From the very first play, Georgia Tech was breaking old records and setting new ones.
Led by Orwin Smith, the Yellow Jackets are now 3-0 for the season as they defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 66-24. As they reached this win, they racked up 768 total offensive yards. The previous record was 706 set in 1948 against The Citadel. Tech also set a new record for yards rushing, 604, breaking the school record of 558 yards against VMI in 1975.
Georgia Tech averaged 12.1 yards each time they ran the ball. That broke the NCAA record, an 11.9 yard performance in 1973 by a powerhouse Alabama team against Virginia Tech.
Kansas (2-1) looked as though it had never seen the option offense before causing the Yellow Jackets to run freely. The Yellow Jackets had 10 plays of at least 21 yards, three of them went for more than 50.
Darrian Miller scored two rushing touchdowns for the Jayhawks, but it wasn’t quite enough. Moving the ball well in the first half, Kansas converted 7-of-10 tries on third down. 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.
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.
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. He swept through a huge hole then picked up key blocks downfield from receivers Stephen Hill and Tyler Melton.
Roddy Jones also scored running and receiving, while David Sims had a pair of rushing TDs.
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.
On the opening play of the second half, Embry Peeples took off from the 37, barely touched on his way to the end zone.
The Yellow Jackets were ultimately perfect having six possessions and six touchdowns. They finished with their highest-scoring second half since putting up 96 over the final two periods of their famous 222-0 victory over Cumberland in 1916.
After averaging 59 points per game, Tech is off to their first 3-0 start since 2005 on their way to Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The Yellow Jackets will play at home again next Saturday, September 24th as they go up against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
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Written by Ericka Birdsong
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