Originally created 10/01/00

Georgia Tech notebook



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary complained earlier this week that the Yellow Jackets weren't making enough big plays on either side of the ball.

The Jackets gained some relief on the big-play front during their 42-28 win at North Carolina, intercepting two passes to stop North Carolina drives deep in Tech territory and creating two breaks in special teams play.

But while defensive end Greg Gathers and safety Chris Young had drive-stopping interceptions, the defense was again torched for long passing plays. North Carolina quarterback Ronald Curry had four passing plays of 50 yards or longer and a 47-yard touchdown run.

"Playing the deep ball is an acquired skill, and obviously we haven't acquired it yet," O'Leary said. "Curry's a good player, but I thought we missed a lot of tackles on those plays, too."

Curry's 388 passing yards were the most by a North Carolina quarterback at Kenan Stadium, and his 78-yard touchdown pass to Kory Bailey equaled the longest Tar Heel touchdown pass on their home field.

GOLDEN GODSEY: If Joe Hamilton was a Ferrari of a quarterback -- high powered, fast, great when cornering -- then George Godsey probably would be something a little more modest and efficient.

A Toyota Corolla, perhaps. Godsey drove home the point Saturday that it doesn't really matter how you get to the end zone, as long as you get there. He completed 16 of his first 20 passes, and though he never hit for the big score, he methodically picked the Tar Heels apart.

"In high school, you don't really have the speed guys, so you kind of have to throw underneath a lot," Godsey said. "That's the way it was for me. When you've got the speed guys and they're giving you the cushion, you have to take what they're giving you."

Godsey finished with 238 passing yards, pushing him to 1,008 through five games, though he was picked off twice in the second half.

"It's not just me doing it," he said. "I'm not a guy who can do things by myself. The receivers are getting open and they're making the catches."

SACK ATTACK: The Jackets' five sacks Saturday gave them 12 in the past two games and 19 for the season. They had 16 in all of 1999.