With the win today, Georgia Tech reached nine victories for the first time since the 2000 season. Tech’s seven ACC victories equal the school record, also achieved in 1998.
Georgia Tech’s 49 points are its most since a 51-14 victory over Syracuse in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl. This is the Jackets’ highest-scoring ACC game since a 52-10 win over Wake Forest in 2000.
Tech tied the school record by throwing five touchdown passes (3 by Reggie Ball and 2 by Taylor Bennett). The Jackets also had five touchdown passes in 1999 vs. Clemson (all by Joe Hamilton) and vs. Rice in 1972 (all by Eddie McAshan).
With 118 yards today, Tashard Choice topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He now has 1,058 yards, the seventh different Tech player to top 1,000 yards in a season and the eighth 1,000-yard season in school history.
Choice, who only played the first half, recorded his fourth straight 100-yard game and sixth in the last seven games. He is just the fourth player in school history to record four straight 100-yard games, joining P.J. Daniels (2004-05), Tony Hollings (2002) and Eddie Lee Ivery (1978).
On Tech’s first touchdown, Choice gained all 80 yards on the drive on five carries, including a 46-yard run that is the longest of his career.
Calvin Johnson’s two touchdowns in the first half today are the 25th and 26th of his career, giving him sole possession of the Georgia Tech career record. He has 13 TD on the season.
With three touchdown passes today, Reggie Ball raised his season total to 20. That is the third-best season in school history. Only Joe Hamilton (29, 1999) and George Godsey (23, 2000) have thrown more in a season.
With 126 yards of total offense today, Reggie Ball raised his career total to 9,372 yards. He moved ahead of Shawn Jones (9,296, 1989-92) and into second place in Tech history, trailing only Joe Hamilton (10,640, 1996-99).
Today’s victory marks the 29th game that the Yellow Jackets have won with Reggie Ball as the starting quarterback. That equals Joe Hamilton (29, 1996-99) for second-most in school history. Shawn Jones won 31 games from 1989-92. Ball started his 47th game today, a Tech record for a quarterback.
Tech held the Blue Devils to 41 yards rushing, improving to 26-7 under defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta when holding the opponent under 100 yards rushing. This seasn, Tech has held eight of its 11 opponents under 100 yards.