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Tech keeps all eyes on Georgia

ATLANTA - Against most other opponents, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson might be concerned about his players getting caught doing a little scoreboard watching in their regular season finale Saturday.

At the same time the No. 18 Yellow Jackets kick off against 13th-ranked Georgia at Sanford Stadium in Athens, they'll be hoping for a little help from Virginia, which takes on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., with a Cavaliers victory sending Tech to the ACC Championship Game.

However, with the opponents being the archrival Bulldogs, who have won seven straight games against Tech, Johnson doesn't think his team will have any problem keeping its focus.

"I haven't thought twice about it," Johnson said during his weekly press conference Tuesday. "I think this game has enough importance and enough meaning to our guys, I really doubt that their mind will be anywhere else. If it is, we're going to be in world of trouble. I think our guys are smart enough to focus on the task at hand."

Family Affair

While beating Georgia and ending Tech's seven-game losing streak to the Bulldogs would mean the world to the seniors, it would also mean a lot to the Jackets' underclassmen.

That is particularly true for someone like redshirt sophomore B-back Lucas Cox, who is not only fighting for the Jackets' honor Saturday, but also looking to uphold a little family pride.

Cox is hoping to be part of something his older brother Mike, a four-year letter-winner at fullback, never experienced during his career at Tech - namely, taking down the Bulldogs.

"I'd definitely rub that in," Cox joked. "He'll be mad, but we need to beat them bad."

Running back battle

One of the battles within the big battle Saturday will feature two of the top running backs in the country.

Georgia's Knowshon Moreno has gotten his share of recognition throughout the season, the latest being the sophomore from Belford, N.J., joining two other running backs named finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back, earlier this week.

Recognition has been a little tougher to come by for Tech's Jonathan Dwyer despite the fact the sophomore from Marietta has led the ACC in rushing much of the season.

That changed Monday when Dwyer was named the ACC's Co-Offensive Back of the Week for the first time this season after running for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the Jackets' win over Miami last Thursday.

If Dwyer runs for 100 yards either Saturday or in the Jackets' bowl game, it will be his ninth such game of the season, which would tie Tech's single-season record set by Tashard Choice in 2006.

If Tech gets an extra game by qualifying for the ACC championship game, Dwyer could have an outside shot at the school's single-season yardage record as he trails Eddie Lee Ivery's 1978 mark of 1,562 yards by just 378 yards. While Dwyer and Moreno are two different types of backs, their numbers are quite similar.

Moreno, the SEC's leading rusher, has 1,244 yards and 15 touchdowns on 210 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 113.1 yards per game, while Dwyer has 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns on 170 carries, good for 7.0 yards per carry and 107.6 yards per game.