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Sept. 5, 2009

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Georgia Tech’s Win Today Gives The Yellow Jackets…

… a 1-0 record and a season-opening victory for the third straight season and for the fifth time in

the last six seasons

… a 10-4 record in two seasons under head coach Paul Johnson

… no losses to an FCS/I-AA opponent since 1983 (vs. Furman)

… a 79-32-3 all-time record in season openers, including a 64-12-3 mark in home openers

… an 86-25-4 all-time record in home openers

… a 2-0 all-time record when playing on September 5th

… a 2-0 all-time record vs. Jacksonville State

… a 2-0 all-time record against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference

… an all-time record of 663-446-43 in program history


Georgia Tech’s Win Today Gives Head Coach Paul Johnson…

… a record of 10-4 in two seasons at Georgia Tech

… a record of 117-43 in 13 seasons as a head coach

… a tie for the 10th-most victories in 13 seasons by a head coach (tied with R.C. Slocum)

… a 7-1 record in Bobby Dodd Stadium


Team Notes

… The Yellow Jackets eclipsed 400 yards of total offense for the seventh time in 14 games in the Paul Johnson era

… Georgia Tech’s 327 yards of total offense in the first half are its most in any half since producing 335 yards in the

first half against West Virginia on Jan. 1, 2007 in the Gator Bowl.

… Tech’s 31 first-half points were its most in any half since scoring 33 points in the second half of the Georgia game last season (Nov. 29, 2008)

… Tech had 7 passes broken up in the game, 5 of which came by linebackers or defensive linemen (Brad Jefferson-2, Derrick Morgan, Jason Peters and Stephen Powers). The other two came from Morgan Burnett and Mario Edwards.


First Career Starts

Offense: Brad Sellers (OT), Sean Bedford (C), Kevin Cone (WR), Embry Peeples (AB), Anthony Allen (AB)

Defense: Jason Peters (DT), Ben Anderson (DT), Robert Hall (DE), Jerrard Tarrant (CB)


Jonathan Dwyer, Jr., RB

… has seven career games with at least two touchdowns

… has scored four career touchdowns against Jacksonville State


            Dwyer’s 74-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage…

·         … was the 12th-longest rushing play in Georgia Tech history

·         … gives Dwyer three of the 12 longest running plays in Tech history

·         … put him over 1,900 career rushing yards


Longest Running Plays In Georgia Tech History

88             (td)           Jonathan Dwyer       Mississippi St., 2008

                87             (td)           Bob McCoy                 Citadel, 1948

                86             (td)           Gerry Bussell               Georgia, 1962

                85             (td)           Jonathan Dwyer       North Carolina, 2008

                85             (td)           Morris Harrison            Citadel, 1947

                83             (td)           Robert Lavette            Navy, 1981

                82             (td)           Buck Flowers              Georgetown, 1920

                80             (td)           Eddie Lee Ivery           Air Force, 1978

                79             (td)           Jerry Mays                                 NC State, 1986

                77             (td)           Bill Teas                     LSU, 1954

                75             (td)           Jimy Lincoln               Furman, 1993

74             (td)           Jonathan Dwyer       Jacksonville State, 2009


            Dwyer’s second touchdown run, with 2:38 left in the first quarter…

·         … gave Dwyer 23 career rushing touchdowns, tying P.J. Daniels for the fourth-most in Tech history

·         … gave Dwyer 24 career touchdowns overall, tying C.J. Williams for the ninth-most in Tech history

·         … gave Dwyer seven career games with two or more rushing touchdowns

·         … gave Dwyer 146 career points scored, which ranks 17th in Tech history






Jerrard Tarrant, So., CB

… his 68-yard punt return was Tech’s first punt return for a touchdown since Nov. 22, 2003 when Jonathan Smith returned one 80 yards against Virginia. Tarrant’s return was also Tech’s longest punt return since Nov. 22, 2003.

… Tarrant’s 87 punt return yards are the most by a Yellow Jacket in a game since Kelley Rhino had 110 yards on five punt returns against Vanderbilt on Aug. 31, 2002.



Demaryius Thomas, Jr., WR

… extended his streak of catching at least one pass to 17 consecutive games (does not include last year’s Virginia Tech game, which he did not dress for)

… recorded his third career game with at least 100 receiving yards; he has had one 100-yard game in each of his three seasons – vs. Maryland in 2007, vs. Duke in 2008 and vs. Jacksonville State in 2009


Josh Nesbitt, Jr., QB

… his 56-yard pass completion to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter was a career long

… his second-quarter rushing touchdown was his eighth career rushing touchdown, tying Gary Lanier for the eighth-most rushing TDs by a Yellow Jacket quarterback

… passed for more than 100 yards for the fourth time in his career, and for the second straight game (150 yards vs. LSU)


Scott Blair, Jr., K

… his first-half field goal made him a perfect 9-of-9 from inside the 30 and 13-of-14 from inside the 40

… eclipsed 75 career points


Morgan Burnett, Jr., S

… recorded his first and the team’s first interception of the season

… recorded the 11th interception of his career, which is the most among all active ACC players, and ties for the 11th-most in Georgia Tech history

… three of his 11 career interceptions have come against Jacksonville State


Jemea Thomas, Fr., S

… recorded his first career fumble recovery, and Tech’s first fumble recovery of 2009


Preston Lyons, Jr., BB

… saw his first action in an organized game since December of 2006 when he was a senior in high school

… had his first career rushing attempt


Anthony Allen, Jr., RB

… including his two seasons at Louisville, Allen now has 24 career touchdowns (20 rushing. 4 receiving)


Julian Burnett, Fr., LB

… in his first career game, led the Yellow Jackets with nine tackles






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