Sept. 9, 2000 - 8 p.m. - Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field - Atlanta, Ga.
Georgia Tech: 1-0, 0-0 ACC
Florida State: 1-0, 0-0 ACC
FSU ranked No. 2 by AP and ESPN/USA Today
Florida State leads 8-7-1
Last Meeting (9-11-99 in Tallahassee): FSU, 41-35
Last Tech win: 1975, 30-0 in Atlanta
Split national telecast on ABC-TV (WSB in Atlanta). Announcers are Brent Musburger (pbp), Gary Danielson (color) and Jack Arute (sideline).
A one-hour replay will air Tuesday at 12 noon on Fox Sports Net South.
WGST-AM (640) in Atlanta is the flagship station for the Georgia Tech ISP Network, with 40 affiliates in five states.
Wes Durham is in his sixth season as Tech's play-by-play voice, while legendary Tech quarterback Kim King is in his 27th year as color analyst.
Westwood One airs the national broadcast, featuring Chuck Cooperstein and Tom Walsh.
ON THE INTERNET
A cybercast of all Georgia Tech football games is available on the official website of Tech athletics, ramblinwreck.com. Tech radio broadcasts are also available on broadcast.com, featuring the call of Wes Durham and Kim King.
Now in its 108th season of intercollegiate football, Georgia Tech has an all-time record of 593-401-43 (.592). Entering the 2000 season, Tech ranked 21st among Division I-A teams in all-time victories.
HEAD COACH GEORGE O'LEARY
Now in his sixth full season as Georgia Tech's head coach, George O'Leary was officially named the Institute's 10th head coach on Nov. 28, 1994, three weeks after being elevated from defensive coordinator to interim head coach.
The 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, O'Leary originally joined the Tech staff in 1987 and spent five years as defensive coordinator under former head coach Bobby Ross. He then coached two seasons (1992-93) under Ross with the NFL's San Diego Chargers before returning to Tech as defensive coordinator in January of 1994.
A 31-year veteran of professional, college and prep coaching, O'Leary has a record of 37-25 (.597), including a 25-17 (.595) mark in ACC games.
THE SERIES VS. FLORIDA STATE
Florida State has won all eight meetings with Georgia Tech since joining the ACC and holds an 8-7-1 advantage in the series, which began in 1952. Florida State is the only ACC school with a winning record against Georgia Tech.
The Seminoles captured last year's meeting, 41-35, in Tallahassee and won the last game in Atlanta, 34-7, in 1998. Tech's last win in the series was a 30-0 victory in Atlanta in 1975.
LAST MEETING WITH FLORIDA STATE
All-America quarterback Joe Hamilton turned in one of the greatest individual performances in Georgia Tech history but No. 1-ranked Florida State outlasted the Yellow Jackets, 41-35, at Doak Campbell Stadium Tallahassee, Fla. Hamilton completed 22 of 25 passes--including a perfect 14-for-14 in the second half--for a career-best 387 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for 18 yards and a fifth score.
Tech pulled within six points with just 1:35 left as Hamilton tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell, who made a spectacular, one-handed grab in the end zone. Tech then attempted an onsides kick, but FSU recovered to seal the win.
JACKETS OPEN WITH WIN OVER UCF
Georgia Tech rallied with two touchdowns in the final 3:48 to defeat Central Florida, 21-17, at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field in the season opener for both teams. Junior quarterback George Godsey tossed three touchdown passes in his debut, including a one-yard strike to tight end Brian Lee for the game-winner with just 38 seconds left.
With the Jackets trailing 17-7 and facing third-and-18 at their own 35-yard line, Godsey found Jon Muyres for 27 yards and a first down and then hit Kelly Campbell for a 23-yard scoring pass to pull the Jackets within 17-7 with 3:48 to play. Tech's defense held, and the Jackets took over at the UCF 49 with 3:05 left. Godsey completed four passes to move Tech to a first down at the five before hitting Lee on third-and-one. For the game, Godsey was 19-for-31 for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
INSPIRED PERFORMANCE FOR DEFENSE
Georgia Tech's defense held UCF to 255 yards of total offense, the best performance by the Yellow Jackets since allowing just 246 yards to North Carolina in the third game of the 1996 season. Seventy-nine of UCF's yards came on one long touchdown pass.
