Nesbitt eyes Dantzler's record

Georgia Tech QB Joshua Nesbitt is on the verge of becoming the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.

Nesbitt is only 44 yards shy of breaking the ACC record for career rushing yards by a quarterback, held by Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler.

Ironically, Georgia Tech travels to Clemson Saturday.

Nesbitt has also accounted for 51 touchdowns in his career. And by now, you would think opponents should know better than to rile him up.

But that's exactly what Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher did before Saturday's 42-14 Georgia Tech win.

"I'm better. He just has more hype," Dasher said.

Nesbitt said he took it personally. Then he went out and led the Yellow Jackets (5-2) to their third straight win.


Nesbitt is only 44 yards shy of breaking the ACC record for career rushing yards by a quarterback, held by Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler. (Dean Legge)
While Tech was intercepting Dasher four times, Nesbitt was running for 106 yards and a touchdown and throwing for 86 yards and another score. In the third quarter, Nesbitt guided Tech on three straight touchdown drives, turning a 14-7 game into a blowout.

Dasher's comment fired up Tech's improving defense even more. The unit forced six turnovers for the first time in two years.

"Our quarterback's a pretty good player," defensive coordinator Al Groh said. "Some of our players were challenged to make sure that when the game was over that they helped him to be the best player. They were tuned into the game, very focused."

Now the Jackets turn their attention to this week's game at Clemson, the start of a difficult ACC stretch.

"I'm worried about Clemson," coach Paul Johnson said. "We've been fortunate; we've gotten them the last three times we played. I'm sure they are going to be welcoming us with open arms in Death Valley. We have to get ready to play our best game of the year."

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