Quick Lane Bowl Georgia Tech vs. Minnesota | December 26, 5:15 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Tech is making its 45th all-time bowl appearance (13th-most in college football history) but its first in the Quick Lane Bowl, which was established in 2014.
Georgia Tech is playing in the state of Michigan for just the third time ever and the first time since a 21-16 win at No. 18 Michigan State in 1972.

Gameday Events

Power Hour

  • photo opportunities with the QLB trophy
  • giveaways
  • live entertainment
  • karaoke for cash
  • Plinko
  • long jump and more


  • Thunder Sticks
  • roster cards

Food and Beverage

  • hot dog eating contest
  • Blitz Specials ($2 hotdogs, $2 water, $3 well drinks and domestic beer)
  • team-themed specialty cocktails

Official Alumni Watching Party

Ford Field Seating Chart


The Motor City boasts:

  • Top-ranked airport and convention center
  • Some 5,000 hotel rooms downtown
  • Lively downtown with hundreds of new restaurants
  • Burgeoning new developments, including a multimillion-dollar entertainment district
  • Reliable transportation, including new circulating streetcar
A win over Minnesota would give Georgia Tech its 14th eight-win season in the last 52 years, including six in 11 years under head coach Paul Johnson.

Paul Johnson to lead Jackets for final time at Quick Lane Bowl

THE FLATS – Paul Johnson, a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and Georgia Tech’s winningest football coach in more than five decades, has elected to step down as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach, he announced Nov. 28.

“After 40 years of coaching, it’s time to take a break,” Johnson said. “My family has sacrificed a lot over the years. I want to watch my daughter [Kaitlyn, a professional opera singer] perform and do some things with my wife [Susan] that we’ve never had a chance to do. It’s been a great run for the last 11 years here on The Flats. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and am looking forward to having the chance to coach this team one last time at our bowl game next month.”

With an 82-59 record in 11 seasons at Georgia Tech, Johnson is the fourth-winningest coach in school history in terms of both victories and winning percentage (.582). The only coaches that have ever won more games at Georgia Tech — John Heisman, William Alexander and Bobby Dodd — are all inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame and only Dodd won more games (91) than Johnson in his first 11 seasons on The Flats.

After 40 years of coaching, it’s time to take a break. My family has sacrificed a lot over the years. I want to watch my daughter perform and do some things with my wife that we’ve never had a chance to do.

In addition to the 82 victories, Johnson has led Georgia Tech to nine bowl appearances (2008-14, 2016 and 2018) and three ACC Championship Games (2009, 2012 and 2014), as well as seven first- or second-place finishes in the ACC Coastal Division in his 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Since his arrival at Tech in 2008, only Clemson (9), Florida State (7) and Virginia Tech (7) have had as many first- or second-place finishes in ACC divisional play.

He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2014 and was named National Coach of the Year by CBS Sportsline in 2008, marking the second time in his career that he received a National Coach of the Year award (Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year – 2004, Navy).

Career Review

Johnson’s long list of accomplishments at Georgia Tech also includes:

  • winning at least seven regular-season games seven times in 11 seasons — Tech won seven regular-season games 15 times in the 41 seasons from Dodd’s retirement in 1966 until Johnson’s arrival in 2008;
  • four nine-win seasons — Tech had just seven nine-win seasons in the 51 years immediately preceding Johnson’s arrival (1957-2007);
  • two of the nine 10-win seasons in program history (2009 and 2014);
  • one of the five 11-win seasons in program history (2014);
  • leading the ACC and ranking among the top 10 nationally in rushing every season;
  • leading the nation in rushing offense twice — 2010 (323.3 ypg) and 2014 (342.1 ypg) — and being on pace to do so again in 2018 (334.9 ypg);
  • a current NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 86 percent, the highest in Georgia Tech history — prior to Johnson’s arrival at Tech, the football program’s GSR had dipped as low as 48 percent.
After a 1-3 start, Georgia Tech has won six of its last eight games going into the Quick Lane Bowl.

Georgia Tech football opened the 2018 season with a shutout over Alcorn State at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Georgia Tech scored on its opening possession and never looked back to pick up its first shutout win since a 56-0 whitewashing of Syracuse in 2013, a span of 57 games.

