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The End of an Era

Georgia Tech: 17 Consecutive Bowl Games

1997-2014

  1. 12/29/1997: Carquest Bowl @ Miami, FL, vs. West Virginia, W 35-30
  2. 1/1/1999: Gator Bowl @ Jacksonville, FL, vs. Notre Dame, L 28-13
  3. 12/29/2000: Peach Bowl @ Atlanta, GA, vs. Louisiana State, L 28-14
  4. 12/27/2001: Seattle Bowl @ Seattle, WA, vs. Stanford, W 24-14
  5. 12/31/2002: Silicon Valley Bowl @ San Jose, CA, vs. Fresno State, L 30-21
  6. 1/3/2004: Humanitarian Bowl @ Boise, ID, vs. Tulsa, W 52-10
  7. 12/21/2004: Champs Sports Bowl @ Orlando, FL, vs. Syracuse, W 51-14
  8. 12/29/2005: Emerald Bowl @ San Francisco, CA, vs. Utah, L 38-10
  9. 1/1/2007: Gator Bowl @ Jacksonville, FL, vs. West Virginia, L 38-35
  10. 12/31/2007: Humanitarian Bowl @ Boise, ID, vs. Fresno State, L 48-28
  11. 12/31/2008: Chick-Fil-A Bowl @ Atlanta, GA, vs. Louisiana State, L 38-3
  12. 1/5/2010: Orange Bowl @ Miami, FL, vs. Iowa, L 24-14
  13. 12/27/2010: Independence Bowl @ Shreveport, LA, vs. Air Force, L 14-7
  14. 12/31/2011: Sun Bowl @ El Paso, TX, vs. Utah, L 30-27
  15. 12/31/2012: Sun Bowl @ El Paso, TX, vs. Southern California, W 21-7
  16. 12/30/2013: Music City Bowl @ Nashville, TN, vs. Mississippi, L 25-17
  17. 12/31/2014: Orange Bowl @ Miami, FL, vs. Mississippi State, W 49-34

Overall record: 6-11
Head coaches:

  1. George O’Leary (1997-2000)
  2. Mac McWhorter (2001, interim)
  3. Chan Gailey (2002-2006)
  4. Jon Tenuta (2007, interim)
  5. Paul Johnson (2008-present)

 I matriculated at Tech in the fall of 2003, so I have some memories.

  • 2004 Humanitarian Bowl: I remember P.J. Daniels running through Tulsa over and over on the blue turf.
  • 2004 Champs Sports Bowl: I remember ESPN interviewing Syracuse’s new athletic director as the rout was thoroughly underway. (I like to think the following happened after a reverse to Calvin Johnson went for a touchdown, but I don’t remember the exact sequence of events.) When new AD was asked about long-time but recently on relatively hard times coach Paul Pasqualoni, he hesitated. Eight days later, he fired Pasqualoni. Syracuse has gone 45-77 since.
  • 2005 Emerald Bowl: I remember making Eric Weddle making life miserable for an otherwise completely listless Georgia Tech squad in a game played in a wonderful baseball venue (but not so much a football venue).
  • 2007 Gator Bowl: I remember someone on a GT message board saying that the band came back from their halftime show to find… something left by a West Virginia fan.
  • 2007 Humanitarian Bowl: I remember a terrible audition by Jon Tenuta for the main job after Gailey got fired, and a disgruntled newly-hired Paul Johnson in the stands.
  • 2008 Chick-Fil-A Bowl: the future looked so bright going into the game, new coach, fresh off the first win over UGA since I became a fan, etc. And then LSU defensive line proved that raw talent cancels all theories.
  • 2010 Orange Bowl: I remember the last time Iowa was good. That defense was special.
  • 2010 Independence Bowl: I remember watching this at my brother’s apartment, mostly because I also remember that before this I forgot to set an alarm and slept for like 16 hours. I don’t remember much of the game.
  • 2011 Sun Bowl: I don’t remember much about this game against Utah.
  • 2012 Sun Bowl: the most hilarious game ever. Somehow Lane Kiffin would have to wait another 9 months to get fired.
  • 2013 Music City Bowl: I remember attending this game. It was cold and we lost. After the game, my Dad and I stopped at a Buffalo Wild Wings. It was severely understaffed and were stuck there for like an hour and a half.
  • 2014 Orange Bowl: I watched this game with my brother and parents at his house. It didn’t really occurred to any of us, I don’t think, how badly Georgia Tech was dominating this game until sometime late in the third quarter.

More on what this means for the future later. But for now, I’m not worried, and I’m not panicked.

THWG Thought of the Day: 11/24

Men, Georgie’s a fine football team, a very fine football team. Georgie’s bigger and faster than we are. Probably a little tougher, too.

That’s okay, because we’re smarter than they are.

Now, let me tell you what’s going to happen. That Georgie team’s going to come running out of the tunnel screaming and foaming at the mouth and smashing one another upside the head just to get warmed up.

We won’t do any of that. While they waste their energy, we’ll conserve ours. I’ve told you that they’re bigger, faster, and tougher than you. That’s true. But we do have that one big advantage.

We … are … smarter.

Think about what I teach you. Play field position. Play great defense. Make no mistakes on offense. Be great in the kicking game. Do that and we’ll keep it close.

As the game goes on, they’ll start to get tired because they wasted so much energy in the beginning. Because we’re smart, we’ll have plenty of energy left, and at some point in the fourth quarter they’ll make a mistake.

When they do make that mistake, we’ll get the football. And when that happens, I’ll think of something and we’ll win!

Coach Bobby Dodd, as told by Bill Curry

THWG Thought of the Day: 11/20

Okay, this doesn’t really have anything to do with Georgia (hence why I’m post-dating it), but it does have to do with awesome.


I think what really makes this for me isn’t that he got the first down, it’s that he broke a tackle!

I’ve seen jokes about tackle-eligible plays, but unfortunately those doesn’t really work in college, thanks to this rule:

Eligibility To Touch Legal Forward Pass
ARTICLE 3. a. Eligibility rules apply during a down when a legal forward pass is thrown.

  1. All Team B players are eligible to touch or catch a pass.
  2. When the ball is snapped, the following Team A players are eligible:
    1. Each lineman who is on the end of his scrimmage line and who is wearing a number other than 50 through 79.

2. Each back wearing a number other than 50 through 79.

Half the point of a tackle-eligible play is that you have an otherwise normal offensive lineman with an offensive lineman’s number up there on the end of the line go run a route and not block. It sort of loses part of the deception if #64 the rest of the game suddenly appears on the end of the line as #24. (Note that the NFL allows such a player to report himself “eligible” to the referee before the start of a play, which is why a lot of times when you see teams in their goalline packages you can hear the referee say “number 72 has reported eligible”.)