Georgia Tech Will Face Mississippi State in Orange Bowl

Dec. 7, 2014

GT Orange Bowl Central

THE FLATS – The 12th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will face the 7th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs in the 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The game is scheduled for Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Georgia Tech, ranked No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the AP Top 25, is playing in its 18th consecutive bowl game, which is tied for the second-longest active streak in FBS. It will be Tech’s seventh Orange Bowl appearance and first since 2010; the Jackets are 3-3 in their previous six trips Orange Bowl trips.

“Our football program is honored and excited to represent the ACC in the Capital One Orange Bowl,” Georgia Tech AD Mike Bobinski said. “To play in one of the `New Year’s Six’ bowl games that are part of the first College Football Playoff is a great accomplishment for our program.  I’m proud of our players, Coach Paul Johnson and our entire coaching and support staff for the effort they’ve each put forth to make this happen.”

The Capital One Orange Bowl will be the fifth series meeting between the schools and the first bowl game. Georgia Tech is 4-0 all-time vs. Mississippi State, including a 2-0 mark under head coach Paul Johnson.

“We are extremely excited for the chance to play in the Orange Bowl,” Johnson said. “Mississippi State is a great football team and we look forward to a great game.”

Georgia Tech (10-3) has posted just its ninth 10-win season in program history and the fourth in the ACC era, while making its fourth ACC Championship Game appearance.

Through 13 games, Tech is averaging 37.0 points and 468.8 yards of total offense, which both stand as the second-most in school history (40.7, 509.0 in 1999). Georgia Tech’s 333.6 rushing yards per game currently stand as the single-season school record.

Ticket prices for the 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl range from $99-$235. Fans can request tickets through the Georgia Tech Ticket Office online, in-person at the ticket office (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by phone at 1-888-TECH-TIX.

