Thursday, September 9, 2010

ACC Champion Georgia Tech Hands SC State 41-10 Setback

Sr. Julius Wilkerson finished with a game-high 11 tackles

ATLANTA, GA— South Carolina State suffered its first setback of the season 41-10 to ACC Champion Georgia Tech Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

The Bulldogs coming off an 10-2 campaign in 2009, claiming their second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship held the #16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to just eight yards passing in the first-half. Despite All-ACC senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt rushing for 100 yards in the half. Nesbitt led the way on the ground finishing with 16 rushes for 130 yards and three touchdowns on the day.

SC State sophomore transfer Asheton Jordan made his debut against the Yellow Jackets leading the way for the Bulldogs with 18 carries for 129 yards. Senior quarterback Malcolm Long went 11-25 for 94 yards and no interceptions in the air.

Georgia Tech jumped on early on a 35-yard run from quarterback Joshua Nesbitt at the 12:45 mark in the first quarter to give the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead. SC State’s Blake Erickson nailed a 28 yard field goal with 5:05 left in the first quarter pull within four, 7-3.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a quick 27-3 lead in the third quarter off touchdown runs one and 14 from Joshua Nesbitt and a 1-yard punch by Roddy Jones. Nesbitt 15-yard touchdown scamper with 5:07 left in the third put Ga. Tech ahead 34-3.

Sophomore running back Asheton Jordan broke on a 55-yard run to the 1-yard line to set up the Bulldogs first touchdown of the day. Senior Malcolm Long’s 1-yard punch made the score 34-10 going in the fourth quarter.

Georgia Tech (1-0) held on to defeat South Carolina State (0-1) 41-10 gives the Bulldogs their loss of the season. SC State’s Julius Wilkerson led the Bulldogs defense with 11 tackles, while senior linebacker Marshall McFadden finished with eight tackles on the day.

South Carolina State returns to action on Saturday September 11, in the first home opener of the season as the host Mississippi Valley State of the SWAC in a 6 p.m. showdown. SC State will also be celebrating Hall of Fame/Military Appreciation Day where they honor the 2010 Hall of Fame Class along with the 1990-91 volleyball and 1988-89 men’s basketball championship team.

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