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Posted Sep 17, 2011


Week 3 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Kansas at Georgia Tech


2011 Predictions & Game Story 

Week 3 - Kansas at Georgia Tech

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at Georgia Tech 66 … Kansas 24
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(AP) ATLANTA -- Orwin Smith had more than 100 yards rushing and receiving, and Georgia Tech piled up a school-record 768 yards in a 66-24 rout of Kansas on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets (3-0) avenged a 28-25 upset loss to the Jayhawks (2-1) last season, running at will and working in three long passes against a team that looked as though it had never seen the option offense.

Georgia Tech also set a school record with 604 yards on the ground in its highest-scoring game since a 69-14 win over Samford in 2007. Roddy Jones also scored running and receiving, while David Sims had a pair of rushing TDs.

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.

Completing befuddling the Jayhawks with fakes, pitches and guys running in all different directions, Georgia Tech averaged 12.1 yards each time they ran the ball. Smith needed only five carries to put up 157 yards. Embry Peeples added 110 yards on five carries.

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.

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.

Georgia Tech had gone seven years since its last player, Calvin Johnson, had rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game. Both Smith and Jones did it against the Jayhawks.

Smith also was the first Yellow Jackets player since at least 1978 to account for more than 100 yards on the ground and through the air. The school wasn't able to immediately determine if anyone did it before that.

Kansas kicked a field goal on the last play of the first half and actually went to the locker room down only 24-17. It was all Georgia Tech after that.

Peeples broke off a 63-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the third quarter and the rout was on. The Yellow Jackets scored five more TDs in their highest-scoring second half -- 42 points -- since putting up 96 over the final two periods in their 222-0 victory over Cumberland in 1916.

Georgia Tech broke the school record of 558 yards rushing against VMI in 1975, and the 706-yard mark for total yards set in 1948 against Citadel.

Darrian Miller scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Jayhawks, but that wasn't nearly enough. Kansas moved the ball well in the first half -- converting 7-of-10 tries on third down -- but the offense went stagnant until a late scoring drive.

Kansas (2-0) at Georgia Tech (2-0) Sept. 17, 12:30

Here’s The Deal … By late Saturday afternoon, one of these programs, which began fall camp with so many question marks, is going to be ecstatic to be 3-0. Kansas is coming off an emotional, building-block victory over Northern Illinois, 45-42, its biggest win since topping Georgia Tech last Sept. 11. The Jayhawks are clearly improved in head coach Turner Gill’s second season in Lawrence, with a chance to really accelerate the blueprint for success in Atlanta this weekend.

The Yellow Jackets are also cautiously optimistic about the early returns in 2011. Sure, their victims were Western Carolina and Middle Tennessee, but the program has used the soft schedule wisely to build confidence and adjust to having a new point guard running head coach Paul Johnson’s version of the triple-option. With the start of the ACC portion of the schedule just around the corner, Tech wants to utilize this non-conference game to continue building a head of steam.

Why Kansas Might Win: In a short period of time, the Jayhawks have fashioned a surprisingly potent offense under Gill, scoring 87 points over the first two games. A deep running game ranks No. 10 nationally, behind the gains of James Sims and precocious rookies Darrian Miller and Tony Pierson. The unexpected catalyst, though, has been sophomore QB Jordan Webb. An uncertainty when the season began, he’s thrown three touchdown passes without a pick in each of the first two games. While Kansas is very young on this side of the ball, it’s also quite athletic, which will cause headaches for an ordinary and beatable Georgia Tech defense.

Why Georgia Tech Might Win: Lost in the fog of Kansas’ 2-0 start is the reality that the defense is still this program’s Achilles’ heel. The Jayhawks were fortunate to survive a game in which Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish accounted for 404 total yards and five touchdowns. Making matters even tougher, they will not be facing a garden variety Yellow Jackets offense.

Sure, Tech is No. 3 nationally on the ground, getting big plays from a cadre of diverse A-backs and B-backs. However, Kansas must also be aware of a burgeoning and timely passing game. QB Tevin Washington has made the most of his 13 completions, connecting on five touchdown passes. WR Stephen Hill has been the primary beneficiary, turning seven receptions into 307 yards and three scores.

What To Watch Out For: Georgia Tech has yet to assert itself on defense, but then again it hasn’t had to through two weeks. Kansas, on the other hand, is going to force the issue. The rotation of linemen and linebackers have upside and an advantage over a spotty Jayhawks O-line. LB Julian Burnett and ends Izaan Cross and Jason Peters are out to make Webb’s life miserable, forcing him to make plays on the move.

What Will Happen: Gill has Kansas gradually moving in a northern direction, but a win at Bobby Dodd Stadium will be a little out of reach. While the Jayhawks will move the ball with its young playmakers, their defense will wilt in the face of a sharper Georgia Tech offense. Washington will continue to orchestrate the attack, with the help of his favorite backs, Orwin Smith, Roddy Jones and Tony Zenon. The Jackets will wear down the Jayhawks, pulling away after halftime.

CFN Prediction: Georgia Tech 38 … Kansas 27
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