Yel­low Jack­ets to face Min­nesota in Quick Lane Bowl

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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.

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