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Close Not Good Enough

September 3, 2006

Atlanta -- The unranked Georgia Tech football team hung tough against #2 Notre Dame Saturday night, before falling on their home field 14-10.

The Yellow Jackets scored all their points in the first half, as they took a ten to nothing lead.

Calvin Johnson was the focal point for Tech, catching seven passes for 111 yards and their only touchdown, but most of Johnson's damage came in the first two quarters.

The Irish switched up at halftime, double-and-triple covering the star receiver, who caught just two passes in the second half.

Quarterback Reggie Ball completed 50 percent of his throws for 140 yards.

While Georgia Tech put up a very good effort against one of the top teams in the nation, they say that doesn't make the loss any easier.

"It's hurts," says head coach Chan Gailey. "They wanted to win. They expected to win. I don't have any words of comfort for them. There aren't any."

"I will never be proud to lose," adds Reggie Ball. "A loss is a loss. I don't care if it's #1 or #2. Rankings don't mean anything. Proud? I'm not proud to lose."

Georgia Tech will host Samford next week at three-thirty.

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