Chick-Fil-A Bowl Pre-game Notes

The LSU Tigers will face the No. 14 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta on Wednesday in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. The Tiger and Yellow Jackets last faced off in Atlanta in 2000, when LSU (7-5, 3-5 SEC) topped Georgia Tech (9-3, 5-3 ACC) in the Peach Bowl by a score of 28-14. Though the name of the bowl has changed, the teams and venues remains the same.

LSU leads the all-time series against Georgia Tech 12-6, but that 2000 game was the first meeting between the two teams since 1963, Tech's last year as a member of the Southeastern Conference.


The Tigers enter the game far from hot, dropping five of their final eight games. In those final eight games, the Tiger defense has surrendered 250 points to their opponents.


In the Rambling Wreck's last outing, Johnson's offense racked up 409 yards in a 45-42 road win over Georgia.


The Yellow Jackets, who already own wins over Mississippi State and Georgia, are looking to go 3-0 against SEC teams this season.


The Tiger offense has been sporadic in its production this season, seeing redshirt freshman Jordan Jefferson take the reigns during the season's final stretch.


The Destrehan-native has completed on 20-of-48 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Jefferson has rushed the ball 39 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.


Junior Charles Scott will carry the brunt of the workload from the backfield for the Tigers. On the season, Scott carried the ball 202 times for 1,109 yards and 15 touchdowns.


Through the air, Jefferson will have a number of options to choose from.


The more reliable receiver this season has been junior wide receiver Brandon LaFell. The Houston-native has pulled in 61 passes for 903 yards and eight touchdowns.


Senior Demetrius Byrd looks to go out on a big note after hauling in 34 passes for 489 yards and four touchdowns, good for second best on the team.


The LSU defensive unit has given up 25.9 points per game this season, a trend they hope to buck in the game against the Yellow Jackets.


Senior Curtis Taylor and junior Chris Hawkins lead the team with two interceptions a piece, with the Tiger squad totaling seven on the year.


Junior Harry Coleman leads the team with 69 total tackles, and junior defensive end Rahim Alem leads the front line with eight sacks.


LSU was 17th in the country in run defense at 105.7 yards allowed per contest.


The Yellow Jackets moved up the polls with their win over Georgia to end the regular season, settling it at the No. 14 spot in the Associated Press poll, the highest that they have been ranked since Oct. 21, 2006, when they were ranked No. 13.


Though they have had the advantage of being the home team in the past, the Rambling Wreck are winless in their three visits to the Georgia Dome for the Peach Bowl.


First-year head coach Paul Johnson has helped to right the ship at Georgia Tech, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors en route to the Jackets nine win season.


A three-point loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies early in the season is all that kept them from visiting the ACC Championship Game in Tampa. They were the only team in the conference with fewer than four losses in the regular season.


Georgia Tech is averaging 377.3 yards of total offense per game, good for best in the ACC. The team's 282.3 yards of rushing offense per game is also tops in the conference.

Sophomore running back Jonathan Dwyer has led the charge, carrying the ball 190 times for 1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Marietta-native has gone over 100 yards in all but three of the Jackets games this season. Dwyer has also scored at least one touchdown in Georgia Tech's last five games.


Sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt has managed the way from under center, offering more of a threat on the ground than through the air.


The Greensboro-native completed 46-of-99 passing for 658 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions on the season. On the ground, Nesbitt totaled 631 yards and seven touchdowns on 156 carries.


The third piece to the running game has been running back Roddy Jones. The Stone Mountain-native has totaled 72 carries for 658 yards and four touchdowns in his freshman campaign.


When Johnson and the Jackets stray away from the running attack, sophomore Demaryius Thomas has been Nesbitt's favorite target.


Thomas has logged 36 catches for 595 yards and three touchdowns on the year, though he has failed to find the end zone in the team's last five contests.


Defensively, Georgia Tech ranks sixth in the ACC, allowing an average of 312.7 yards to opposing offenses per game.


The Yellow Jackets rush defense ranks fourth in the conference, allowing an average of 116.9 yards per game, while the pass defense ranks eighth in the ACC, giving up an average of 195.8 yards per game.


The team's 18 interceptions put them third in the ACC, headlined by sophomore Morgan Burnett's seven picks. Burnett also leads the team in total tackles with 79.


The game is set to kick off on Jan. 31 at 7:30 pm EST in the Georgia Dome.

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