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October 9, 2013The Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech comes to Provo on Saturday for a clash with the Cougars, coming off a 45-30 loss to the Miami Hurricanes. The loss leaves GT with a 3-2 record on the season, including a 2-2 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Yellow Jackets started out the season with a 3-0 record after wins over Elon, Duke and North Carolina, before falling to Virginia Tech two weeks ago.
Georgia Tech is coached by Paul Johnson who is in his sixth season at the Helm. His head coaching record is 150 wins and 67 losses including a record of 43 wins and 28 losses with Tech. Before coming to the ACC, Johnson spent six seasons at Navy and five at Georgia Southern. Johnson has led his teams to ten straight bowl games.
This is the fourth meeting between the Cougars and the Yellow Jackets with BYU holding a 2-1 advantage. BYU won last year's matchup 41-17 in Atlanta behind a great defensive effort. This will be the second trip to Provo for GT. The first time they played, BYU won 24-13 to open the 2003 season.
The Yellow Jackets run a spread option offense and have been very successful with that scheme the last few years. This year's version is led by red-shirt sophomore quarterback Vad Lee. Lee has started all five games under center for GT and has completed 34-of-76 passes for 625 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He also does plenty of damage with his legs, having carried the ball 82 times for a net of 241 yards and three touchdowns.
Lee is joined in the back field by some very talented running backs. Two of the most productive are seniors David Sims and Robert Godhigh. Sims has carried the ball 66 times for 325 yards and six touchdowns while Godhigh has 25 carries for 217 yards.
On the season, the Tech rushing attack has accounted for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns which translates into 300 yards and three touchdowns a game on the ground. The experienced offensive line has a great deal to do with that. Georgia Tech starts three seniors along with a junior and a sophomore, for an o-line that has only allowed just five sacks all season.
The passing game isn't quite as effective. Georgia Tech does throw the ball very much and only averages about 126 yard per game through the air.
25 of the Yellow Jackets' 35 completions on the season have gone to junior wide receiver's DeAndre Smelter and Darren Waller and running back Robert Godhigh.
Smelter leads the team with 11 receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns while Waller has seven catches for 107 yards and a score and Godhigh has seven grabs for 136 yards and two trips to the end zone.
The Yellow Jackets run a 4-3 defense that ranks 20th in the nation in total defense. They are led by senior defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu. Attaochu is sixth on the all-time tech sack list with 21, including two so far in 2013. Attaochu is joined up front by senior's Euclid Cummings and Emmanuel Dieke as well as sophomore Adam Gotsis. The four have combined for 53 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble.
Georgia Tech also has an impressive group of line backers, including three of their four leading tacklers. Senior SAM backer Brandon Watts leads the team with 29 tackles and has also registered 1.5 TFL's, one sack and a fumble recovery. He is joined by junior Quayshawn Nealy and sophomore Jabari Hunt-Days. Nealy and Hunt-Days have combined for 44 tackles and two interceptions.
The secondary is led by senior cornerbacks Louis Young and Jemea Thomas. Thomas is second on the team with 25 tackles and is tied for the lead with three pass break-ups while Young has accounted for 14 tackles, three pass brake-ups and an interception. They are joined in the defensive back field by sophomore safeties Chris Milton and Domonique Noble. Milton leads the team with two interceptions including one the he returned for a touchdown.