The Yellow Jackets rushed for 439 yards and surrendered just 77 yards on the ground en route to a 543-146 advantage in total yardage.

Blake Barnett passed for one touchdown and ran for two more in the fourth quarter as South Florida overcame a 10-point deficit and defeated Georgia Tech at Raymond James Stadium.

Georgia Tech scored on its first three offensive possessions of the game to counter a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns by the Bulls, and then scored touchdowns on its first three possessions of the second half to take a 38-28 lead with 14:15 remaining in the game.

The Yellow Jackets rushed for 419 yards, their second straight game with more than 400 yards, and passed for 183 more, amassing 602 yards in total offense and holding the ball for 35:32 of the 60 minutes. But in the end it was not enough.

Miscues by Georgia Tech would stall its second-half rally as Pitt’s first-half lead allowed it to grab the divisional victory at Heinz Field.

The Panthers built a 21-point advantage off three unanswered touchdowns in the first half. The Yellow Jackets struggled to find rhythm and momentum in the first half, but finally cracked through with a 1-yard touchdown from quarterback TaQuon Marshall with 8:43 left in the third.

It wouldn’t be until Tech free safety Malik Rivera’s third-quarter interception and 42-yard return that set up an eventual 7-yard touchdown for Marshall that the Jackets got within 12.

Georgia Tech was limited to 203 yards of total offense by Clemson’s formidable defense and fell to the No. 3/2-ranked Tigers at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Georgia Tech looked poised to jump out to an early lead when it marched 59 yards to the Clemson 16 on the opening drive of the game but a penalty, fumble, sack and another penalty pushed the Yellow Jackets out of field-goal range. After the teams exchanged punts, another disastrous sequence followed for the Jackets with a fumble, sack and another fumble, the latter of which was recovered by Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell in the end zone to give the Tigers a 7-0 advantage.

From that point, Tech managed just 70 yards over its next seven possessions and fell into a 42-7 hole. The Jackets scored on two of their final four possessions to eclipse the 20-point mark for the 108th time in head coach Paul Johnson’s 133 games as head coach.

Georgia Tech scored on 8-of-10 offensive possessions — including seven straight to start the game — and snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing win over Bowling Green at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Prior to this game, Georgia Tech had never scored a touchdown on every possession of a half in 11 seasons under head coach Paul Johnson. On this day, it scored on every possession through the game’s first three quarters.

Georgia Tech ran for 542 yards — the third-highest total in school history — and scored on nine straight offensive possessions to start the game, en route to a romp over Louisville at Cardinal Stadium.

With the victory, Georgia Tech snapped a seven-game losing streak in games played away from home. It was the Yellow Jackets’ first true road win since a 28-27 triumph at Georgia on Nov. 25, 2016.

Quarterback TaQuon Marshall led the way with 175 rushing yards and two touchdowns in less than three full quarters of action. His replacement, Tobias Oliver, ran for 103 yards and two more scores on just eight carries, giving Georgia Tech two quarterbacks with 100 rushing yards in the same game for the first time in program history.

Georgia Tech fumbled on three consecutive plays, which led to three Duke touchdowns in a span of 1:49 and turned what was a 7-7 game late in the third quarter into a defeat at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Georgia Tech outgained the Blue Devils 354-304, but couldn’t overcome its untimely spate of turnovers with less than three minutes to go in the third period.

Making his first career start, redshirt freshman quarterback Tobias Oliver ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to an impressive win at Virginia Tech.

Behind Oliver, Georgia Tech became the first visiting team with three straight wins at VT’s Lane Stadium since Miami (Fla.) accomplished the feat in 1967, 1982 and 1992.

A pair of timely interceptions led to Georgia Tech scoring 10 points in the final three minutes of a win at North Carolina.

Georgia Tech led 28-10 midway through the third quarter but North Carolina scored the game’s next 18 points to pull even at 28-28 early in the fourth quarter.

The score remained 28-28 until freshman safety Tariq Carpenter intercepted a pass to give the Yellow Jackets the ball at the North Carolina 41 yard line with 8:07 to go in the game. Nine plays later, redshirt freshman quarterback Tobias Oliver scored his second touchdown of the day from a yard out, and the Jackets regained a 35-28 lead.

Freshman Wesley Wells nailed a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds to go to seal the victory.

