No. 17 Jackets Look to Bounce Back at Duke

ATLANTA - Seventeenth-ranked Georgia Tech looks to rebound from its first Atlantic Coast Conference loss in more than a year as the Yellow Jackets (3-1, 0-1 ACC) travel to Duke (0-4, 0-2 ACC) Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The game will not televised but can be heard on the Georgia Tech ISP radio network, including Atlanta flagship WQXI-AM 790 The Zone, featuring the call of Wes Durham and Kim King.

"It was a tough loss against Clemson, but there are corrections that can be made and need to be made," said Tech head coach George O'Leary following his team's 47-44 overtime loss to the Tigers.

"We need to play one game at a time, just like I've been saying all along. We just need to regroup and correct the mistakes. We've got a lot of the football left and we'll just continue to work."

Georgia Tech is ranked 17th in both polls. Duke carries a 16-game losing streak into the contest.

Senior quarterback George Godsey (Tampa, Fla.) ranks second in the nation in pass efficiency with a 180.4 rating. He is 54-for-78 (69.2 percent) for 820 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception. He leads an offense that ranks eighth in the nation in scoring, averaging 40.5 points per game.

Godsey is surrounded by a talented cast of skill players, including the one-two punch of all-ACC receiver Kelly Campbell (Atlanta, Ga.) in the passing game and junior tailback Joe Burns (Thomasville, Ga.) in the running game.

Campbell is the ACC's leading receiver with 19 catches (6.3 per game) for 313 yards (104.3 per game) and two touchdowns. Sophomore Jonathan Smith (Argyle, Ga.) is developing into another go-to receiver and has 15 catches for 186 yards and one score.

Burns is the backfield workhorse with 336 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 80 attempts. Junior Sidney Ford (Lindale, Ga.) has shown promise, rushing for 233 yards and a team-leading 5.2-average with one TD.

The Tech defense is led by the all-star defensive end tandem of junior Greg Gathers (LaPlace, La.) and senior Nick Rogers (East Point, Ga.). Gathers leads the Jackets with five sacks, nine tackles for loss and two fumbles caused. Rogers adds four tackles for loss and one sack.

Placekicker Luke Manget, a junior from Conyers, Ga., is one of the nation's best. He is perfect on extra points (18-for-18) and 6-for-7 on field goals, including four three-pointers against Clemson.


Georgia Tech has won six in a row and 10 of the last 11 meetings with Duke to take a 38-29-1 lead in the series, which began in 1933. Tech won last year's game, 45-10 in Atlanta. Duke's only victory in the 1990s was a 27-12 decision in Atlanta in 1994. Tech head coach George O'Leary is 6-0 against the Blue Devils.

Tech has won the last five games at Wallace Wade Stadium, including a 38-31 decision in 1999 in the last meeting there. Duke's last victory over Tech in Durham was in 1989 by a 30-19 score.

The two teams have met every year since 1933, a string of 68 consecutive games that makes this series the Yellow Jackets' second-oldest continuous rivalry, behind only the Tech-Georgia rivalry. The only schools that Tech has played more than Duke (68 times) are Georgia (95) and Auburn (90). Top Stories