ATLANTA (Ticker) -- For Connecticut coach Randy Edsall,
returning to a familiar place was not beneficial for the
Huskies' bowl eligibility.
Reggie Ball threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns to lead
Georgia Tech to a 30-10 victory in its second meeting with
Edsall, a defensive coordinator with the Yellow Jackets in 1998,
witnessed Georgia Tech's defense come up with big plays at the
right moments, stopping the Huskies (5-4) on 14-of-17 third-down
Connecticut, which had won its previous seven games in the month
of November dating to 2001, needed a victory to become bowl
eligible for the second straight season.
Ball, who had three interceptions in a 24-14 win over N.C. State
last week, proved more accurate, completing 22-of-38 attempts,
including a four-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Dixon 3:01 into
the contest. He also rushed seven times for 21 yards.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson had six catches for 131 yards and
Ajenavi Eziemefe hauled in a three-yard TD reception in the
fourth quarter for Georgia Tech (6-3).
Djay Jones returned a blocked punt five yards for the score and
linebacker KaMichael Hall recorded 1 1/2 sacks and forced a
fumble for the Yellow Jackets, who held the Huskies to 20 net
yards on 24 rushing attempts.
Dan Orlovsky threw for 205 yards and Keron Henry had six catches
for 65 yards for Connecticut, which lost consecutive games for
the first time since October 2002.