Tuesday Dec. 30, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech and LSU have assumed unfamiliar
roles for Wednesday night's Chick-fil-A Bowl.
LSU is unranked and wants to prove its five-loss regular season was an aberration. Georgia Tech hopes to show its nine-win season and No. 14 ranking were signs of more success to come with first-year coach Paul Johnson.
A year ago, the Tigers were preparing to beat Ohio State in the BCS national championship game. But this year, LSU lost five games in a regular season for the first time since a 3-8 finish in 1999. It was a painful fall after the Tigers' 2007 national championship.
Tech's Johnson produced immediate results. His spread option offense used players not recruited for the system to produce the nation's third-best rushing attack. A defensive front led by senior end Michael Johnson set the stage for big plays.
Only a tiebreaker kept Georgia Tech from playing for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Johnson said he hopes his team uses the bowl game to give the program its first 10-win season since 1998.
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