For the 20th time in the last 22 years, Georgia Tech sealed its bowl berth after dropping visiting Miami (Fla.) at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

In his first extensive action since sustaining an upper-body injury versus Duke on Oct. 13, senior quarterback and co-captain TaQuon Marshall accounted for all three of Georgia Tech’s touchdowns in the win.

True freshman Wesley Wells became only the eighth player in Georgia Tech football history to kick four field goals in a game, with the fourth and final one proving to be the difference in the Yellow Jackets’ overtime win over Virginia at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Wells was good on all four of his field goal attempts, including a 48-yarder with 1:04 to go in regulation that gave Georgia Tech a short-lived 27-24 lead and a 40-yarder in overtime that wound up being the game-winning points when Virginia’s Brian Delaney missed wide right to end the thriller.

A record-setting 100-yard kickoff return by Juanyeh Thomas wasn’t enough for Georgia Tech in a loss to No. 5 Georgia at Sanford Stadium.

Thomas’ return pulled Georgia Tech within a touchdown at 14-7 late in the first quarter, but Georgia scored on each of its six possessions in the first half to take an insurmountable 38-7 halftime lead.

Senior Spotlight: Taquan Marshall

By: Andy Demetra

They offered him a chance, which frankly, was more than the other schools did.

Despite throwing for 18 touchdowns and rushing for 12 more as an all-state quarterback at Harris County High School in Hamilton, Ga., most colleges pigeonholed TaQuon Marshall as a wide receiver or defensive back, believing his statistics were secondary to his measurements (5-foot-11, 185 pounds).

Paul Johnson, of course, has made a living on zigging where others zag. He offered Marshall a scholarship during a Junior Day visit, giving him a chance — not a promise, just a chance — to prove himself first at quarterback.

Marshall weighed the other offers, but decided to bet on himself.

“I chose Georgia Tech just because I knew I would have the opportunity to play early and then possibly transition to quarterback, because that was the position I had played my whole life. Just getting that opportunity from Coach Johnson and having the support from my family and teammates, it’s made it well worth it,” said Marshall.

Four years later, as he prepares for his final game as a Yellow Jacket, Marshall has made the most of that opportunity. After starting his career as an A-Back, Marshall will make his 23rd career start at quarterback for Georgia Tech (7-5) when it takes on Minnesota (6-6) in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit.

His final year may be a microcosm of his Tech career: shifting roles, persevering through ups and downs, but ultimately never straying from making an impact. Marshall may be the only quarterback in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a punt return: he recorded that during his first game against Alcorn State in 2015. Marshall’s contributions were modest in his first two seasons, serving as an A-Back in 2015 before settling in as Tech’s third-string quarterback as a sophomore.

"It’s one of those things that you kind of dream about when you’re a little kid, being in a clutch situation and pulling through."

He burst onto the scene in his first start in 2017, shattering school records in a 44-carry, 259-yard rushing performance against Tennessee. That performance, though, was tempered by the sting of a double-overtime loss to the Volunteers. Marshall broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in 2017, but had to endure the disappointment — and for a quarterback, the burden — of a 5-6 finish. Individual accomplishments have been numerous for Marshall, but team success is what he has chased more.

Perhaps that’s why, when asked for his favorite game at Tech, he answered with the “Miracle on Techwood” game against Florida State in 2015, even though he was relegated to special teams that night.

“I still can’t believe it,” Marshall said of the game’s final play.

Entering the year, Marshall shouldered the pressure of getting the Yellow Jackets bowl eligible again. He didn’t dodge the tough questions when Georgia Tech scuffled to a 1-3 start. He battled toe and upper-body injuries and championed redshirt freshman Tobias Oliver when he had a pair of breakout performances against Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

“If he scored, I was meeting him out on the field. We’re celebrating together. If I scored like this past weekend, he’s meeting me out on the field celebrating. I think everyone on the team sees that. Everyone knows we can both play. There’s no slack, really, when either of us is out there. We look at it as putting the team in the best situation possible to be successful,” he said.

It’s that leadership that has long earned Marshall the respect of his teammates. A delicate situation was handled deftly. The Yellow Jackets kept rolling offensively, an ascendance that allowed them to win their last four ACC games.

The durability, leadership and savviness were all on display Nov. 10 as Marshall guided the Yellow Jackets to a win over Miami, a team that featured the nation’s second-ranked defense.