Tech gave up just eight yards rushing to the Golden Knights, the fifth-best single-game performance in school history and the best since harrassing Maryland into a school-record minus-30 yards in 1995.
CAMPBELL ON THE RETURN
Speedy flanker Kelly Campbell returned four kickoffs against UCF for 109 yards, an average of 27.2 yards per return. That ranks second in the ACC and 16th nationally.
Campbell's career average is 26.8 yards on nine returns.
Junior George Godsey is Georgia Tech's starting quarterback, but head coach George O'Leary promised that backup Andy Hall would also see action, and that held true against UCF. Godsey was 19-for-31 for 189 yards and three touchdowns in his first start. Inserted in the second and fourth quarters, Hall completed four of nine passes for 37 yards and netted 24 yards rushing.
Both times when Godsey re-entered the game, he led the Jackets on scoring drives. Late in the second quarter, he directed an eight-play, 73-yard drive, capped by a 23-yard scoring pass to Kerry Watkins with just 13 seconds remaining in the half. In the fourth quarter, Godsey was inserted with Tech facing a third-and-18 at their own 35. He hit Jon Muyres for 27 yards and a first down, and then after a UCF penalty, he tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell to bring Tech within 17-14. He then led the Jackets to the game-winning score, a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brian Lee with just 38 seconds left.
MOREHOUSE STEPS IN
In his first game in a Georgia Tech uniform, sophomore punter Chris Morehouse punted nine times for a 45.1-yard average, including three kicks inside the 20-yard line. The Vernon, Conn., native is a transfer from Albright College in Reading, Pa., where he averaged 43.2 yards per kick in 1998 to lead NCAA Division III.
After one game, he ranks second in the ACC and 10th nationally in punting, while the Jackets net of 42.7 also ranks second and 10th, respectively.
Georgia Tech's roster includes 14 players from the state of Florida, more than any state except Georgia. Three starters hail from the Sunshine State in quarterback George Godsey, center David Schmidgall (Clearwater/Countryside HS) and cornerback Jamara Clark (Bradenton/Southeast HS). Other key Floridians include wide receiver Will Glover (Tampa/Jesuit HS), receiver/holder Brett Basquin (LaBelle, Fla.) and punter Dan Dyke (Winter Springs/Oviedo HS).
Home Winning Streak
Georgia Tech's 21-17 victory over Central Florida was the Yellow Jackets' eighth consecutive victory at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field. The Jackets were a perfect 6-0 at home in 1999 after defeating Wake Forest in the final home game of 1998. Tech's last loss at home came at the hands of Florida State on Oct. 24, 1998.
SEASON OPENER, TAKE TWO
In one of the oddest happenings in Georgia Tech's storied football history, the Yellow Jackets scheduled season opener Aug. 27 at 10th-ranked Virginia Tech in the BCA Bowl was not played due to lightning in Blacksburg, Va. Just seconds before the scheduled 8:05 p.m. kickoff, with the teams already on the field for the start of the game, a sudden bolt of lightning, followed by a clap of thunder, chased the teams to their respective locker rooms.
The teams remained cloistered as heavy rain flooded the field and lightning continued to flash, even striking a car in the adjacent parking lot. At approximately 9 p.m., athletics directors Dave Braine of Georgia Tech and Jim Weaver of Virginia Tech, along with referee Dan Blum and BCA Bowl organizers, made the decision not to play that night, and the game was later cancelled.
No one associated with Rambling Wreck football could recall another Georgia Tech game being postponed or cancelled. The last time the Yellow Jackets had a game delayed by lightning was against Florida at Grant Field in 1980. That contest, a 45-12 victory for the Gators, was stopped midway through the second quarter and delayed for 22 minutes.
DYKE A CANDIDATE FOR RAY GUY AWARD
Georgia Tech punter Dan Dyke has been named to the preseason watch list for the inaugural Ray Guy Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate punter by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. The National Selection Committee will announce ten semi-finalists by Nov. 8, with three finalists to be announced November 30.
