Some numbers from the game

Some game notes, courtesy of Georgia Tech’s sports information department:

Georgia Tech’s Loss Tonight Gives The Yellow Jackets…

… a record of 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC

… losses in consecutive games for the first time under Paul Johnson, the first time since 2007

… an end to their six-game winning streak vs. Coastal Division opponents

… a 9-3 record in their last 12 ACC games

… an 0-1 record vs. nationally-ranked teams this season

… a 25-11 record in three seasons under Paul Johnson, including a 15-6 record in ACC games

… an 8-3 record under Johnson when having more than seven days to prepare

… a 3-5 all-time record vs. Virginia Tech, including a 1-3 mark in Blacksburg

… an 11-13 all-time record when playing on ESPN Thursday night

… a 2-3 record on the road this season, 10-6 in three seasons under Johnson

… a 5-3 record in November under Johnson

… a 19-9 record vs. Coastal Division opponents, including a 9-7 record on the road, since divisional play began in 2005

… an 18-3 record under Johnson after leading at halftime

… an all-time record of 9-7 when playing on November 4th

… a 215-137-8 all-time record vs. ACC opponents

… a 34-22-1 all-time record against teams from Virginia

… an all-time record of 678-453-43 in 118 seasons of football


… 168 consecutive games without being shut out (last time: Oct. 18, 1997 vs. Florida State)

… 154 consecutive games without returning a kickoff for a touchdown (last time: Oct. 31, 1998 at Maryland)

… 36 consecutive starts by senior cornerback Mario Butler

Team Notes

… Tech rushed for 300 yards for the fifth time this season

… Tech had 400 yards of total offense for the fifth time this season

… Tech’s 15 first downs tied for a season low

… Tech tied a season high with nine penalties

… Tech allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009 (by Vanderbilt)

… Embry Peeples’ 42-yard kick return to open the game was Tech’s longest kick return of the season

… Tech scored a touchdown on its opening possession for the fifth time this season, but for just the second time since Sept. 18

… Tech scored touchdowns on its first two possessions

… The Yellow Jackets scored 14 first-quarter points for the second time this season (also vs. North Carolina)

… Tech has kept its opponents scoreless in the first quarter three times in the last four games

… Sweeting’s second-quarter interception was Tech’s seventh of the season – all have been by non-seniors

Anthony Allen, Sr., BB

… rushed for 100 yards for the third time this season, the fifth time in his Tech career

… his eighth yard rushing gave him 700 yards rushing this season

… his 20th yard rushing gave him 1,330 for his two-year Georgia Tech career and moved him into 25th place on Tech’s all-time rushing chart

… his 90th yard rushing gave him 1,400 for his two-year Georgia Tech career

Anthony Barnes, Sr., LB

… played in his 44th career game

Scott Blair, Sr., K

… played in his team-high 49th career game

… entered today’s game having made 66 consecutive extra points

Julian Burnett, So., LB

… caused a fumble for the second time this season

… his 13 tackles were a career high and the most by any Tech player this season

Mario Butler, Sr., CB

… made his team-high 36th consecutive start and played in his 46th career game

Brad Jefferson, Sr., LB

… played in his 44th career game

Isaiah Johnson, Fr., S

… recorded his first career fumble recovery

Roddy Jones, Jr., AB

… made his 35th career start (second on the team behind Mario Butler)

… his 40th yard rushing gave him 1,300 for his career – the 27th-most in Tech history

Joshua Nesbitt, Sr., QB

… tonight Nesbitt broke the ACC record for career rushing yards by a quarterback previously held by Clemson’s Woodrow Dantzler (1998-01). Nesbitt entered the game with 2,720 career rushing yards and needing just 42 yards to break the record.

… made his 34th career start and played in his 45th career game

… his fourth yard of total offense gave him 6,000 career yards of total offense – just the fifth player in Tech history to reach that plateau and the first since Reggie Ball (2003-06)

… his 71-yard run in the first quarter was the longest rushing attempt of his career (previously 67 yards vs. Virginia earlier this season)

… his 38th yard rushing gave him 2,758 for his career, which is 1,000 more than any quarterback in Tech history

… his 49th yard rushing gave him 700 rushing yards this season – the third-most single-season rushing yards by a QB in Tech history

… his second-quarter interception was just his fourth of the season

… Nesbitt rushed for two or more touchdowns in a game for the third time this season, 10 times in his career

… his 80th yard rushing gave him 2,800 for his career

… his sixth rushing attempt was the 650th of his career

Nesbitt’s second rushing touchdown gave him…

… 35 career rushing touchdowns, tying Jonathan Dwyer for the second-most in Tech history

… 16 more rushing touchdowns than any quarterback in Tech history

… 6 more rushing touchdowns than any quarterback in ACC history

… 10 rushing touchdowns this season – the second-most single-season rushing TDs by a QB in Tech history (he owns the record with 18 last season)

… 35 touchdowns overall, passing Joe Burns for the third-most in Tech history

… 216 career points, passing Billy Lothridge and Joe Burns for the seventh-most points scored in Tech history

… 54 career touchdowns responsible for – the fourth-most in Tech history

Embry Peeples, Jr., AB

… his 42-yard kickoff return to open the game was Tech’s longest kick return of the season

Rod Sweeting, So., DB

… recorded his first career interception tonight

Today’s Captains

Brad Jefferson (permanent), Joshua Nesbitt (permanent), Patrick Nordmann and Onu Okebie.