“Just being able to get back on the field with the guys [and] put a drive together at the end to seal the deal — that’s something I’ve definitely wanted to do since I’ve been here. I know it’s something that we struggled with last year,” he said.

“It’s one of those things that you kind of dream about when you’re a little kid, being in a clutch situation and pulling through.”

He’ll look for one last moment on Dec. 26 in Detroit. During the offseason, Marshall got a tattoo on his chest, one that occasionally peeks out from his collar at post-practice press conferences. It features the logo of Harris County High School, Georgia Tech mascot Buzz, and the arched “Atlanta” sign outside State Farm Arena. The collage, he said, symbolizes the three places that have helped shape him.

His journey from Hamilton to Atlanta, from Harris County to Georgia Tech, reaches its climax in Detroit. As his final game approaches, Marshall reflected on his first trip to Tech.

“When I first got here, I was like, ‘Dang, this campus is kind of big.’ I didn’t really know where I was going,” he said.

Tech fans found out soon enough.

Senior Spotlight: Malik Rivera

By: Andy Demetra

This isn’t the first time an outrageous idea was hatched on a whim in a college kid’s dorm room.

“We were sitting in my apartment with my three roommates, all football teammates,” Malik Rivera said, beginning the origin story of how he triple-majored at Wofford College while also playing free safety for the Terriers.

A junior at the time, Rivera was on track to graduate with degrees in mathematics and computer science. He had already taken plenty of finance classes, though, and an idea started to form.

“’I really like these classes I’m in. Why don’t I just try and triple-major in them?’” Rivera recalled telling his roommates. “I said it as a joke. They were like, ‘Yeah, that’s not possible. We don’t have time.’”

Rivera went to his room and sat on his bed. “I pulled out an Excel (spreadsheet) and I was like, ‘Well I know all the classes I’ve taken. Let me at least try and find out, with these three majors, what classes I need left. Once I figured it out and put it all together, I was kind of in amazement that I actually somehow managed to have the last three semesters all perfectly planned out,” he said.

Suddenly, an off-hand remark turned into a challenge Rivera couldn’t resist. The Jacksonville, Fla., native followed through, graduating in May of 2018 with three degrees and 154 credit hours.

So if Malik Rivera was crazy enough to triple-major at Wofford, then joining the Georgia Tech football team as a graduate transfer in June — and jumping into the starting lineup to fill perhaps its greatest void on defense — doesn’t seem so daunting by comparison.

Rivera, now pursuing his master’s in quantitative and computational finance (QCF) in the Scheller College of Business, started all 12 games during the regular season, leading the Yellow Jackets with 61 tackles. He also tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

“Malik played really well. He was consistent in helping people get lined up,” head coach Paul Johnson said following Rivera’s first game, a 41-0 win over Alcorn State.

Despite being a newcomer to The Flats, Rivera’s experience was vital this year for a greenhorn Tech secondary. The Yellow Jackets knew their starters at cornerback and strong safety would have zero combined starts entering the season. They were dealt another blow in May when senior A.J. Gray, a two-year starter at free safety, was medically disqualified due to a heart condition.

"When I knew that Georgia Tech had a quantitative and computational finance program, that was something I just wanted to do."

Georgia Tech didn’t recruit Rivera specifically to replace Gray — he had committed weeks earlier — but his pickup became even more crucial after Gray’s retirement. A veteran of 18 starts at Wofford, he ranked third on the team in tackles (73) as a redshirt junior. He also had plenty of familiarity with the Jackets’ 3-4 defensive scheme, having played in that system at Wofford under current Tech safeties coach Shiel Wood.

Graduate transfers can sometimes be a shotgun marriage: a veteran player, seeking a fresh start and one last chance at meaningful playing time; a school, seeking a quick fix at a position of need. Rivera’s case was more nuanced. After Wofford lost in the quarterfinals of the 2017 FCS playoffs last December, he thought he may have played his last game.

“The idea definitely floated through my mind,” he said.

Ultimately, the allure of playing his final year of eligibility won out. When it came to finding a new school, having Wood at Georgia Tech certainly helped. But another Wofford connection proved just as powerful in landing Rivera on The Flats. Cole Higbie, a former Terriers teammate whose grandfather played football at Georgia Tech, was already enrolled in Tech’s QCF program. He sang its praises to Rivera.

