Records (or CDs) were made to be broken

With the talk from the players and coaches about how much better the offense is going to be this season (and I believe it will be based upon some research that will appear in Sunday’s college football preview section), I got to wondering which Tech records could be broken this season.

So, starting at page 136 in the very fine media guide put together by Dean Buchan in the Institute’s Sports Information Department, I’m going to list a few that could go kapppplooooooeeeeeyyyyyy (I don’t know how to insert an audio file into a story).


Before we begin, this is all off-the-top-of-my-head stuff.

Most Net Rushing Yards, Season: 1,562 set by Eddie Lee Ivery in 1978. I can see B-back Jonathan Dwyer busting that one.

Most Touchdowns Rushing, Game: 4, set by several. I can see quarterback Josh Nesbitt, Dwyer, or one of the A-backs taking over that one.

Most Touchdowns Rushing, Season 19, set by Robert Lavette, 1982. You-know-who could take that one.

Most Rushing Yards by a Quarterback, Game: 130 set by Reggie Ball in 2006

Most Rushing Yards by a Quarterback, Season: 734 set by Joe Hamilton, 1999

Rushing Touchdowns by a QB, Season: 9, set in 1962

Highest Yards per Carry Average, Season: 7.2 set by Dorsey Levens, 1993

Most Rushing Attempts, Season: 692, set in 1975

Highest Yards per Carry Average, Season (team): 5.3, set in 1993

Most First Downs Rushing, Game: 26, VMI 1975

Most First Downs Rushing, Season: 175, set in 1975

100-Yard Games, Career: 18, 1981-84


Summing up a few things that are in the notebook online and in tomorrow’s paper: it appears Roddy Jones will be back practicing full time, but may not play against Jacksonville State simply because he hasn’t been able to practice.

Scott Blair won’t handle punting duties this season. Chandler Anderson is the front-runner for that job right now. More on the kickers in Friday’s paper.

Sean Bedford and Brad Sellers seem to have won starting jobs for now on the offensive line, but the jobs may not be settled for a few weeks.


94 comments Add your comment


August 26th, 2009
9:01 pm

is the school single game rushing record in sight? the ncaa record? can dwyer or jones get it?


August 26th, 2009
9:10 pm

Pretty sure Josh had more than 130 yards rushing last year against VPI&SU.

Don’t think Dwyer will set any records for number of carries or yards per carry. Think he has a shot at season TD’s, and TD’s in a game, and 100 yard games for a career.

Like last year, I expect one of the A-Backs to lead the team in yards per carry, but wonder if they’ll have enough carries to qualify for a “record” (see Roddy Jones’ average last year).

The new clock rules and yards per carry statistics will keep GT from any records on rushing first downs in a game.

Great goal for us would be about 300 yards per game rushing and 150 passing. With the new clock rules, that would be pretty good!


Hector Alejandro

August 26th, 2009
9:17 pm

That can’t be right. You said the following record could be broken:
Most Rushing Yards by a Quarterback, Game: 130 set by Reggie Ball in 2006

But we all know that Nesbitt already broke that record last year against VPI.

Not saying it can’t be broken again, but either your research or the media guide is incorrect.

By the way, Nesbitt rushed for 151 yds that game


August 26th, 2009
9:28 pm

With the stable of backs in the running game, the only record that needs to be broken is single season rushing total as a Team. I see this offense going over 4,000 yards on the ground for the season, and another 1400 through the air. That translates into an ACC Title for the Jackets.

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I've got a record for you

August 26th, 2009
9:34 pm

Coach Johnson has the record for most grandma-stlye sweat suits bought and worn by a male at Steinnmart.

I've got a record for you

August 26th, 2009
9:37 pm

Tech has the record for the college with the most accused terrorists currently in jail.


August 26th, 2009
9:52 pm

I think the single game rushing record is 356, Eddie Lee Ivery 1978 at Air Force, zero degrees or so. Nobody at Tech will touch that. It was NCAA record for a while.

Record for you

August 26th, 2009
9:54 pm

Most lame jokes in 3 minute interval – 2, see above.


August 26th, 2009
10:19 pm



August 26th, 2009
10:48 pm

4 TDs in a game by one player seems like it will go down this year by either Dwyer or Nesbitt, In reality though any rushing record could potentially go, particularly against some of the lesser ACC teams that have offense. To discuss Tech football further go to:


August 26th, 2009
11:32 pm

I think the potential is there for most yards per catch and most yards per completion.

Tokyo jacket

August 27th, 2009
12:53 am

I think the most important record that will get broken this year: most wins ever by a Tech team – 11, 1990 11-0-1.

Innocent Bystander

August 27th, 2009
1:26 am

How about most points scored in a college football game? I’m pretty sure 222 won’t ever be touched.


August 27th, 2009
1:37 am

Toolbags, please get off your computers and try talking to a female.


