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Georgia Tech/Duke Pre-Game Notes

#8-9 GEORGIA TECH (4-1, 2-1 ACC) at DUKE (1-4, 1-1 ACC)
Oct. 16, 1999 – 12:09 p.m.
Wallace Wade Stadium – Durham, N.C.

Now in its 107th season of intercollegiate football, Georgia Tech has an all-time record of 588-398-43 (.592). 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 32-22 (.593), including a 23-15 (.605) mark in ACC games.

Quarterback Joe Hamilton LEADS THE NATION in passing efficiency with a rating of 191.24. In five games he has completed 67.5 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Also Tech’s leading rusher with 321 yards and six touchdowns, Hamilton ranks third nationally in total offense with 333.6 yards per game.

Georgia Tech has won 14 of its last 16 games, with both losses coming at the hands of Florida State.

Tech has won 17 of its last 21 games, dating back to the 1997 season.

Georgia Tech leads the nation this week in total offense, averaging 515.8 yards per game, ahead of second-place Louisville (493.5). Last week, Tech also led the country in scoring but this week the Jackets are third with 41.0 points per game, behind Louisville and (44.7) Florida State (41.3).

Tech ranks eighth nationally in rushing (242.0) and 21st in passing (273.8).

Georgia Tech dropped one spot in both polls this week to No. 8 in Associated Press and No. 9 in ESPN/USA Today. This week marks the 18th consecutive AP poll in which the Yellow Jackets have appeared. That is Tech’s longest string since the 1955-57 seasons, when Tech was ranked in 28 consecutive polls. The longest streak in school history is 34 consecutive polls from Oct. 1, 1951 through Sept. 20, 1954.

Georgia Tech has won four in a row and eight of the last nine meetings with Duke to take a 36-29-1 lead in the series. Tech won last year’s game, 41-13, in Atlanta and captured the last meeting in Durham, 41-38 in 1997. Duke’s only win in the 1990s was a 27-12 decision in Atlanta in 1994. Only two games in the last 13 (1997 and 1992) have been decided by fewer than 10 points.

Tech has won the last four meetings at Wallace Wade Stadium, and the Jackets’ last loss in Durham was a 30-19 defeat in 1989. Duke leads 17-15 on its home field.

The two teams have met every year since 1933, making this the Jackets’ second oldest continuous series, behind only the Tech-Georgia rivalry. The only schools that Tech has played more than Duke (66 times) are Georgia (93) and Auburn (90).

Tech is 11-5 against Duke since 1983, when the Jackets became eligible for the ACC title.

Quarterback Joe Hamilton passed for 259 yards and three touchdowns, including a 53-yard strike to Dez White on the game’s fifth play as Georgia Tech earned a 41-13 victory over Duke at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field. Linebacker Matt Uremovich returned a fumble 54 yards for a touchdown, the third of five consecutive games in which the Tech defense scored on a fumble return.

The previous year in Durham, Hamilton passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third and White returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score and Tech withstood a record-setting fourth quarter comeback by Duke to escape with a 41-38 victory. Tech led 38-11 before the Blue Devils’ Corey Thomas caught four fourth-quarter touchdown passes.

Georgia Tech has won seven of its last eight games in the state of North Carolina. Beginning with the 1995 season, Tech has recorded two wins over Duke (1995 and 1997), 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 seven of its last eight road games against all opponents.

Georgia Tech assistant coaches Ted Roof and Eddie Wilson each spent time on the Duke coaching staff. Roof, the Rambling Wreck’s defensive coordinator, coached outside linebackers at Duke from 1990-93 under Barry Wilson. Wilson, Tech’s tight ends coach, served two stints in Durham. He was the Blue Devils’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Wilson from 1990-93 and their quarterbacks and receivers coach in 1972-73 under Mike McGee.

Georgia Tech’s overtime win over North Carolina marked the fifth time in the last 12 games that quarterback Joe Hamilton has guided the Yellow Jackets to a fourth-quarter victory.

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.

Georgia Tech’s defense made key stops when it mattered most, setting the stage for the Yellow Jackets’ comeback win over North Carolina in overtime.

