Freshman Luke Manget kicked a second-chance, 38-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 20 Georgia Tech an improbable 51-48 victory over the 16th-ranked Bulldogs yesterday in Atlanta.
Georgia (7-4) rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half but couldn't overcome two bad calls by the officials, including a disputed fumble by Jasper Sanks at the Tech 2-yard line with nine seconds left in regulation.
Georgia Tech (8-3) clinched its second straight trip to the Gator Bowl. Georgia also is headed to a bowl, perhaps the Music City.
The Bulldogs got the ball first in overtime but failed to score. Quincy Carter, who threw for 345 yards, was intercepted in the end zone by Marvious Hester, who earlier had a critical fumble that let Georgia get back in the game.
Tech took over at the 25 and, facing a third and 6 at the 21, decided to send Manget on the field a down early to attempt a 38-yard field goal. Georgia's kick-blocking specialist, Kendrell Bell, swatted away the ball, seeming to give the Bulldogs another chance to win.
But Tech's holder, George Godsey, recovered the loose ball at the 21, giving Manget another chance from the same distance. This time, his kick sailed over the Georgia line and just inside the left upright, giving Tech its most amazing victory in a series that began in 1893.
* TENNESSEE 38, VANDERBILT 10: Sixth-ranked Tennessee learned at halftime that tailback Travis Henry would be fine after hurting his neck. Then they finished what Henry started.
Henry ran 19 times for 153 yards and scored a touchdown before leaving with a neck injury in the first half as Tennessee routed Vanderbilt in Knoxville, Tenn.
Coach Phillip Fulmer said Henry was diagnosed with a mild concussion and a pinched nerve after landing on his head and will be kept in the hospital for observation for two or three days.
Tennessee (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) improved its chances for an at-large bid to the Bowl Championship Series by scoring the first 17 points and never trailing against its in-state rival.
The Volunteers, who have won 17 straight games in the series, gained 476 yards, including a season-high 315 rushing, compared to 179 for Vandy.
Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-6) had been allowing an average of 118.5 yards rushing a game, but Tennessee got 121 in the first quarter alone thanks to Henry, who broke two soft tackles and ran 63 yards up the middle for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
CAPTION: Georgia Tech place kicker Luke Manget, center, celebrates after kicking game-winning field goal.