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Special Notes (9/11): Beginning at 12:01 am Saturday morning, there will be images of 9-11 displayed on Pawvision in the West Endzone at Memorial Stadium until approximately 6:00 pm on Saturday.
* The rescue teams of the New York City Police Department, the Port Authority and the Fire Department of New York will be recognized.
* Phillip Lovin, a graduate of Oakway High School (Now West-Oak), and a fireman from Hendersonville, NC will be introduced. Lovin took a voluntary three-moth leave of absence from his job on the morning of 9-11 and drove 11 hours to New York to help in the rescue operation at the World Trade Center. Mr. Lovin will be carrying a flag that flew over ground zero and was presented to him after the recovery efforts were completed on December 12, 2001.
During the pregame, there will also be a moment of silence for the victims of 9-11 and for the Bowden family members who lost their lives in an automobile accident this past Sunday evening. Central Spirit will also release balloons in the shape of an American Flag in honor of those who died during 9-11.
The Game: Georgia Tech (1-0) at #18 Clemson (1-0)
Location: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC (81,473)
TV Coverage: ABC Split National Telecast, (Announcers: Brent Musburger, Gary Danielson, Jack Arute)
Radio Coverage: 104.9 WCCP FM
Spread: Clemson is favored by 8
The Series: Georgia Tech leads the overall series 43-23-2. Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is in his sixth season with the Tigers and owns a 39-24 record. Tech's Chan Gailey is 15-12 in his third season with the Yellow Jackets. Clemson is 2-0 against Gailey, including last year's 39-3 win in Atlanta.
Injury Update: Clemson: RB Duane Coleman (broken foot) Doubtful, DT Rashaad Jackson (broken foot) Out, FS Roy Walker (torn ACL) Out for the season, DT Eric Coleman (sprained knee) Probable, FS Travis Pugh (calf) Probable. Georgia Tech: DE Eric Henserson (undisclosed) Doubtful, WR Nate Curry (eye) Doubtful, S Joe Gaston (undisclosed) Out.
Weather: Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 70's for Saturday's 8 PM kickoff. Winds will be from the northeast at 4 mph under mostly sunny skies.
CUTigers Game Coverage
* Bowden Back for Practice
* What We are Hearing...
* Quick Hits with Tommy Sharpe
* Quick Hits with Charlie Whitehurst
* 5 Keys to Wrecking Georgia Tech
* Wednesday Evening Practice Report
* Ball and Daniels Make Dangerous Duo
* 9 Things to Count on Against Tech
* Tigers Move Indoors Tuesday
* Press Conference Player Audio
* Quick Hits with Justin Miller
* Tommy Bowden Press Conference
* Bowden Not Concerned with Drop in Poll
* Tigers Set to Battle Georgia Tech
* McDuffie Reinstated: Tech Game a Sell Out
* Previewing Georgia Tech
What to Watch: Defensively, the Tigers must key on sophomore QB Reggie Ball and RB P.J. Daniels. Daniels, who is the early ACC leader in all purpose yardage and tied for first in scoring, tallied 193 total yards and three touchdowns against Samford last week. The 169 yards on the ground was just the fourth-best rushing total of his career. Meanwhile Ball threw for over 200 yards for just the fifth time in his career in last weekend's 28-7 win. His first 200-yard passing game came against Clemson last season.
Leroy Hill led the Tigers last week against Wake Forest with 14 total tackles and one sack, and will be counted on heavily again this week to limit the Jackets' rushing attack.
On offense, Clemson must do a better job with the running game. Last week, the Tigers managed just 83 yards on the ground and struggled mightily with short yardage situations late in the game. Yusef Kelly must do a better job of hitting the hole, and back ups Kyle Browning and Reggie Merriweather have to make the most of limted playing time.
In addition, the Tigers must spread the ball around to each of their talented receivers. Clemson posted a pair of 100-yard receivers in the same game for just the third time in history last weekend against Wake Forest. Airese Currie and Chansi Stuckey accumulated 152 and 112 yards, respectively, marking the most receiving yards for a wide receiver duo in Clemson history. This week, fellow wide outs Curtis Baham and Kelvin Grant need to continue to get into the act.
Stephen Furr appears to have settled in as the starting placekicker for the Tigers, but still must show that he can be trusted from 40 yards or closer. Georgia Tech is also breaking in new specialists. Redshirt freshman Travis Bell made 4-of-4 PATs last week against Samford, but missed a 46-yard field goal.
Recruiting: The Tigers are expecting close to 100 unofficial visitors Saturday, including one official visitor in North Carolina WR Josh Briscoe. Among some of the other big names expected to be in Death Valley: RB James Davis, DE Brandon Sesay, DE Rod Battle, LB Derek Nicholson, and ATH C.J. Byrd.
Interesting Note #1: The underdog has won three of the last four games between these two schools. Georgia Tech upset third ranked Clemson 30-27 in 2000, the Tigers returned the favor the following year, beating ninth ranked Tech in overtime 47-44. Last season, Clemson was a four point underdog in a 36-point blowout win at Bobby-Dodd Stadium.
Interesting Note #2: Georgia Tech has only three players from the state of South Carolina on its current roster: Greenwood's Mark Logan, and walk-ons Davis Smith (Mt. Pleasant) and David Sanborn (North Augusta). Twenty of the 88 players who were on the dress list for Clemson's game with Wake Forest are from the state of Georgia.
Don't forget: The Tiger Pre-Game Show will be broadcasting live from the Lawn at Littlejohn from 2:30 to 5:00 Saturday afternoon. You can listen to the show on 104.9 WCCP FM in the upstate, or anywhere in the world at http://www.wccpfm.com.