Virginia Tech won the toss and elected to defer.

22 comments Add your comment

Rockdale Jacket

November 5th, 2010
4:52 am

Doug: Impressive list of stats (at least some of them are). I have a few more that are not impressive:
.Two passes completed
.Two passes intercepted
.QB lost for season attempting to tackle a player who intercepted his pass. Ironic
.346 rushing yards will probably keep GT No. 1 in nation in rushing offense. Way to go CPJ.
.Final unimpressive stat….we lost the game.

Scott V.

November 5th, 2010
6:32 am

Rockdale Jacket,
It think you’ve forgotten what it can be like at tech with a Pro Style attack. Here’s what regularly happened.
1) Never won big games
2) Consistently mediocre
3) Never won ACC
In three years we have won the ACC and been a better team. I suspect you are not really a jacket, but a troll UGA fan who doesn’t even see the need with a 4-5 team of posting on UGA blogs. Furthermore, our offense stopped themselves when Nesbitt was in the game with penalties. He made one bad play and that was the interception. We were averaging over 8 yards a play. Had Nesbitt played the whole game, we would have won this football game and been in a position to contend for the ACC title again. None of the ACC “passing” offenses have been able to beat this VT team so I don’t understand the negativity.
Yours Truly,
Real Jacket Fan
P.S. Doug, the announcers credited the forced fumble to Julian Burnett, however, if you watch the play again, you’ll realize he wasn’t the guy who forced the fumble, it was the arm of another player who hit the returner a second before Burnett.

Jacket Backer

November 5th, 2010
7:14 am

did Nesbitt break his arm?? what exactly is the forearm injury?

Robert Barron

November 5th, 2010
7:25 am

Ga lost to Florida by not taking the field goal.
CPJ just did the same thing and got his QB injured.
And maybe a third down running play would have worked.
The design of the picked pass play was dangerous with two routes in the same area.
If the pass was short and picked, there was a chance for a pick six.
Just like he did in last year’s Uga game, we went from Joshua’s strength to his weakness.
I’m proud of the team but CPJ lost the game and his QB with one wrong call.
Tevin showed he can play so all is not lost.
Even though Joshua is an average passer, he has been one of our best quarterbacks ever.


November 5th, 2010
7:38 am

Robert Barron – You got it. When I saw CPJ sending Steven Hill in with the play, I was screaming, “NO…NO…NO…” at my TV. OK: There are 4 minutes left in the first half. We have the lead. We have over 200 yards rushing. VT has not stopped our rush attack. Oh, and we are a 37% passing team. WHY do you throw in that situation? Why? We had a chance to take over the game…..and we lost the ball, a touchdown, the game, our leader, and the season.


November 5th, 2010
7:53 am

I will not hang my head. No one will say losing is OK, nor will I. However, the number one lesson I learned on the flats? Never give up. This team continued to play hard and strived for excellence. Get better every day. There was more heart and focused effort last night than in any other game this season. I hate losing, but I can accept getting beat. The real test comes next week to see if the team can play every game with the intensity and heart required to win at a high level. THAT will speak volumes about the program’s future.


November 5th, 2010
8:02 am

Wow. I never realized how far our program had fallen until I read this blog. We are starting to sound just like you geeks. God help us all.


November 5th, 2010
8:06 am

May not a agree with a particular play here and there, but CPJ is a seriously good coach. The future will be bright. Hated to see Nesbitt get hurt, but the team didn’t give up. That’s the kind of coaching we need.


November 5th, 2010
8:08 am

jdawg – your comment makes no sense

Robert Barron

November 5th, 2010
8:19 am

jdawg – you are right that your program has fallen but the Jackets are improving.
If you want to compare, you need to look at similar football factories like Bama, Florida and the rising programs at South Carolina and Arkansas.
Georgia is not in the top tier of the SEC and still can’t beat Florida in a down year for them.
Even worse, the second tier is passing you by.
But Richt with his 3 mil salary never looks too bummed about any loss, does he?

1990 national championship playa

November 5th, 2010
8:20 am

Playing hard, coaching. The game is about wins and losses. Whether we lose by 1 or 51. L. Bowl game on the blue turf. Sorry, that is not getting it done.


