After a 35-28 win over UNC last week, Georgia Tech is 4-0 for the first time since 1990 and 1-0 in the ACC. They travel to Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend to face North Carolina State.
North Carolina State is currently 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the ACC. Their last game was last Thursday, a 44-14 loss at Cincinnati. While that 30 point loss is a messy stat, The Wolfpack is unbeaten (2-0) on their home field this season.
State has been led by T.J. Graham, who averages 107 receiving ypg, 24.7 yards per kick return and 24.2 yards per punt return. Leading on Defense for the Wolfpack is Audie Cole, who has 7.5 tackles for loss, and David Amerson, whose four interceptions rank among the nation’s leaders. North Carolina State has 8 interceptions already in the books.
In the series against NC State, Georgia Tech leads 17-10, including a 45-28 loss to NC State in Atlanta last season. They have not met in Raleigh since 2006 when the Yellow Jackets came away with a 31-23 victory.
There are a lot of great things coming from this Georgia Tech team this season.
The Yellow Jackets ranked 21st in the Associated Press Poll and 21st in the Coaches Poll. Tech leads the nation in total offense with 630.5 ypg, scoring with 53.2 ppg and pass efficiency with a 283.5. The Yellow Jackets rank second nationally in rushing offense with 398.8 ypg.
Three of Georgia Tech’s players rank in the top 87 nationally in rushing; Orwin Smith stands at 54th with 87.3, Synjyn Days is at 80th with 71.3 and David Sims comes in at 87th with 69.
Sophomore linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu’s three sacks last week were the most by a Yellow Jacket against North Carolina in more than 30 years. Attaochu is tied for sixth nationally in sacks.
Tevin Washington, while he certainly has the numbers for it, does not have enough attempts to qualify him to lead the nation in pass efficiency.
Stephen Hill averages 33 yards per reception, which ranks first nationally. Four of his 14 receptions this season have ended with touchdowns.
Orwin Smith averages 18.4 yards per carry. He has scored four touchdowns off of his 19 rushing attempts.
Tech is just the second team in ACC history to score more than 200 points through its first four games of the season. The first was Florida State in 1995.
Only two undefeated teams remain in the ACC, Georgia Tech and Clemson, and both teams face difficult ACC road tests on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets and the Wolfpack meet on Saturday at 3:30 pm EST and can be seen on ESPN.
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Written by Ericka Birdsong
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