Georgia Tech - Wake Forest Pregame Notes

The Jackets travel to Winston-Salem this weekend to play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday evening. Tech is looking to make amends for a disappointing loss to North Carolina State that saw their seven game ACC winning streak come to an end. Both teams enter the game with identical 2-2 overall records and 1-1 ACC records.

Georgia Tech comes into the game having won four straight ACC road games. Saturday's game will be the first night game after playing four straight games that started at 1PM or earlier. Tech ranks fourth nationally and features three players, in Joshua Nesbitt, Anthony Allen, and Roddy Jones that have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in their career. Senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt ranks third in the ACC in rushing. Nesbitt needs 69 yards rushing to reach 2,500 yards for his career.

The Georgia Tech-Wake Forest series began in 1917 with Tech leading the all-time series 21-8. Four of the last six meetings have been close ones with Tech winning four of those six contests. The Jackets have also been successful in Winston-Salem winning eight of the eleven contests played there. The last time the two teams played there was in 2003 with coming out on top 24-7. Coach Paul Johnson is 1-2 all-time against Wake with both losses coming while at Navy. Those Wake teams were coached by Jim Grobe. Grobe is 2-4 all-time against Georgia Tech.

The two teams met last year at Bobby Dodd Stadium with Georgia Tech prevailing 30-27 in overtime. The Jackets made a fourth down conversion, after failing three times previously on fourth down, that led to a three yard touchdown run. The Jackets clinched the Coastal Division with a win over Duke the following weekend.

Two members of Georgia Tech's coaching staff have Wake Forest connections. Defensive coordinator Al Groh served as head coach at Wake from 1981-1986. Offensive line coach Mike Sewak was offensive coordinator at Ohio University under Jim Grobe in 1995 and 1996.

The key matchups will be the defenses ability to stop the run. Georgia Tech is first in the ACC averaging 320.5 yards per game and Wake is second averaging 238.5 yards per game. Tech's running game got a big boost for the weekend with the return of centers Sean Bedford and Jay Finch to the lineup. On Wake's side of the ball quarterback Tanner Price is day to day. Wake linebacker Lee Malchow was ready to make his first start last week and broke his leg on the opening kickoff. The two teams average a combined 63.8 points per game. Both teams have identical even turnover margins.

The Jackets have continued to spread out there scoring over the four quarters of the game. They have now scored in 14 0f the 16 quarters this season. The fourth quarter is one in which they've scored at least three points for 18 consecutive games. The Jackets are also outscoring their opponents 35-21 in the fourth quarter. Two of Tech's four opponents have been held scoreless in the fourth quarter.


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