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The Day Sisson Became a Campus Hero

Oct. 30, 2014

By Chris Yandle
Communications & Public Relations

I wasn’t at Georgia Tech for more than a few days before I was told about Scott Sisson’s kick. Then I was summoned to search YouTube for game highlights of Georgia Tech’s 41-38 win over No. 1 Virginia in 1990. Sisson’s game-winner set the stage for Georgia Tech’s fourth football national championship.

You can watch the whole game here via the ACC Vault.

Sisson kicked seven game-winning field goals during his career at Georgia Tech, including two against the Cavaliers. He kicked the above 37-yard field goal to knock off the No. 1 Cavaliers on their Homecoming in 1990, and followed with a 33-yard field goal as time expired the next year in Atlanta.

In 2006, Sisson shared his memories of that 1990 season with Rivals.com writer Steve Megargee, and again in 2009 with #TGW writer Matt Winkeljohn, who worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time of the Sisson’s kick. Winkeljohn later wrote about that night’s raucous celebration on the Tech campus.

The Georgia Tech-Virginia series has been filled with many close wins and near-misses. Seventeen of the 36 series meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer. Georgia Tech owns a slim 18-17-1 margin in the series, including a 14-7 mark at home.  

In 1998, the 41-38 score was repeated when the Joe Hamilton-led Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets upset No. 6 Virginia in Atlanta. That year, the Jackets claimed a share of the ACC Championship and posted a 10-2 record.

Last year in Charlottesville, Zach Laskey and David Sims both scored two touchdowns to led the Jackets to a 35-25 win over the Cavaliers. Laskey eclipsed the 1,000-yard career rushing mark at Virginia.

Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2) hosts ACC Coastal Division foe Virginia (4-4, 2-2) for its 66th Homecoming Game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan and ESPNU.

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