Jackets Visit Tar Heels Saturday For Crucial ACC Coastal Showdown
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network
Nov. 5, 2012
YELLOW JACKETS FACE TAR HEELS IN CRUCIAL ACC COASTAL BATTLE
The Yellow Jackets are fresh off a 33-13 victory at Maryland last Saturday, holding the Terps to just 256 total yards and to the lowest point total by a Tech opponent in an ACC road game since 2009.
With a win at UNC, Tech would move into a tie for first place with Miami in the Coastal Division should the Hurricanes lose at Virginia.
Senior QB Tevin Washington has rushed for 16 touchdowns this season, including a school record-tying four-TD effort versus Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 29.
Washington is second in the ACC and tied for ninth nationally in scoring at 10.7 points/game. His 16 rushing TDs are the third-most nationally by any player, and the second-most by an FBS QB.
With 34 career rushing TDs, Washington stands second all-time at Tech and in the ACC. He is one shy of Joshua Nesbitt's (2007-10) school and ACC record of 35 QB rushing TDs.
Sophomore return specialist Jamal Golden is third in the ACC and 18th nationally in kick return average (27.8 avg). He totalled 174 KO return yards versus BYU, including a 97-yarder for a touchdown -- Tech's first KO return for a TD since Oct. 31, 1998, at Maryland.
Senior AB Orwin Smith has racked up 992 all-purpose yards this season and his 110.2 average is ninth in the ACC.
Smith's career average of 9.7 yards per carry is the highest by any active FBS player with 100+ career carries.
Tech's defense has recorded at least one interception in eight consecutive games. Eight players share the team's 10 picks, led by Jemea Thomas' three.
Following a three-sack performance at Maryland, junior Jeremiah Attaochu was named ACC Linebacker of the Week.
TECH-CAROLINA SERIES NOTES
The Yellow Jackets have won the last three meetings, including a 35-28 victory over the Tar Heels last season in Atlanta.
Tech has won six of the last seven and 12 of the last 14.
North Carolina leads the series in Chapel Hill, 11-9-3.
Tech beat UNC on its last trip to Kenan Stadium, in 2010, a highlight of a 6-7 season. The Jackets have won twice in their last three trips to Orange County.