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Jackets Return To Practice, Prepare for Sixth Straight Bowl Game

Dec. 14, 2002

After completing fall semester final exams, the Georgia Tech football team returned to practice Saturday to begin preparations for the Silicon Valley Football Classic, in which the Yellow Jackets take on Fresno State Dec. 31 in San Jose, Calif.

The Jackets will continue practicing in Atlanta through Dec. 22 and then break for the Christimas holiday. Tech departs for San Jose on Dec. 26.

Before the Jackets worked out in cold, gray conditions at Bobby Dodd Stadium Saturday afternoon, three members of the team were busy Saturday morning at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Current Yellow Jackets Gordon Clinkscale, Dan Dyke and Hal Higgins participated in the Institute’s fall commencement ceremonies.

Dyke, a four-time Verizon Academic All-America, earned his degree with highest honor in electrical engineering and will begin graduate school in January, while Clinkscale and Higgins graduated in Management. Also participating in commencement Saturday was former Tech quarterback George Godsey, who earned his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

Tech, which enters the bowl game with a record of 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the ACC, takes on a Fresno State team that won its last four games to post an 8-5 overall mark and a 6-2 WAC slate. The Bulldogs, coached by Pat Hill, feature WAC Freshman of the Year Paul Pinegar at quarterback.

Georgia Tech earned is playing in its school record-tying sixth consecutive bowl game, equalling the mark set by Bobby Dodd’s Yellow Jackets from 1951-56. Tech is one of just 13 schools in the nation to play in a bowl game each of the last six years.

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