The Rambling Wreck forced four consecutive three-and-outs in the final six minutes. After an interception gave UNC the ball at the Tech 10-yard line with 2:44 left, Tech stopped the Tar Heels on four consecutive runs, including a fourth-down stop by linebacker Matt Uremovich and defensive end Greg Gathers. That play allowed Tech to drive for the game-tying field goal with five seconds left.

After Tech scored on its first possession of overtime, the Jackets allowed only a four-yard completion and then forced three straight incompletions to seal the win.

Fourteen of the Tar Heels’ 24 points were the result of Tech turnovers, including possessions that began on the Tech 16 36-yard lines.

Quarterback Joe Hamilton has enjoyed some of the most prolific games of his career against Duke. In three games against the Blue Devils, Hamilton has averaged 253.3 yards passing and 266.3 yards of total offense. He has completed 70.4 percent of his passes and thrown seven touchdowns with no interceptions.

Sophomore flanker Kelly Campbell caught seven passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-24 overtime victory over North Carolina.

Campbell caught touchdown passes of 47 and 59 yards, and then on Techs 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 equals the fourth-best single-game total in school history.

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.

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 Tech’s 31-24 overtime win over North Carolina.

Gathers, who totalled six tackles, 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 36 hits, Gathers leads the Jackets with 11 tackles for loss, including three sacks.

Free safety Jeremy Muyres became the fourth true freshman to start for the Tech defense when he filled in for injured senior Travares Tillman against North Carolina.

Defensive end Greg Gathers and linebacker Recardo Wimbush have started every game, and 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.

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.

Biletnikoff Award candidate Dez White is second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 19th nationally in receiving yards with 95.4 per game.

White’s average of 25.1 yards per catch is fourth in the nation.

White, who averages 26.3 yards per kickoff return and also lines up in the backfield at times, totals 146.6 all-pupose yards per game to rank third in the league. White averages 22.2 yards per play.

Joe Hamilton owns the top pass efficiency rating in school history at 144.42, which is also the second-best mark in ACC history. The current school record is 134.6 by Toppy Vann from 1953-56, while the ACC standard is held by Thad Busby of Florida State at 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 152.8. During that time, he has averaged 215.8 yards passing and 256.4 yards of total offense per game while completing 62 percent of his passes. Hamilton has thrown 41 touchdown passes against just 17 interceptions over the last 27 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.

Quarterback Joe Hamilton is now in third place in Atlantic Coast Conference history in career touchdown responsibility with 66. Only former Tech quarterback Shawn Jones (70) and Virginias Shawn Moore (83) have accounted for more touchdowns than Hamilton

Hamilton is fourth in ACC annals in career total offense with 8,514 yards, trailing only Jones (9,296), and former Duke quarterbacks Spence Fischer (9,110) and Ben Bennett (9,061). Hamilton also ranks 10th in ACC history in career passing yards (7,169).

Georgia Tech’s victory over North Carolina improved head coach George O’Leary’s record 32-22 in his fifth season on the Flats. With the win, he passed his former boss, Bobby Ross (31-26-1, 5 seasons) and Bill Curry (31-43-4, seven seasons). The only Tech head coaches with more wins are Pepper Rodgers (34-31-2, six seasons) and 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 .593 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 44.4 yards per punt, which would rank second in the ACC if he had enough attempts to qualify. Dyke’s net of 40.1 yards per punt leads the ACC and ranks seventh nationally. Seven of his 15 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 Presidential 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 McAshan’s Tech standard.

With Tech’s top two tailbacks injured, third-teamer Sean Gregory stepped in against Central Florida and rushed for a career-high 150 yards on 22 carries in his first collegiate start. The sophomore from Homewood, Ill., 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 scored on runs of seven and two yards.

Gregory is Tech’s second leading rusher with 312 yards on 46 carries (6.0-yard average) and four touchdowns. He ranks seventh in the ACC in rushing.

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, Techs record on Thursday is 27-17-2.

ESPN THURSDAY NIGHT GAMESYear    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 36.6 points over the last 21 contests, including two bowl games. Not coincidentally, Tech has won 17 of those 21 games.

Tech has been held under 20 points just once in the last 22 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 10 times.

Sophomore tailback Joe Burns will miss the remainder of the season with a broken right ankle, suffered against Florida State. 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.

