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The 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets look to build on one of the program's most one-sided victories Saturday night when they visit Mississippi State for the first time.
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"We could never get them off the field," coach Paul Johnson said. "In a game like that, you better maximize and we didn't. We played very poorly on offense."
It was a different story in last Saturday's 24-7 win over then-No. 22
"I think a lot of people had written us off," Johnson said.
"Our run defense will have their hands full this weekend with Georgia Tech," he said. "We'll face a different scheme (spread option) than we're use to, but we're playing with some confidence and we'll have to continue to do so if we want to be successful."
The Bulldogs weren't last year against the Yellow Jackets, losing 38-7 on Sept. 20, 2008, in the teams' first meeting since 1929. Georgia Tech is 3-0 against
Dwyer rushed for 141 yards on nine carries in last season's victory, including a school-record 88-yard TD, and Georgia Tech rushed for 438 yards - its most in 30 years.
The Yellow Jackets are fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision, averaging 262.0 rushing yards per game.
Junior quarterback Josh Nesbitt leads an offense that is fourth in the ACC with 387.2 yards per game. Nesbitt, third in the conference with 77.5 rushing yards a contest, had a season-high 97 and rushed for two TDs against
Nesbitt is looking to stay healthy against
In his second collegiate game, Jaybo Shaw stepped in for Nesbitt and completed 3 of 7 passes for 43 yards and a TD. He also rushed nine times for 61 yards and a 25-yard touchdown.
Shaw could see his first action of 2009 on Saturday after breaking his collarbone in the preseason.
Defensively, the Yellow Jackets' move from a 4-2-5 scheme against
"Everyone came in determined and it showed throughout the day," junior safety Morgan Burnett said after intercepting two passes.
The Yellow Jackets will now focus on slowing down
In last season's game in
"He hurt us last year when we played them," Johnson said. "He is a very talented running back and a guy that is capable of going the distance any time."
"On the last play, I made a read and saw pressure upfield," Lee said. "I felt like I could knife in the end zone on the inside."
Lee completed 15 of 38 passes for 172 yards, throwing a 50-yard touchdown to sophomore Marcus Green, who had five receptions for a career-best 100 yards.
Posted: 9/29/09 7:25PM ET