By Trey McCurry.
No. 5 Clemson battles Georgia Tech Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Tigers look to move one step closer to winning the Atlantic division and to keep their national championship hopes alive.
Time to take a look at the matchup by the numbers.
Clemson – Georgia Tech By The Numbers
Clem 2011 Rankings GT
Avg. Rank Rank Avg.
40.63 (12) Scoring Offense (17) 38.38
178.88 (40) Rushing Offense (5) 321.13
303.63 (15) Passing Offense (108) 157.38
482.50 (15) Total Offense (17) 478.50
25.00 (T51) Scoring Defense (48) 24.13
169.38 (76) Rushing Defense (77) 170.50
208.63 (40) Passing Defense (8) 170.50
378.00 (60) Total Defense (33) 341.00
1.13 (12) Turnover Margin (55) 0.13
2 – Number of Yellow Jackets that hail from the Palmetto state, S Lance Richardson (Ware Shoals) and starting B-back David Sims (St. Matthews).
3 – Clemson DE Kourtnei Brown became only the third player since the NCAA began keeping records on defensive touchdown returns in 2000 to return a fumble and an interception for scores in the game (also the first Clemson player to do so since 1954).
5 – BCS rank for Clemson this week, the schools highest ranking in standings history. Also the number of times that Dabo Swinney has faced Georgia Tech in his 43 games as the head coach at Clemson.
5, 35, 1 – Number of catches, yards, and TDs (respectively) that Clemson WR Sammy Watkins needs to set ACC records in all three categories for a freshman season.
7 – National rank of Clemson WR Sammy Watkins in terms of all-purpose yards per game. Watkins is averaging 173.88 yards per game.
14 – Number of Tigers from the state of Georgia, including starters DT Rennie Moore (St. Mary’s), DT Brandon Thompson (Thomasville), LB Corico Hawkins (Milledgeville), and P Dawson Zimmerman (Lawrenceville). The other players are TE Vic Beasley (Adairsville), DB Darius Robinson (College Park), Martin Jenkins (Roswell), PK Ammon Lakip (Johns Creek), DB Garry Peters (Conyers), WR Will Harrison (Marietta), DT Grady Jarrett (Conyers), OG David Beasley (Columbus), DE Corey Crawford (Columbus), and OL Reid Webster (Woodstock).
12 – Number of times in the past 16 meetings that the Clemson/Georgia Tech game has been decided by five points of less, including a six-game streak from 1996-01 in which every game was decided by exactly three points.
14-2 – Aggregate records of the Tigers and Jackets, the best the two teams have brought into a meeting in their mutual ACC eras.
31.17 – Average yards per reception by Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill, tops in the nation.
35 – Number of points that the Tigers have put up in seven of their first eight games in 2011; the first ACC team since Florida State in 1995 to accomplish that and the third team in ACC history to post 56 or more in consecutive outings (UVA, 3 games, 1990; FSU, 2 games, 1992).
321.1 – Average number of rushing yards per game in 2011 for the Yellow Jackets, good for fifth in the nation and just under their ACC record (323.3) set last year.