Dyke, a sophomore from Winter Springs, Fla., averaged 43.8 yards per punt last fall, which would have ranked second in the ACC if had enough attempts. He helped the Jackets rank 12th in the nation in net punting. The Electrical Engineering major was also named to GTE Academic All-America first team.
O'Leary Climbs Coaching Charts
In his sixth full season as the Georgia Tech head coach, George O'Leary has a record of 37-25 (.597). He already ranks fourth in victories by a Tech head coach. Only the Hall of Fame trio of John Heisman (102-29-7, 16 seasons), William Alexander (134-95-15, 25 seasons) and Bobby Dodd (165-64-8, 22 seasons) have won more games on the Flats than O'Leary.
O'Leary's winning percentage of .597 is bettered only by Heisman (.779) and Dodd (.713).
Friedgen Wins Broyles Award
Georgia Tech's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ralph Friedgen was honored as the nation's top assistant coach with the 1999 Broyles Award.
Friedgen, who was a finalist for the award in 1998, directed a unit that led the nation in total offense (509.0) while ranking second in scoring (40.7) and setting 59 school records. Friedgen tutored Heisman Trophy runner-up and consensus all-America quarterback Joe Hamilton.
The award is given in honor of long-time Arkansas head coach and Georgia Tech graduate Frank Broyles, who played for the Rambling Wreck from 1943-46 and then was a Tech assistant coach under Bobby Dodd as offensive coordinator from 1951-56 before becoming the Razorbacks' head coach.
Three Straight Bowl Berths
Georgia Tech has earned three consecutive bowl berths, a first for the program since the 1970-71-72 seasons. The Yellow Jackets defeated West Virginia in the 1997 Carquest Bowl and then Notre Dame in the 1999 Toyota Gator Bowl before falling to Miami in last year's Gator Bowl.
The Yellow Jackets have not played in four straight bowl games since winning six in a row from 1951-56.
Nation's Best Bowl Record
Despite falling to Miami in last year's Toyota Gator Bowl, Georgia Tech still owns the nation's top record in bowl games. Tech's record now stands at 19-9 for a winning percentage of .679. Penn State is second with a 23-11-2 (.667) record.
Tech ranks sixth all-time in bowl victories with 19 and 13th in appearances with 28.
In 1955, the Jackets became the first team to win each of the four traditional major bowls--Rose, Orange, Sugar and Cotton--and Tech remains one of only five schools to accomplish this feat. Alabama (1962), Notre Dame (1975), Georgia (1960) and Penn State (1995) are the others.
BEST BOWL WINNING PERCENTAGE
GOOSE IS LOOSE
After three years as an understudy, George Godsey takes over as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback. The junior Industrial Engineering major from Tampa, Fla., steps into the considerable shoes of Joe Hamilton, who started 45 of 47 games from 1996-99.
Nicknamed "Goose," Godsey redshirted in 1997 but travelled as Tech's third quarterback, behind Hamilton and Brandon Shaw. As Hamilton's backup the last two seasons, he completed 13 of 32 passes for 146 yards, including 5-for-13 for 57 yards in six games last fall.
Before this season, Godsey's most memorable moment to date came not as a quarterback but as Tech's holder. In last year's heart-stopping 51-48 overtime win over Georgia, Godsey recovered Luke Manget's blocked field goal attempt on third down, allowing the Jackets to kick the game-winner on fourth down.
Godsey's younger brother, Gary, is the backup quarterback at Notre Dame.
Georgia Tech sustained one significant injury in the preseason as starting defensive tackle Guenter Kryszon suffered a neck injury. Kryszon, a junior from Clark, N.J., is out indefinitely, pending further evaluation.
ON THE MOVE
Head coach George O'Leary made two position changes following the final preseason scrimmage. Junior Ross Mitchell, who started the last six games of 1999 at middle linebacker, moved to fullback to add depth behind starter Ed Wilder. Mitchell made 53 tackles and four tackles for loss last fall. Before the move, he had been slotted behind starter Matt Miller, who was injured last season. Mitchell's move also opens up a backup spot for highly touted freshman linebacker Hobie Holiday.
Sophomore Gary Johnson moved from fullback to defensive tackle. Johnson came to Tech as linebacker but was inserted at fullback last season and was used primarily as a blocker.
