Sept. 30, 1999
Georgia Tech 49, Maryland 31
“He is a great player. I can’t imagine a better college football player. He runs the ball as well as any quarterback in the country, and he throws the ball extremely well. I can’t imagine a more complete player than Joe Hamilton”
–Maryland head coach Ron Vanderlinden
Georgia Tech’s Joe Hamilton set a school record with 474 yards of total offense to lead the ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 49-31 victory over previously unbeaten Maryland. Hamilton passed for 387 yards – tying the career high he set against Florida State – and three touchdowns while completing 19 of 31 passes. He tossed touchdown passes of 80, 30, and 29 yards. He also rushed for 87 yards on 13 carries, including a 41-yard touchdown run.
Hamilton passed for 287 yards in the first half alone, a Tech record for passing yards in the first half, and threw two touchdowns in the final 1:21 of the half.
Hamilton guided the Jackets to 587 yards of total offense.
1999 SEASON TO DATE
Hamilton LEADS THE NATION in passing efficiency at 202.44. In four games, Hamilton has completed 65 of 91 passes (72 percent) for 1074 yards and 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He has 1,318 yards of total offense and 15 TDR. He has guided the Tech offense to an average of 43.5 points and 517.3 yards of offense.
Hamilton’s career pass efficiency rating is 144.18, the second-best mark in ACC history, trailing only former FSU quarterback Thad Busby (144.89). He now ranks fourth in ACC annals in career total offense (8,164), third in TDR (63) and 10th in passing yards (6,896). In his last 21 games, Hamilton has thrown 37 TD passes and just 10 interceptions