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#7-7 Georgia Tech (6-1, 4-1 ACC) at Virginia (4-4, 3-3 ACC)

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#7-7 GEORGIA TECH (6-1, 4-1 ACC) at VIRGINIA (4-4, 3-3 ACC)
Nov. 6, 1999 – 3:30 p.m.
David Harrison Field III/Scott Stadium – Charlottesville, Va.

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Now in its 107th season of intercollegiate football, Georgia Tech has an all-time record of 590-398-43 (.593). Entering the 1999 season, Tech ranked 20th among Division I-A teams in all-time victories.

Now in his fifth 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 30-year veteran of professional, college and prep coaching, O’Leary has a record of 34-22 (.607), including a 24-15 (.615) mark in ACC games.

Quarterback Joe Hamilton LEADS THE NATION in passing efficiency with a rating of 182.1. In seven games he has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,883 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Also Tech’s leading rusher with 467 yards and six touchdowns, Hamilton ranks third nationally in total offense with 335.7 yards per game. That average is higher than 35 teams in Division I-A, including four ACC teams – Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina and NC State.

Georgia Tech has won 16 of its last 18 games, with both losses coming at the hands of Florida State.

Tech has won 19 of its last 23 games, dating back to the 1997 season.

Georgia Tech leads the nation in both scoring and total offense this week. The Jackets are averaging 516.0 yards per game, ahead of second-place Marshall (488.7). In scoring, Tech’s 41.6 points per game is just ahead of Kansas State (41.5) and Virginia Tech (41.4).

Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Kansas State are the only three teams in the nation that have scored at least 30 points in every game this season.

Tech ranks 11th nationally in rushing (238.9) and 20th in passing (277.1).

Quarterback Joe Hamilton enters this week’s game against Virginia with 9,196 yards of total offense in his career, exactly 100 yards behind the Georgia Tech and Atlantic Coast Conference record of 9,296 yards, set by Shawn Jones from 1989-92.

Georgia Tech has won two of the last three meetings with Virginia to take an 11-9-1 lead in the series, which began in 1965. The last three games have been decided by a total of 13 points. Tech won last year’s game, 41-38, with a 21-point second-half comeback in Atlanta, but Virginia claimed a 35-31 decision in 1997 in Charlottesville.

The Yellow Jackets have dropped the last three meetings at Charlottesville since knocking off the then No. 1-ranked Cavaliers in 1990.

Tech has recorded two wins over Top 10 teams in the 1990s, and both have come at the hands of Virginia and both by the same 41-38 score.

In 1998 in Atlanta in one of the classic games in Georgia Tech annals, the 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to upend sixth-ranked Virginia, 41-38, on Dez Whites 54-yard touchdown reception with 4:40 to play. Tech trailed 38-17 before beginning its comeback on a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker Delaunta Cameron. Then White, who caught six passes for a school-record 243 yards and three touchdowns, hauled in two long scoring passes from Joe Hamilton in the final eight minutes. Hamilton completed 11 of 23 passes for 288 yards.

The 1997 meeting in Charlottesville was also a shootout as the Cavaliers won 35-31, scoring the winning touchdown on a one-yard run by Anthony Southern with just 1:16 left. Virginia quarterback Aaron Brooks threw four touchdown passes to upstage Hamilton, who completed 21 of 26 passes for 337 yards.

With three touchdown passes in last Saturday’s win over NC State, quarterback Joe Hamilton broke the Georgia Tech career records for touchdown passes and touchdown responsibility, eclipsing Shawn Jones in both categories.

Hamilton now has 53 touchdown passes, breaking Jones’ mark of 51. He ranks fifth in ACC history, four behind the record of 57, now shared by NC State’s Jamie Barnette and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell.

Hamilton has accounted for 71 touchdowns rushing and passing to surpass Jones’ Tech standard of 70. Hamilton is tied with Barnette for second place in ACC history behind former Virginia signal caller Shawn Moore (83).

