Jayhawks Fall to Yellow Jackets, 66-24
Sept. 17, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets used a combination of big plays and a stifling running attack to set the tone Saturday afternoon, defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 66-24. In an impressive offensive display, the Yellow Jackets collected a total of 604 rush yards and 164 pass yards, which combined for the most offensive yards ever given up by a Kansas defense.
Kansas drops to 2-1 overall, while Georgia Tech improves to 3-0.
The Jayhawks finished with 362 total yards of offense, compared to 768 for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech’s 604 yards on the ground was the most ever allowed by a Kansas defense.
The Yellow Jackets set the tone from the start, scoring on their first offensive play of the game, a 95-yard touchdown from junior running back Orwin Smith. The run was the longest touchdown rush in the program’s history and was the third-consecutive game the Yellow Jackets scored on their first offensive play.
The Jayhawks kept the game close through the first half though, scoring on a pair of rushing touchdowns by freshman running back Darrian Miller. After an Alex Mueller field goal to end the first half, the Jayhawks entered the halftime locker room trailing 24-17.
The Yellow Jackets entered the second half on a mission, scoring on the first six drives of the half and capitalizing on a 42-0 run that would prove to be insurmountable.
Senior Quinn Mecham and freshman Andrew Turzilli helped break the KU scoring drought with nine-play, 63-yard drive that ended when Mecham found Turzilli in the end zone from ten yards out with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter. The reception was Turzilli’s first touchdown of his young collegiate career.
Kansas sophomore Jordan Webb found five different receivers and finished 11-of-19 for 148 passing yards, while freshman Darrian Miller and sophomore James Sims led the Kansas rushing attack, combining for 93 of the Jayhawks’ 151 rushing yards. For the second-straight game, junior D.J. Beshears led the Jayhawk receivers with 65 receiving yards off of five catches.
The Jayhawks will now have a two week break before they open up conference play on Oct. 1 at home against Texas Tech.