Ga. Tech Takes Fight Out of Irish

By Tom Coyne
Associated Press
Sunday, September 2, 2007

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Sept. 1 -- Georgia Tech didn't need a secret weapon. It had Tashard Choice.

Choice rushed for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns and the Georgia Tech defense had little trouble with any of Notre Dame's replacements for Brady Quinn, shutting down the running of Demetrius Jones and the passing of Evan Sharpley and Jimmy Clausen in beating Notre Dame, 33-3, on Saturday.

"I did not see this coming," Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey said. "I thought we would play pretty well defensively. I did not know we would run the ball as well as we ran it today."

Fighting Irish Coach Charlie Weis kept his choice of starting quarterback secret until game time, hoping that preparing for three quarterbacks would make it tough on Georgia Tech's defense.

It didn't work. In fact, it almost looked as if Georgia Tech knew what was coming.

"Who else are you going to blame but yourself? I'm the head coach," Weis said. "It's my responsibility."

The only score for Notre Dame came on a 24-yard field goal by Brandon Walker. The Irish were held to minus-eight yards rushing.

Choice, the leading rusher in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season with 1,473 yards, rushed for more than 100 yards for the eighth straight game, breaking the school record set by Eddie Lee Ivery in 1978. He scored on a 22-yard run on a direct snap and set up his seven-yard touchdown -- also on a direct snap -- with a 45-yard run.

The only disappointment for Georgia Tech (1-0) was that it was forced to settle for four field goals by Travis Bell. Jonathan Dwyer added a seven-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.


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