Oct. 28, 2013
|Georgia Tech (5-3, 4-2 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-2 ACC)|
|Game 9 (Home 5)||Saturday, November 2, 7 p.m. ET|
|Location||Atlanta, Ga. | Bobby Dodd Stadium | Weather|
|Radio||WYAY 106.7 FM | Sirius 108 | XM 192 | Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network affiliates|
|Television||ESPNU / href=”http://theacc.co/FBLive13CUSEvsGT”>WatchESPN|
|Game Information||GT Notes | GT Depth Chart | Pitt Notes | ACC Notes|
|Season Information||2013 Football Media Guide | GT Notes Archive | News Clippings|
|Social Media||Twitter (Hashtag: #PITTvsGT) | Facebook | YouTube|
Tech, Pitt Set For Saturday Night On The Flats
Georgia Tech puts a two-game winning streak on the line Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, playing host to the Pittsburgh Panthers on Homecoming Weekend.
The game can be seen nationally on ESPNU with Tom Hart, John Congemi and Dawn Davenport.
On the radio, “Voice of the Yellow Jackets” Brandon Gaudin has the call on the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network along with analyst Rick Strom and sideline reporter Randy Waters. The game can be heard on WYAY 106.7 FM in Atlanta and on the web at RamblinWreck.com.
With last week’s win at Virginia, Georgia Tech moved to 4-2 in the ACC and clinched its 19th consecutive season of finishing .500 or better in conference play, to extend the nation’s longest such streak.
Tech enters Saturday’s game in search of its 700th win. The Jackets are 699-471-43 in 121 seasons.
Georgia Tech is 49-15-1 all-time on Homecoming Weekend, and have won 15 of its last 17.
ACC and Coastal Division newcomer Pittsburgh is making its first trip to Georgia Tech since 1976, and the Panthers lead the series 5-2. Tech won the teams’ postseason meetings, beating Pitt in the 1955 Sugar Bowl and the 1956 Gator Bowl.
Tech is home for three of its final four games of the regular season, and enters the Pitt game a win shy of clinching six wins and finishing .500 or better in the regular season for 17 consecutive years.
The Yellow Jackets have shut out two opponents in a season for the first time since 1985 — the year current defensive coordinator Ted Roof was a Tech captain.
The Yellow Jackets have outscored opponents 70-7 in the third quarter.
Georgia Tech moved from seventh to fifth nationally in third-down percentage, converting at a clip of .545.
The Jackets rank second nationally in yards per pass completion (18.37) behind only Baylor. Pittsburgh ranks 14th in this category at 14.26 yards per completion.
Tech ranks third nationally in time of possession and has won the time of possession battle in six of eight games this year.
Tech’s rushing average (315.6) and total offense average (439.6) both rank fourth in Yellow Jacket history.
Georgia Tech has 15 touchdowns this season on scoring drives of five plays or less.
Since 2005, Georgia Tech and Clemson have identical cumulative records of 46-24 in ACC play. Only Virginia Tech has won more conference games over that span.
Tech’s three losses this season are to teams that are a combined 19-4, with Miami currently ranked seventh in the BCS standings, and Virginia Tech and BYU receiving votes in the Top 25 polls.
Tech’s defense has allowed just five running plays of 20 yards or more.
Head coach Paul Johnson picked up his 150th career win on Sept. 21 versus UNC. Johnson is now 152-68 in 17 years as a head coach and only eight active FBS coaches own more career wins.
The Yellow Jackets have rushed for more yards than any FBS team since 2008, and in 2012, Tech surpassed the 20,000-yard rushing mark for the five-year period under head coach Paul Johnson.
Georgia Tech is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Historic Grant Field in 2013. It is the most tenured stadium in the FBS and listed by ESPN.com as a bucket-list item for college fans.
Tech At Homecoming
Georgia Tech is 49-15-1 in Homecoming games.
The Yellow Jackets have won 15 of their last 17 Homecomings, but fell 41-17 to BYU last season.
Tech is 3-2 in Homecoming games under Paul Johnson.
Georgia Tech is 1-0 in Homecoming games against teams from Pennsylvania, having beaten Penn State 21-0 in 1966.
The Pitt Series
Pittsburgh leads the all-time series, 5-2.
The teams will meet for the first time since 1976, a 42-14 Panther victory in Atlanta.
Tech is 0-2 against Pitt in Atlanta (27-17 in 1974 and 42-14 in 1976).
The two teams met in bowl games in back-to-back seasons. The Yellow Jackets beat Pitt 7-0 in the Sugar Bowl following the 1955 season. In 1956, Tech beat the Panthers 21-14 in the Gator Bowl.
The first three meetings came in 1918, 1919 and 1920. All three were played in Pittsburgh and all three resulted in Pitt victories. Pitt won the first meeting 32-0 in 1918.
Tech is just 6-11 all-time against teams from the Keystone State.
The Jackets enter their second bye week of the season before returning to action at Clemson on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.