Georgia Tech Wins TaxSlayer Bowl
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets(9-4) build a 20-point lead and then hold on for a 33-18 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats (7-6) in the TaxSlayer Bowll at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Thanks to AmeriPro Auto Glass and Miller On Sports for hanging out with My9oh4.com. Stay #active with www.ywhnetwork.com Lockedin Magazine.
2016 TAXSLAYER BOWL
GEORGIA TECH (9-4) 33, KENTUCKY (7-6) 18
Dec. 31, 2016 • Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field)
- Georgia Tech finished the 2016 season with a 9-4 overall record, good for the program’s 11th nine-win season in the last 60 years. Four of Georgia Tech’s 11 nine-win campaigns since 1957 have come in nine seasons under head coach Paul Johnson (2008, 2009, 2014, 2016).
- Georgia Tech finished the season with a four-game winning streak and wins in six of its last seven games.
- The four-game winning streak is Georgia Tech’s longest to close a season since it won its final five games of the 1998 season.
- Georgia Tech finished 3-0 against opponents from the SEC – all from the East Division – in 2016 (def. Vanderbilt, 38-7, on Sept. 17 and Georgia, 28-27, on Nov. 26). Georgia Tech opens the 2017 season versus another SEC East opponent – Tennessee – on Sept. 4 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
- Georgia Tech is 5-1 in its last six games against SEC opponents.
- Georgia Tech moved to 12-7-1 all-time against former Southern Conference and SEC rival Kentucky.
- The win was Georgia Tech’s third-straight over Kentucky but its first since the last meeting between the teams since 1960.
- Georgia Tech moved to 25-19 all-time in bowl games, becoming the 10th program with 25 bowl victories (LSU became the 11th with a win over Louisville in Saturday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl).
- Georgia Tech evened its record at 4-4 all-time in the TaxSlayer Bowl (formerly known as the Gator Bowl).
- The win was Georgia Tech’s third in its last four bowl games overall.
- Georgia Tech’s 41-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter (forced by senior DT Patrick Gamble, recovered and returned by senior LB P.J. Davis) was the Yellow Jackets’ first defensive touchdown in a bowl game since Quayshawn Nealy returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown versus Utah in the 2011 Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, 2011).
- The fumble return for a touchdown was Georgia Tech’s first since DT Adam Gotsis (now a member of the Denver Broncos) recovered a fumble in the end zone versus Clemson on Oct. 10, 2015.
- The defensive touchdown was Georgia Tech’s 30th non-offensive TD in Johnson’s nine seasons at the helm.
- The punt block by junior LB Terrell Lewis that set up Georgia Tech’s field goal at the end of the first half was the Yellow Jackets’ first since DB Chris Milton (now a member of the Indianapolis Colts) blocked a punt vs. North Carolina on Oct. 3, 2015.
- Senior PK Harrison Butker became Georgia Tech’s all-time scoring leader when he scored the 323rd point of his career on the Yellow Jackets’ first extra point of the game, breaking a tie for the school record with PK Luke Manget (322 pts. – 1999-2002). Butker finished with 337 career points.
- Butker’s 52-yard field goal on the final play of the first half was his longest of the season (prev.: 42 at North Carolina,Nov. 5) and was tied for the third-longest of his career (career-long: 53 vs. Florida State, 2015 and at Georgia, 2014).
- Butker’s four field goals on Saturday were a career high (previously achieved three times) and were a Georgia Tech bowl record (prev.: 2 – Manget vs. Miami in 2000 Gator Bowl and Justin Moore vs. Utah in 2011 Sun Bowl).
- Butker’s four field goals were tied for the second-most in a game in Georgia Tech history and the most since Scott Blair kicked four versus Clemson in the 2009 ACC Championship Game.
- Georgia Tech freshman BB and TaxSlayer Bowl MVP Dedrick Mills rushed for a career-high 169 yards on 31 carries (5.5 avg.) – prev. career high: 132 at North Carolina, Nov. 5.