate Curry topped the 1,000-yard mark for his career. The senior from Miami now has (83) catches for (1,023) yards in his career. He ranks 13th in Tech history in career catches and 16th in career yards.
Calvin Johnson had a season-high 131 yards receiving. He raised his season total to 624 yards, a new record for freshman. He now has 36 catches for 624 yards. The previous Tech freshman record for receiving yards was 593 by Greg Lester in 1987. The only Tech freshman with more catches in a season was tailback Robert Lavette with 45 in 1981
Reggie Ball passed for a career-high 288 yards. His previous high was 283 in last year’s win over NC State.
Tech’s defense held its opponent to one offensive touchdown for the fourth time in the last five games. Maryland, Duke and NC State also managed only one offensive touchdown
The Jackets held Uconn to 20 yards rushing, the fifth game this season in which Tech allowed fewer than 100 yards on the ground. Over the last three seasons under defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, Tech has held 17 opponents under 100 yards, and the Jackets are 14-3 in those games. Uconn tailback Cornell Brockington entered the game as the Big East’s leading rusher (111.8 pg) but was held to 43 yards on 18 carries