Georgia Tech is ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Tech has reached No. 7 for the second time this season. The last time the Jackets were ranked higher was the 1991 preseason, when Tech was sixth in the USA Today coaches’ poll.

This week marks the 21st consecutive AP poll in which the Yellow Jackets have appeared. That is Tech’s longest string since the 1955-57 seasons, when the Jackets were ranked in 28 consecutive polls. The longest streak in school history is 34 consecutive polls from Oct. 1, 1951 through Sept. 20, 1954.

Split end Dez White needs one touchdown reception to tie the Georgia Tech career record of 14, currently shared by Buck Martin and Gary Lee.

Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton is one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation’s top senior quarterback by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.

Along with Hamilton, the group of finalists includes Tee Martin of Tennessee, Chad Pennington of Marshall, Tim Rattay of Louisiana Tech and Chris Redman of Louisville.

Hamilton is also one of 25 semifinalists for the Davey OBrien Quarterback Award.

Joe Hamilton’s hometown of Alvin, S.C, outside Charleston, is so small that it doesn’t appear on the map, but the Georgia Tech quarterback is helping to change that, literally. Tech graduate Sherwood Bridges of North Augusta, S.C., sent a letter to South Carolina governor James Hodges noting that Alvin does not appear on the map issued by the South Carolina Department of Tranportation and asking that the omission be corrected, due to the success achieved by Hamilton. He received a response from the South Carolina Department of Tranportation stating that although Alvin has not been included on the South Carolina Highway Map as far back as 1956, it will be shown on the 2000 South Carolina Highway Map, which will be available in February.

Sean Gregory began the season as Tech’s third-team tailback but is now the starter after season-ending injuries to starters Joe Burns and Phillip Rogers.

Gregory made his second start last week against NC State, and just as he did in his first start, he topped the 100-yard mark. The sophomore from Homewood, Ill., rushed 22 times for 113 yards and one touchdown against the Wolfpack.

Earlier this season, he started against Central Florida and rushed for a career-high 150 yards on 22 carries with touchdowns of seven and two yards. He gained 82 yards in the first half to eclipse his previous best of 80 yards last November against Wake Forest, all of which came on one drive.

Gregory is Tech’s second leading rusher with 466 yards on 77 carries (6.1-yard average) and six touchdowns, including the game-winner against Duke on a 19-yard run with 2:56 left. He ranks seventh in the ACC in rushing.

more HAMILTON heroics
For the sixth time in the last 13 games, quarterback Joe Hamilton led the Yellow Jackets on a game-saving drive in the fourth quarter as Tech downed Duke, 38-31. After the Blue Devils took a 31-28 lead early in the fourth quarter, Hamilton moved Tech in position for the tying field goal with 7:12 left and then drove the Jackets 70 yards on four plays for the winning touchdown with 2:56 to play. He opened the winning drive with a 36-yard completion to Kelly Campbell.

One week earlier, Hamilton led Tech to a 31-24 win over North Carolina in the first overtime game in school history. After Tech took over on its own two-yard line with 1:10 to play, Hamilton engineered a seven-play, 79-yard drive for the game-tying field goal by Luke Manget. He completed three passes for 73 yards and had a six-yard run on the march. Then in overtime, Hamilton scored the winning touchdown on a six-yard run.

Last season, Hamilton led game-winning, fourth-quarter drives against Virginia, Clemson, Georgia and Notre Dame.

Junior Dez White and sophomore Kelly Campbell form one of the most dangerous receiving duos in the nation, and one of the best in school history. The pair have combined for 71 catches, 1,362 yards (19.2 average) and 10 touchdowns.

Campbell (43 receptions, 747 yards, 6 TD) leads the ACC in receiving yards at 106.7 per game, which is seventh in the nation. He is third in the ACC and 25th nationally with 6.1 receptions per game. White (28-615-4) is fourth in the ACC and 30th nationally with 87.9 yards per game. His average of 22.0 yards per catch leads the ACC.

