Nov. 12, 2012
TECH CONCLUDES HOME SLATE WITH SENIOR DAY MATCH-UP VERSUS DUKE
Georgia Tech is home for the final time in 2012 on Saturday to host Duke and the Yellow Jackets are a win away from bowl eligibility and sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on Senior Day at Bobby Dodd Stadium in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a record-setting offensive performance in a 68-50 win at North Carolina, which set a combined scoring record in the ACC and marked a Tech record for points in an ACC game.
Tech honors its 12 seniors in a pregame ceremony Saturday on Grant Field, including captains QB Tevin Washington, OG Omoregie Uzzi and DL Izaan Cross.
The Yellow Jackets have rushed for more yards than any FBS team since 2008 and own the nation's fourth-leading rushing attack this season at 324.4 yards/game.
The UNC win ensured Tech an 18th-straight non-losing season in conference play -- the FBS's longest active streak.
A win Saturday would make the Jackets' bowl-eligible for the 16th-consecutive year -- the nation's fourth-longest streak.
Senior QB Tevin Washington's 17 rushing TDs this season is the second-most nationally among quarterbacks and he's third in the ACC in scoring at 10.2 points/game.
With 35 career rushing TDs, Washington has tied former Jacket Joshua Nesbitt (2007-10) for the Tech and ACC all-time records for rushing TDs by a QB.
Sophomore return specialist Jamal Golden is second in the ACC and 12th nationally in kick return average (29.6 avg). He totalled 230 KO return yards at UNC, including a 100-yard return for TD -- his second KO return TD this season.
Senior AB Orwin Smith's career average of 9.6 yards per carry is the highest by any active FBS player with 100+ carries.
Tech's defense has recorded at least one interception in nine consecutive games. Nine players share the team's 11 picks (second-most in ACC), led by Jemea Thomas' three.
Sophomores Jamal Golden (Specialist) and Quayshawn Nealy (Linebacker) earned ACC weekly honors this week.
TECH-DUKE SERIES NOTES
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series, 48-30-1.
The Jackets have won the last eight and 16 of the last 17.
Tech holds a 27-12-1 series advantage in games played in Atlanta.
The Jackets have won the last eight meetings at Bobby Dodd Stadium, with Duke's last win in Atlanta coming in 1994.
The winner of the Tech-Duke game has scored at least 30 points in each of the last three meetings and in six of the last seven meetings.
Georgia Tech has played Duke more often (79 previous meetings) than any other ACC opponent.
The two teams first met on the gridiron in 1933 and have met every season since.
Tech is 133-68-4 all-time against teams from North Carolina.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is 8-1 all-time against Duke, including a 4-1 record while at Navy and a 4-0 mark at Tech.