“If I am going to get my Master’s, I do want it to be in something I really want,” Rivera said. “When I knew that Georgia Tech had a quantitative and computational finance program, that was something I just wanted to do.”

His commitment to both programs has worked out well. On the field, he’s provided a veteran presence at Gray’s old position, helping the young Tech secondary navigate a new scheme. Off the field, he has balanced football with master’s courses like Corporate Restructuring and Machine Learning for Trading, a curriculum he hopes will lead him to a career in investment banking.

At the moment, though, Rivera’s analytical skills are in greater demand Dec. 26, where he’ll anchor the Yellow Jackets’ secondary one last time against Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl. It may be a tall order against the Golden Gophers, which scored 37 points in a season-ending win over Wisconsin to secure bowl eligibility.

Then again, if the challenge ever feels too daunting, Rivera can always turn to an old spreadsheet for inspiration.

“I still have the Excel,” he said of the chart that began his triple-major odyssey at Wofford.

“I look through it sometimes now and think, ‘How did I actually map it out enough?’”


By: Andy Demetra

Seek And Destroy: How can someone hit so hard and be so … nice? Meet Anree Saint-Amour, Georgia Tech’s smiling man of faith — and an unholy terror on opposing offenses.

Take a survey around the Georgia Tech locker room and you’ll quickly notice a disconnect with defensive end Anree Saint-Amour.

“He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever met in my life,” said linebacker David Curry. “He spreads positivity no matter where he is.”

“He’s definitely somebody you can look up to. Everybody on the team thinks highly of Anree,” said linebacker Brant Mitchell.

“Anree is definitely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in my life,” added defensive end Desmond Branch.

Wait, are we sure we’re talking about the same Saint-Amour? The fire-breathing, quarterback-torturing senior who has made one havoc play after another for the Yellow Jackets defense?

That guy?

“When you’re on the field, it’s a battle. They’re trying to get a win and we’re trying to get a win, and it comes down to whoever wants it the most. You’ve got to be violent,” Saint-Amour explained.

"He’s a real live, athletic, freak, genetic goofball."

He smiled as he spoke, a typical reflex for the 6-3, 245-pounder. Saint-Amour may be known as one of the kinder, more easygoing players in the Georgia Tech locker room, a polite pastor’s son from Suwanee, Ga. But as Georgia Tech’s 3-4 defense evolved this season under first-year coordinator Nate Woody, Saint-Amour emerged as his most dependable, destructive playmaker. Witness the path of destruction he carved over a one-month span in the middle of the season:

  • Against Bowling Green, Saint-Amour became the first defensive lineman with an interception return for a touchdown since Georgia Tech Hall of Famer Michael Johnson in 2008.
  • Against Louisville, he forced a pair of fumbles, the first Yellow Jacket with two forced fumbles in a game since D.J. White in the 2013 Music City Bowl.
  • Against Duke, he finished with two sacks, a forced fumble, and a quarterback hurry that resulted in an interception.
  • After two tackles for loss against Virginia Tech, Saint-Amour saved his coup de grâce for North Carolina, where he tallied a career-high 9 tackles, 3 hurries, a tackle for loss, and an interception that set up Tech’s game-clinching score in a 38-28 win over the Tar Heels.

“He’s a real live, athletic, freak, genetic goofball,” said Branch, who joked that his own numbers are down because Saint-Amour keeps getting to the quarterback first.

According to head coach Paul Johnson, the Jackets’ switch to a 3-4 has weaponized Saint-Amour even more.

“He probably [has] a little more movement and slanting in what we’re doing now, penetration and getting upfield. That kind of plays right into his wheelhouse,” Johnson said.

Saint-Amour offered his own perspective. “It’s a simple defense. You’re not forced to think too much. Also, it’s a big attacking defense. You hit a gap and you go,” he said.

He may seem like a natural in it, but Saint-Amour said it took him a while to feel fully confident in Tech’s new defense.

“In the spring, we had some success with it but that was just the basics of the defense, and it was against the option. We hadn’t seen it against a [different] offense until we got to fall camp,” he explained.

“I felt like maybe after the third game of the season, I felt more comfortable with it.”