FRESHMEN MAKE AN IMPACT
Georgia Tech's highly regarded freshman class has already made an impact as seven true freshmen saw action in the season opener against UCF.
Tech's trio of linebackers Daryl Smith, Hobie Holiday, and Keyaron Fox played against the Knights, along with cornerback Jonathan Cox and strong safety Sterling Green.
On offense, wide receiver Nate Curry and tight end John Paul Foschi saw action, though neither caught a pass.
Cool Hand Luke
As a freshman last fall, Luke Manget stepped into the placekicking job and set a school scoring record for kickers with 86 points. Manget hit 11 of 16 field goals and 53 extra points to break Scott Sisson's 1990 record of 84 points.
Manget's most memorable moments were against North Carolina, when his 36-yard field goal with five seconds left sent the game into overtime, and Georgia, when he booted the game-winning, 38-yard field goal in overtime.
Manget is a perfect 56-for-56 on PAT. The school record for consecutive extra points is 70 by Sisson over the 1989-91 seasons.
Thursday Night Live
Georgia Tech will appear twice in ESPN Thursday night games this fall. The Rambling Wreck face NC State on Thursday, Sept. 21 in Raleigh, N.C., and then host Virginia on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field. The Yellow Jackets also played two Thursday night games in 1996.
Tech's 49-31 win over Maryland last fall was the Jackets' ninth appearance in an ESPN Thursday night telecast in the 1990s. Tech has a 5-4 record in those games.
In addition to the nine ESPN dates, the Jackets have also played two other Thursday prime-time games in recent years, defeating Virginia, 31-27, in 1983 on TBS and falling to Arizona, 20-19, in 1995 on Prime. Counting Thanksgiving, Tech's record on Thursday is 27-17-2.
ESPN THURSDAY NIGHT GAMES
|1997||#5 North Carolina||hL||16-13||45,126|
The Georgia Tech offense has been held under 20 points just twice in their last 30 games, and have topped 30 points in 23 of their last 30 contests.
Georgia Tech welcomes the return of two players who missed all or most of the 1999 season due to injury.
Tailback Joe Burns was Tech's leading rusher in 1998, but he missed almost all last season with a broken ankle suffered in the season's second game against Florida State. Burns, a sophomore from Thomasville, Ga., rushed for 474 yards on 98 carries as a freshman in 1998 and then had 87 yards on 14 carries as well as seven catches for 96 yards before being injured against the Seminoles.
Junior linebacker Matt Miller also returns after missing all of the 1999 season with a knee injury. The Alpharetta, Ga., native suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament late in the 1998 season and was not fully healed last fall. He had 65 tackles in 10 games in 1998.
Freshmen Grow Up
Legendary basketball coach turned television announcer Al McGuire was famous for saying that "the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores." The Georgia Tech will test that theory as three true freshmen starters from 1999 embark on their sophomore campaigns.
Defensive end Greg Gathers and linebacker Recardo Wimbush started every game last fall, while free safety Jeremy Muyres moved into the lineup midway through the season. That trio ended the season as three of Tech's top four tacklers.
Gathers earned second-team freshman all-America honors as he led the Jackets with seven sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Wimbush, a third-team freshman all-America, became the first freshman ever to lead Tech in tackles as he collected 91 hits. Muyres was fourth on the team with 69 tackles.
Before last season, the last time Tech started as many as three true freshmen was 1983, when several different rookies were in the lineup at various times, including cornerback Reginald Rutland, tackle John Davis, tailback Cory Collier, safety Anthony Harrison and flanker Gary Lee.
Campbell Climbs Receiving Lists
After shattering Georgia Tech's season receiving records in 1999, junior flanker Kelly Campbell is climbing Tech's career lists.