November 5th, 2010
8:29 am

Jdawg=idiot. Interesting that all of a sudden, “CPJ sucks” because we are disappointed that we are out of ACC race. Font forget, it was CPJ who has GT fans expecting to win the conference. This is a very new trend here at Tech. While I hope expectations remain high, I hope GT fans never under appreciate what CPJ has brought to our program. Then we become like, well, Jdawg and the UGA fans…


November 5th, 2010
8:29 am

Ga. Tech is the WORST coached D1 team in the country. Of course, most of Gailey’s players are now gone…….so the talent has run out too.
Johnson only won when he had Gailey’s players…..he’ll never win again at Tech.
Are you serious, a D1 program completes TWO passes the whole night. Of course you could say 4 if you count the 2 Va. Tech caught ?

CoopeOr Taylor situation...

November 5th, 2010
8:48 am

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November 5th, 2010
8:50 am

Despite hostile conditions, injuries and mental errors, the Jackets were in the game until the INT at the end. Yes special teams have been mediocre, yes losing stinks, yes losing Joshua will hurt for the rest of the year, but the determination, drive and desire to win is evident. Losing is never fun, but lessons were learned and with games remaining on the schedule, the season isn’t lost. CPJ is always finding ways to improve the program, even after victories. Fair weather fans are the worst; you support the team whether they win or lose. We’ve endured much worse, Bill Lewis, Reggie Balls 4th down throw away, etc. Not ashamed to be a Jackets Fan! What’s the good word!

One more number stat...

November 5th, 2010
8:50 am

…0 – 2 in the murderer’s row of the schedule..


November 5th, 2010
9:07 am

don’t beleive in moral victories, 1 point as bad as 100, but mistakes you learn from can help—i too thought not getting the 3 was huge……Josh, you know i’m one of your biggest critics, but i am also your hughest fan, you gave 100% trying to do what you were asked, years from i hope you are remembered as our William Wallace…….

GT fan in MS

November 5th, 2010
9:21 am

One more number stat…

November 5th, 2010
8:50 am
…0 – 2 in the murderer’s row of the schedule..

Heh.. You’re being much too kind to the ACC talent level


November 5th, 2010
9:23 am

didn’t see the game, saw the highlights……too bad nesbitt went down, GT looked to have a real chance to win….washington looked good given his limited playing time…
other numbers
9 penalties for 52 yds for GT
time of possession GT 29 min VT 31 min
10 passes attempted, 2 completed, 2 intercepted… one number i’m interested in is just how many of GT’s passes this season (there aren’t that many, should be easy to count)are short outlet/flares/screens…
what I’ve noticed from GT’s passing game is they get themselves in a 2nd or 3rd and long situation, a “passing” situation, which the defense then expects, and a sack is often the result….i don’t know about last night but tech has thrown very few short passes to the flats or across the middle or even a simple screen…with our running backs, getting them in the open with short passes would get them in space and room to run…
and when a QB is struggling in the passing game, short outlet passes/screens are in order…..if you don’t pass often(use it or lose it as they say), then QB mistakes throwing the ball are more likely(poor reads, poor timing, etc)….plus, it would help keep the defense honest and maybe slow down the pass rush when tech’s offense is sputtering…just saying….go jackets


November 5th, 2010
9:36 am

PJ’s arrogance lost this game. You’re up 14-7 late in the third and facing a fourth and two. Instead of making the right move and punting and burying VT deep in their own end, Johnson sticks to his credo that noone can stop his offense on short yardage. So what happens? GT is stuffed, Virginia Tech gets the ball at midfield drives for a score and the rest is history. I don’t mind going for it in the first half, but when the win is so close you can see it, you’ve got to put your ego aside and make the right coaching move. This isn’t like Belichick going for it on fourth down against Indy when he knew his defense couldn’t stop Peyton Manning. VT hadn’t done much of anything offensively all game and if you make them start from inside their 20, odds are you can stop them. At some point, Johnson’s got to stop thinking he’s smarter than everyone else and make the move that’s right for his team. He didn’t and they lost their shot at defending their title.

William Casey

November 5th, 2010
1:56 pm

I am very proud to be a Yellow Jacket fan. TWICE, in the 4th quarter, down a TD in a very hostile environment, we drive the length of the field. Once, we score the tying TD. The other time, it took a great defensive play by the VT defensive back in the end zone to deny the Jackets. Both drives accomplished with our back-up QB. Great effort Jackets!

GO Jackets

November 7th, 2010
4:59 pm

honestly I think sometimes CPJ allows the idiots that want to accuse him of not throwing the ball enough get to him and therefore he trys it..but CPJ we are happy to dance with the one that brought us, rushing and the triple option…we had pro style, we never once won an ACC title and never beat UGA…we are happy when you run the ball, kick the field goals….having said that, I saw much improvement by everyone in blocking..just hope Tevin can read the defense the way Nesbitt did and let’s beat Miami.