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2012 Sun Bowl: Orwin Smith falls just short of yards-per-carry record

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Orwin Smith fell just short of setting a school record for yards-per-carry on Monday at the Sun Bowl.


In the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 21-7 victory over the USC Trojans in the Sun Bowl, Yellow Jackets running back Orwin Smith entered the game needed six carries to reach 200 carries on the season and set a school record for yards-per-carry over his career. However, he only carried the ball four times for nine yards in the victory.

Smith was injured in the first half after suffering a dislocated shoulder. After missing the two previous games with an ankle injury, Smith had team doctor John Xerogeanes help get his shoulder back into place to allow him to play in the second half:

"I just kind of prayed on it and just took the chance and went back out there."

In the second half, Smith made a crucial 17-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Tevin Washington early in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game. On the season, Smith ran for 682 yards on 79 carries and scored five touchdowns. He also caught 18 passes for 288 yards and the touchdown on Monday.

Smith finishes his Yellow Jacket career with 1,839 yards rushing on 198 carries and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 45 passes for 815 yards and two touchdowns.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.