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GEORGIA TECH FOOTBALL NOTES

  • Georgia Tech is 4-0 all-time vs. Mississippi State, including a 2-0 mark under head coach Paul Johnson. Tech won in Atlanta in 1908 (23-0), 1929 (27-13), and 2008 (38-7), while winning the 2009 meeting in Starkville (42-31).
  • Georgia Tech is making its 18th consecutive bowl appearance – tied for the second-longest active streak in FBS (22 – Virginia Tech, 18 – Georgia).
  • Georgia Tech will make its 43rd bowl appearance, tied for the 10th-most in FBS history – Alabama (61), Texas (53), Nebraska (51), Georgia (50), Tennessee (50), USC (49), Oklahoma (48), LSU (46), Ohio State (44), Michigan (43).
  • Georgia Tech is 23-19 all-time in bowl games – tied for the ninth-most wins in FBS history.
  • Georgia Tech will make its seventh Orange Bowl appearance. The Jackets are 3-3 in their previous six trips.
  • Georgia Tech played in the ACC Championship Game for the fourth time and the third time in the last six years.
  • Georgia Tech ranks in the top 10 nationally of 11 major statistical categories – 3rd down conversion percentage (1st – 57.0), blocked kicks (1st – 6), rushing offense (2nd – 333.6), passing yards per completion (2nd – 17.75), sacks allowed (2nd – 10), defensive TDs (2nd – 6), blocked punts (3rd – 2), time of possession (3rd – 34:06), interceptions thrown (7th – 5), first downs offense (7th – 324), and 4th down conversion percentage (9th – 70.6).
  • Georgia Tech is 21-21-2 all-time in the state of Florida and 3-4 at Sun Life Stadium.
  • Georgia Tech is 9-7 in bowl games played in the state of Florida – Orange (3-3), Gator (3-4), Carquest / Champs Sports (2-0), Florida Citrus (1-0).
  • Georgia Tech is 2-4 all-time on New Year’s Eve.
  • Paul Johnson was named ACC Coach of the Year for the third time (2008, 2009, 2014) in seven seasons on the Flats. He is the only coach in GT history to win the honor multiple times. He is the fifth coach in ACC history be named ACC Coach of the Year three or more times: Bill Murray, Duke (1954, 1960, 1962); Earle Edwards, NC State (1957, 1963, 1965, 1967); Jerry Claiborne, Maryland (1973, 1975, 1976); George Welsh, Virginia (1983, 1984, 1991, 1995).
 GEORGIA TECH ORANGE BOWL HISTORY (3-3)
 DATE  RESULT  LOCATION
 Jan. 1, 1940  Georgia Tech 21, Missouri 7  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl Stadium)
 Jan. 1, 1945   Tulsa 26, Georgia Tech 12  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl Stadium)
 Jan. 1, 1948  Georgia Tech 20, Kansas 14  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl Stadium)
 Jan. 1, 1952  Georgia Tech 17, Baylor 14  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl Stadium)
 Jan. 2, 1967  Florida 27, Georgia Tech 12  Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl Stadium)
 Jan. 5, 2010  Iowa 24, Georgia Tech 14  Miami Gardens, Fla. (Sun Life Stadium)
 GEORGIA TECH BOWL HISTORY (23-19)
 DATE  BOWL  RESULT
 Jan. 1, 1929  Rose Bowl  Georgia Tech 8, Cal 7
 Jan. 1, 1940  Orange Bowl  Georgia Tech 21, Missouri 7
 Jan. 1, 1943  Cotton Bowl  Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7
 Jan. 1, 1944  Sugar Bowl  Georgia Tech 20, Tulsa 18
 Jan. 1, 1945  Orange Bowl  Tulsa 26, Georgia Tech 12
 Jan. 1, 1947  Oil Bowl  Georgia Tech 41, Saint Mary’s 19
 Jan. 1, 1948  Orange Bowl  Georgia Tech 20, Kansas 14
 Jan. 1, 1952  Orange Bowl  Georgia Tech 17, Baylor 14
 Jan. 1, 1953  Sugar Bowl  Georgia Tech 24, Ole Miss 7
 Jan. 1, 1954  Sugar Bowl  Georgia Tech 42, West Virginia 19
 Jan. 2, 1955  Cotton Bowl  Georgia Tech 14, Arkansas 6
 Jan. 2, 1956  Sugar Bowl  Georgia Tech 7, Pitt 0
 Dec. 29, 1956  Gator Bowl  Georgia Tech 21, Pitt 14
 Jan. 2, 1960  Gator Bowl  Arkansas 14, Georgia Tech 7
 Dec. 30, 1961  Gator Bowl  Penn State 30, Georgia Tech 15
 Dec. 22, 1962  Bluebonnet Bowl  Missouri 14, Georgia Tech 10
 Dec. 31, 1965  Gator Bowl  Georgia Tech 31, Texas Tech 21 
 Jan. 2, 1967  Orange Bowl  Florida 27, Georgia Tech 12
 Dec. 19, 1970  Sun Bowl  Georgia Tech 17, Texas Tech 9
 Dec. 30, 1971  Peach Bowl  Ole Miss 41, Georgia Tech 18
 Dec. 18, 1972  Liberty Bowl  Georgia Tech 31, Iowa State 30
 Dec. 25, 1978  Peach Bowl  Purdue 41, Georgia Tech 21
 Dec. 31, 1985  All-American Bowl  Georgia Tech 17, Michigan State 14
 Jan. 1, 1991  Florida Citrus Bowl  Georgia Tech 45, Nebraska 21
 Dec. 25, 1991  Aloha Bowl  Georgia Tech 18, Stanford 17
 Dec. 29, 1997  Carquest Bowl  Georgia Tech 35, West Virginia 30
 Jan. 1, 1999  Gator Bowl  Georgia Tech 35, Notre Dame 28
 Jan. 1, 2000  Gator Bowl  Miami 28, Georgia Tech 13
 Dec. 29, 2000  Chick-fil-A Bowl  LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14
 Dec. 27, 2001  Seattle Bowl  Georgia Tech 24, Stanford 14
 Dec. 31, 2002  Silicon Valley Classic  Fresno State 30, Georgia Tech 21
 Jan. 4, 2004  Humanitarian Bowl  Georgia Tech 52, Tulsa 10
 Dec. 21, 2004  Champs Sports Bowl  Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14
 Dec. 29, 2005  Emerald Bowl  Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10
 Jan. 1, 2007  Gator Bowl  West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35
 Dec. 31, 2007  Humanitarian Bowl  Fresno State 40, Georgia Tech 28
 Dec. 31, 2008  Chick-fil-A Bowl  LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3
 Jan. 5, 2010  FedEx Orange Bowl  Iowa 24, Georgia Tech 14
 Dec. 27, 2010  Independence Bowl  Air Force 14, Georgia Tech 7
 Dec. 31, 2011  Hyundai Sun Bowl  Utah 30, Georgia Tech 27 (OT)
 Dec. 31, 2012  Hyundai Sun Bowl  Georgia Tech 21, USC 7
 Dec. 30, 2013  Music City Bowl  Ole Miss 25, Georgia Tech 17

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