Originally created 11/16/00

Georgia Tech notebook



A look at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2, 5-2 ACC) two days before playing at the Maryland Terrapins (5-5, 3-4) on Saturday (noon, Fox/SS):

Latest news:

Georgia Tech can become the latest Division I-A program to record 600 victories with a win on Saturday. In 108 seasons, the Yellow Jackets have a 599-403-43 record. Michigan has the most victories with 801. West Virginia earned its 600th win earlier this year, becoming the 19th team to reach the milestone. North Carolina also has 599 wins and can reach No. 600 with a victory over Duke on Saturday.

Injuries:

K Luke Manget (pulled hamstring) is probable.

Key stat:

Georgia Tech leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in turnover margin (plus 1.67) after ranking last in Division I last season.

Analysis:

Even though Maryland's defensive statistics appear rather lopsided, those numbers can be deceiving. The Terps rank No. 101 in the nation in total defense, surrendering an average of 429.3 yards per game. But after allowing 486.6 yards per game in its first six games, Maryland has cut that total down to 344 yards and 14.3 points in its past four outings, against North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest.

Quote

"I don't really get involved in bowls, I think we're locked in with the ACC if we're not in the BCS. I think you're locked into where your conference is going to go. The decision is made by administrators in the conference and what they want to do and so be it. I think that's something they wanted to do, We've been there a couple of years and I think Clemson is a good choice." -- Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary on the Yellow Jackets getting passed over by the Gator Bowl.

Tim Morse