Special to the Journal
Atlanta, Ga – With just five days to shake the sting of Monday night’s season-opening setback in overtime at Virginia Tech, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets host Presbyterian College Saturday night at Bobby DoddStadium in the 2012 home opener.The Jackets and the Blue Hose are meeting for the fourth time on the gridiron, but the first time since 1937. Tech is 3-0 all-time versus PC.
In home openers, Georgia Tech owns an 88-25-4 all-time record, and has won five straight and 12 of its last 13 to open the home schedule.
Saturday’s game marks the first of four straight home games in September for the Yellow Jackets, which includes two consecutive ACC Coastal Division tilts versus Virginia and Miami.
The Jackets, who may not practice in pads this week, are playing on a five-day turnaround for the second time in four seasons. In 2009, Tech opened on a Saturday versus Jacksonville State (a 37-17 win) and took down Clemson, 30-27, the following Thursday night on the Flats.
In his fifth season at the helm, head coach Paul Johnson returns 13 starters, both kicking specialists and 48 letterwinners from a 2011 team that exceeded all expectations. Last year’s team, predicted by most to hover at .500, won eight games, beat eventual ACC champion Clemson and advanced to a bowl game for the 15th consecutive season.