Nov 18, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Haynes King (10) throws a pass against the Syracuse Orange in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Hyundai Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Ga. Tech smothers Syracuse, 31-22

Haynes King threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as host Georgia Tech became bowl-eligible with a 31-22 home victory over Syracuse on Saturday evening in Atlanta.

King finished 16 of 20 for 180 yards and ran for a team-high 82 yards as the Yellow Jackets (6-5, 5-3 ACC) won for the third time in four games. Jamal Haynes contributed two touchdowns — one rushing and one receiving — for Georgia Tech.

Syracuse (5-6, 1-6) essentially played without a quarterback for the second straight game, as typical starter Garrett Shrader (upper body) was severely limited and regular backup Carlos Del Rio-Wilson (lower body) was sidelined.

Tight end Dan Villari took a bulk of the snaps for the Orange and went 14 of 14 for 59 yards while rushing for 64 yards and a score. Running back LeQuint Allen also saw significant action at quarterback and ran for 120 yards on 27 carries.

Georgia Tech took the opening kickoff and lit the scoreboard on King’s 15-yard TD pass to Haynes. Syracuse responded with Brady Denaburg’s 44-yard field goal, but that marked the only first-half points for the Orange.

Denaburg missed a 50-yarder early in the second quarter and the Yellow Jackets quickly made Syracuse pay, as King threw a bomb to Dominick Blaylock for a 53-yard touchdown. The hosts tacked on a 22-yard field goal from Aidan Birr in the waning seconds of the half for a 17-3 lead at intermission.

Things got even worse for Syracuse to begin the second half, as Darrell Gill Jr. fumbled the kickoff and Georgia Tech recovered. Haynes ran for a 30-yard touchdown on the next play to make it 24-3.

The Orange began their comeback with Villari’s 4-yard TD run with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

Later in the period, Allen unleashed a 53-yard punt return to set up his own 1-yard TD plunge, but the Orange botched the snap on the extra point. That error came back to bite the Orange, as they had to go for two after Allen’s 2-yard TD run midway through the fourth.

Allen tried to pass on the conversion attempt, but nothing materialized as Syracuse still trailed 24-22.

King’s 19-yard TD run with 2:22 left essentially sealed the outcome.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; New York, New York, USA;  Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Donovan McMillon (3) attempts to tackle Syracuse Orange tight end Dan Villari (89) during the second half at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth win at stake for Georgia Tech, Syracuse

With bowl eligibility at stake for both teams, Georgia Tech welcomes Syracuse to Atlanta on Saturday for a critical Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

The Yellow Jackets (5-5, 4-3) recently posted back-to-back wins over then-No. 17 North Carolina and Virginia before getting doubled up by Clemson last weekend 42-21. Georgia Tech came into that game averaging 465 yards of offense but mustered only 254 yards against the Tigers.

Haynes King was picked off four times and the Yellow Jackets only held the ball for 23:08 as their five-game ACC road winning streak came to an end.

“We got our butts kicked out there today,” Georgia Tech coach Brent Key said. “We’ve got to continue to improve, push through these things, correct these things, and get ready to play another game next week.”

That game will come against a Syracuse team that snapped a five-game losing streak last weekend with an innovative 28-13 victory over Pittsburgh. The Orange (5-5, 1-5) essentially played without a quarterback, as the injured Garrett Shrader was only able to throw two passes.

That opened the door for coach Dino Babers to install a wildcat offense in which tight end Dan Villari (17 carries, 154 yards) and running back LeQuint Allen (28 carries, 102 yards) took the bulk of the snaps.

Shrader is questionable for Saturday’s affair, while backup Carlos Del Rio-Wilson appears unlikely to be available after missing the Pitt game.

The Orange need one win to become bowl-eligible for the second straight season. They haven’t gone to a bowl in back-to-back seasons since 2012 and 2013.

“The bottom part of success is getting these guys to a bowl game,” Babers said. “They give up their summers, they go through broken bones, torn ligaments, surgeries. If we can find a way to get into a bowl, to me, that’s a good thing.”

The Yellow Jackets are aiming for their first bowl appearance since 2018.

Georgia Tech swept its first three games against Syracuse before dropping the last meeting, 37-20 in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers receiver Tyler Brown (6) catches a pass for a touchdown against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Jayloh King (14) during the second quarter  at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Cade Klubnik leads Clemson to decisive win over Ga. Tech

Cade Klubnik went 23-of-34 passing for 205 yards and threw touchdowns to four different pass-catchers as Clemson rolled to a 42-21 Atlantic Coast Conference home win over Georgia Tech, Saturday in Clemson, South Carolina.