August 27th, 2009
3:58 am

I’ve gotta say, as much as I hate UGA, our blogs would be pretty boring without their comments. I did laugh when I read the CPJ sweatsuit remark! That really was funny, and, of course, has no bearing on the fact that he, in his first season, beat their stylish coach. I also love the fact that UGA fans always revert to calling us nerds in one way or another (e.g., “try talking to a female,” which he types from his own computer). FYI, my hot wife is as rabid a Tech fan as I am. It’s so pathetic that even the middle-aged UGA fans walk around at the game calling Tech fans nerds. Seriously, do they really think it bothers Tech fans to be called nerds?!? It might have bothered us in middle school, before we fully realized that doing better at math than other kids was a good thing, but we grew out of adolescence.


August 27th, 2009
4:09 am

RBall, WHO uses lame words like toolbags, anymore?! “Get off the computer and try talking to a female”? That’s it?! THAT’S all you got?! You are an OUTSTANDING representative of the mutt nation! Way to do your pups proud! I have a tip for you….don’t go making lame jokes about anyone being on the computer when, in fact, YOU’RE on the computer! I could crawl down to your level and toss in some reference to your momma or sister….not gonna do it, though. GO TECH!!!

Not Disappointed

August 27th, 2009
6:44 am

Just win! “Ramblin Wreck!”

George P. Burdell

August 27th, 2009
7:26 am

Going 6-0 at home this year would be nice and set us up well for the ACCCG.


August 27th, 2009
7:58 am

The reason that many of these records may be broken this year is because of Paul Johnson.

Thank God and Greyhound that the worst coach in history, chan gomer gailey, is gone forever. The only thing that sucks as bad as he did is tech fans that ever defended him or supported him…like the Hive website that propped him up for 6 long sorry years….you know who you are and you suck as bad as chan gomer gailey.


August 27th, 2009
8:39 am

Actually…. I would bet that we don’t break most of the records mentioned. Thats the beauty of this offense. There isn’t one person featured. It is so spread around that the total offense numbers look great but no one back has great games every week. We may see JD only go for 1200 this year, but we could have 3 – 1000 yard backs and a 1500 yd passer.

Toyko has is right… break the record for the most wins and everything else will fall into place. GO JACKETS!!!!! Only 9 MORE DAYS!!!!!!


August 27th, 2009
8:50 am

I would like to see Josh break the total offense record (I think it is held by Joe), if not the season, at least in a few games. I think Reggie and Donnie D. are the two who have rushed and passed for more than 100 yds in a game. I’m sure someone will correct me if I am wrong!

No one will break my career rushing record until we have a featured back start all four years.


August 27th, 2009
9:04 am

Doug – Thanks for the inspiration every day as we get closer to the season. It is fantastic!


August 27th, 2009
9:17 am

gt76 – I believe Eddie Lee Ivory still holds the single game rushing record at 356 yards. I don’t see that one falling because CPJ won’t leave anyone in long enough to break it. We simply have too many quality backs in the rotation (a nice problem to have).

I’ve got a record for you – How about the record for the most victims murdered by a professor?

Baba O'Riley

August 27th, 2009
9:28 am

I’m very happy to hear about the emergence of Julian Burnett on defense. GT fans will love this guy.


August 27th, 2009
9:56 am


“Highest Yards per Carry Average, Season: 7.2 set by Dorsey Levens, 1993″
“Highest Yards per Carry Average, Season: 5.3, set in 1993″

Am I missing something here?


August 27th, 2009
10:10 am


Check the 1965 Gator Bowl game. I think GT got 33 first downs rushing the ball.
when they defeated Texas Tech and Heisman winner Donnie Anderson.

Hey Doug

August 27th, 2009
10:14 am

A couple of those were broken last year.

Single Game Rushing Record by QB – Already mentioned but Nesbitt already did it. 151 yds v. VPI.

Yards per carry – season. We averaged 5.6 YPC last year. The record is 5.3.

I also don’t think we can touch the first down record because of the propensity to break long runs. There were only 3-4 games last year where GT even had 20 first downs total. Mostly it was 12-15 a game, including penalties and passing (which were negligible, but still). Maybe we can break the season record but single game is very unlikely.

Hey Doug

August 27th, 2009
10:17 am

“I think the most important record that will get broken this year: most wins ever by a Tech team – 11, 1990 11-0-1.”

GT won 12 in 1952.

““Highest Yards per Carry Average, Season: 7.2 set by Dorsey Levens, 1993″
“Highest Yards per Carry Average, Season: 5.3, set in 1993″

Am I missing something here?”

Yeah, one is by a team the other by an individual.

Ramblin' Wreck

August 27th, 2009
10:29 am

Unforgiven 108-

It could be that the first (7.2) is average for a player, while the second (5.3) is average for the team.

K with a K

August 27th, 2009
10:36 am

2009 Goals

1:Go to ACC Championship Game
2:Go Undefeated at Home
3:Lead the Nation in Rushing

Go Jackets!!

Saint Simons

August 27th, 2009
10:42 am

I will set the record for the most ignorant and obnoxious posts ever! hahahahahahahaha By the way, I am gay!!!!!!

