Originally created 11/10/99

Loss disappointing, but Tech must move on



ATLANTA -- George O'Leary called No. 13 Georgia Tech's loss to Virginia "disappointing."

It was more than that, said freshman starting free safety Jeremy Muyres.

"Embarrassing," was the word he used Tuesday to describe the Yellow Jackets' 45-38 upset loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday, dropping Georgia Tech from No. 7 and out of the Bowl Championship Series that includes the top eight teams in the nation.

"Anytime you lose, it's a team loss," said O'Leary. "All three phases of our team (offense, defense, special teams) had opportunities to make big plays and didn't get it done.

"With seven minutes left and the score tied at 31, their experienced offensive line took over," he said. "Some of our players were about a half step behind."

Tech, which leads the nation in total offense (507.4 yard) and scoring (41.1 points) per game, gave up 493 yards against Virginia, including 213 yards on the ground and two touchdowns to Thomas Jones, the nation's leading rusher per game (165.1).

"It was embarrassing to myself and it made me angry," said Muyres. "The whole defense was embarrassed.

"Now, we've just got to put a game like that behind us -- completely forget it -- put it in the past and look to your next opponent," he said.

The Yellow Jackets defense, which due to injuries has five sophomores and four freshmen starting, has been porous most of the season. It is allowing 395.9 yards a game, 89th in the nation and giving up an average of 27.1 points per game (76th).

Next for Tech (6-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) is a Clemson team (5-4, 5-2) on Saturday that is coming off a 58-7 victory over Duke, gaining 558 total yards in the process.

"They're (Clemson) is doing a good job of spreading the ball around and their defense is playing well. It's a game we're going to have to work extremely hard," he said.

"I'm happy with the way the kids have appraoched this week. We've got to move on against a very good Clemson team," he said of the Tigers, who can clinch second place in the ACC with a win and have won four of their last six.

Clemson's total last week was the most points for the Tigers since a 59-0 win over Long Beach State in 1990. Senior quarterback Brandon Streeter also made his first start since breaking his collarbone Oct. 2 against North Carolina and completed 22 of 30 passes for 279 yards and two TDs.

Sophomore quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, who started four games in place of Streeter, averaged 209.8 yards passing and 290.5 yards per game in total offense.

"It will be a whale of a game on Saturday," said O'Leary. "They're coming in after a great game and we've got to regroup."