George O’Leary took over from Lewis in the last three games of the 1994 season. He lost all three games to Clemson 10-20 (5-6); Wake Forest 13-20 (3-8); and UGA 10-48 (6-4-1). Tech scored 33 and the opposition 88.
George coached the next two years (1995-1996) without Ralph Friegden. The records without Ralph were:
1994 (George) 0-3 Tech-38 Opp-88 Lost UGA
1995 (George) 6-5 Tech-260 Opp-243 Lost UGA
1996 (George) 5-6 Tech-220 Opp-236 Lost UGA
1997 (George & Ralph) 7-5 Tech-314 Opp-296 Lost UGA
1998 (George & Ralph) 10-2 Tech-426 Opp-291 Beat UGA
1999 (George & Ralph) 8-4 Tech-461 Opp-361 Beat UGA
2000 (George & Ralph) 9-2 Tech-374 Opp-209 Beat UGA
2000 (George) 0-1 Tech-14 Opp-28 Lost LSU (Bowl)
2001 George) 7-5 Tech-381 Opp-267 Lost UGA
2001 (McWhorter) 1-0 Tech-24 Opp-14 Beat Stanford (Bowl)
George never beat UGA (0-4) without Ralph. With Ralph, Tech beat UGA 3 times (3-1). Tech was picked as the favorite to beat LSU in the bowl game, but Ralph did not coach because of taking the Maryland job. George lost 14-28 and the offense could not overcome the deficiencies of the defense.
George never won a bowl game without Ralph.
Without Friedgen, O'Leary was 18-20 overall. He was responsible for only one bowl game, but did not coach in it because he quit Tech. He coached one bowl game in which Ralph was responsible for the offensive edge during the season, but O'Leary lost it to an inferior LSU team without Ralph.
O'Leary's record against UGA without Friegden was 0-4. Ralph's record at Tech was 33-14 in four years, responsible for getting Tech to four bowls, and had a 3-1 record against UGA.
The downturn in winning came after Ralph left in 2000 with a 9-2 record. It started with the Peach Bowl game and GOL's last 13 games produced a 7-6 record.
When Ralph came on the scene at Tech, the defense never improved. Tech won only because of the high powered offense of Ralph outscoring the opponents. The defense under Roof and George’s tutelage never improved. Without Ralph, the ship sank and the offense could no longer overcome the defensive woes.
I am not sure that George’s defense is much better today at UCF as they just won the bowl game 52-42, hardly a defensive effort. However, UCF has the number 1 rated quarterback in the NCAA according to many of the pro scouts. Blake Bartle has been the catalyst, but I give George credit for his winning seasons at UCF. He may have found some good assistants, but that is to his credit, but he is not a good defensive coach.
It is obvious from the statistics above, Ralph’s offense had to overcome a lot of scoring by the opponents.