ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech remained unbeaten but suddenly has a
Quarterback Reggie Ball was in the hospital, undergoing tests
for a worrisome illness, as the No. 16 Yellow Jackets defeated
Connecticut 28-13 Saturday night.
Coach Chan Gailey was vague about Bell's condition, saying it
would probably be a couple of days before a cause is determined.
But Gailey was clearly concerned about his quarterback's health,
saying it was too early to know if Ball would be able to play next
Saturday's crucial game at No. 4 Virginia Tech.
"He got sick a little bit late in the week," Gailey said. "It
got bad [Friday] night."
Ball was taken to the hospital Saturday morning, turning over
the starting job to redshirt freshman Taylor Bennett.
Picking up the slack, Bennett threw a touchdown on his first
college pass, while backup tailback Tashard Choice scored the first
two TDs of his career.
As for the regulars, P.J. Daniels rushed for 114 yards, Kenny
Scott returned an interception for a touchdown and the Georgia Tech
defense didn't allow a first down in the second half.
"I just tried to go out there and win the game," said Bennett,
who completed only 11-of-30 passes for 142 yards but didn't have
any interceptions. "I don't pay attention to stats. Wins and
losses, that's the only stat I pay attention to."
Georgia Tech improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and
only the second time in the last 15 years. The Yellow Jackets were
the first team to score on Connecticut (2-1), which defeated
Buffalo and Division I-AA Liberty by a combined 97-0.
As for Ball, Gailey would only say the quarterback was "showing
symptoms." Bennett said his roommate was up all Friday night,
suffering with headaches and constantly asking for water. Daniels
described the illness as "kind of like the flu or something."
The hospital that schools officials said was treating Ball
didn't even list him as a patient. Asked if he was going to the
hospital, Gailey said, "He's not taking visitors right now."
Ball had a career-best 320 yards passing the previous week in a
victory over North Carolina.
"This team has been through a lot of adversity," Daniels said.
"We play as a family. We pick up the slack."
After Connecticut drove quickly for a field goal on its first
possession, Chris Woods returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards to
set up Bennett on the Huskies' side of the field.
Then, on Bennett's first snap, he threw a short pass along the
sideline to Calvin Johnson, who curled back to the middle of the
field and outraced the secondary for a 42-yard touchdown.
Bennett didn't do much the rest of the night, but Choice had a
3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and a 2-yard score
late in the third to pad the Yellow Jackets' lead after a wild
Choice, a transfer from Oklahoma, ran 20 times for 89 yards.
Daniels had 25 carries on the way to his third straight 100-yard
game this season.
The Huskies managed only 6 first downs -- none after halftime --
and 196 yards. Fifty-two of those yards came on their second play
from scrimmage, as Terry Caulley broke off the long run to set up
the first of two field goals by Matt Nuzie.
That was definitely not an indicator of things to come, even
though Georgia Tech's star defensive end, Eric Henderson, didn't
play because of a sore right ankle.
Bonislawski completed 7 of 25 passes for 67 yards, was picked
off three times and endured a frightful beating from the Yellow
"I thought he did a good of hanging in there," UConn coach
Randy Edsall said. "We'll grow from this. We have to understand
just how good we're going to have to be to compete with a top-20
team on the road."
The Huskies, who ranked second in the nation at 333 yards
rushing per game, were held to 129 by Georgia Tech. After his big
run, Caulley managed only 31 yards the rest of the night to finish
with 83 on 14 carries.
UConn's lone touchdown, which gave the Huskies a short-lived
13-7 lead, was set up by a bad snap on an attempted punt.
Georgia Tech's regular snapper, Gavin Tarquinio, was hampered by
a sore right leg, so the Yellow Jackets turned to redshirt freshman
The arrangement didn't last long. White's first snap sailed over
Ben Arndt's head. The punter kicked the loose ball out of the end
zone, hoping for a safety, but drew a penalty instead.
UConn took over at the Georgia Tech 5, and Bonislawski ran it in
on the next play.
The Yellow Jackets reclaimed the lead for good late in the first
quarter. Bonislawski attempted a quick pass to the right flats, but
Scott timed his break perfectly, made the interception and scooted
21 yards for the TD without being touched. He finished his play
with a flourish, somersaulting into the end zone to draw an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Scott has intercepted two passes in his career -- and scored on
"I like big plays," he said. "I try to make something happen
whenever I get the chance."
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