Tech is also playing without backup wide receiver Brett Basquin, out with a broken foot suffered in the preseason.

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.

BEST BOWL WINNING PERCENTAGE        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 is 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.

Georgia Tech topped 300 yards rushing in two of the first three games this season, against Navy (341) and Central Florida (318).

The Jackets’ 341 yards rushing against Navy, in which six backs gained at least 35 yards, was Tech’s best since rushing for 411 in a 1993 win over Maryland, when the Tech backfield featured Dorsey Levens and William Bell.

On 19 red zone possessions (first down at or inside the opponents’ 20-yard line), Tech has scored points 17 times (89 percent). The Jackets have come away with 15 touchdowns (79 percent) and two field goals.

Tech has allowed its opponents 15 red zone possessions, and they have scored points 13 times (87 percent), but just nine touchdowns (60 percent).

True freshmen Philip Newman and Luke Manget have teamed to handle Tech’s kickoff duties so far this season. Newman has kicked off 25 times with eight touchbacks (32 percent), resulting in an average field position of the 24.2-yard line. Manget, who also handles the placements, has three touchbacks on seven kickoffs (43 percent) for an average field position of the 24.0-yard line.

Quarterback Joe Hamilton, split end Dez White, free safety Travares Tillman and linebacker Chris Edwards are preseason nominees for the awards at their positions.

Hamilton, Tech’s Heisman Trophy candidate, is one of 16 nominees for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation’s top senior quarterback.

White, a junior from Orange Park, Fla., is a preseason nominee for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s outstanding receiver. Last season, he was one of 10 semifinalists for the honor after catching 46 passes for a school record 976 yards and nine touchdowns.

Tillman, senior from Lyons, Ga., is on the preseason checklist for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to college football’s outstanding defensive back. He is Tech’s top returning tackler with 82 hits, and his 180 career tackles rank first in the ACC and eighth in the nation among returning defensive backs.

Edwards was named to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. The senior from Warthen, Ga., made 53 tackles last fall.

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).

Fourteen true freshmen have played 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 and cornerback Selwyn Scott have each started one game. 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, 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.

Georgia Tech’s 41-13 win over Duke in 1998 gave head coach George O’Leary more Atlantic Coast Conference victories than any other Tech head coach. O’Leary is now 23-15 (.605) in conference games. He passed his former boss, Bobby Ross, who posted a 15-18-1 ACC record from 1987-91. Bill Curry was 13-8-1 in ACC games from 1983-86 (Tech became eligible for the ACC championship in 1983).

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 are 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:M
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. Kelley’s grandfather, Chappell Rhino, and uncle Danny Rhino also starred for the Rambling Wreck. Freshman cornerback Eric Lavette is the son of Robert Lavette, Techs 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:

Eric 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)

Tailback Phillip Rogers got his senior season off to a good start as he rushed for a career-best 80 yards and three touchdowns in Tech’s season-opening win over Navy.

Rogers is tied for the team lead with six touchdowns and ranks third in the ACC in scoring (9.0 ppg).

Rogers’ career rushing total is now 1,182 yards, which ranks 22nd on Tech’s career rushing list. He became the 27th player in Tech historyand the second on this year’s squad, along with quarterback Joe Hamiltonwith 1,000 yards rushing.

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 17 opponents under 100 yards rushing, -including two this season- and Tech is 15-2 in those games.

Game                   Result      Yds   (Att.)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)

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.

Ted Roof, one of the top defensive players in Georgia Tech annals, is in his first year as the Rambling Wreck’s defensive coordinator. Roof returned to his alma mater in 1998 as an assistant coach. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native coaches Tech’s linebackers, the position that he played on the Flats from 1982-85. He was a captain of Tech’s 1985 All-American Bowl team and a member of the “Black Watch” defense. Roof was inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

The only Atlantic Coast Conference school to post a winning record against Georgia Tech is Florida State. Techs all-time records against each ACC school: Clemson, 41-20-2; Duke, 36-29-1; Florida State, 7-8-1; Maryland, 9-3; North Carolina, 16-16-3; NC State, 11-7; 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 391-163-23 (.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 391 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

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 AFLs 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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