I remember exactly where I was in 1990 when Scott Sisson kicked the game winning field goal to beat the #1 Hoos in Charlottesville.
I was at my friend Brian’s house watching on TV and when that kick sailed through the uprights we went nuts, hopped on my motorcycle, and rode through downtown Barnesville GA screaming and honking the horn. After junior college, Brian went on to UGA and I went to GT…but that Scott Sisson kick was something I’ll bet we both remember fondly to this day. It was a helluva football game and high drama to a couple of college guys who loved college football.
Unfortunately, since 1990, Charlottesville has been something of a House of Horrors for the Jackets.
1999…45-38 loss. Despite having Joe Hamilton under center and a #7 ranking coming into the game.
2001…39-38 loss. Hook and Ladder…’nuff said…
2003…29-17 loss. Matt Schaub and Heath Miller dominated us.
2005…27-17 loss. A three game win streak and Top 25 ranking squandered.
2007…28-23 loss. Peerman and a muffed punt seal our doom.
The ‘92, ‘95, and ‘97 games were during the dark period of the mid – ’90s and were understandable to a degree. But the losses since ‘99 have come during a period where GT has had arguably better teams than UVA. Its almost as if Bobby Ross signed some sort of bad mojo, black magic contract back in 1990 that we’re still paying off with heartbreaking and season impacting losses at the hands of the Hoos.
So…now…here we are…in 2009…with a 6-1 record and a #11 ranking…heading to Charlottesville yet again, to face the Hoo Curse.
Up to this point, Paul Johnson has been a drought breaker…beating FSU, beating UGA, winning on the road at FSU, defeating VT this past weekend.
Does this team have the FOCUS and INTENSITY to break the Charlottesville curse and capitalize on the good momentum, high ranking, and national recognition that is beginning to shine our way on the Flats?
The real question is this…can the Yellow Jackets finally “turn the corner”?
We stand at the intersection of success or failure, recognition or resignation, pride or shame, and ultimately the step required to return Georgia Tech football to its long lost and rightfully earned seat amongst the college football elite or the slip that will relegate the Jackets once again to the status of just another also-ran.
Make no mistake fellow Yellow Jackets…this is a big game coming up this weekend…
Beat the Hoos and Break the Curse!