Originally created 09/17/00

Ga. Tech notebook

ATLANTA -- The final step in the decision-making process surrounding Georgia Tech's quarterback situation didn't come down solely to one guy making big plays.

While that may have been a factor -- George Godsey led the Jackets on three long touchdown drives and hit Kelly Campbell with a 50-yard bomb for another score in their 40-13 win over Navy at Bobby Dodd Stadium Saturday -- what it really came down to was head coach George O'Leary had had enough.

"I wanted to go with George Godsey longer today," said O'Leary. "I'm getting tired of this platooning stuff personally, and until someone steps up and beats him out in practice, I'm set in my mind what direction I heading."

So Godsey, not to be outdone by his younger brother Gary, went out and produced 166 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Gary, making his first start for Notre Dame, passed for 158 yards and rushed for a touchdown in Notre Dame's win over Purdue on Saturday.

"I'm still his older brother, and I threw for more yards," said George Godsey, his arms still showing the bruises from the Florida State game a week ago. "You're happy for your younger brother, with his first college start."

Still learning to spread his own wings as a college quarterback, George Godsey was not spectacular, but good enough. And he said he's not quibbling over playing time.

"I'm up for whatever coach (offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen) and coach O'Leary have planned," he said. "When it's coming down to crunch time, they're sticking with me."

Godsey has sparkled in the two-minute drill and has yet to throw an interception in 82 pass attempts. O'Leary wanted to see what he could do without the uncertainty of a platoon situation.

"I wanted to see him go through a whole game, because I think we need to do that so you can have some idea if he can finish a game as we head into conference play and the fourth week," said O'Leary, who had hinted earlier in the week that the split time among his quarterbacks was about to end, saying continuity was important to offensive chemistry.

That seemed to work against Navy, though the Jackets' chances were limited by the Midshipmen's decided advantage in time of possession.

"If you get a quarterback in there and he's doing the job, and we're moving the ball, you stay with him," said flanker Will Glover, who latched onto two of Godsey's three touchdown strikes. "That's what they did today."

Still, the offense fell short of the consistency it sought.

"I thought the offense was a little sluggish at the start today," Godsey said. "But we came on to play well. The offensive line, I believe, is beginning to look up to me as a leader. I'm just happy to come away with a victory."


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