Sept. 12, 2015
POSTGAME NOTES [GAME 2]
GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (2-0) 65, Tulane Green Wave (0-2) 10
SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 • ATLANTA, GA. • Bobby Dodd STADIUM (50,435)
• This is Georgia Tech’s 123rd season of football and the team’s all-time record improved to 714-477-43.
• The Yellow Jackets improved to 37-13 all-time versus Tulane, in the 50th meeting of long-time rivals.
• Tech is 2-0 to open a season for the third consecutive season and for the sixth time in eight years under head coach Paul Johnson.
• The victory extended the Yellow Jackets’ winning streak to three games, and the team’s home winning streak to four.
• Georgia Tech has scored 134 points in two consecutive games to set a modern-day school record (since 1950). The previous record was 115 points in back-to-back wins over Kansas and Middle Tennessee in 2011 (66 vs. Kansas and 49 vs. MTSU). It’s also the most in consecutive games by Tech since 1918 — (128-0 win over NC State and 28-0 win over Camp Gordon).
• Tech surpassed 200 yards rushing for the 16th consecutive game, and 250 yards rushing for the 15th consecutive game — both streaks lead the FBS.
• The Yellow Jackets extended their streak of not being shutout to 227 consecutive games, which is the seventh-longest active streak in the FBS.
• Tech rushed for 439 yards in the game, and now needs 43 more yards to reach the 30,000-yard rushing mark in eight seasons under head coach Paul Johnson.
• Each team opened its season last Thursday night, giving each an extra two days to prep. Under Johnson, Tech improved to 18-9 when an opponent has more than seven days to prep for the spread option.
• Georgia Tech, which scored the first time it touched the ball an FBS-leading 71.4 percent of the time last season, did so again Saturday for the second time in as many games this season.
• Dating back to last season, it’s the seventh time in the last nine games that Georgia Tech has scored on a touchdown on its first possession.
• Georgia Tech has out-scored the opposition in the first half this season, 76-7. Over the last 16 quarters played at Bobby Dodd Stadium, dating back to last season, Tech is out-scoring the opposition 197-32.
• Justin Thomas has thrown a touchdown pass in six straight games. His streak began vs. Clemson on Nov. 15, 2014. He had two touchdown passes today – to Qua Searcy (17 yards) and to Micheal Summers (30 yards).
• Adam Gotsis registered a sack on the game’s first play from scrimmage and finished the game with one sack and two tackles for loss. He entered the game with 9.5 career sacks and now has 10.5 career sacks.
• Jamal Golden’s first punt return today (44 yards) was his longest since a career-long 56-yarder versus USC in 2012 Sun Bowl — it’s the third-longest punt return of his career behind another 56-yard return versus Miami in 2012.
• Golden entered the game with 351 career punt return yards. He finished Saturday with 395 and now needs 74 to crack the Yellow Jackets’ career top-10 list (Tyler Evans is 10th with 469 yards between 2006-07).
• Opponents scored off nine of 18 takeaways last year, and are already 0-of-2 this year. Since 2014, Georgia Tech’s edge in points-off turnover scoring is +106 (157-51).
• Qua Searcy is the first Jacket with both a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since Synjyn Days versus Virginia on Nov. 1, 2014.
• For Chris Milton, that’s his 6th career blocked kick (4th career blocked punt). He blocked 3 punts in 2013, and PAT & FG in 2014.
• Milton’s blocked punt was the first by the Yellow Jackets since KeShun Freeman swatted one versus Virginia on Nov. 1, 2014.
• Since 2013, the Yellow Jackets have blocked 12 kicks. Milton has six of them. The Jackets have also blocked five punts since 2013 and Milton has four of those blocks.
• True freshman WR Brad Stewart made his first career catch in the game — a 13-yard strike from Justin Thomas on Tech’s third drive.
• Senior DT Adam Gotsis made his team-leading 30th consecutive start.
• With 71 yards rushing today, Justin Thomas moves up a spot on Tech’s career rushing yards list to number 32 with 1,393 career rushing yards. He needs four yards to surpass former teammate Synjyn Days (1,396) for 31st.