White and Campbell have turned in three of the top nine individual receiving efforts in school history. White had 215 yards receiving against Maryland, and then Campbell had 203 versus North Carolina, followed by 190 against Duke.

With four games to play, White and Campbell are already the third most productive receiving tandem in Tech history.

1,464 Harvey Middleton (839) & Derrick Steagall (625), 1997
1,370 John Sias (902) & Joel Stevenson (468), 1968
1,362 Kelly Campbell (747) & Dez White (615), 1999

Georgia Tech leads the ACC in net punting and punt returns while ranking second in kickoff returns.

Tech’s net of 41.1 yards per punt ranks third in the nation, behind Oklahoma and Cincinnati. Punter Dan Dyke would rank second in the ACC and seventh nationally but Tech’s offense does not give him enough punts.

The Jackets rank 11th in the nation in punt returns (13.3). Marvious Hester, who has handled every punt return, is second in the ACC and 18th nationally in the individual rankings.

Tech’s kickoff return average of 24.2 is second in the ACC behind Maryland and 19th in the nation. Dez White averages 25.4 yards per return, also second in the ACC and 18th in the nation.

Placekicker Luke Manget has hit six of nine field goals, including a career-long 49-yarder against NC State, and is perfect (35-35) on PATs.

The leading tacklers on the special teams are Ron Mabra (seven) and Kelley Rhino (six).

In Tech’s wins over North Carolina and Duke, flanker Kelly Campbell has totalled 18 receptions for 393 yards, a school-record two-game total. The previous high was 343 yards on 13 catches by Derrick Steagall against Virginia and Duke in 1997. In addition to his impressive numbers, Campbell made the key catches on game-winning drives in both contests.

In the Jackets’ 38-31 win over Duke, the speedy sophomore had a career-high 11 receptions for 190 y ards. He set up the game-winning touchdown with a 36-yard reception to the Duke 34.

The previous game against North Carolina, Campbell caught seven passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-24 overtime victory. He caught touchdown passes of 47 and 59 yards, and then on Tech’s final drive for the game-tying field goal, he had two receptions for 67 yards. The first came on the first play after the Jackets took over at their own two-yard line with 1:10 left. Campbell caught a short pass over the middle and raced to the Tech 34. Two plays later, he caught a 35-yard pass down the right sideline to the UNC 25-yard line.

Campbell’s 203 yards receiving against UNC equals the fourth-best single-game total in school history, while his 11 catches against Duke is also the fourth-best single-game figure in Tech annals.

Campbell also enjoyed a big day against top-ranked Florida State with seven catches for 141 yards with touchdown catches of 56 and 22 yards. The latter, a spectacular, one-handed catch in the end zone, brought the Jackets within six points with 1:35 to play.

Georgia Tech has lost its leading tackler, linebacker Matt Uremovich, and its top two tailbacks, sophomore Joe Burns and senior Phillip Rogers, to season-ending injuries.

Uremovich, who had a team-leading 51 tackles with four tackles for loss, has a contusion of the spinal cord. He will miss the final five games of the season and then be re-evaluated in January.

Rogers, Tech’s leading scorer with eight touchdowns and third-leading rusher with 310 yards, will miss the remainder of the regular season after a thigh bruise required surgery. Rogers, who had a career-high 82 yards against Duke before the injury, finishes his career with 1,264 yards rushing (21st in Tech history) and 15 rushing touchdowns.

Burns suffered a broken right ankle against Florida State in the second game of the sesaon. Burns rushed for 87 yards on 14 carries and caught seven passes for 96 yards and one touchdown in two games before the injury. Last season, he was Tech’s top rusher with 474 yards.

In his first game at receiver, redshirt freshman Jermaine Crenshaw caught three passes for 33 yards, including a key fourth-down conversion in Techs 38-31 win over Duke. With the Jackets trailing 31-28 with less than 10 minutes to play and facing fourth-and-three on the Duke 30-yard line, Crenshaw made a 13-yard reception down to the Duke 17 to set up the tying field goal.

