Attaochu has a big game for Georgia Tech defense

sports@macon.comNovember 30, 2013 

ATLANTA -- Jeremiah Attaochu picked up the four sacks he needed against Georgia to match the program record for career sacks.

The senior from Washington was credited with sacking Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason four times, giving him 31. That ties Attaochu with Greg Gathers, who played for the Yellow Jackets from 1999-2002.

Perhaps the biggest momentum-changing sack came late in the fourth quarter. After a pass interception gave Georgia the ball at the Georgia Tech 25, it appeared the Bulldogs were going to punch it in and take the lead. But on second-and-6 from the 15, Attaochu broke free and covered up Mason. The 6-yard loss put the Bulldogs in a more difficult situation and forced them to kick a field goal two plays later.

Attaochu finished with eight tackles, four for loss, and broke up a pass.

Attaochu has 12 sacks this season, the sixth most in a single Georgia Tech season. He has 10 sacks during the past five games. He now has 43 tackles for loss, the sixth most in program history.

Godhigh makes good

A year ago, Robert Godhigh gave up the fumble that turned the momentum and led to a big Georgia victory. On Saturday, he did everything possible to give his team a chance to win the game.

The senior A-back carried the ball 12 times for 71 yards, including a long gain of 23 yards. He also caught four passes for a team-high 82 yards, including a 43-yarder.

“They were playing man (coverage). I was just trying to win the one-on-one matchup, and it worked out most of the time.” Godhigh said.

Godhigh surpassed 1,000 all-purpose yards for the season. He also passed Michael Smith and moved into 38th place on the program’s career rushing list.

Two more TDs for Smelter

DeAndre Smelter caught two passes for 33 yards and both receptions went for touchdowns.

Smelter caught a 26-yarder from Vad Lee in the first quarter and added another in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard slant.

“I just saw how he was playing me,” Smelter said about his second touchdown. “He was playing me kind of outside, so I just wanted to give him a little bit outside and cut off at a good angle, so nobody else could get the ball.”

The junior, who returned to the football field after playing a couple of seasons on the Georgia Tech baseball team, now has 21 receptions for 345 yards and four touchdowns.

Of note

Losing the 20-0 lead marked the biggest lead blown in a loss for Georgia Tech since the 1978 game against Georgia. Georgia Tech also led 20-0 in the game. ... Linebacker Quayshawn Nealy led the team with 10 tackles and Jemea Thomas added nine tackles and one interception, his second of the season. ... Georgia Tech is now 4-7 in overtime games. Its last overtime win came in 2009 against Wake Forest.

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