Originally created 10/15/00

Godsey, Tech stand tall



ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech quarterback George Godsey stood on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter here and his football pants were still a glistening white except for a grass stain on the left knee.

The smudge came courtesy of his own teammate, guard Brent Key, who pulled out on a misdirection play and bumped Godsey to the ground. It was the only time Godsey hit the turf at Bobby Dodd Stadium all day.

The rest of the time Godsey stood in the pocket and ripped apart hapless Wake Forest for 333 yards passing in the Yellow Jackets' 52-20 ACC victory before 43,829 fans.

Godsey's offensive line gave him a lunch hour to complete passes and his receiver's slick moves had Wake Forest defenders spinning in circles. The result was the quarterback's best statistical day of the season: 16 of 21 for 333 yards and four touchdowns. One stain, no sweat. It was that easy.

It was not only a lopsided win for the Yellow Jackets, but an overdue win. Tech was stunned a year ago by Wake Forest, 26-23, a loss that probably kept the Yellow Jackets out of the Bowl Championship Series and a chance for a bigger bowl payday.

"That hurt me last year, really bad," Key said. "They cost us a lot."

Tech pushed its record to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. Wake slipped to 0-6, 0-3.

The Yellow Jackets extracted all the drama from this one early. They scored on their first four possessions to build a 28-7 lead with 10:59 showing on the first quarter clock.

The Yellow Jackets on offense looked as potent as the Tech offense of 1999 under quarterback Joe Hamilton. Unfortunately, the Tech defense looked as impotent as the defense of 1999, which was one of the worst units in Division I-A football. Wake Forest rolled up 451 yards and 26 first downs.

"Defensively we were very lethargic, sloppy," said Georgia Tech head coach George O'Leary. "I was disappointed in our defensive play. We didn't play as well as we should have played. Too many grasps and not enough tackles and sacks that we should have made."