Last fall, Campbell had 69 receptions for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns, all Tech records. He now ranks 10th in Rambling Wreck annals in career receptions (85), 9th in yardage (1,283) and seventh in touchdown catches (12).
|1. Harvey Middleton||1994-97||165||81|
|2. Bobby Rodriguez||1989-92||115||31|
|4. Robert Lavette||1981-84||114||30|
|5. John Sias||1966-68||110||26|
|6. Jimmy Robinson||1972-74||101||17|
|7. Derrick Steagall||1993-97||99||15|
|8. Greg Lester||1987-91||93||9|
|9. Dez White||1997-99||90||6|
|10. Kelly Cambpell||1998-||85|
|CAREER RECEIVING YARDS||Years||Yds||Needs|
|1. Harvey Middleton||1994-97||2,291||1,009|
|2. Dez White||1997-99||1,833||551|
|3. John Sias||1966-68||1,727||445|
|4. Bobby Rodriguez||1989-92||1,681||399|
|5. Derrick Steagall||1993-97||1,639||357|
|6. Jimmy Robinson||1972-74||1,633||351|
|8. Gary Lee||1983-86||1,299||17|
|9. Kelly Campbell||1998-||1,283|
|CAREER RECEIVING TD||Years||Yds||Needs|
|1. Dez White||1997-99||14||3|
|4. Harvey Middleton||1994-97||13||2|
|7. Kelly Campbell||1998-||12|
Georgia Tech returns eight of its top 10 receivers from last season, led by flanker Kelly Campbell, who set school records with 69 receptions for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns, all Tech records.
Other top returnees include sophomore split end Kerry Watkins, who was Tech's third-leading receiver with 44 catches for 860 yards and five scores, tailback Sean Gregory, who caught 12 passes for 150 yards, and split end Jon Muyres with nine receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown.
The only significant loss is Dez White, a second-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears who was second on the team with 44 catches for 860 yards and five touchdowns.
ONE-TWO PUNCH AT TAILBACK
Georgia Tech returns a strong one-two punch at tailback with sophomore Joe Burns and junior Sean Gregory. Together they have accounted for 1,573 yards rushing.
Burns was Tech's leading rusher as a freshman in 1998 with 474 yards and five touchdowns on just 98 carries, including a career-best 179 yards rushing against Maryland. He missed most of last season, however, after suffering a broken ankle in the second game against Florida State. Burns has career totals of 634 yards rushing and five touchdowns along with 23 receptions for 209 yards and one touchdown.
Gregory entered 1999 as Tech's third-team tailback but became the starter after season-ending injuries to Burns and senior Phillip Rogers. He was Tech's leading rusher with 837 yards on 171 carries (4.9-yard average). His 13 touchdowns--including the game-winner against Duke on a 19-yard run with 2:56 left--led the team and were the third-best season total in Tech history. He topped the 100-yard mark four times, gaining 150 yards against UCF, 113 against NC State, 119 versus Virginia, and 101 against Clemson. He became the first Tech back to rush for 100 yards in three straight games since Jerry Mays in 1989. His career totals are 939 yards rushing and 14 TDs.
For the second year in a row, Georgia Tech will have a pair of brothers in the starting lineup in senior receiver Jon Muyres and his younger brother Jeremy, a sophomore free safety. The oldest Muyres brother, Jeffrey, was a starting defensive back at Wake Forest who finished his career in 1998.
In 1999, Phillip (now graduated) and Nick Rogers were the first pair of brothers to start for the Yellow Jackets at the same time since Randy and Danny Rhino in 1974.
Recent brother combinations to play for the Jackets:
Rogers: Phillip (TB, 1995-99) & Nick (DE, 1998-present)
Muyres: Jon (SE, 1996-present) & Jeremy (FS, 1999-present)
Williams: Rodney (P, 1995-98) & Marlon (OLB, 1990-93)
Stallworth: Dexter (QB, 1994-96) & Cedric (CB, 1985-88)
Travis: Mike (DB, 1982-85)& Scott (LB, 1990-92)
Harrison: Anthony (DB, 1983-86) & Danny (LB, 1987-89)
Swilling: Pat (OLB, 1982-85) & Darrell (LB, 1988-91)
Malone: Ralph (DT, 1982-85) & George (OLB, 1985-88)
Rhino: Randy (DB, 1972-74) & Danny (DB, 1974-76)
LIKE FATHER AND GRANDFATHER, LIKE SON
Georgia Tech sophomore cornerback Kelley Rhino is the son of one of the greatest players in Rambling Wreck history, Randy Rhino, the only three-time all-America in Tech history. Randy, a defensive back and punt return specialist, earned all-America honors in 1972-73-74. Kelley's grandfather, Chappell Rhino (1950-52), and uncle Danny Rhino (1974-76) also starred for the Rambling Wreck.
