Georgia Tech Beats Miami 27-21 In Saturday Night Primetime Game

 Matchup: Miami Hurricanes (5-5, 2-4 ACC) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4, 4-3 ACC)
 Date: Saturday, November 10, 7:00 pm
 Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Game Notes: Miami Hurricanes Game Notes: ACC Football Weekly Notes:
 Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson's Press Conference - Click Here
 Miami Head Coach Mark Richt's Press Conference - Click Here
 TV: ESPN2; Play-by-Play: Clay Matvick, Analyst: Dan Orlovsky, Sideline Reporter: Paul Carcaterra
 RADIO: In Atlanta: 680/93.7 The Fan
Andy Demetra (PxP), Sean Bedford (analyst), Wiley Ballard (sideline)
 Satellite: Sirius 125 / XM 203

By Don Stone -

    For Georgia Tech, it has been a tale of three seasons. The first third was uneven at best with the Jackets losing to teams they were favored to beat with a lot of turnovers and blown leads late in the games. At UCF, they had a 38-28 lead with 14:15 remaining in the game only to see the Bulls score 21 unanswered points and win 49-38. At Pittsburgh, it was just the opposite, a sluggish start and the Jackets were behind 21-0. They surged back to pull to within five but ran out of time losing 24-19.
   A 49-21 trouncing by Clemson put them at a dismal 1-3 start.. Then signs of life. A pair of 62-17 and 66-31 blowouts over Bowling Green and Louisville gave them hope. But a close game with Duke got of reach quickly with three quick turnovers giving them a 28-14 loss to Duke.
And just when all was looking lost, Tech went on the road with a pair of impressive conference wins at Virginia Tech and North Carolina.   
   Suddenly, there is light at the end of the tunnel. winning five of their last six.
   Georgia Tech began their Saturday night prime time ESPN2 game knowing that Pitt had just demolished Virginia Tech, eliminating any chance of sneaking into an ACC Coastal Division Championship. But, still a lot to play for with a sixth season win giving them bowl eligibility.
   The Hurricanes have struggled lately losing three straight entering the game.
   Despite the 42 degree temperatures, it was a nice sized crowd...but a lot of orange was visible in this White Out game.
  Miami won the toss and jumped out quickly with a 23 yard catch by Jeff Thomas. He got 19 more to the 31. Lawrence Cager for 14 yards to the 17. Then 14 more to the 17. DeeJay Dallas ran for 8 and a first and goal at the five, taking it in for a quick 7-0 lead. The drive went 11 plays and 75 yards in 5:28.
  .Tech came right back, though to tie it at seven capped by a 28 yard Taquon Marshall touchdown run. Interestingly, that drive also went 11 plays and 75 yards, using just a bit more in 6:15.
  The second Hurricane drive never happened because was fumbled by Dallas at the 26 and scooped up by Dameon Williams who returned it to the 23. Mark Richt did not look happy on the sidelines. Marshall quickly got half the distance with a 13 yard scramble for a first and goal at the 10. Marshal veered to his left and saw no one in his way for a 14-7 lead.
  Before the second quarter, former Tech great Calvin Johnson was given a plaque commemorating his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
  The Canes and Jackets were both stopped on their next drives.
  Miami had another turnover when QB N'Kosi Perry fumbled the snap recovered by Charlie Thomas at the 39. A 38 yard Wesley Wells field goal extended the lead to 17-7.
  The next drive was typical of the problems Richt's team had in this game. Thomas gave his team great field position with a kickoff return to the GT43  Then, the Hurricanes began going in reverse. A false start made it second and 15 at the 48. A 19 yard catch by Jordan was nullified by an illegal block below the waste call. Perry rushed for a three yard loss. Third and 32 on their 35. Richt took a time out at 2:26 left in the half. They could only get it out to the 46. But, finally, some luck as a line drive punt bounced off the back of a Yellow Jacket and was recovered at the GT30.
  Cam'ron Davis took 22 yards to pull the Hurricanes to within 3, 17-14.
  But, more self inflicted wounds began the third quarter as Thomas fumbled, recovered by Tech's Juanyeh Thomas at the UM10. They settled for another Wells field goal to make it 20-14.
  Miami had a three and out  Jerry Howard dominated the Tech drive with four runs totaling 21 yards capped by a surprising 31 yards TD catch by Brad Stewart. That put the Jackets up 27-14.
  Again, the Hurricane offense couldn't get much going, only making it to midfield.
  Into the fourth quarter, Tech also had to punt, downing it on the five. But, this time, Miami mounted an impressive 15 play 95 yard drive to pull to within six, 27-21.
  But, Tech proceeded to do what they do best, keep the ball and eat clock. The Canes never got the ball back as the Jackets kept it for the final 6:43 running 12 plays to seal the big win. That stat was in evidence with time of possession 34:45 to 25:08 in Tech's favor. Georgia Tech outran Miami 231 to 134.
  The biggest factor in the victory was in turnovers. Georgia Tech had a season-high-tying three takeaways, giving them 23 for the season. Coming into Saturday's game, the Yellow Jackets were tied for eighth nationally with 20 turnovers gained.
  "Georgia Tech did what they had to do to win the game," said Richt. "Congratulations to them and Paul. I thought our guys fought their tails off. It certainly was a game that was marred by some turnovers that hurt us, obviously."
   "It wasn't always pretty but we made fewer mistakes then they did and we were able to capitalize on a couple of their mistakes and come out on top," said coach Johnson.

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