Jayhawks Fall to Yellow Jackets, 66-24

Sept. 17, 2011

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Georgia Tech 66, Kansas 24
Bobby Dodd Stadium // Atlanta, Ga.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kansas 7 10 0 7 24
Georgia Tech
14 10 28 14 66
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Kansas Statistical Leaders
Rushing: D. Miller – 11-53, 2 TD
Passing: J. Webb – 11-of-19, 148, 0 TD
Receiving: D.J. Beshears – 5-65, 0 TD
Defense: S. Johnson – 11 tackles
Scoring Summary
First Quarter
GT 12:33 Smith 95 run (Moore kick)
KU 7:09 Miller 10 run (Mueller kick)
GT 0:06 Jones 4 run (Moore kick)
Second Quarter
KU 9:03 Miller 11 run (Mueller kick)
GT 7:32 Sims 19 run (Moore kick)
GT 0:39 Moore 24 field goal
KU 0:00 Mueller 33 field goal
Third Quarter
GT 14:39 Peeples 63 run (Moore kick)
GT 10:34 Smith 67 pass from Washington (Moore kick)
GT 6:55 Jones 52 pass from Washington (Moore kick)
GT 3:30 Sims 21 run (Moore kick)
Fourth Quarter
GT 11:44 Days 2 run (Moore kick)
GT 5:13 Perkins 3 run (Moore kick)
KU 2:24 Turzilli 10 pass from Mecham (Mueller kick)
Stats at a Glance
First Downs 19 24
Total Offensive Yards 362 768
Passing Yards 211 164
Rushing Yards 151 604
Penalties-Yards 1-5 5-40
Turnovers 0 0
Punts-Avg. 7-47.1 1-37.0
Punt Returns-Avg. 4-6.8
Kick Returns-Avg. 10-17.6 4-17.8
3rd-Down Conversions 9-17 7-10
4th-Down Conversions 0-1 1-1
Time of Possession 32:23 27:37

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.