In the third quarter, he had catches on consecutive plays. On second-and-17, he made an eight-yard reception and then on third-and-nine, he caught a pass for 12 yards and a first down. A former quarterback who moved to receiver at midseason, Crenshaw was pressed into action with injuries to two other receivers.

True freshman defensive end Greg Gathers continues to make big plays for the Yellow Jackets, coming up with a sack and two other tackles for loss in Techs 31-24 overtime win over North Carolina.

Gathers had a sack for a seven-yard loss and then two other tackles for five yards in losses, helping the Tech defense force four consecutive three-and-outs to set the stage for the Jackets’ comeback. On UNCs final possession of regulation, after the Tar Heels got the ball at the Tech 10-yard line, Gathers was in on the fourth-down stop that allowed the Jackets to get the ball back with 1:10 left.

Tech’s third-leading tackler with 43 hits, Gathers leads the Jackets with 12 tackles for loss, including four sacks.

Georgia Tech’s starting defense includes three true freshmen in defensive end Greg Gathers, linebacker Recardo Wimbush and free safety Jeremy Muyres

Gathers and Wimbush have started every game, and Muyres moved into the lineup against North Carolina. A fourth true freshman, cornerback Selwyn Scott, started the season opener against Navy.

Before this season, the last time Tech started 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.

Biletnikoff Award candidate Dez White ranks fourth in the ACC and 22nd nationally in all-purpose yards. He averages 143.3 yards per game and 20.9 yards per play, which leads the ACC.

White’s average of 22.0 yards per catch also leads the ACC, and he is fourth in the league in receiving yards per game (87.9). His average of 25.4 yards on 14 kickoff returns ranks second in the league and 18th nationally. He also lines up in the backfield at times, carrying the ball six times for 33 yards.

Hamilton Earns Second ACC Offensive Back of the Week Award
For the second time this season and fifth time in his career, quarterback Joe Hamilton was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week after he set a school record with 474 yards of total offense to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 49-31 win over Maryland. Hamilton, who had 387 yards passing on 19-for-31 passing and 87 yards rushing on 13 carries, shattered the previous mark of 412 yards by Darrell Gast in a 1987 loss to Duke.

Hamilton, who had three touchdowns passing and one rushing on a spectacular 41-yard run, tied the career best of 387 yards passing that he set two games earlier against Florida State. He passed for 257 yards before halftime to set a Tech record for passing yards in a first half.

After catching just nine passes in Georgia Tech’s first three games, split end Dez White had a breakout game in the Yellow Jackets’ victory over Maryland. White caught five passes for 215 yards against the Terrapins, with touchdowns of 80 yards and 29 yards.

White’s 215 yards is the third-best receiving effort in school history, behind his own school-record 243 yards last year against Virginia and Derrick Steagall’s 223 yards against the Cavaliers in 1997.

Joe Hamilton owns the top pass efficiency rating in ACC history at 145.75, just ahead of former Florida State quarterback Thad Busby (144.89).

Hamilton’s numbers over the last three seasons are even more impressive. Since the beginning of his sophomore season, the Alvin, S.C., native has an efficiency rating of 153.7. During that time, he has averaged 21947 yards passing and 262.3 yards of total offense per game while completing 62 percent of his passes. Hamilton has thrown 46 touchdown passes and just 20 interceptions over the last 29 regular-season games.

Freshman defensive end Greg Gathers was named ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance in Tech’s win over Maryland. One of two true freshmen to start for the Tech defense, Gathers had four tackles for loss for 13 yards as he helped Tech hold the Terps to 89 yards rushing. Gathers made six tackles and also had a quarterback pressure.

Georgia Tech’s victory over NC State improved head coach George O’Leary’s record to 34-22 in his fifth season on the Flats. He is tied with Pepper Rodgers (34-31-2, six seasons) for fourth place in victories by a Tech coach. The only Rambling Wreck head coaches with more wins are 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).

