Georgia Tech to Face the USC Trojans in Hyundai Sun Bowl

For the second straight year, Georgia Tech will be traveling to El Paso, Texas to play in the Sun Bowl. This year's opponent: the preseason-#1 USC Trojans.

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Post-Game Wrapup: Defense Holds USC to 205 Yards

Tech's defense played their best game of the year in defeating USC. In a follow-up to yesterday's article, we offer grade-outs, MVPs, and others for Georgia Tech's defensive and special teams performances in their Sun Bowl victory.


Post-Game Wrapup: Offense Racks Up 369 Yards

Tech's offense played a fantastic game in beating USC's defensive scheme. Here we take a look at a few of the MVP's on the offensive side of the ball.


Postgame Reactions: TECH WINS A BOWL GAME

Georgia Tech played a fantastic game and overcame a ton of adversity in beating the country's preseason #1 team in the Sun Bowl.


Halftime Notes: Georgia Tech vs. USC

Halftime notes about the game, courtesy of Dean Buchan of Georgia Tech's SID.

... Tech is 2-2 under Paul Johnson when tied at halftime

… The Sun Bowl was tied at halftime for the 11th time in the history of the bowl

… Georgia Tech’s defense did not allow a point for 62 consecutive minutes of play until USC scored with 44 seconds left in the first half

Rod Sweeting’s second-quarter interception was Tech’s 14th of the season as a team

… Tech’s 105th yard of total offense gave it 5,911 for the season, breaking the Tech single-season record

… Tech held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since Nov. 3 at Maryland; it’s the first Tech game this season when neither team scored in the opening quarter

… Yellow Jacket seniors T.J. Barnes and Rod Sweeting broke the Georgia Tech record for career games played (54)

… Redshirt freshman Chris Milton made his first career start and became the 15th different Yellow Jacket this season to make his first career start

… Junior safety Isaiah Johnson’s streak of consecutive starts ended at 26 games because of an injury

… Tech has played 198 consecutive games without being shut out

… Georgia Tech wore blue jerseys for the second time this season (also vs. Presbyterian); the last time Tech wore this combination (blue jerseys, white pants, gold helmets came on Nov. 13, 2010 vs. Miami; Tevin Washington’s first career start and last career start both came in this uniform combination.


54, T.J. Barnes 2009-12

54, Rod Sweeting 2009-12

53, Rashaad Reid 2008-11

53, Scott Blair 2007-10

52, Izaan Cross 2009-12

52, Roddy Jones 2008-11

52, Steven Sylvester 2008-11

52, Mario Butler 2007-10

52, Darryl Richard 2004, 06-08

T.J. Barnes, Sr., DT

… played in his 54th career game, tying teammate Rod Sweeting for the most career games played in Georgia Tech history

B.J. Bostic, So., RB

… is 14 yards shy of 1,000 career all-purpose yards

Izaan Cross, Sr., DE

… made his 41st career start

Jamal Golden, So., DB-KR-PR

… his 15th kickoff return yard today gave him 652 for the season, passing Kelly Campbell for the seventh-most single-season kickoff return yards in Tech history

Isaiah Johnson, Jr., S

… saw his streak of consecutive games started end at 26 because of an injury

Chris Jackson, Sr., WR

… his 23-yard reception in the second quarter was just the second catch of his career, and it was the longest of his career

Vad Lee, r-Fr., QB

… his 11th rushing yard today gave him 500 for the season

… his 18th rushing yard today gave him 507 yards for his career, passing Kim King for the 10th-most career rushing yards by a Tech quarterback

… Lee has now rushed and passed for 500 yards in both categories this season

… his 23rd rushing yard today gave him 515 for the season – the seventh-most single-season rushing yards by a Tech quarterback

Lee’s second-quarter touchdown pass to David Sims gave him…

… four touchdown passes this season (and career)

… his first passing TD since Nov. 10 at North Carolina

… 13 touchdowns responsible for this season

David Sims, Jr., BB

… his 22nd rushing yard today gave him 1,291 for his career, passing Sean Gregory for 30th place on Tech’s all-time career rushing list

… his 31st rushing yard today gave him 1,300 for his career

Sims’s second-quarter touchdown reception gave him…

… two career touchdown receptions and his first this season

… two receptions this season and five for his career

… five touchdowns overall this season, 14 touchdowns overall for his career

Rod Sweeting, Sr., CB

… played in his 54th career game, which ties T.J. Barnes for the most career games played in Georgia Tech history

… recorded his first interception of the season, the eighth of his career

Omoregie Uzzi, Sr., OG

… made his 39th career start (ranks second on the team)

Tevin Washington, Jr., QB

… made his 31st consecutive start

Brandon Watts, Jr., LB

… recorded his second forced fumble of the season, the third of his career

Today’s Captains

Izaan Cross, Omoregie Uzzi, Tevin Washington

USC won the toss and elected to defer.


Roadmap to Victory: Halftime Update

The first half showed a lot of success on the part of Georgia Tech. Let's take a look at how it fit into the "Roadmap to Victory".


GAMETHREAD: Tech takes on USC in the Sun Bowl

Today is the day, Tech fans. Can the Jackets pull off their first bowl victory in 8 years?


The Last Time Georgia Tech Won a Bowl Game...

I thought it'd be interesting (although depressing) to put into context how long it's been since Tech won a bowl game. The last time Tech won a bowl game was December 21, 2004, and...

- The guy who graced the cover of Madden '13 and just set the all-time single season receiving yards record, Calvin Johnson, was a freshman on the Flats. Patriots' LB Gary Guyton was a freshman as well, while Reggie Ball was a sophomore.

- Paul Johnson posted a 9-2 record at Navy, the best for that program in nearly 50 years. He then defeated New Mexico by 15 points for the school's 5th bowl win.

- Tevin Washington was 14 years old and was a freshman in high school. Vad Lee was 11 years old and had just completed his first 4 months of middle school.

- The ACC had only 11 teams, including the newly-added Virginia Tech Hokies and Miami Hurricanes. It wasn't until the next year that they would add Boston College to round the conference out at 12 teams. (Louisville was also a member of Conference USA.)

- The Falcons were less than a month from scoring their most recent playoff victory in franchise history.

- The Boston Red Sox were under 2 months removed from breaking the "Curse of the Bambino" and winning the franchise's first World Series since 1918 by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals.

- President George W. Bush was less than 2 months removed from having won re-election.

- Pluto was still considered a planet, YouTube was a little under 2 months away from being founded, Pope John Paul II had over 3 months of life left, and President Ronald Reagan had been dead only 6.5 months.

Hopefully this helps you to understand the magnitude of the streak we once again try to break today. Let's knock this thing out. Go Jackets.


Roadmap to a Georgia Tech Victory

If Georgia Tech is to win against USC in the Sun Bowl, here's how it will happen.


Keys to the Game: Special Teams

In our final part of the preview series, we take a look at how special teams will impact Monday's game between the Yellow Jackets and Trojans.


Keys to the Game: Tech's Offense vs. USC's Defense

In part two of our series, we look at the other side of things -- Georgia Tech's offense against USC's defense.


Keys to the Game: Tech's Defense vs. USC's Offense

With the upcoming bowl game, FTRS will be spotlighting the three phases of the game and how the two opponents stack up. First up, Tech's Achilles Heel, its defense, against USC's offense.

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