Bobby Ross recalls 1990 Georgia Tech title

Bobby Ross took the San Diego Chargers to their only Super Bowl appearance, but in his 43-year coaching career nothing tops the national championship he won at Georgia Tech in 1990.

In his fourth year on The Flats, Ross guided the Yellow Jackets to an 11-0-1 season and 45-21 win over Nebraska in the Florida Citrus Bowl, good enough to share the national title with Colorado (11-1-1). Tech won the UPI coaches poll while the Buffaloes took the AP title.

“A lot of special things happened that season,’’ said Ross said. “We are about to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that team in October, and I am going to enjoy that. It was a great accomplishment by a lot of people. We started all the way at the bottom three years before that and went all the way to the top.’’

Tech, who had a 12-21 record in the previous three seasons under Ross, were led by sophomore quarterback Shawn Jones and scored 379 points. The Jackets woke up the college world when they upset No. 1-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville on Nov. 3, winning 41-38 on a 37-yard field goal by Scott Sisson with seven seconds left.

The tie that season came against North Carolina, and Tech beat Georgia 40-23 in Athens. But the game Ross remembers the most was the 21-19 victory over then 15th-ranked Clemson in Atlanta.

“It was a real gut check,’’ he said. “Clemson is always pretty darn good, and every play was a struggle for us. I remember us getting a late fourth-down stand on defense. We played so hard that game, and the win really gave up a lift for the rest of the season.’’

Ross, by the way, is only one of three head coaches to coach in the Super Bowl and win a college national championship. The other two are Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson.

Next Up in Sports

Auburn shifts from run-heavy style with ’40 percent’ pass plays in first scrimmage of 2017
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football’s emphasis on throwing the ball more in 2017 was evident from its first scrimmage of spring practice.
Alabama heads inside to practice as it wraps up the first week of spring
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — As a storm blew through the area the University of Alabama football team wrapped up its first week of spring practices inside the...
Georgia receivers update: Riley Ridley hurt, Mecole Hardman getting ‘some work’
The post Georgia receivers update: Riley Ridley hurt, Mecole Hardman getting ‘some work’ appeared first on SEC Country.
2017 NCAA hockey tournament: Scores, bracket, schedule for Saturday (3/25/17) games
The 2017 NCAA hockey tournament continues Saturday, March 25, with first and second round games. Boston University outlasted North Dakota in double...
Florida recruiting: Gators land commitment from 2019 WR Frank Ladson
Florida landed a commitment for its 2019 class on Saturday and they beat out a couple of other big name schools for his services.
More Stories

You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of free premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


Welcome to myAJC

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.