Some prominent father-son combos in Tech history:
|Kelley Rhino (RB, 1999)||Randy Rhino (DB, 1972-74)|
|Randy Rhino (DB, 1972-74)||Chappell Rhino (1950-52)|
|Coleman Rudolph||Jack Rudolph (1957-59) (DT, 1989-92)|
|Jay Martin (SS, 1986-90)||Billy Martin (E, 1961-63)|
O'Leary is Tech's 10th Head Coach
Even though Georgia Tech has played football for more than 100 years, head coach George O'Leary is just the 10th full-time head coach in Rambling Wreck history.
Only UNLV (7), Florida State (8), Air Force (8) and Houston (9) have had fewer head coaches than Tech, but none began playing football before 1946. By comparison, the Yellow Jackets' 10 full-time head coaches have spanned a period of 96 years (1904-99). In fact, from 1904 through 1966, Tech employed just three coaches in John Heisman (1904-19), William Alexander (1920-44) and Bobby Dodd (1945-66), all of whom are in the Hall of Fame.
NO ROOM TO RUN
Stopping the run means usually means success for Georgia Tech under head coach George O'Leary. Since O'Leary took over in 1995, the Jackets have held 19 opponents under 100 yards rushing, and Tech is 17-2 in those games.
|UCF, 2000||W 21-17||8 (26)|
|NC State, 1999||W 48-21||94 (33)|
|Maryland, 1999||W 49-31||89 (36)|
|Central Florida, 1999||W 41-10||92 (29)|
|Georgia, 1998||W 21-19||91 (28)|
|Wake Forest, 1998||W 63-35||61 (26)|
|West Virginia, 1997 (Carquest Bowl)||W 35-30||56 (22)|
|Maryland, 1997||W 37-18||99 (41)|
|Florida State, 1997||L 38-0||98 (29)|
|Wake Forest, 1997||W 28-26||55 (22)|
|Central Florida, 1996||W 27-20||52 (36)|
|Duke, 1996||W 48-22||83 (31)|
|Wake Forest, 1996||W 30-10||22 (19)|
|Wake Forest, 1995||W 24-23||30 (17)|
|North Carolina, 1995||W 27-25||68 (24)|
|Duke, 1995||W 37-21||72 (24)|
|Maryland, 1995||W 31-3||-30 (24)|
|Arizona, 1995||L 20-19||13 (28)|
|Furman, 1995||W 51-7||47 (35)|
O'LEARY RUNS THE SHOW
Of the ten best single-game performances by the Georgia Tech defense against the run, George O'Leary has been involved in six of them, either as head coach or defensive coordinator.
Tech's school record for rushing yards allowed is minus-30 yards against Maryland in 1995, O'Leary's first full season as head coach. That performance broke the previous record of minus-20 yards set against Maryland in 1990, when O'Leary was defensive coordinator. Other top games in the O'Leary era include eight yards by UCF in 2000, 10 yards by Duke in 1991, 13 by Arizona in 1995 and 22 by Wake Forest in 1996.
OLDEST, AND WINNINGEST, I-A STADIUM
Built in 1913 and now in its 88th season, Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field is the oldest on-campus stadium in NCAA Division I-A. In fact, the only older on-campus facilities in the nation are Harvard Stadium and Penn's Franklin Field. The next oldest I-A stadium is Mississippi State's Scott Field, built in 1915. Tech has a record of 394-163-23 (.699) at its home facility.
Not only is Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field the oldest on-campus stadium, but it is also the site of more victories by the home team than any other facility. Since 1913 Georgia Tech has 394 wins at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field, leading Tennessee (378) and Harvard (375).
