Gator Bowl ticket sales have surpassed last season, when just more than 60,000 fans watched Virginia Tech defeat Louisville, 35-24. The CBS-televised game between West Virginia and Georgia Tech on Monday is just a few thousand short of a sellout of 73,000 tickets, bowl president Rick Catlett told the Florida Times-Union. He said both teams received an allotment of 12,750 tickets, and West Virginia officials have requested 3,000 more tickets. Georgia Tech, which is coming off a two-game losing streak to Georgia and Wake Forest, did not request additional tickets so far, Catlett said in the report. Ticket information is available at www.gatorbowl.com .
Defensive tackle Craig Wilson (ankle) and wide receiver Rayshawn Bolden are questionable for Monday's game, WVU coach Rich Rodriguez said. Running back Steve Slaton (thigh bruise), quarterback Pat White (high ankle sprain) and fullback Owen Schmitt (high ankle sprain) are expected to play.
Defensive end Johnny Dingle and backup wide receiver Dwayne Thompson missed Tuesday's practice after their flight from Miami was cancelled due to high winds. Both players are due on the field today.
Georgia Tech players arrived yesterday and will hold their first on-site practice today at Jacksonville University.
2-0 - Georgia Tech's lead in the all-time series, including a 35-30 victory over West Virginia in the 1997 Carquest Bowl and a 42-19 win in the 1954 Sugar Bowl.
- By Rick Starr