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.