ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Georgia Tech scored 41 seconds into the game and had a season high in points by halftime in a 51-14 rout of Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Chris Reis returned an interception 20 yards for a score on the second play from scrimmage and Calvin Johnson had two TDs in the first half for Georgia Tech (7-5), which led 35-6 at halftime.
Johnson caught a 10-yard TD pass from Reggie Ball in the first quarter and scored on a five-yard run just before the half to give the Yellow Jackets a 29-point lead at intermission. Georgia Tech's best offensive output during the season was a 30-10 win over Connecticut on November 13.
Ball completed 9-of-15 passes for 192 yards and two TDs in the first half, including an 80-yard scoring strike to Nate Curry with 11 seconds left in the first quarter that made it 21-6.
"I don't know the statistics, I know he performed extremely well in the ball game," Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said. "I'm proud of the way he played. I'm not only happy for the team, but I'm happy for him as an individual."
Syracuse (6-6) was unable to stop Georgia Tech when it mattered and could not get its offense on track against the nation's 14th-ranked defense. The Orange allowed 321 yards in the first half while managing only 65 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Syracuse, which entered the game ranked 23rd in the country in rushing at 190.36 yards per game, finished with 51 on 31 carries.
Georgia Tech rolled up 514 total yards, including 294 yards rushing and 228 yards passing. Ball finished 12-of-19 for 207 yards and was intercepted once, and he added 38 yards rushing and a TD on nine carries. It was the Yellow Jackets' best offensive output since they had 560 yards against Virginia on November 10, 2001.
It was a big win to cap a successful but somewhat frustrating season for Georgia Tech. Each of the Yellow Jackets' five losses came to bowl-bound teams. They managed to earn a trip to a bowl for the eighth straight season, one of just eight teams with a streak that long.
"In general there were six good weeks and five bad weeks," Gailey said. "These guys played real hard and our coaching staff did a great job. I'm really proud of this coaching staff."
Syracuse's Perry Patterson scored on a 21-yard run with 6:24 left in the first quarter, but Collin Barber missed the extra point and Georgia Tech maintained a 7-6 lead.
After Patterson's score, Georgia Tech scored 42 consecutive points before Syracuse finally found the end zone again in the fourth quarter.
"It was just one of those days, just about everything we did didn't go well," Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "Credit Georgia Tech. They played well and coach Gailey and his staff did a great job."
P.J. Daniels rushed for 119 yards and two TDs on 17 carried for Georgia Tech and Curry finished with three catches for 105 yards.
Georgia Tech improved its bowl record to 22-11 with the victory. The Yellow Jackets rank sixth all-time in bowl victories, one behind Penn State, Tennessee and Oklahoma which are tied for third.