Georgia Tech needed a waiver from the NCAA to play in the postseason, and it made the most of its second consecutive trip to the Sun Bowl.
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help the Yellow Jackets beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday.
Washington's 1-yard touchdown run in the third made it 14-7, and he found Orwin Smith for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth in front of a crowd of 47,922 at Sun Bowl Stadium.
''I'm really proud of our football team,'' Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. ''I thought that they showed up and played with a lot of heart and a lot of determination, and I know Southern California has some really good football players. It was a hard-fought game.''
The Yellow Jackets rushed for 294 yards on 63 carries while stopping a seven-bowl losing streak. They also erased some of the sting from last season's Sun Bowl, when they squandered a 24-10 fourth-quarter lead in an overtime ...