O’Leary’s winning percentage of .607 is bettered only by Heisman (.779) and Dodd (.713).

Entering the 1999 season, punting appeared to be a question mark for the Jackets after the graduation of Rodney Williams, the best punter in school history. But walk-on Dan Dyke has performed admirably. The sophomore from Winter Springs, Fla., has averaged 44.9 yards per punt, which would rank second in the ACC if he had enough attempts to qualify. Dyke’s net of 41.1 yards per punt leads the ACC and ranks third nationally. Nine of his 18 punts have been inside the 20-yard line.

Dyke, who had no scholarship offers coming out of Oviedo High School, walked on the Tech squad last spring. and beat out freshman Philip Newman in preseason camp. He is a President’s Scholar at Georgia Tech with a 4.0 grade point average in aerospace engineering.

Sophomore Sean Gregory rushed for a career-best 150 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Joe Hamilton added a career-high 100 yards rushing and two scores as 12th-ranked Georgia Tech defeated Central Florida, 41-10.

Hamilton, who also passed for 161 yards and one touchdown, became just the second quarterback in school history to rush and pass for 100 yards in the same game. He joined Donnie Davis, who turned the trick against Duke in 1995.

Gregory and Hamilton gave Tech two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since 1996.

Joe Hamilton passed for 387 yards and accounted for five touchdowns as Georgia Tech fell, 41-35, to top-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee. Hamilton’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell brought the Jackets within six points with 1:35 to play, but FSU recovered the ensuing onsides kick to preserve the win.

Tech piled up 501 yards of offense on the Seminoles’ vaunted defense, the most yards by an ACC team since FSU joined the league in 1992. Tech’s 35 points equals the high by an ACC opponent against the Seminoles; NC State lost 48-35 in 1997 in Tallahassee.

Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Back of the Week after the most productive game of his career, and one of the top efforts in school history, in Tech’s hard-fought, 41-35 defeat at top-ranked Florida State. Hamilton completed 22 of 25 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs. He also scored on a 19-yard run for 405 yards of total offense, another a career best.

Hamilton, who completed his final 15 passes, tossed touchdowns of 80, 56, 22 and 11 yards. His 80-yard strike to Dez White is the longest completion of his career, while his 22-yard scoring pass to Kelly Campbell brought the Jackets to within a touchdown with 1:35 left.

Hamilton’s passing and total offense yards were at the time the second-best single-game figures in Tech history, bettered only by Darrell Gast, who had 416 yards passing and 412 yards of total offense in a 1987 loss to Duke. His four touchdown passes is one shy of Eddie McAshan’s school-record of five, set in 1972 vs. Rice, while his five TDR ties McAshans Tech standard.

Georgia Tech has won eight of its last nine games in the state of North Carolina. Beginning with the 1995 season, Tech has recorded three wins over Duke (1995, 1997 and 1999), Wake Forest (1995 and 1997), and NC State (1996 and 1998) and one against North Carolina (1998). Tech’s lone defeat on Tobacco Road during that stretch was a 16-0 loss at North Carolina in 1996.

Tech has also won eight of its last nine road games against all opponents.

Quarterback Joe Hamilton completed his first three passes against Central Florida to extend his school-record string to 18 straight completions. The senior from Alvin, S.C., completed his final pass of the first half against top-ranked Florida State and then was a perfect 14-for-14 in the second half. The previous high for consecutive completions by a Rambling Wreck quarterback was 12 in a row by Shawn Jones in Tech’s 1990 win over Georgia.

Georgia Tech’s 49-31 win over Maryland was the Yellow Jackets’ ninth appearance in an ESPN Thursday night telecast in the 1990s. Tech has a 5-4 record in its ESPN Thursday night 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.