Those havoc plays, he believes, are the end result of his improved grasp of the scheme. Along the way, he built an all-ACC-caliber resume while continuing to embody the weapon that Woody has used to describe his team’s defense.

“At the beginning of the year, he came up with this concept of our defense being like a broad ax. The whole thing was that our defense was supposed to be swift, it was supposed to be fast and it was supposed to be powerful. That’s what we’re looking to represent,” Saint-Amour said.

Detroit, Michigan, will now be the setting for his final game as a Yellow Jacket as Georgia Tech takes on Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl. Saint-Amour may feel pressure to end his career with a win — not to mention deliver a proper sendoff to Johnson, the Jackets’ retiring head coach — but that pressure won’t come at the expense of his placid demeanor. Saint-Amour owes much of that to his faith: his father, Manfred, is a pastor at Emmanuel Haitian Alliance Church in Lithonia, Ga. His spirituality extends to his day-to-day activities with teammates, as Saint-Amour often leads the Jackets in a breakdown following the team prayer.

He also takes pride in his Haitian heritage. His parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti, and at his father’s church, sermons are delivered in both English and Creole. Saint-Amour can still speak some of his family’s mother tongue when prompted.

“’Sak pase,’ is a big slang [word] that we say. And then we say, ‘M’ap boule.’ It’s like saying, ‘What’s going on?’ And you say, ‘I’m hot,’ like ‘Everything’s good,’” he said.

“M’ap boule” may also describe Anree Saint-Amour’s play this year. Come Dec. 26, he’ll look to create havoc one last time in a Yellow Jacket uniform — his torment, as always, served with a smile.

Georgia Tech is playing a Big Ten opponent for only the seventh time in program history. The Yellow Jackets have never faced Minnesota.

Tech Leaders


TaQuon Marshall: 194 carries for 896 yds. | 4.6 avg. | 81.5 ypg | 11 TDs

Tobias Oliver: 143 carries for 807 yds. | 5.6 avg. | 73.4 ypg | 12 TDs

Jordan Mason: 103 carries for 640 yds. | 6.2 avg. | 53.3 ypg | 7 TDs


TaQuon Marshall: 44 completions in 100 attempts for 824 yards | 5 TDs


Brad Stewart: 15 receptions for 268 yards | 17.9 avg. | 3 TDs

Qua Searcy: 8 receptions for 196 yards | 24.5 avg. | 1 TD


Tobias Oliver: 12 TDs = 72 points

TaQuon Marshall: 11 TDs = 68 points


Malik Rivera: 2

Anree Saint-Amour: 2

Tariq Carpenter: 2


Malik Rivera: 61

Jalen Johnson: 60

Brant Mitchell: 59

Tackles for Loss

Anree Saint-Amour: 11.0 for 45 yds.

Jalen Johnson: 6.5 for 24 yds.

Georgia Tech’s 25 bowl victories are tied for 10th-most in college football history.

Honors & Awards


Jr. OG Parker Braun (first team)

So. P Pressley Harvin III (second team)

True Freshman All-America

Fr. KR Juanyeh Thomas

Academic All-District

Sr. OL Andrew Marshall

Sr. DB Malik Rivera

Sr. WR Brad Stewart

ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Sr. DE Anree Saint-Amour (Nov. 3 at North Carolina)

ACC Linebacker of the Week

Sr. OLB Jalen Johnson (Nov. 10 vs. Miami)

ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Jr. LG Parker Braun (Oct. 5 at Louisville)

Jr. LG Parker Braun (Oct. 25 at Virginia Tech)

ACC Quarterback of the Week

Sr. QB TaQuon Marshall (Oct. 5 at Louisville)

ACC Rookie of the Week

R-Fr. QB Tobias Oliver (Oct. 25 at Virginia Tech)

R-Fr. QB Tobias Oliver (Nov. 3 at North Carolina)

ACC Specialist of the Week

Fr. PK Wesley Wells (Nov. 17 vs. Virginia)

Fr. RS Juanyeh Thomas (Nov. 24 at Georgia)

Maxwell Award Watch List (Player)

Sr. QB TaQuon Marshall

Jr. BB KirVonte Benson

Outland Trophy Watch List (Interior Lineman)

Jr. OL Parker Braun

Rimington Trophy Watch List (Center)

Jr. C Kenny Cooper

Ray Guy Award Watch List (Punter)

So. P Pressley Harvin III

Earl Campbell Award Watch List

(Offensive Player In or From Texas)

Jr. OL Parker Braun

Wuerrfel Trophy Nominee (Community Service)

Sr. WR Brad Stewart

Campbell Trophy Semifinalist (Scholar-Athlete)

Sr. WR Brad Stewart

The Yellow Jackets are 1-1 in games played in Michigan – the Jackets beat No. 18 Michigan State, 21-16, on Sept. 20, 1972 in East Lansing and lost to Michigan, 9-2, on Oct. 20, 1934 in Ann Arbor.

