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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Stats & Info: USC D vs. GT spread option

By Heather Dinich

Georgia Tech will get a second shot at winning the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Last year, the Jackets lost in overtime to Utah. This year, they'll face a talented USC team that was ranked No. 1 in the preseason.

ESPN's Stats & Information group crunched some numbers for you on the matchup:

Georgia Tech runs the ball on 80.2 percent of its plays this season, the fourth-highest percentage in FBS. It should be no surprise that the Yellow Jackets rank near the top of almost every major rushing category.

Georgia Tech Rushing 2012

FBS Rank

Yds PG: 312.5 4th

Yds per rush: 5.5 8th

TD: 47 T-1st

25+ yd rush: 27 T-1st

USC struggled to stop the run in its five losses this season, allowing at least 170 rushing yards in each of those games. The Trojans will have to play physical against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets lead all schools from AQ conferences with 1,600 yards after contact, which amounts to 39.4 percent of their rushing yards.

USC Rushing Defense 2012

Wins Losses

Yds PG 90.9 248.2

Yds per rush 2.7 5.3

YAC PG 52.1 80.2

TD PG 0.4 2.6

Here's a deeper look from ESPN Stats & Info on how Georgia Tech can control the clock:

NEXT LEVEL: Georgia Tech controls the pace of play with its triple option. The Yellow Jackets have 13 touchdown drives of five minutes or longer, tied with Louisville for the most in FBS. USC’s defense has allowed just one touchdown of this length in 159 opponent drives this season.

Georgia Tech Offense 2012

FBS Rank

5-min TD drives 13 T-1st

10-play TD drives 19 T-4th

Time of possession 32:43 9th