ATLANTA -- All week long, Scott Sisson had to answer questions about the kick that killed Virginia last season, a 37-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining that propelled Georgia Tech to a UPI national title with a 41-38 victory.
Last night, with a little less than two minutes remaining in the rematch with the Cavaliers, Sisson's teammates were the ones reminding him of that kick. And they were telling him it was time for another.
"Right after Virginia kicked off to us for that last drive, it seemed like every guy on the team was coming up to me," Sisson said. "They all kept saying, 'Here we go again.' "
And so it was that Sisson was called on once again, for the fourth time in his three-year career, to win a game with a last-minute kick. With four seconds remaining, the junior kicker hit a 33-yard field goal to give 17th-ranked Georgia Tech a 24-21 victory.
Redshirt Jimy Lincoln broke Georgia Tech's freshman rushing total for one game with 31 carries for 229 yards and one touchdown. It was the second-best single-game rushing total in Tech's history, second only to a 356-yard game by Eddie Lee Ivery against Air Force in 1979.
Lincoln gained 184 of his yards in the second half. About the only time he wasn't called upon during the final two quarters was when Tech switched over to its two-minute offense.
"We've run that two-minute offense so many times we're comfortable with it, and it really doesn't matter that we have so many new people on offense," senior offensive tackle Mike Mooney said.
Tech took over on its 27 after a Virginia kickoff and quarterback Shawn Jones made the offense work from there. After 11 plays, Tech had driven 58 yards to the Virginia 15. Jones completed three passes for 41 yards and scrambled for a 12-yard gain.
"Thank goodness for our two-minute offense," Sisson said. "They saved me from having to make a 55-yard kick."
The situation was set up by an improbable scoring drive by the Cavaliers. Trailing 21-14 with four minutes remaining, Virginia drove 95 yards in nine plays. Junior quarterback Bobby Goodman threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Mundy to tie the score with 1:56 remaining.
Playing under the lights in front of 44,192 fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium and before a national television audience on ESPN, the Jackets scored early on a 72-yard touchdown pass from Jones to senior wide receiver Greg Lester.