Yellow Jackets to face Minnesota in Quick Lane Bowl
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson will lead the Yellow Jackets on the field one last time this season before his retirement.
The team will face Minnesota on Dec. 26 in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
“We’re looking forward to traveling to Detroit and playing in the Quick Lane Bowl, where we’ll have the opportunity to play in one of the country’s best stadiums against a Big Ten opponent,” Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said. “Minnesota will present a great challenge. I have a lot of respect for Coach (P.J.) Fleck and I’m sure he’ll have his team ready to play. I’m excited to have the opportunity to coach this team one last time. It should be a great game.”
Johnson announced last week that he is stepping down after 11 seasons at Georgia Tech and 22 seasons as a head coach. Johnson is the fourth-winningest coach in Georgia Tech history with 82 victories at the helm of the Yellow Jackets.
His 189 career victories rank fourth among NCAA Division I FBS head coaches that were active in 2018 — behind only Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly’s 252 wins, Alabama’s Nick Saban’s 231 wins and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder’s 215 wins.
Georgia Tech (7-5) won six of its final eight games of the regular season and finished in second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division with a 5-3 conference record. This season marked the seventh time in Johnson’s 11 seasons at Georgia Tech that the Yellow Jackets finished either first or second in the Coastal Division. Since 2008, the only other teams that have placed first or second in ACC divisional play as many times as Georgia Tech are Clemson (9), Florida State (7) and Virginia Tech (7).
Georgia Tech’s Juanyeh Thomas returns a kick off for a touchdown during a game against Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Nov. 24.