Today's bowl game

College Football

January 03, 2004|By Orlando Sentinel

Humanitarian Bowl

Georgia Tech (6-6) vs. Tulsa (8-4)

Time, TV: Noon, ESPN

Line: Georgia Tech by 7 1/2 .

Why you should watch: We have to watch; it's our job. You don't - and shouldn't.

About Georgia Tech: Freshman QB Reggie Ball has thrown 11 TD passes and 10 picks, and has rushed for 392 yards. Sophomore TB P.J. Daniels was the second-leading rusher in the ACC (1,140 yards), an impressive feat considering Tech doesn't have much of a passing game. The linebacker duo of Keyaron Fox (150 tackles, 16 tackles for loss) and Daryl Smith (122 tackles, 14 tackles for loss) is one of the best in the nation. E Eric Henderson had a great season (10 sacks, 23 tackles for loss) and was named first-team All-ACC.

About Tulsa: QB James Kilian and TB Eric Richardson are the offensive stars. Kilian, a first-year starter, threw for 2,120 yards and 22 TDs, and rushed for 642 yards and seven more TDs. Richardson rushed for 419 yards and seven TDs in the last three-regular-season games. The defense has been bad against the run (183.3 ypg, 87th in the nation), and that bodes ill today.

The key: Each team has to have success on the ground to win. Tulsa's rushing offense is better than Tech"s (212.3 ypg to 142.9 ypg). But Tech's defense is far better than Tulsa's.

The buzz: Tech is making its school-record seventh consecutive bowl appearance. Worth noting: This game kicks off at 10 a.m. local time.

The pick: Georgia Tech, 27-21.

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