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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Breaking down the game

GAME: LSU (7-5, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) vs. Georgia Tech (9-3, 5-3 ACC).

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

SITE: Georgia Dome (71,500), Atlanta.


RADIO: The LSU Sports Network statewide.

RANKINGS: Georgia Tech is No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and in the BCS.

POINT SPREAD: Georgia Tech is a four-point favorite.

2008 SEASON: LSU: W Appalachian State, 41-13; W North Texas, 41-3; W at Auburn, 26-21; W Mississippi State, 34-24. L at Florida, 51-21; W at South Carolina, 24-17; L Georgia 52-38; W Tulane, 35-10; L Alabama, 27-21 OT; W Troy 40-31; L Ole Miss 31-13; L at Arkansas, 31-30. GEORGIA TECH: W Jacksonville State, 41-14; W at Boston College, 19-16; L at Virginia Tech, 20-17; W Mississippi State, 38-7; W Duke, 27-0; W Gardner-Webb, 10-7; W at Clemson, 21-17; L Virginia, 24-17; W Florida State, 31-28; L at North Carolina, 28-7; W Miami, 41-23; W at Georgia, 45-42.

BOWL HISTORY: LSU is ninth in bowl appearances in college football history as it enters its 40th tonight. The Tigers are 20-18-1 in bowls and have won three straight. Georgia Tech will be in its 37th bowl and has a 22-14 record.

SERIES HISTORY: Former SEC charter member Georgia Tech leads the series that dates back to 1915 by a 12-6 count, but the Tigers have won the last four beginning in 1961. This is the second bowl meeting. LSU defeated Tech 28-14 in the 2000 Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Tech's last win over LSU was 6-2 on Oct. 8, 1960, in Atlanta. LSU is 3-4 aganst Tech in Baton Rouge with the last victory on Oct. 5, 1963, when the unranked Tigers defeated the No. 7 Yellow Jackets 7-6. Georgia Tech was in the SEC from 1933 through 1963.

INJURY REPORT: LSU - Backup QBs Jarrett Lee (ankle) and Andrew Hatch (broken leg) are healthy and will play if needed. GEORGIA TECH - Starting CB Jahi Word-Daniels (hamstring) is doubtful.

NOTES: LSU has an interesting quarterback recent history in the Georgia Dome. Through its six games in the Georgia Dome this decade, the Tigers have either had to replace a quarterback in the game or started a new one because of recent developments. In 2000 at the Peach Bowl, starter Josh Booty was benched at the half in favor or Rohan Davey, who led the Tigers to a come-from-behind, 28-14 victory. In 2001 at the SEC championship game, Davey started but was injured and replaced by Matt Mauck, who led LSU to a come-from-behind, 31-20 win over No. 2 Tennessee. In 2005 in the SEC title game, starter JaMarcus Russell injured his shoulder and was replaced by Matt Flynn, who did not deliver a win against Georgia. Flynn came right back later that month to capture Peach Bowl offensive MVP honors in a 40-3 win over Miami. In 2007 in the SEC title game, Ryan Perrilloux started over an injured Flynn and also won MVP honors as the Tigers defeated Tennessee 21-14 to reach the national championship game. ... Georgia Tech opened the 2008 season against former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who moved on to lower division Jacksonville State after getting kicked off the Tiger team by coach Les Miles. Perrilloux rushed for 67 yards on 18 carries and completed 22 of 37 passes for for 136 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 41-14 loss. "I thought about that a couple weeks ago when the bowls came up," Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. "With Perrilloux, we played LSU's quarterback, and then we wind up playing LSU in a bowl." Said Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, "We didn't exactly slow him down. He had a pretty good day." ... Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich is a former assistant athletic director at LSU. ... Tech is located just two miles from the Georgia Dome and thus is the closest team to its bowl this season, but the Yellow Jackets have not played in the Georgia Dome since losing to LSU in 2000. .... LSU is 5-1 in the Georgia Dome this decade. ... Tech starting senior defensive tackle Darryl Richard is from Destrehan, and freshman backup defensive end Jason Peters is from Baton Rouge.


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