Fresno State Claims Another Win Over ACC
by Mike Mitchell
December 31, 2007
With its 40-28 win over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl, Fresno State is now 3-0 against the ACC in bowl games, all since 2002. The Yellow Jackets have been their victim twice. The Bulldogs beat Virginia in this game in 2004 when it was known as the MPC Computers Bowl.
Fresno State has won four of its last five bowl games, losing the 2005 Liberty Bowl to Tulsa.
Interim head coach Jon Tenuta led Georgia Tech in the bowl game, but the program now turns over to Paul Johnson who was lured away from Navy.
Georgia Tech fired head coach Chan Gailey on November 23. Gailey had a 44-32 record in six seasons and his teams went to a bowl game every year. Gailey's ACC record of 28-21 includes a loss to Wake Forest in last year's conference championship game. The Yellow Jackets finished 7-5 this season, 4-4 in the ACC.
Fresno State twice had 20-point leads at 27-7 and 34-14 in the third quarter before Georgia Tech's backup players also wrested the game away from the Bulldogs. The Yellow Jackets closed to within 34-28 before Fresno State salted the game away on Clifton Smith's 32-yard touchdown run with only 1:50 left.
Fresno State ran for 288 yards and passed for 285. Smith had a career-best 152 yards and 2 TD's on just 18 carries.
Georgia Tech has lost its last three bowl games, and six of its last nine. The Ramblin' Wreck is now 22-14 all-time.
Fresno State has a 10-7 bowl record.