Originally created 11/27/05

Georgia Tech notebook



ATLANTA - Georgia and Georgia Tech played 99 times without instant replay.

Fans are no doubt longing for the good old days after Saturday's oft-reviewed game.

The first quarter took 58 minutes to play because of four reviewed calls, only one of which was overturned.

That decision proved costly for Georgia. The Yellow Jackets were flagged for pass interference on the play, although linebacker Gerris Wilkinson tipped the pass at the line of scrimmage.

By rule, a team can't be flagged for pass interference on a tipped ball.

Instant replay wiped out the flag, and Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley threw an interception inside the red zone on the next play after Bryan McClendon let a pass bounce off his hands into the air.

This season is the first for instant replay in both the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference.

Saturday's game was unique, with a Southeastern Conference officiating crew on the field and Atlantic Coast Conference replay officials in the booth.

LUMPKIN STARS EARLY: Georgia tailback Kregg Lumpkin moved up the depth chart last week and up the stat sheet Saturday. The redshirt sophomore spelled Thomas Brown midway through the first quarter and ran for 62 yards on six carries before halftime.

Lumpkin, a metro Atlanta native who missed all of last season with a knee injury, joined Danny Ware as the second-string tailback last week behind Brown.

He came in with 156 yards this season, 38 of those coming in the Bulldogs' last game, a victory over Kentucky.

SHOCKLEY THROWS RARE INTERCEPTION: Shockley's interception was his first in 85 passes, although it should be credited to McClendon.

The pass hit McClendon in the chest and bounced straight up, giving Georgia Tech linebacker KaMichael Hall time to make a diving interception.

The interception was just the fifth of the season for Georgia's senior quarterback, who came in with a passer rating of 152.16.

The interception is Georgia Tech's 19th of the season.

The Jackets ranked fifth nationally in the category coming into Saturday's game.

NEW RETURN MEN: Georgia Tech kickoff returner Rashaun Grant missed the game with an injury.

Chris Dunlap and Xavier McGuire filled his absence.

Dunlap hadn't returned a kick in his career while McGuire had one return, made last week against Miami. Dunlap returned two first-half kickoffs for 36 yards.