Bowl History

1929 Rose Bowl — Georgia Tech 8, California 7

1940 Orange Bowl — Georgia Tech 21, Missouri 7

1943 Cotton Bowl — Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7

1944 Sugar Bowl — Georgia Tech 20, Tulsa 18

1945 Orange Bowl — Tulsa 26, Georgia Tech 12

1947 Oil Bowl — Georgia Tech 41, St. Mary’s 19

1948 Orange Bowl — Georgia Tech 20, Kansas 14

1952 Orange Bowl — Georgia Tech 17, Baylor 14

1953 Sugar Bowl — Georgia Tech 24, Mississippi 7

1954 Sugar Bowl — Georgia Tech 42, West Virginia 19

1955 Cotton Bowl — Georgia Tech 14, Arkansas 6

1956 Sugar Bowl — Georgia Tech 7, Pittsburgh 0

1956 Gator Bowl — Georgia Tech 21, Pittsburgh 14

1960 Gator Bowl — Arkansas 14, Georgia Tech 7

1961 Gator Bowl — Penn St. 30, Georgia Tech 15

1962 Bluebonnet Bowl — Missouri 14, Georgia Tech 10

1965 Gator Bowl — Georgia Tech 31, Texas Tech 21

1967 Orange Bowl — Florida 27, Georgia Tech 12

1970 Sun Bowl — Georgia Tech 17, Texas Tech 9

1971 Peach Bowl — Mississippi 41, Georgia Tech 18

1972 Liberty Bowl — Georgia Tech 31, Iowa St. 30

1978 Peach Bowl — Purdue 41, Georgia Tech 21

1985 All America Bowl — Georgia Tech 17, Michigan St. 14

1991 Citrus Bowl — Georgia Tech 45, Nebraska 21

1991 Aloha Bowl — Georgia Tech 18, Stanford 17

1997 Carquest Bowl — Georgia Tech 35, West Virginia 30

1999 Gator Bowl — Georgia Tech 35, Notre Dame 28

2000 Gator Bowl — Miami 28, Georgia Tech 13

2000 Peach Bowl — LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14

2001 Seattle Bowl — Georgia Tech 24, Stanford 14

2002 Silicon Valley Classic — Fresno State 30, Georgia Tech 21

2004 Humanitarian Bowl — Georgia Tech 52, Tulsa 10

2004 Champs Sports Bowl — Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14

2005 Emerald Bowl — Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10

2007 Gator Bowl — West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35

2007 Humanitarian Bowl — Fresno State 40, Georgia Tech 28

2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl — LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3

2010 FedEx Orange Bowl — Iowa 24, Georgia Tech 14

2011 Hyundai Sun Bowl — Utah 30, Georgia Tech 27 (OT)

2012 Hyundai Sun Bowl — Georgia Tech 21, USC 7

2013 Music City Bowl — Ole Miss 25, Georgia Tech 17

2014 Capital One Orange Bowl — Georgia Tech 49, Mississippi State 34

2016 TaxSlayer Bowl — Georgia Tech 33, Kentucky 18

Photo by Minnesota Athletic Communications

The opponent:

Minnesota Golden Gophers

This game will mark Minnesota's second appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl and will be the Gophers' 20th bowl game all time. Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in the 2015 Quick Lane Bowl.

Coach P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck was named head football coach at Minnesota on Jan. 6, 2017. Fleck, 38, is the 30th head coach in the program’s history.

Under Fleck, a young Minnesota team beat rival Wisconsin for the first time since 2003 and for the first time on the road since 1994 to reclaim Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The Gophers also downed Purdue’s potent offense, as they held the Boilermakers to a season low in points (10) and yards (233).

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