Game-winning kick is nothing special to Bell

MIAMI - Georgia Tech's Travis Bell elected not to bask in the glory of the first game-winning field goal of his career.


You would think Bell would take the time to enjoy the moment, particularly after missing a 53-yarder in the closing minute of last week's loss to Maryland.

Yet he showered, dressed and left the Orange Bowl's visitors' locker room so fast school officials had to fetch him from the team bus for post-game media interviews.

"I came out and was looking for you all," Bell jokingly told reporters, who grilled him for 10 minutes after his miss last week. "I made eye contact with somebody and didn't get any recognition. So I went on to the bus."

Bell's 39-yarder midway through the fourth quarter Saturday gave Georgia Tech the decisive 17-14 lead. And while he could have seen it as a chance for vindication for the Maryland miss, Bell didn't, and neither did his teammates.

"That's what helped," Bell said. "It kind of felt like every other kick."

DEFENSE DIGS IN: An early kickoff failed to derail Georgia Tech's defense for the first time in three noon games this season.

Virginia and Maryland out-scored Georgia Tech 42-10 in the first quarter of the Yellow Jackets' two previous noon starts. Miami managed just seven points Saturday, and only because the Hurricanes pulled off a fake punt on their scoring drive.

"We were tired of losing like that," linebacker Philip Wheeler said. "We had to do something. That wasn't us. Those last couple games starting out slow, it shouldn't be like that. It doesn't matter what time we play, we should be up for the task."



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