Year Opponent Result Att1991 #20 Virginia hW 24-21 42,1921993 #25 Virginia hL 35-14 42,1001994 #7 Arizona hL 19-14 45,1121995 #16 Maryland hW 31-3 44,1371996 Duke hW 48-22 44,1451996 at Maryland aL 13-10 22,5101997 #5 North Carolina hL 16-13 45,1261998 at Clemson aW 24-21 62,0001999 Maryland hW 49-31 44,612

Georgia Tech’s high-powered offense has averaged 37.1 points over the last 23 contests, including two bowl games. Not coincidentally, Tech has won 19 of those 23 games.

Tech has been held under 20 points just once in the last 23 games, a 34-7 loss to Florida State last season. The Jackets have failed to score at least 30 points only four times during that stretch while topping 40 points 11 times.

With its 35-28 victory over Notre Dame in the 1999 Toyota Gator Bowl, Georgia Tech improved the nation’s top record in bowl games to 19-8 for a winning percentage of .704. Penn State is second with a 22-11-2 (.657) record.

Tech ranks sixth all-time in bowl victories with 19 and 13th in appearances with 26.

The Jackets have won five straight bowl games, including the 1997 Carquest Bowl, 1991 Aloha Bowl, 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl and 1985 All-American Bowl. Tech’s last loss in a bowl was a 41-21 defeat by Purdue in the 1978 Peach Bowl.

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.

1. GEORGIA TECH 19-8 .704 2. Penn State 22-11-2 .657 3. Southern Cal 25-14 .641 4. Oklahoma 20-11-1 .641 5. Florida State 16-9-2 .630 6. Arizona State 10-6-1 .618 7. Alabama 28-18-3 .602 8. Mississippi 16-11 .593 9. Auburn 14-10-2 .577 10. Notre Dame 13-10 .565

Georgia Tech’s loss at top-ranked Florida State was the Yellow Jackets first road loss since a 35-31 defeat at Virginia on Nov. 8, 1997, halting a seven-game winning streak.

Tech’s seven-game road winning streak was the third-longest in school history. The only longer road winning streaks were an eight-game streak from 1950-52 and an 11-game streak over the 1908-13 seasons.

Georgia Tech’s 49-14 victory at Navy represented the Rambling Wreck’s second-highest scoring output ever in a road game. The only game in which Tech scored more points on the road was a 71-6 win at Chattanooga on Oct. 11, 1913.

True freshmen Philip Newman and Luke Manget have teamed to handle Tech’s kickoff duties so far this season. Newman has kicked off 38 times with 12 touchbacks (32 percent), resulting in an average field position of the 23.3-yard line. Manget, who also handles the placements, has five touchbacks on 10 kickoffs (50 percent) for an average field position of the 23.1-yard line.

Offensive tackle Jon Carman earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance in Tech’s win over Navy. The 6-8, 335-pound senior graded 95 percent with five “RBI” (great plays) as he paved the way for 341 yards rushing and 487 yards of total offense. Tech’s 341-yard effort was its best rushing output since 1993.

That gave Carman the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week award for three straight games. He also earned the honor for the final two weeks of 1998 as he helped Tech to wins over Georgia (241 yards rushing, 411 yards total offense) and Wake Forest (319 rushing, 524 total offense).

Tailback Sidney Ford became the 16th true freshmen to play for the Yellow Jackets this season, including five who have started.

Defensive end Greg Gathers and linebacker Recardo Wimbush have started every game, while free safety Jeremy Muyres has made two starts and cornerback Selwyn Scott one. Starting placekicker Luke Manget is also a true freshman.

Other true freshmen who have seen action include free safety Cory Collins, tailback Mike Kitchen, fullback Gary Johnson, receivers Will Glover and Anthony Lawston, tight end Will Heller, offensive guard Raymond Roberts-Blake, defensive end Fred Wright, kickoff specialist Philip Newman, and Kelley Rhino on special teams.

