THE SERIES: First meeting
Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson is 20-5-0 (2nd season) at Georgia Tech; 127-44-0 (13th season) overall
Iowa: Kirk Ferentz is 80-55 (11th season) at Iowa; 92-76 (14th season) overall
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets are set to make their 13th consecutive bowl appearance. Georgia
Tech, which won the ACC Championship Game with a 39-34 win over Clemson on Dec. 5, will play in its first major/BCS bowl game since taking part in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2, 1967 (1966 season). With 11 wins, Tech is one victory shy of tying a school and ACC record for wins in a season.
The Yellow Jackets were No. 9 in the final BCS Standings and are No. 10 in the Congrove Computer Rankings.
Georgia Tech is 22-15 in bowl games and ranks 9th in bowl victories with 22, 12th for bowl appearances with 38, 7th in bowl winning percentage at .595, and is tied with Georgia for 4th in consecutive bowl appearancs with 13. The Jackets are currently on a 4-bowl losing streak to tie with Western Michigan and UTEP for 3rd-longest in the nation.
The Yellow Jackets have appeared in four different major bowl games including the Orange, Sugar, Cotton and Rose, but none since losing 27-12 to Florida on Jan. 2, 1967. Georgia Tech is 3-2 all-time in five previous Orange Bowl appearances.
Georgia Tech will play its fourth game this season in the state of Florida.
The Yellow Jackets have not played a team from the Big Ten Conference since beating Michigan State 17-14 in the 1985 All-American Bowl.
With 127 career victories, Tech coach Paul Johnson is tied with former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne for number of wins by a head coach in his first 13 seasons.
RB Jonathan Dwyer has 17 career 100-yard rushing games - the third-most in school history and one short of tying the Tech record.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes, who won their first nine games of the season, were No. 10 in the final BCS Standings and are No. 14 in the Congrove Computer Rankings.
Iowa boasts seven players who were named first team All-Big Ten by the league’s head coaches.
Iowa will be playing in its 24th bowl game, third-most among Big Ten programs. The Hawkeyes hold a 12-10-1 (.543) all-time bowl record. Iowa is competing in its eighth bowl game in nine years and is 4-3 in the previous 7. Iowa has played in the Orange Bowl once previously, falling to USC 38-17 tio conclude the 2002 season.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. With Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson receiving the same honor in the ACC, the Orange Bowl will match two conference Coaches of the Year.
Iowa junior offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.
SS Tyler Sash has six interceptions with 203 yards in return yardage, including an 86-yard return for a TD.
LB Pat Angerer leads the team in tackles with 135, including a sack, four tackles for lost yardage and pair of forced fumbles.
The Hawkeyes are 0-7 all-time vs. current teams from the ACC, but have faced only Miami (0-4) and NC State (0-3) and none since 1992.