Nov. 8, 2010
Georgia Tech Hosts Miami Saturday At Noon
Georgia Tech, coming off consecutive losses for the first time since 2007, hosts ACC Coastal Division rival Miami Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium (12:10/ACC TV Network). The Yellow Jackets, 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC, were all but mathematically eliminated from defending their conference championship when they lost at Virginia
Tech, 28-21, last Thursday night. Tech, which lost starting senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt for the rest of the regular season with a broken right forearm in the first half, was driving toward a potential game-tying score late in the fourth quarter before back-up quarterback Tevin Washington’s pass was intercepted in the end zone.
Washington is expected to make his first career start Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Tech leads the nation in rushing offense (320.6 ypg), paced by senior B-back Anthony Allen (90.8 ypg), who ranks second in the ACC in rushing.
Miami, 6-3 and 4-2, kept its Coastal Division title hopes alive with a 26-20 win over visiting Maryland on Saturday. True freshman quarterback Stephen Morris, filling in for injured starter Jacory Harris, hit Leonard Hankerson with a 35-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds left to secure the win over the Terps.
The Hurricanes lead the ACC and rank 14th nationally in total defense, allowing just 303.8 yards per game.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series, 10-5, but Miami snapped the Yellow Jackets streak of four straight wins over the Hurricanes last season, 33-17.
Quick Notes On The Yellow Jackets
— Georgia Tech is one win shy of becoming bowl-eligible for the 14th consecutive season. The Yellow Jackets are currently tied with rival Georgia for the fourth-longest active bowl streak nationally.
— Tech will be honoring its 1990 national championship team this weekend. More details on page four.
— The Yellow Jackets will be without senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, who suffered a broken right forearm in last Thursday’s game at Virginia Tech. Nesbitt is out for the rest of the regular season, but it’s not entirely impossible for him to return in time for a late December bowl game.
— Before Nesbitt suffered the injury in Blacksburg, he broke the ACC record for career rushing yards by a quarterback. He entered the game needing 42 yards to break Clemson’s Woodrow Dantzler’s record, and smashed the mark with a 71-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
— Sophomore Tevin Washington will make his first career start at quarterback on Saturday as Nesbitt’s streak of consecutive starts ends at 30. Washington played the entire second half last week at Virginia Tech.
— Tech ranks first nationally in rushing offense (320.6 ypg). The Yellow Jackets finished in the top five nationally in rushing in 2008 and 2009.
— The Yellow Jackets are 11-2 under Johnson in games decided by five points or less.
— Georgia Tech is one conference win shy of finishing .500 or better in ACC play for the 16th consecutive season.