ATLANTA -- The only real negative for Georgia Tech to come out of Saturday’s win over Clemson was the horrific injury to Broderick Snoddy.
Snoddy, who has emerged as the team’s go-to A-back, broke his left leg at the end of a 5-yard run early in the second quarter. The lower part of his leg seemed to snap as he was tackled and brought to the ground.
The medical personnel quickly rushed on the field to immobilize the injury and carted the speedy junior off the field and to the hospital.
“Broderick is a great young man,” Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said. “This team is real close, and they really care about him. We all do. They’re going to try and fix it (Saturday), and hopefully he’ll be fine.”
Snoddy had carried the ball only once in the game prior to his injury. His 46-yard run, a career long, on the team’s previous possession led to a field goal.
Snoddy finishes the season with 283 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns.
DAYS TOPS 1,000 YARDS
Senior Synjyn Days failed to reach 100 yards rushing for the first time in four games, but he rushed 20 times for 89 yards and became the 45th player in program history to reach 1,000 yards in career rushing.
Days got most of the snaps at B-back, although junior Zach Laskey returned in the third quarter.
Laskey, out three weeks with a shoulder injury, ripped a 9-yard run in his first carry, much to the delight of the Georgia Tech fans. Laskey ran four times for 13 yards and lost a fumble. He did not get another carry.
SMELTER REACHES MILESTONE
Macon’s DeAndre Smelter caught five passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. He became the 21st player in program history to reach 1,000 career receiving yards.
Smelter, who played baseball for two seasons before switching to football, has 1,016 career yards.
THREE MORE FORCED TURNOVERS
Georgia Tech had three interceptions Saturday and now has 16 this year. The Yellow Jackets have 24 takeaways and turned six of them into touchdowns. The pick-sixes by Jamal Golden and Chris Milton were the first defensive touchdowns by Georgia Tech at home this season. Georgia Tech has four defensive touchdowns in its past two games.
GEORGIA TECH AWAITS DUKE, MIAMI RESULTS
Georgia Tech improved to 9-2 and finished with a 6-2 record in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets are currently tied in losses for first in the Coastal Division. In the event of a two-team tie, Georgia Tech would lose the tiebreaker with Duke and win the tiebreaker with Miami, which played Florida State late Saturday, based on head-to-head outcomes. In the event of a three-team tie, Miami would win the tiebreaker.
“We’re finished with our ACC schedule. There’s nothing else we can do,” Johnson said. “We can guess and see what happens to Duke.”
The Coastal Division winner meets Florida State in the ACC championship.