Georgia Tech Sets Records in Win Over Kansas
Sept. 17, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) - Orwin Smith had more than 100 yards rushing and receiving, and Georgia Tech piled up a school-record 768 yards in a 66-24 rout of Kansas on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets (3-0) avenged a 28-25 upset loss to the Jayhawks (2-1) last season, running at will and working in three long passes against a team that looked as though it had never seen the option offense.
Georgia Tech also set a school record with 604 yards on the ground in its highest-scoring game since a 69-14 win over Samford in 2007. Roddy Jones also scored running and receiving, while David Sims had a pair of rushing TDs.
Losing its 10th straight road game, Kansas gave up three one-play scoring drives to the Yellow Jackets, including their first offensive snap of each half.
Completing befuddling the Jayhawks with fakes, pitches and guys running in all different directions, Georgia Tech averaged 12.1 yards each time they ran the ball. Smith needed only five carries to put up 157 yards. Embry Peeples added 110 yards on five carries.
Smith set the tone on Georgia Tech's first offensive play, breaking off a 95-yard touchdown for yet another record - longest run in school history.
Tevin Washington had another efficient day at quarterback, completing 4 of 7 for 164 yards. He connected with Smith on a 67-yard touchdown and hooked up with Jones on a 52-yarder. Washington also completed a 41-yard pass to Smith that came up short of the end zone, giving the junior A-back 108 yards on his two receptions.
Georgia Tech had gone seven years since its last player, Calvin Johnson, had rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game. Both Smith and Jones did it against the Jayhawks.
Smith also was the first Yellow Jackets player since at least 1978 to account for more than 100 yards on the ground and through the air. The school wasn't able to immediately determine if anyone did it before that.
Kansas kicked a field goal on the last play of the first half and actually went to the locker room only down 24-17. It was all Georgia Tech after that.
Peeples broke off a 63-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the third quarter and the rout was on. The Yellow Jackets scored five more TDs in their highest-scoring second half - 42 points - since putting up 96 over the final two periods in their 222-0 victory over Cumberland in 1916.
Georgia Tech broke the school record of 558 yards rushing against VMI in 1975, and the 706-yard mark for total yards set in 1948 against Citadel.
Darrian Miller scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Jayhawks, but that wasn't nearly enough. Kansas moved the ball well in the first half - converting 7-of-10 tries on third down - but the offense went stagnant until a late scoring drive.
There was no stopping the Yellow Jackets.