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Trio from Clayton County helps Tech shock Auburn

From Staff and Wire Reports

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened the season Saturday night in front of a nationally televised ESPN audience with a stunning 23-14 victory on the road against Auburn.

Georgia Tech's victory put an end to Auburn's 15-game winning streak, the third longest in the nation.

Tech rolled up 313 yards of total offense and intercepted Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox four times in the second half en route to the upset.

It's Tech's second victory in three years against Auburn. The Yellow Jackets also opened the season in 2003 with a win over the Tigers.

"It was not a surprise," Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey told the Associated Press "I think our guys fully expected to win the ballgame. I told them, 'We shouldn't act like giddy school kids to win this game."'

Several players with ties to the Southern Crescent contributed to the win for the Yellow Jackets.

Former Lovejoy running back Tashard Choice, who earned Southern Crescent Offensive Player of the Year honors while playing for the Wildcats, backed up P.J. Daniels and gained 15 yards on four attempts.

Choice began his career at Oklahoma before deciding to move closer to home for his final three seasons of eligibility.

On the defensive side, former Jonesboro standout Jamal Lewis played a key role in the Tech secondary, especially in the fourth quarter. Lewis finished the game with five tackles.

Darrell Robertson, who was Lewis' high school teammate at Jonesboro, had one tackle in Saturday's season opener.

Tech begins its ACC schedule next week at home against North Carolina.