Division I-A Only
Georgia Tech (Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field) - 1913
Mississippi State (Scott Field) - 1915
Cincinnati (Nippert Stadium) - 1916
Wisconsin (Camp Randall Stadium) - 1917
Washington (Husky Stadium) - 1920
Penn (Franklin Field) - 1895
Harvard (Harvard Stadium) - 1903
Georgia Tech (Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field) - 1913
Yale (Yale Bowl) - 1914
Mississippi State (Scott Field) - 1915
WINNING RECORDS VS. SIX ACC FOES
The only Atlantic Coast Conference school to post a winning record against Georgia Tech is Florida State. Tech's all-time records against each ACC school: Clemson, 42-20-2; Duke, 37-29-1; Florida State, 7-8-1; Maryland, 9-3; North Carolina, 16-16-3; NC State, 12-7; Virginia, 11-10-1; Wake Forest, 16-6.
EXPERIENCED COACHING STAFF
Georgia Tech's coaching staff has eight years of experience in the National Football League, led by Ralph Friedgen's five years (1992-96) with the San Diego Chargers. Friedgen served as offensive coordinator his final three years in San Diego, including the Super Bowl season of 1994. Head coach George O'Leary spent two years (1992-93) as the Chargers' defensive line coach. Tight ends coach Eddie Wilson was on the Kansas City Chiefs' staff in 1974.
KELLY CAMPBELL FL - 5-11, 170 - Jr. - Atlanta, Ga.
- Opened the season by catching a 23-yard touchdown pass against UCF while averaging 27.3 yards on four kickoff returns
- Preseason all-America selection by Street & Smith's and Lindy's
- Has 12 career touchdown catches to rank seventh in Tech history, just two behind the school record of 14 by three players
- Ranks 10th on Tech's career receptions list (85) and ninth in career receiving yards (1,283)
- First-team all-ACC selection in 1999
---- Receiving ---- ---- Rushing ---- ---- KOR ---- All-P Year G Rec Yds Avg TD LP Att Yds Avg TD LP KR Yds Avg TD LP Yds 1998 10 11 131 11.9 1 55 1 12 12.0 0 12 0 0 0.0 0 0 143 1999 11 69 1105 16.0 10 59 4 41 10.3 1 17 5 132 26.4 0 34 1278 2000 1 5 47 9.4 1 23 1 -1 -- 0 -- 4 109 27.3 0 38 155 Total 22 85 1283 15.1 12 59 6 52 8.7 1 17 9 241 26.8 0 38 1576
JOE BURNS TB - 5-10, 205 - So.-R - Thomasville, Ga.
- Carried the ball a career-high 22 times vs. UCF and gained 73 yards rushing
- Missed most of the 1999 season after suffering a broken ankle against Florida State in the season's second game
- Tech's leading rusher in 1998 with 474 yards on 98 carries
- Career-best 179 yards on 20 carries vs. Maryland in 1998
---- Rushing---- ---- Receiving---- ---- KOR ---- All-P Year G Att Yds Avg TD LP Rec Yds Avg TD LP KR Yds Avg TD LP Yds 1998 11 98 474 4.8 5 54 13 94 7.2 0 14 7 130 18.6 0 30 698 1999 2 14 87 6.2 0 14 7 96 13.7 1 40 0 0 0.0 0 0 183 2000 1 22 73 3.3 0 18 3 19 6.3 0 11 0 0 0.0 0 0 92 Total 14 134 634 4.7 5 54 23 209 9.1 1 40 7 130 18.6 0 30 973
SEAN GREGORY TB - 6-0, 211 - Jr.-R - Homewood, Ill.
- Has 939 career rushing yards and needs just 61 yards to become the 28th 1,000-yard rusher in school history
- Tech's leading rusher in 1999 with 837 yards (fifth in the ACC) and 13 TD
- Had four 100-yard games in 1999, including three in a row
- Career-best 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns in his first start, vs. UCF in 1999
---- Rushing---- ---- Receiving---- ---- KOR ---- All-P Year G Att Yds Avg TD LP Rec Yds Avg TD LP KR Yds Avg TD LP Yds 1998 11 12 80 6.7 1 29 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 65 21.7 0 26 145 1999 11 172 837 4.9 13 48 12 150 12.5 0 56 0 0 0.0 0 0 986 2000 1 3 22 7.3 0 17 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 22 Total 23 187 939 5.0 14 48 12 150 12.5 0 56 3 65 21.7 0 26 1,153
KERRY WATKINS SE - 5-11, 186 - So.-R - LaPlace, La.
