Georgia Tech to play Ole Miss in Music City Bowl

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerDecember 8, 2013 

ATLANTA -- In its long history of bowl participation, Georgia Tech has never played a postseason game in Nashville. That changes later this month when the Yellow Jackets will play in the Music City Bowl against Ole Miss on Dec. 30.

Tech athletics director Mike Bobinski accepted the invitation on Sunday night. It is the 17th consecutive season that the Yellow Jackets will compete in a bowl and the 42nd game in their history. The game will be played at 3:15 p.m. at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans.

"We are very pleased to be heading to the city of Nashville to play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl," Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "To play a bowl game within driving distance for our fans, and to play against a high-quality opponent in Ole Miss, is a great opportunity."

Even though Tech and Ole Miss were both members of the Southeastern Conference, they rarely played each other. This will mark only the fourth meeting between the two schools, with two of the previous games taking place in a bowl game.

The most recent meeting was most forgettable for Tech; Ole Miss pounded the Jackets 41-18 in the 1971 Peach Bowl. But in 1953 Georgia Tech beat Ole Miss 24-7 in the 1953 Sugar Bowl and earn the national championship.

Ole Miss finished the season 7-5 and lost its final two games. The Rebels lost to arch-rival Mississippi State 17-10 in overtime in the season finale. Ole Miss had signature wins at Texas and at home against then No. 6-ranked LSU. Coach Hugh Freeze's team was competitive in losses to other bowl-bound teams, losing by eight to Auburn and by three to Texas A&M.

"Ole Miss is a very talented football team and they are well-coached, so we certainly have our work cut out for us," Johnson said. "It should be an entertaining football game."

Ole Miss is led by quarterback Bo Wallace, who has completed 64.4 percent of his passess for 3.090 yards and 17 touchdowns. The junior has also run for 269 yards and four touchdowns.

This will be the 35th bowl game for Ole Miss. The Rebels defeated Pitt 38-17 in the Compass Bowl last year and have won their last five bowl games.

"I am proud of our team's hard work and commitment as we continue our journey, and the Music City Bowl is a great reward for our accomplishments this season," Freeze said. "We have one of the great bowl traditions in all of college football, and I'm excited that we have earned a bowl berth in each of our first two seasons. I appreciate the unbelievable support Rebel Nation has provided our team, and I look forward to seeing a sea of Red and Blue in Nashville."

Georgia Tech broke a seven-game bowl losing streak last year when it trounced Southern Cal 21-7 in the Sun Bowl.

"The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is thrilled to host the student-athletes, administrators and fans from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech," said Toby Wilt, Bowl Selection Committee Chairman. "Music City is a great destination and we're confident that the teams and the fans will enjoy the wonderful hospitality for which Nashville is famous. We're looking forward to an exciting schedule of bowl week special events and activities, capped by a great game on the field."

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