With a 42-24 victory on Saturday over the Duke Blue Devils, Georgia Tech clinched at least a tie for the Coastal division with the Miami Hurricanes. The Canes have the tie breaker of course due to their win versus the Jackets earlier this season (42-36 in OT) after coming back from a 21 point deficit. This meant that Miami would need to have 4 ACC losses for the Yellow Jackets to win the division. After defeating Duke this guaranteed Ga Tech a 5-3 record in the ACC with one ACC game left to go for Miami. This coming Saturday the Canes face Duke. If they lose, then Georgia Tech would advance to the ACC Championship game. However early Monday morning the wait was over. Miami imposed a Bowl Ban for the 2012 season on itself so that it would hopefully relieve the punishment coming from an NCAA investigation. This clinched the ACC Coastal title for the Yellow Jackets, who after suffering through a harsh season are now on the brink of playing for a BCS Bowl game.
Senior quarterback Tevin Washington came into his last collegiate home game with a swagger long since seen. He played with precision and poise, especially in the passing game, which was the helped seal the deal for the Yellow Jackets. Washington completed 6 of 10 passes for 102 yards and 3 TD passes. He also rushed the ball a team high 19 times for 63 yards and a TD.
It was a big rushing day as well for several Yellow Jacket backs.
Zach Laskey 18 carries for 72 yards
David Sims 11 carries for 70 yards 1 TD
Orwin Smith 10 carries 67 yards
Laskey also had a big day in the passing game catching 2 passes for 40 yards and 1 TD, and the spark plug RB Robert Godhigh caught 2 passes for 35 yards and 2 TD's. One of his catches was yet again a highlight everyone needs to see.
The defense came out in the second half a different squad. Despite allowing a Touchdown on a long opening second half drive, the next three drives would end in a Punt, a Turnover on Downs and an Interception. Not a bad way to clinch a victory on Senior Day!
Next Game: vs. UGA Bulldogs (November 24, 2012)
It's Rivalry Week! It's also time for some "Clean Old Fashioned Hate", otherwise known as the UGA vs GT game. The Bulldogs are ranked #3 in the country coming into the game and will be playing #2 Alabama in the SEC Championship game the week after. The key to Ga Tech standing a chance in this game will be stopping the two headed monster at RB for the Bulldogs that they call "Gurshall". If they can keep them in check, and force QB Aaron Murray into some bad throws and allow their offense to dictate the pace of the game, then the Yellow Jackets will have a chance to win this game and possibly ruin UGA's shot at a National Championship.