- Caught a 23-yard touchdown pass against UCF
- Tech's third-leading receiver and fourth leading rusher in 1999
- Second on the team with six touchdown catches in 1999
---- Receiving---- ---- Rushing---- All-Pur Year G Rec Yds Avg TD LP Att Yds Avg TD LP Yds 1999 10 33 476 14.4 6 31 10 104 10.4 0 26 580 2000 1 3 42 14.0 1 23 0 0 0.0 0 0 42 Total 11 36 518 14.4 7 31 10 104 10.4 0 26 622
LUKE MANGET PK - 5-9, 176 - So. - Conyers, Ga.
- In his second season as Tech's starting placekicker
- Has made 56 consecutive extra points (school record: 70 by Scott Sisson, 1989-91)
- Tech's leading scorer in 1999 with 86 points, a Tech record for points by kicking
- Had two game-saving kicks in 1999: 38-yard game-winner in overtime vs. Georgia and 36-yard game-tying field goal with five seconds left in regulation vs. North Carolina
Year G PAT 0-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FG LP Pts 1999 11 53-53 3-3 6-9 2-4 0-0 11-16 49 86 2000 1 3-3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 Total 12 56-56 3-3 6-9 2-5 0-0 11-17 49 89
GREG GATHERS DE - 6-1, 260 - So. - LaPlace, La.
- In his second year as a starter after starting every game as a true freshman in 1999
- Tech's third-leading tackler in 1999 who led the team with seven sacks and 18 tackles for loss
- Second-team Freshman All-America in 1999
Year G Pri-As Tkl TFL Sack FC FR Int PB PR 1999 11 52-19 71 18-90 7-53 2 1 0 0 14 2000 1 6-1 7 3-18 1-14 0 0 0 0 3 Total 12 58-20 78 21-108 8-67 2 1 0 0 17
CHRIS YOUNG SS - 6-0, 207 - Jr. - Senoia, Ga.
- Tech's second-leading tackler in 1999 with 89
- Made one of the most memorable plays in Tech history with his fumble recovery at the one-yar line at the end of regulation in the Jackets' 51-48 overtime win over Georgia in 1999
Year G Pri-As Tkl TFL Sack FC FR Int PB PR 1998 10 9-1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1999 11 61-28 89 2-3 1-6 0 1 1-14 5 0 2000 1 4-2 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Total 12 74-31 98 3-9 1-6 0 1 1-14 6 0
RECARDO WIMBUSH LB - 6-1, 218 - So. - Blakely, Ga.
- Had seven tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and a key fumble recovery in Tech's win over UCF
- Tech's leading tackler in 1999, the first freshman ever to lead the Yellow Jackets
- Third-team Freshman All-America
Year G Pri-As Tkl TFL Sack FC FR Int PB PR 1999 11 53-38 91 4-11 0 0 0 1-2 2 3 2000 1 4-3 7 2-11 1-10 0 1 0 0 0 Total 12 57-41 98 6-22 1-10 0 1 1-2 2 3
JEREMY MUYRES FS - 6-3, 205 - So. - Stone Mountain, Ga.
- Broke up two passes against UCF and then had an interception on the Knights' final play to help preserve Tech's 21-17 win
- Tech's fourth-leading tackler as a true freshman in 1999
Year G Pri-As Tkl TFL Sack FC FR Int PB PR 1999 11 53-16 69 3-4 0 0 0 0 3 0 2000 1 2-1 3 0 0 0 0 1-5 2 0 Total 12 55-17 72 3-4 0 0 0 1-5 5 0
FELIPE CLAYBROOKS DE - 6-4, 255 - Sr.-R - Decatur, Ga.
- Pass rush specialist with 15 career sacks (seventh in Tech history)
- Also anks sixth with 27 career tackles for loss (including sacks)
- Third in the ACC with 10 sacks in 1998
Year G Pri-As Tkl TFL Sack FC FR Int PB PR 1997 10 5-3 8 1-12 1-12 0 0 0 0 1 1998 10 31-6 37 13-75 10-67 1 0 1-3 4 4 1999 11 33-15 48 12-55 4-31 0 0 0 4 9 2000 1 3-2 5 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 2 Total 12 74-31 98 27-145 15-110 1 0 1-14 8 16