ATLANTA (Nov. 27) — In the wake of one of the most dramatic victories in school history, Georgia Tech Saturday night accepted an invitation to play in this year’s Toyota Gator Bowl Game, which will be held on New Year’s Day, 2000 in Jacksonville’s Alltel Stadium.
The invitation was proffered by Toyota Gator Bowl Team Selection Chairman Chester Stokes in the Tech locker room following the Yellow Jackets’ 51-48 overtime victory over arch-rival Georgia before a fourth straight sell-out crowd at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field.
Tech President Dr. G. Wayne Clough, Director of Athletics Dave Braine, head football coach George O’Leary and the Tech varsity football team accepted the invitation which will send the Rambling Wreck to the Gator Bowl for the second straight year. Last Jan. 1, Tech defeated Notre Dame, 35-28, to extend the nation’s winningest bowl tradition, as Tech improved to 19-8 in bowl games. Potential opponents for the Yellow Jackets include Miami and Boston College.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets to this year’s Toyota Gator Bowl should contact the Georgia Tech Ticket Office on Monday morning after 10 a.m. at 1-800-TECH-TIX. Information on travel packages will be available shortly.
The bowl berth marks the third straight season Georgia Tech, which also played in the 1997 CarQuest Bowl game in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla,, has received an invitation to a bowl game, marking the first time the Yellow jackets have attended three straight bowl games since the 1970-71-72.
Tech enters this year’s Toyota Gator Bowl having won five consecutive bowl games including wins over Michigan State in the 1985 All-American Bowl in Birmingham, the 1990 Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, the 1991 Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as the 1997 CarQuest and 1999 Toyota Gator Bowls.