1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

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1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets logo.svg
National champion (UPI/Coaches, Dunkel, Sagarin)
Co-national champion (FACT, NCF)
ACC champion
Florida Citrus Bowl champion
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 2
1990 record11–0–1 (6–0–1 ACC)
Head coachBobby Ross (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorRalph Friedgen (4th season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorGeorge O'Leary (4th season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumBobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field
Seasons
← 1989
1991 →
1990 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Georgia Tech $ 6 0 1     11 0 1
No. 9 Clemson 5 2 0     10 2 0
No. 23 Virginia 5 2 0     8 4 0
Maryland 4 3 0     6 5 1
North Carolina 3 3 1     6 4 1
NC State 3 4 0     7 5 0
Duke 1 6 0     4 7 0
Wake Forest 0 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1990 AFCA National Championship Trophy awarded to Georgia Tech

The 1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Jackets posted an undefeated 11–0–1 record. For the season the Yellow Jackets offense scored 379 points while the defense allowed 186 points. Highlights from the season included a nationally televised win over #1 Virginia on the road and a defeat of archrival Georgia for the second consecutive year. Georgia Tech capped off the season by defeating Nebraska, 45–21, in the Florida Citrus Bowl. Head coach Bobby Ross and the Yellow Jackets were awarded a share of the national championship, winning the UPI Poll title by one vote[1] over Colorado, who won the AP Poll title.[2] The team was selected national champion by the UPI coaches poll, Dunkel, and Sagarin (ELO-Chess), while co-national champion by both FACT and NCF.[3]

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 812:00 PMNC StateJPSW 21–1340,021
September 221:00 PMChattanooga*
  • Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Atlanta
W 44–932,911
September 294:00 PMNo. 25 South Carolina*
  • Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Atlanta
ESPNW 27–646,011
October 612:00 PMat MarylandNo. 23JPSW 31–331,941
October 1312:00 PMNo. 15 ClemsonNo. 18
  • Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Atlanta
JPSW 21–1946,066
October 201:30 PMat North CarolinaNo. 11T 13–1348,000
October 2712:00 PMDukeNo. 16
  • Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Atlanta
JPSW 48–3144,061
November 32:00 PMat No. 1 VirginiaNo. 16CBSW 41–3849,700
November 101:00 PMVirginia Tech*No. 7
  • Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Atlanta
W 6–343,011
November 171:00 PMat Wake ForestNo. 4W 42–713,493
December 112:30 PMat Georgia*No. 2TBSW 40–2382,122
January 11:30 PMvs. No. 19 Nebraska*No. 2ABCW 45–2172,328
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Sources.[4][5]

Roster[edit]

1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 36 William Bell So
C 59 Billy Chubbs Jr
TE 17 Tom Covington Jr
WR 8 Jerry Gilchrist Sr
OT 66 Darryl Jenkins Sr
QB 10 Shawn Jones So
OG 65 Jim Lavin Sr
WR 25 Greg Lester Jr
WR 12 Emmett Merchant Jr
C 60 Veryl Miller Sr
OT 70 Mike Mooney Jr
WR 3 Bobby Rodriguez So
FB 40 Stefen Scotton Sr
OG 62 Joe Siffri Sr
RB 21 Kevin Tisdel So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 43 Thomas Balkcom Sr
NG 98 Kevin Battle So
DB 4 Willie Clay Jr
LB 95 Marco Coleman So
LB 93 Orion Cox Sr
CB 30 Keith Holmes Sr
SS 80 Jay Martin Sr
DT 96 Jerimiah McClary Sr
DT 92 Coleman Rudolph So
LB 99 Chris Simmons Sr
LB 86 Rich Strohmeier So
FS 1 Ken Swilling Jr
LB 58 Calvin Tiggle Sr
LB 45 Jerrelle Williams Jr
LB 56 Marlon Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 5 Scott Aldredge Sr
K 9 Scott Sisson So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR 23 18 11 16 16 7 4 3 (8) 2 (10) 2 (16) 2 (20) 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR 18 15 11 12 14 7 5 3 (4) 3 (3) 2 (7) 1 (30)

Game summaries[edit]

NC State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 1989 L 28–38

Chattanooga[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–0 1988 W 24–10

South Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
11–8 1989 L 10–21

at Maryland[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1989 W 28–24

Clemson[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
38–15–2 1989 W 30–14

[6]

at North Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
12–11–2 1989 W 17–14

Duke[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
28–28–1 1989 L 19–30

at Virginia[edit]

#16 Georgia Tech at #1 Virginia
1 234Total
Yellow Jackets 0 14216 41
Cavaliers 10 1873 38
          
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4–1 1989 L 10–17

The most notable victory for the Yellow Jackets came on November 3 against #1 ranked Virginia at Scott Stadium. The game was televised nationally by CBS with Jim Nantz handling play-by-play duties. Georgia Tech won 41–38 thanks to a 37-yard field goal by Scott Sisson with seven seconds remaining.[7][8] The win vaulted Georgia Tech to the #7 ranking in both major polls.

Virginia Tech[edit]

Virginia Tech at #7 Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Hokies 0 003 3
Yellow Jackets 0 006 6
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Game start: 1:00 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:40
  • Game attendance: 43,011
  • Game weather: 47° F, Cold, overcast, damp, Wind NW 15-25 MPH
  • Referee: Courtney Mauzy
  
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Wake Forest[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–3 1989 W 43–14

[9]

at Georgia[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
34–45–5 1989 W 33–22

vs. Nebraska (Citrus Bowl)[edit]

#19 Nebraska vs #2 Georgia Tech
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 0 1470 21
Yellow Jackets 7 17714 45
      
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

[10][11][12][13]

Plaque at Georgia Tech honoring their National Championship season

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Calvin Tiggle Linebacker 7 174 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jim Lavin Guard 10 268 Cincinnati Bengals
Willie "Big Play" Clay Cornerback 8 221 Detroit Lions

Source.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stone, Gene (January 3, 1991). "Tech Scores Split Decision, is Voted No. 1 by Coaches". Gadsden Times. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Clarke, Michael (September 16, 2005) Football Program Builds on Strong History. The Technique. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  3. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). The National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 114. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  4. ^ 1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Schedule and Results. College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  5. ^ 1990 Final Stats. Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  6. ^ "College Football; Ga. Tech Outlasts Clemson". The New York Times. October 14, 1990. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Brawl For It All". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. September 21, 2007. Retrieved October 7, 2009.
  8. ^ "NO. 1: GA. TECH ENDS VIRGINIA'S DREAM". Sun-Sentinel. November 4, 1990. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Unbeaten Georgia Tech Rips Wake Forest, 42-7". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1990. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "Georgia Tech 45, Nebraska 21". UPI. January 1, 1991. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "GEORGIA TECH, JONES RIP NEBRASKA". Chicago Tribune. January 2, 1991. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "CITRUS ROUT HAS GA. TECH STILL UNBEATEN". Washington Post. January 2, 1991. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Georgia Tech Coasts to Finish Without a Loss". The New York Times. January 2, 1991. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  14. ^ 1991 NFL Draft. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 1, 2011.