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NCAA FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD: Recap
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LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14
Posted: Friday December 29, 2000 11:26 PM ET
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ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Josh Booty watched a relief pitcher get the win for Louisiana State.

Rohan Davey replaced Booty in the second half and passed for three touchdowns as LSU roared back for a 28-14 victory over 17th-ranked Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl.

Booty, who abandoned a baseball career to return to college football, was ineffective as the Tigers (8-4) fell behind at halftime, 14-3. He watched from the sidelines as Davey was virtually flawless in the second half, completing 17-of-25 passes for 174 yards and three scores.

"(Booty) was happy for me," Davey said. "We cheer each other on all the time. There is no animosity."

Two of the TD tosses went to 265-pound fullback Tommy Banks, while 5-11 sophomore Josh Reed had nine receptions for 96 yards in the second half, including a nine-yard score and the ensuing two-point conversion.

While LSU extended its bowl winning streak to four games, first-year coach Nick Saban got his first postseason victory after three losses.

"I told the coaches that if we had struggled on offense again and we needed to get a spark, then we would change quarterbacks if we needed to," Saban said. "Rohan did a fantastic job in this game and I don't want to take anything away from him, but Josh didn't really have a chance. We were getting so much edge pressure, we weren't blocking the blitz, he was getting knocked down every time he threw it."

Georgia Tech (9-3) came undone after a dominant first half and suffered its second straight bowl loss after a five-game postseason winning streak. The Yellow Jackets had six turnovers after committing just 12 during the season.

"We turned the ball over six times and obviously didn't do the things we needed to score points," Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary said. "I thought offensively we sustained some things in the first half, and in the second half we didn't do the things needed to score points."

Former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen watched from the stands at the Georgia Dome, exactly one month after he was named Maryland coach.

"When the plays are there and you are driving the ball and turn it over, it's sort of like sticking a pin in a balloon. And we did that three or four times," O'Leary said. "The plays were there, they were called there and we put the ball on the ground too much and we dropped some easy passes in the first half."

Davey started LSU's comeback on its first possession of the second half, lofting a three-yard TD toss to Banks. But the extra point failed, leaving the Tigers behind, 14-9.

LSU took the lead on the second play of the final quarter as Reed caught a nine-yard pass at the back of the end zone and managed to keep one foot in bounds. He also grabbed the two-point conversion.

Linebacker Bradie James recovered freshman receiver Nate Curry's fumble two plays later and the Tigers cashed in as John Corbello kicked a career-long 49-yard field goal just 90 seconds into the period.

After forcing a punt, LSU drove 91 yards in 13 plays to the clinching score. Davey again hooked up with Banks from three yards with 3:12 remaining.

"The coach likes to stay with the quarterback, but he felt we needed a little spark," Davey said. "It was a total spinaround. We were just executing so much better. We just wanted to come out on national television and show what we could do."

Georgia Tech's George Godsey was 19-of-36 for 177 yards with a pair of interceptions before leaving late in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury.

"You can't win a game with six turnovers," Godsey said. "If you want to point out what lost the game, you have to say that we killed ourselves. We hadn't been doing that in the last seven games that we won, but we shot ourselves in the foot all game."

After Corbello opened the scoring with a 32-yard field goal, the Yellow Jackets went ahead on a 32-yard run by Greg Burns and a nine-yard scoring jaunt by Jermaine Hatch.

 

   
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