The 2009 season was arguably the best in the Johnson era. After a promising first season as the head coach of the team, Georgia Tech proved to be a national contender under Paul Johnson.
Josh Nesbitt and Jonathan Dwyer ran through the ACC, going 7-1 in conference play including wins over Clemson, UNC, Florida State, and an upset over the fourth-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. A 10-1 record put the Yellow Jackets at #7 in the nation before their annual meeting against Georgia. Tech entered the game as the favorite, only to be upset at Bobby Dodd Stadium – but the season was still far from over.
Georgia Tech capped off the 2009 season with an ACC Championship win over ACC Player of the Year CJ Spiller and the Clemson Tigers. The championship game featured lot’s of offense, and as ACC fans know well by now, that’s a battle that the Yellow Jackets will win more often than not. Tech’s Championship was later vacated by the NCAA, but we all know who the best team in the ACC was in 2009.