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Bowl preview: Georgia Tech @ Kentucky

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 30, 2016 at 10:47 pm EST

On Saturday morning, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets faces the Kentucky Wildcats in the Taxslayer Bowl at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be on ESPN at 11 am EST.

The Yellow Jackets are 8-4, while the Wildcats are 7-5. Georgia Tech is 3-2 on the road, while Kentucky is 2-3.

This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Justin Thomas (Getty Images)

Justin Thomas (Getty Images)

Kentucky is 8-7 all-time in their previous 15 bowl games. They have lost their previous two bowl games.

The Wildcats have not won a bowl game since the 2009 AutoZone Liberty Bowl when they won 25-19 over the East Carolina Pirates on Jan. 2, 2009.

Georgia Tech is 23-18 in their previous 41 bowl games. They won their last bowl game over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014.

The Yellow Jackets have not lost a bowl game since Dec. 30, 2013 when they lost 25-17 in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.

Georgia Tech has won their previous three games. They have not lost a game since Nov. 5 when they were defeated 48-20 by the North Carolina Tar Heels.

“We started out 3-3 and kind of had a break and felt like the season was just kind of mediocre and just sitting there,” Johnson said. “We got fortunate and got hot a little bit and started playing a little bit better and really finished up the season on a positive note.”

Kentucky has won their last two games, including a win over #11 Louisville Cardinals in their regular season finale. They have not lost a game since Nov. 5 when they were defeated 49-36 by the Georgia Bulldogs.

“Last season we came up short to go to a bowl game, we went 5-7, so this year all season and all summer we talked about finishing,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said, “and we’re certainly very proud of the way we finished the regular season.

“This game is an extension of that so it’s very important for us to try to get the victory. That could lead to a lot of momentum with the fan base, with season tickets, and with support.”

Justin Thomas leads the Yellow Jackets triple-option attack with 1,454 passing yards. He has eight touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Marcus Marshall has 624 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Clinton Lynch has 490 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

“We don’t ourselves see it being all that different,” he said. “We’re basically an option football team offensively. We try and run forms of the option, and we change things up every once in a while.

“It’s just something we’ve been doing a long time and something where we know what we want to do. We have an idea of what we want to do offensively.”

Stephen Johnson leads the Wildcats attack with 1,862 passing yards. He has 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

Stanley Williams has 1,135 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Jeff Badet has 639 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

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