The 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets scored 17 straight
points in the fourth
quarter for a critical 30-23 win over ACC Coastal Division rival Miami.
Georgia Tech earned a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination on a
late-game 24-yard touchdown scamper by running back Tashard Choice that sealed the victory and put the Yellow Jackets within reach of the ACC Championship game.
Now it's up to Georgia Tech fans to determine if the
Yellow Jackets earned the Pontiac Game Changing Performance for the
ninth week of the 2006 NCAA Football Season. Georgia Tech fans can click here
to view view video clips of the four finalists and vote for their
favorite play. Voting begins on Sunday morning and ends at midnight on
Wednesday. ESPN will announce this week's Pontiac Game Changing
Performance winner, on Thursday night, during the Pontiac Performance
That scamper should have been simply icing on the cake, rather than a game-changer. But, the Jackets came out after that playing like the game was already won, and let the 'Canes have a cheap TD. So, as it turned out, it was HUGE.
Georgia Tech, a Final Four team in 2004 that didn't qualify for the
tournament last season, might be back. Under seventh-year coach Paul
Hewitt, the Yellow Jackets have assembled one of the ACC's more
talented teams and have two of the country's top freshmen -- forward
Thaddeus Young and point guard Javaris Crittenton -- coming in. Watch
for the Yellow Jackets to return to the sport's elite this season.
The Yellow Jackets value speed, strength and athleticism over bulk
and brawn along both their offensive and defensive lines. That is
Gailey's philosophy, both in recruiting and in the offseason
weight-training and conditioning programs.
And why Georgia Tech features two of the smallest lines in the Atlantic Coast Conference.