True freshman defensive end Greg Gathers made an impressive debut against Navy. Earning a spot in the starting lineup, Gathers collected nine tackles, including six primary hits. He sacked the Navy quarterback twice for 14 yards, causing and recovering a fumble at the Navy 44-yard line on the second sack. He also had one other tackle behind the line of scrimmage.

This year’s team features two sets of brothers in senior running back Phillip Rogers and sophomore defensive end Nick Rogers, as well as junior receiver Jon Muyres and freshman safety Jeremy Muyres. Last season, the Rogers became the first pair of brothers to play for the Yellow Jackets at the same time since 1986, when Anthony Harrison was a senior starter at free safety, while his brother Danny was a freshman linebacker.

Phillip 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-present) & Nick (LB, 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)

Georgia Tech’s freshman class includes the sons of two of the greatest players in Rambling Wreck history. Freshman running back Kelley Rhino is the son of 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. Kelleys grandfather, Chappell Rhino, and uncle Danny Rhino also starred for the Rambling Wreck. Freshman cornerback Eric Lavette is the son of Robert Lavette, Tech’s all-time leading rusher. Lavette starred for the Jackets from 1981-84, and his 4,066 yards rushing is the third-best total in ACC history.

Some prominent father-son combos in Tech history:SON                         FATHEREric Lavette (CB, 1999)        Robert Lavette (RB, 1981-84)Kelley Rhino (RB, 1999)        Randy Rhino (DB, 1972-74)Randy Rhino (DB, 1972-74)      Chappell Rhino (1950-52)Coleman Rudolph (DT, 1989-92)  Jack Rudolph (1957-59)          Jay Martin (SS, 1986-90)       Billy Martin (E, 1961-63)

Split end Dez White is in select company as one of just three players in Georgia Tech history who have returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. The junior from Orange Park, Fla., had a 100-yard return last season against Maryland and a 95-yarder versus Duke as a freshman, joining Drew Hill and Gary Lee.

White’s 100-yard return equals the second-longest return in Tech history. Drew Hill had a 100-yard return against Georgia in 1978, but the Tech record is 102 by Dewey Scarboro vs. Georgetown in 1919.

Stopping the run means usually means success for Georgia Tech under head coach George O’Leary. Since O’Leary took over the Tech program in 1995, the Jackets have held 18 opponents under 100 yards rushing, – including three this season – and Tech is 16-2 in those games.

Game                    Result    Yds   (Att.)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     W 35-30   56    (22)    (Carquest Bowl)     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)

On 30 red zone possessions (first down at or inside the opponents’ 20-yard line), Tech has scored points 28 times (93 percent). The Jackets have come away with 24 touchdowns (80 percent) and four field goals.

Tech has allowed its opponents 22 red zone possessions, and they have scored points 20 times (91 percent), includng 15 touchdowns (68 percent).

Of the ten best single-game performances by the Georgia Tech defense against the run, George O’Leary has been involved in five 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 10 yards by Duke in 1991, 13 by Arizona in 1995 and 22 by Wake Forest in 1996.

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, 41-20-2; Duke, 37-29-1; Florida State, 7-8-1; Maryland, 9-3; North Carolina, 16-16-3; NC State, 12-7; Virginia, 11-9-1; Wake Forest, 16-5.

Built in 1913 and now in its 87th 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 393-163-23 (.698) 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 392 wins at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field, leading Harvard (372) and Tennessee (367).

Oldest Stadiums

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

All Stadiums
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

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), Houston (8), Florida State (8) and Air Force (8) 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.

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.

Former Yellow Jacket Billy Shaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July of 1999. Shaw was a standout offensive guard with the Buffalo Bills from 1961-69, a five-time all-AFL selection who was named to the AFL’s All-Time Team. The Mississippi native lettered for the Jackets from 1958-60 under legendary head coach Bobby Dodd and earned all-SEC honors in 1959 and 1960.

Tech’s only other member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is Joe Guyon, a consensus all-America for the Jackets in 1918 who is also in the College Football Hall of Fame.


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