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Ga. Tech Rolls Past Virginia

College football: Quarterback Godsey engineers No. 24 Yellow Jackets to a 35-0 victory.

November 10, 2000|From Associated Press

ATLANTA — Led by George Godsey, No. 24 Georgia Tech piled up 627 yards, the second-most in school history, and the Yellow Jacket defense earned its first shutout since 1993 in a 35-0 victory over Virginia on Thursday night.

"They should just put us in the national championship game," said receiver Kelly Campbell, who had a 50-yard touchdown run and caught a 33-yard scoring pass. "We're a very good football team right now. We're putting a lot of points on the board. The defense is stopping teams. You can't ask for anything more."

Godsey, already the nation's seventh-rated passer, completed his first nine passes while leading the Yellow Jackets, 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, to the end zone on their first three possessions.

Godsey completed 29 of 37 passes for 323 yards, spreading the ball around to 11 receivers. Georgia Tech had 304 yards rushing, led by Joe Burns with 120.

Burns had touchdown runs of 17 and three yards, and Nate Curry finished the scoring with an 18-yard reception.

"You can't get caught up in throwing to one guy," Godsey said. "Our offense is dictated by the coverages. You've got to be able to read secondaries to be an effective quarterback."

Virginia (5-4, 4-3) must win its final two games against North Carolina State and Virginia Tech to extend its streak of seven-win seasons to 14 in a row.

"I don't think we are executing anything right now well enough to win against a team that is going to score some points on us," Virginia Coach George Welsh said. "This is the third straight game that we had trouble executing."

Virginia was blanked for the first time in more than 16 years, dating to a 55-0 loss to Clemson opening the 1984 season.

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