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Georgia Tech vs. Clemson Postgame Notes

Sept. 20, 2003

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GEORGIA TECH POST-GAME NOTES Georgia Tech vs. Clemson – September 20, 2003 – Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field

With his career highs of nine catches for 170 yards, Tech senior wide receiver Jonathan Smith moved into fifth place on the Jackets all-time career-receptions list with 118 catches. He also is now in 10th place for career receiving yardage with 1,455 yards.

Smith’s 170 receiving yards in the game are the most since Will Glover finished with 172 yards against Virginia in 2001. The total is the 13th-highest single-game total in school history.

Yellow Jacket sophomore cornerback Reuben Houston recorded a career-best 10 tackles against Clemson, raising his season total to 28 in 2003, just five stops shy of his total of 33 as a rookie in 2002.

Tech sophomore defensive end Eric Henderson recorded a pair of sacks to raise his team-leading total to six on year, moving him into 13th on the school’s all-time career sack list with 11.

Georgia Tech’s 39-3 loss to Clemson marked the largest margin of defeat for the Yellow Jackets against the Tigers since a 73-0 loss during the 1903 season. The scoring margin in the game was the largest for either team in the series since a 51-0 win by the Yellow Jackets in 1944.

Clemson became the first team to gain over 100 yards rushing against Georgia Tech in 2003, gaining 138 yards on the ground in the contest. The Jackets led the ACC in rushing defense entering the game, allowing 72.3 yards per game through the first three contests of the year.


Tremaine Billie saw his first action of his career- Billie was in on Clemson’s punt team.

John Leake had three tackles for loss in the first eleven minutes of the game. His previous career high tackles for loss was two in four contests.

Tony Elliott’s nine yard touchdown reception is the second of his career. Both have come against Georgia Tech. Elliott had five receptions for 31 yards. His previous career high of three catches came against Georgia Tech.

Clemson’s 23-3 halftime lead is the largest halftime advantage since the Tigers held a 31-10 lead against Duke on December 1, 2001.

Duane Coleman’s touchdown run of 25 yards in the fourth quarter is the longest rush by a Clemson running back this season.

Clemson rushed for 138 yards. This the most yards given up by Georgia Tech’s defense this season. The previous high was 91 yards against Florida State.

This is Clemson’s largest margin of victory over Georgia Tech since 1903 when the John Heisman coached Clemson team defeated the Yellow Jackets 73-0.

Duane Coleman’s 86 yards rushing is the most yards by a Clemson running back this year.


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