2001 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

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2001 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Georgia Tech Outline Interlocking logo.svg
Seattle Bowl Champions
Seattle Bowl, W 24–14 vs. Stanford
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
AP #24
2001 record 8–5 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach George O'Leary
Offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien
Offensive scheme Mixed Shotgun & Ace
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof
Home stadium Bobby Dodd Stadium
(Capacity: 41,000)
Seasons
« 2000 2002 »
2001 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Maryland   7 1         10 2  
#15 Florida State   6 2         8 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
#24 Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Clemson   4 4         7 5  
NC State   4 4         7 5  
Wake Forest   3 5         6 5  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Duke   0 8         0 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's coach was George O'Leary, who would leave the school before the bowl game to accept the head coaching job at the University of Notre Dame. It played its home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

Preseason[edit]

Coming off of three strong seasons (including 3 straight New Year's Day bowl appearances and 3 wins over the archrival Georgia Bulldogs), the Jackets were expected to contend for the National Championship in 2001. In 2000, quarterback George Godsey had picked up where his predecessor Joe Hamilton had left off, passing for 2,906 yards and 23 touchdowns (against just 6 interceptions). Armed with targets like Kelly Campbell for his senior season, a number of preseason magazines named Godsey to 1st Team All-ACC honors, and pundits predicted that a loaded Georgia Tech team would win the Atlantic Coast Conference title with the departure of many key players from the defending champion Florida State Seminoles.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 26 2:00 PM vs. Syracuse* #10 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) ABC W 13–7   41,517
September 1 6:00 PM The Citadel* #11 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA W 35–7   41,804
September 8 12:00 PM at Navy* #10 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD FSN W 70–7   30,602
September 29 3:30 PM Clemson #9 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) ABC L 44–47 OT  41,924
October 6 1:00 PM at Duke #17 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC W 37–10   10,431
October 11 7:30 PM #22 Maryland #15 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPN L 17–20   40,574
October 20 3:30 PM NC State #23 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ABC W 27–17   41,942
November 1 7:30 PM #22 North Carolina #23 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPN W 28–21   41,893
November 10 3:15 PM at Virginia #20 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA L 38–39   52,494
November 17 12:00 PM at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC JPS W 38–33   24,263
November 24 7:45 PM #19 Georgia* #21 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) ESPN L 17–31   41,974
December 1 3:30 PM at Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPN L 17–28   82,269
December 27 4:00 PM vs. #11 Stanford* Safeco FieldSeattle, WA (Seattle Bowl) ESPN W 24–14   30,144
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

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