Originally created 11/30/03

Jackets' bowl not yet empty

Georgia Tech's bowl destination hinged on the outcome of Saturday night's Miami-Pittsburgh contest. If the Hurricanes win, Georgia Tech is expected to go to the Jan. 3 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, against Boise State. If the Panthers win, Georgia Tech is expected to play Virginia Tech in the Dec. 27 Continental Tire Bowl.

Georgia Tech director of athletics Dave Braine said an invitation could come today.

MORE RESERVES: Suggs wasn't the only reserve to see important action for the Yellow Jackets.

Second-string tailback Chris Woods, a sophomore transfer from Morris Brown, led the Georgia Tech rushing attack with 14 carries for 64 yards. Woods played significant time because starter P.J. Daniels (concussion) didn't practice this week.

"Chris had a couple of nice runs," Gailey said.

The Yellow Jackets finished the game with 146 yards rushing.

Daniels, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, played sparingly in the game, carrying 10 times for 30 yards.

"I felt good," Daniels said. "I went in there and tried to knock somebody out. I was good to go."

GATHERS RETURNS: Senior defensive end Greg Gathers joined the team's senior tri-captains for the coin toss. Gathers was one of 22 senior Yellow Jackets honored before the game. Gathers came out with his No. 55 jersey in his hands and received one of the largest ovations.

RECORD SETTERS: Senior wide receiver Jonathan Smith broke the school record for receptions in a season with his nine against Georgia. Smith now has 75 receptions, topping Kerry Watkins' mark of 72 set in 2002.

Smith's 108 yards receiving gave him 1,124 on the season, a new school record. Smith passed Kelly Campbell's 1999 mark of 1,105.

With his four tackles on Saturday, safety James Butler set the Georgia Tech season record for tackles by a defensive back with 116. Cleve Pounds set the previous mark in 1984 with 114.

INJURIES: Left guard Andy Tidwell-Neal left the game with a right ankle injury in the third quarter. He returned to the sidelines on crutches in the fourth quarter. ... Fullback Johnathan Jackson did not play with a knee injury.


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