Ga. Tech opts to stay perfect
There was no panic on Georgia Tech’s sideline when a two-touchdown lead slipped away.
Hey, that just gave Tevin Washington and the triple-option offense another opportunity to shine. Washington threw a long touchdown pass and ran for two scores, including a 5-yarder with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining that gave No. 25 Georgia Tech a 35-28 victory over North Carolina yesterday in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1990, the season they shared the national title with Colorado.
“After the first few games, we thought we would try and make this more exciting,’’ joked coach Paul Johnson, whose team won its first three games by an average of more than 37 points before winning its Atlantic Coast Conference opener. “I was proud of our guys and especially the way we came back in the fourth quarter.’’
The Tar Heels (3-1, 1-1) were actually the ones who fought back from a 28-14 deficit going to the final period, tying the game on Giovani Bernard’s 55-yard run with 7:22 left.
Georgia Tech needed only four plays to respond in its conference opener.
Running back Roddy Jones reached out to take a pitch from Washington that looked too far in front of him, going 48 yards down the sideline to the North Carolina 9. Two snaps later, with center Jay Finch and others clearing the way, Washington carried it in himself for the winning score with 5:20 left.
Stephen Hill had a huge game for Georgia Tech with six receptions for 151 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. Bernard rushed for 155 yards and two TDs.
The Yellow Jackets came in with the nation’s highest-scoring offense (59.3 points per game) and leading in several other categories. While not nearly as dominating as in the first three games, they still had another big day offensively, piling up 312 yards on the ground and 496 yards in all.
Washington had a fumble and an interception, but he mostly ran the offense just as it’s drawn up. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 184 yards, hooking up with Hill on Georgia Tech’s seventh one-play scoring drive of the season midway through the second period.
North Carolina’s Bryn Renner completed 17 of 25 for 204 yards, but a couple of interceptions plagued the sophomore in his first start outside of Chapel Hill.
Virginia Tech 30, Marshall 10 - David Wilson rushed for 132 yards, Josh Oglesby scored two touchdowns, and the No. 13 Hokies beat the visiting Thundering Herd.
It was another lackluster win over an opponent from a non-BCS conference for Virginia Tech, which is off to its first 4-0 start since 2006. But the pressure’s about to ratchet up with No. 21 Clemson due up next.
Virginia Tech displayed some big-play ability and kept turnover-prone Marshall (1-3) in its own end for much of the game, but again had some up-and-down moments. Wilson rushed for big yards and a touchdown as expected, but had a late fumble. Quarterback Logan Thomas completed 22 of 33 passes for 229 yards and rushed for a score, but missed some open receivers and threw a late interception.
Kansas St. 28, Miami 24 - The Wildcats stopped quarterback Jacory Harris’s fourth-down run at the goal line with 49 seconds left, capping a brilliant late stand that sealed a win over the host Hurricanes.
John Hubert ran for 166 yards and the go-ahead touchdown for Kansas State (3-0). Collin Klein passed for two scores and ran for another for the Wildcats, who blew an 11-point halftime lead before rallying.
Harris threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (1-2), which got 106 yards and a touchdown from Lamar Miller. Miami had first and goal at the Kansas State 2 with 1:52 left, but a first-down pass fell incomplete, two Mike James runs were stopped, and then Harris’s knee was deemed down by replay officials after the on-field call was that he scored.
Temple 38, Maryland 7 - Bernard Pierce set a school record with five rushing touchdowns, and the visiting Owls built a 31-point halftime lead in a stunning rout of the Terps.
One week after coming agonizingly close to snapping a 28-game skid against Penn State, Temple (3-1) defeated Maryland (1-2) for the first time. The Terrapins fell to 6-1 against the Owls, who had dropped the last two games in the series by a combined 54 points.
Temple led, 21-0, with just over 11 minutes elapsed, boosted the margin to 31-0 at halftime, and played conservatively to the finish. It was 38-0 before the Terrapins got their only score, on a touchdown pass by backup quarterback C.J. Brown with 4:31 remaining.
Maryland wore its unsightly yellow, black, and red uniforms, but its performance was far uglier. Quarterback Danny O’Brien was 17 for 33 for 153 yards and an interception, and was sacked three times. The running game produced only 45 yards, and the defense allowed scores on all five of Temple’s first-half possessions.
Duke 48, Tulane 27 - Sean Renfree and Juwan Thompson rushed for two touchdowns apiece as the Blue Devils (2-2) dominated the Green Wave (2-2) in Durham, N.C.
Duke outgained Tulane, 336 yards to 127 in the first half and 451-148 through three quarters. The Blue Devils didn’t punt until midway through the fourth quarter.
Southern Miss. 30, Virginia 24 - Austin Davis threw three touchdown passes and the visiting Golden Eagles (3-1) held on to beat the Cavaliers (2-2).