Doug Roberson

August 27th, 2009
10:43 am

I updated the QB state, and yards per carry average stat. Thanks for pointing out the updates.


August 27th, 2009
10:43 am

The single game Rushing record for the NCAA is like 407 by someone from Texas Tech or other Texas school. Set back in the 1990’s.

Ivery still holds the school record.

But be honest folks…the way the Tech folks distribute the football to many runners – No way anyone gets that record. I could certainly see Nesbitt getting both the single game and season rushing record if he remains healthy. His health will determine Yech’s success.


August 27th, 2009
10:45 am

Donnie Anderson never won the Heisman.


August 27th, 2009
10:54 am

as i said before, if tech is as good as you geeks think and cpj is as good as you think, he ain’t going to be at your school with a sorry fan base, a sorry stadium in a crime infested area, in a basketball conference.


August 27th, 2009
10:57 am

unforgiven, I think the first is for an Individual and the second is for the enitre Team.

Whiny Dan Magill

August 27th, 2009
11:07 am

Doug, can you check and make sure the Yech media guide has the correct score from last year’s game in Athens…..42-42?

surgeries - don't hear about them

August 27th, 2009
11:13 am

Off topic but I was surprised to find out that Jones had pins in his wrist. Sounds like he injured it more than we were led to believe. Assuming that pins require surgery to insert, I don’t recall the news saying he had surgery to put the pins in. Also, I was surprised to hear that Jaybo’s surgery was successful. I didn’t even think he even needed surgery or was scheduled to get it. Am I missing the articles that say all these guys need surgery or are they not telling us until after the fact?


August 27th, 2009
11:29 am

You forgot two obvious records which very well might be surpassed:

Highest yards per reception average (when we throw the ball we will have huge gains!!)

Largest margin of victory over UGA in the history of the series!! (OK……..this one might just be hopeful thinking, but it is somewhat humorous and definitely within the realm of possibilities)

Doug Roberson

August 27th, 2009
11:34 am

Actually, Reggie Ball does have the record for rushing yards in a game by a QB. While Nesbitt ran for more yards, his net yards were less than Ball’s.

I didn’t put some records in here, such as net yards in a game, for reasons yall have listed.

I tried to focus mostly on rushing yards for this exercise.

Yes, the score is right in Tech’s media guide

Doug Roberson

August 27th, 2009
11:35 am

When a wrist or collarbone are broken, sometimes they have to go in and set the bones to help make sure it heals correctly. Pins are used to aid that process. I’m no doctor, but I play one on TV.

No, seriously, I think that’s all there was to it.

Old Tech

August 27th, 2009
11:44 am

How about record for fewest pass attempts in a single game? Homecoming 1976 vs #11 Notre Dame. ZERO


August 27th, 2009
11:45 am

To All Above _ I would be satisified with twelve games with a score of 3-0, GT’s favor of course, then a NC game against Fl, with GT winning 9-3. That would be a TD, Point after and a safety. Sounds good to me!!!! Let’s don’t be greedy.


August 27th, 2009
11:47 am

I think Tech could rush for 18,000 yards, pass for another 10,000 or so and average 222 points per game, in honor of the landmark win over Cumberland all those years ago. And then ALL of the players will become Rhodes scholars (take THAT, FSU!), CPJ will cure cancer, and the Tech Bank Engineering School will find a way to magically erase the national debt.

All in a season’s work…


August 27th, 2009
12:04 pm

Roddy Jones already smashed the yards per carry record last season (8.52). He has the most ypc of all returning DI players last season (lost only to Percy Harvin last season).

The team already broke the avg yards per carry last season (5.6).

“Actually, Reggie Ball does have the record for rushing yards in a game by a QB. While Nesbitt ran for more yards, his net yards were less than Ball’s.”

Huh? What do you mean “net yards”? Because Nesbitt had 151 yards in VT vs GT last season…


August 27th, 2009
12:23 pm

Whats up macro I would like to know your prediction for tech this year for future reference.


August 27th, 2009
12:29 pm


In college ball the net rushing yards for quarterbacks includes yards lost by sacks taken.

Kind of stupid to me.


August 27th, 2009
12:43 pm

Since in year 1, CPJ’s team set the record for longest TD run and longest TD pass in school history, anything is possible.

It’s fun to be a Tech fan again. Thanks Coach J.


August 27th, 2009
12:48 pm

We are going to have a couple of really small guys on the OL. We need guys who are in the high 290’s to 300 plus. 250-260 that’s just really small in college football now. Someone respond.

GT Fan...

August 27th, 2009
1:03 pm

Be careful … last year you posted that GT “didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of beating GA” and we all know what happened with that.

So who would you give the Heisman to when they rush for 18,000 yards and pass for 10,000 yards?
The kicker will need to have a new leg surgically attached with the extra points he’s going kick.
The player’s parents will all be proud of their Rhodes Scholars. No comment on the cancer thing, but looking forward to our national debt being erased.