Originally created 09/02/01

Yellow Jackets notebook



ATLANTA - Georgia Tech was a little concerned about not knowing what to expect from The Citadel Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but the Yellow Jackets proved they can keep a secret, too.

The only game film on The Citadel was from last year when the Bulldogs had a different coach, and there was very little information about the team on the Internet.

"I don't like playing ghosts," Tech coach George O'Leary said.

The Yellow Jackets weren't forthcoming with information, either. During a week of preparation for the game, O'Leary failed to mention that his star wide receiver, Kelly Campbell, wouldn't play.

In fact, to better set up the guise, Campbell was the only offensive player that attended the team's weekly press conference following his 10-catch, 193-yard effort against the Orangemen in the Kickoff Classic.

Campbell, who holds team records for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, was still nursing a sore ankle suffered in last week's 13-7 victory over Syracuse. Although he practiced this week, O'Leary apparently felt it wasn't necessary to risk further injury against a team that has never beaten the Yellow Jackets in nine previous games.

Cornerback Marvious Hester (hamstring) and wide receiver Will Glover (calf) also didnít play.

The Bulldogs obviously didn't surprise Georgia Tech. The Jackets won, 35-7, to extend their all-time advantage over the NCAA Division I-AA member of the Southern Conference to 10-0.

And in those 10 games, Tech has out-scored The Citadel by a combined score of 411-51.

Campbell, who needs 14 catches to tie Harvey Middleton's all-time receptions record, may not be needed again next week when Georgia Tech travels to Navy.

A week later, however, Campbell will be necessary if the Yellow Jackets have any hope of becoming the only team in Atlantic Coast Conference history to beat Florida State in Tallahassee.

NUMBERS GAME: Luke Manget kicked five extra points to set an ACC record for consecutive point after touchdown kicks. His run of 97 extra points without a miss broke Jess Atkinson's record of 93 in a row at Maryland during the 1981-84 seasons.

"The ACC record means a lot,íí Manget said. "Iím very happy for that. I think itís a tribute to our team because they put so many points on the board and make it easy for a kicker like me to get a lot of opportunities.

"I was not nervous (on the record-tying or the record-breaking kicks). I knew they were just routine extra points and that I should make them.íí

The five extra points also tied David Bell for second place on the all-time scoring chart for kickers. Both Bell and Manget now have 172 points. The all-time leader is Scott Sisson with 299 kicking points.

The NCAA record for PAT kicks without a miss is 161 by John Becksvoort at Tennessee during the 1991-94 seasons.

"It would be nice to break the NCAA record ñ and that will be one of my goals,íí Manget said.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Linebacker Ricardo Wimbush wasnít happy with the way the Georgia Tech defense played in the lop-sided win.

"To tell the truth, I wasnít too pleased with the way we played tonight,íí he said. "Some of our defenders played hard and some didnít seem to play as well. I think it was the lack of focus. Maybe some of our guys were looking ahead.íí

EXTRA POINTS: Middle Tennessee State has notified Georgia Tech it wants out of its contract to play the Yellow Jackets next year ... Navy, Georgia Techís next opponent, gave up 45 points to lowly Temple last Thursday 5/8 One of the downfalls in Georgia Techís performance was 11 penalties for 101 yards 5/8 City officials sprayed the downtown area for mosquitoes around the Georgia Tech campus before kickoff to combat the threat of the West Nile Virus.