Originally created 09/15/03

Gailey doesn't regret two-point decision



ATLANTA -- When reviewing game film, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey says "there's always things you wish you had done differently."

But Gailey refused to second-guess his fourth-quarter decision to kick an extra point instead of going for a 2-point conversion that might have loomed large in Saturday night's 14-13 loss at No. 10 Florida State.

Georgia Tech led 6-0 early in the fourth quarter when Florida State drove to the Yellow Jackets' 1-yard line. The drive ended with an interception in the end zone by Tech's Reuben Houston, who returned the ball 47 yards.

Two plays later, Tech's P.J. Daniels ran 47 yards for a touchdown. With 12:26 remaining, the Yellow Jackets held a surprising 12-0 lead.

A successful 2-point conversion would have pushed the lead to 14-0, but Gailey chose to kick the extra point to make it 13-0.

"Had it been a little bit later in the game we might have done that," Gailey said Sunday. "But I thought at that point I didn't want to go for 2 and it end up being (12-0) and they score a touchdown and kick a field goal and be able to kick a late field goal to beat us."

Added Gailey: "If it had been eight minutes to go, I probably would have" tried a 2-point attempt.

One week after an upset win over then-No. 17 Auburn, Georgia Tech turned in another surprising performance by outplaying Florida State most of the game.

Georgia Tech (1-2 overall, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) has reason for optimism as it prepares to host Clemson (2-1, 0-0) Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Gailey believes his players helped their confidence even with a loss.

"I think they looked the 17th-ranked team in the nation square in the eye and the 10th-ranked team in the nation square in the eye and came out 1-1, and they feel like they can play at that level," Gailey said. "We played less than perfect and still could have won the game, which is a positive."

Freshman quarterback Reggie Ball was sacked six times and lost two fumbles. Tech had given up only two sacks in its first two games.

"(Ball) played really good in the first half and in the second half didn't play as well," Gailey said. "We've got to hold onto the football and get better there. He made some really good plays and he made some bad plays. We've got to continue working with him to avoid the bad plays."

In other news, Gailey said safety Chris Reis will miss the Clemson game. Reis was carted off the field with what appeared to be a leg problem, though Gailey refused to reveal the exact nature of the injury.

Backup tailback Chris Woods suffered an apparent concussion during the game but was "a lot better Sunday" and should play against Clemson, Gailey said.