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Post-Game Notes: Georgia Tech vs. Virginia

Oct. 25, 2008

Georgia Tech’s loss today gives the Yellow Jackets…
…a record of 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the ACC
…an end to their four-game winning streak
…their first loss at home this season and a 4-1 record in Bobby Dodd Stadium in 2008
…third place in the Coastal Division (if Virginia Tech wins today), second place (if Virginia Tech loses)
…a 14-16-1 all-time record vs. Virginia including a 12-7 mark in games played in Atlanta
…five losses in their last six meetings with the Cavaliers
…a 12-6 record vs. Coastal Division opponents, including a 6-2 record at home, since divisional play began in 2005
…an end to their 12-game winning streak on Homecoming and their first Homecoming loss since 1995 vs. Clemson
…an all-time record of 45-14-1 in Homecoming games
…an all-time record of 202-132-8 against teams in the ACC
…an all-time record of 6-7-1 when playing on October 25th
…an all-time record of 659-444-43

Georgia Tech’s loss today gives head coach Paul Johnson
…a 6-2 record in his first season at Georgia Tech
…a 113-41 overall record in 12 seasons as a head coach
…an 0-1 all-time record vs. Virginia

Streaks…
…140 consecutive games without being shutout
…126 consecutive games without returning a kickoff for a touchdown
…47 consecutive games started by senior offensive tackle Andrew Gardner
…13 consecutive games the Georgia Tech defense has not allowed a first-quarter touchdown (Duke did score a TD on Nov. 10, 2007, but that came on a fumble return)

Notes
…Virginia’s Cedric Peerman is the first opponent to rush for 100 yards vs. Tech this season – the first since Georgia’s Thomas Brown on Nov. 24, 2007
…Virginia’s Marc Verica had more pass completions (29) and attempts (39) than any opposing quarterback this season
…Virginia is the first team since Mississippi State on Sept. 20th to produce more than 250 yards against Georgia Tech and the first team since Mississippi State to pass for more than 200 yards (396 total offense, 270 passing)
…Virginia and Boston College are the only teams to score in three different quarters against the Yellow Jackets this season
…Dominique Reese’s second-quarter interception was Tech’s 14th interception of the season; last year the Yellow Jackets had nine INTs for the entire year; Tech’s 14 interceptions are its most in a season since gaining 21 in 2005
…Tech’s second touchdown of the game was its third touchdown drive this season of less than one minute; the TD was set-up by a 42-yard pass from Nesbitt to Thomas – Tech’s fourth pass play of the season 40 yards or longer
…Tech has outscored opponents 59-6 in the first quarter this season
…Virginia’s first-quarter field goal was the first points allowed by the Tech defense in the first quarter since Boston College kicked a field goal on Sept. 6th; it also marked the first time since Sept. 6 that Tech’s opponent scored first
…Georgia Tech won the toss and elected to defer until the second half

Roddy Jones, Fr., A-Back
…rushed for a career-high 75 yards today (previously 61 yards vs. Jacksonville State)
…had more rushing yards on Tech’s first possession (47) than he has had in any game since the season opener (61 yards vs. Jacksonvillel State)
…his 29-yard punt return in the third quarter – just the second punt return of his career – was the longest by Georgia Tech this season

Jonathan Dwyer, So., B-Back
…his sixth yard rushing gave him 700 yards for the season
…his first-quarter touchdown was his fifth TD of the season – his fourth by rushing; it was also his 15th career touchdown and his 14th career rushing touchdown
…his 43rd yard rushing today gave him 1,163 for his career, moving him up a couple of notches to 28th place on Tech’s all-time career rushing yardage list

Demaryius Thomas, So., WR
…has caught a pass for at least 20 yards in five consecutive games
…his 42-yard reception in the first quarter moved him past 1,000 career receiving yards (he entered the game with 973) and moved him into 19th place on Tech’s all-time career receiving yards list

Josh Nesbitt, So., QB
…his first-quarter touchdown was his sixth rushing touchdown of the season, tying Shawn Jones (1990) and Joe Hamilton (1999) for the fifth-most single-season rushing TDs by a Georgia Tech quarterback (the record is nine by Billy Lothridge in 1962) and tied him for the 12th-most career rushing TDs by a Tech quarterback

Dominique Reese, So, DB
…his second-quarter interception was his third INT of the season and the third of his career
…has recorded an interception in three consecutive games
…had a career-high number of tackles-for-loss and has had TFLs in back-to-back games

Darryl Richard, Sr., DT
…his first tackle-for-loss today gave him 29.0 for his career, tying for the 17th-most in Georgia Tech history

Sedric Griffin, Jr., LB
…has registered tackles-for-losses in each of the last five games

Morgan Burnett, So., DB
…recorded his sixth interception of the season and the ninth of his career
…his six interceptions in 2008 tie for the fifth-most single-season INTs in Georgia Tech history (the record is nine by Jeff Ford in 1969 and Willie Clay in 1991)
…his nine career interceptions tie for the 15th-most in Georgia Tech history (the record is 16 by Willie Clay from 1988-91)
…Burnett has three interceptions over the last two games

Michael Johnson, Sr., DE
…his fourth-quarter sack was his fourth sack of the season (-37 yards) and his 14th career sack (-107 yards)
…that play was also his ninth tackle-for-loss this season and the 22nd TFL of his career
…his forced fumble on the same play was his first fumble-caused of the season, the eighth of his career and he has at least one fumble-caused every year of his four-year career

Scott Blair, So., K/P
…his 39-yard fourth-quarter field goal was the longest of his career (previously 32 yards at Virginia Tech)
…his 39-yarder field goal was his seventh field goal made over the last seven games

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