The Tigers (6-4, 3-4 ACC) gave up a Georgia Tech touchdown in the first quarter after a fake-punt attempt deep in their own territory. After the four-yard Haynes King rush capped the Yellow Jackets’ 25-yard drive, it was all Clemson.

Klubnik threw his first scoring strike to Beaux Collins from five yards out at the end of an 18-play, 75-yard drive that consumed nearly 10 minutes of game time.

Clemson’s next two touchdown drives before halftime combined to take fewer plays and less time: eight and 3:12, ending in a three-yard Klubnik pass to Tyler Brown; and nine in 4:10, though covering 92 yards.

Will Shipley’s 32-yard scoring run sent the Tigers into halftime up 21-7. Shipley carried 11 times for 77 yards, supplementing Phil Mafah’s game-high 96 yards on 17 carries.

The Tigers poured on another 21 points in the second half before Georgia Tech scored again.

The Yellow Jackets (5-5, 4-3) scored on King’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Dontae Smith and a four-yard toss to Dylan Leonard, both in the fourth quarter.

The scoring throws on a 13-of-31, 129-yard day came after King threw four interceptions. The last of those capped Clemson’s 42 unanswered-point deluge, with Shelton Lewis returning a pick of King 46 yards for a Tigers touchdown.

Khalil Barnes, Avieon Terrell and Kylon Griffin all intercepted passes for the Tigers.

Clemson’s other second-half scores came on a five-yard Klubnik touchdown pass to Jake Briningstool, and a 13-yard connection from Klubnik to Josh Sapp.

Sapp caught two passes for 17 yards. Briningstool had four receptions for 27 yards, Brown caught seven passes for 41 yards and Collins led the Tigers with 65 yards on five catches.

Jamal Haynes ran for a game-high 104 yards on 15 carries in the loss.

–Field Level Media

Sep 16, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina; Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (54) tackles Florida Atlantic running back Zuberi Mobley (2) the third quarter with Florida Atlantic at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY NETWORK

Georgia Tech and Clemson seeking bowl eligibility

Bowl eligibility is at stake as Clemson hosts Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Saturday in South Carolina.

Both teams are coming off their fifth victories of the season as Clemson (5-4, 2-4) notched an upset of Notre Dame while Georgia Tech (5-4, 4-2) soundly beat Virginia.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Yellow Jackets are still in the hunt for a berth in the ACC championship game, as they are in third place in the conference, just one loss behind second-place Louisville.

Saturday will mark the second of three straight home games for the Tigers in Clemson, S.C. Last week, the Tigers were powered by running back Phil Mafah, who ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-23 win over the then-No. 15 Irish.

Clemson’s defense shined, too, picking off Notre Dame’s Sam Hartman twice. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown by Jeremiah Trotter Jr., who was named a semifinalist this week for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker.

“We made plays all around and created havoc,” Trotter said. “I am really glad we were able to do that. I am really proud of my guys.”

While Mafah had a standout game, Clemson could get running back Will Shipley (concussion) back in the lineup this week. Offensive coordinator Garrett Riley said coaches will manage Shipley’s carries if he returns against Georgia Tech.

“You got to do a good job of kind of charting the touches and the amount of plays that they have,” Riley said.

Georgia Tech has won three of its last four games and totaled 514 yards of offense in a 45-17 victory over Virginia last week. Yellow Jackets quarterback Haynes King had 291 yards of total offense, rushing for two scores and throwing for one touchdown.

“We’ve got to stay with our foot on the gas and continue to get better every week,” Georgia Tech coach Brent Key said. “We got a tough stretch of the season — we really do.”

Clemson has an eight-game winning streak against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have not won at Clemson since 2008.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Miami Hurricanes safety Kamren Kinchens (24) celebrates with fans after a victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Miami gains reinforcements for Georgia Tech visit

Undefeated through four games, No. 17 Miami aims to put another tally in the win column when it opens Atlantic Coast Conference play against visiting Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The Hurricanes (4-0) last played on Sept. 23, a 41-7 road win over Temple. It marked the first time in 21 years that Miami has scored 38 or more points in each of their first four games. Despite wind and rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia, the Canes piled up 543 yards of total offense.

Before facing Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-1), Miami used its bye week to get healthy ahead of ACC play. All-American safety Kamren Kinchens is expected to return to the field Saturday, four weeks after he was carted off with an apparent neck injury against Texas A&M.

“I don’t like missing games,” Kinchens said. “It was kind of a rough patch missing those games, because I kind of pride myself on fighting through whatever, but there’s a lot of excitement being back out there with my family.”

A junior, Kinchens was key for Miami in the defensive backfield last season with 59 tackles, six interceptions, 12 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a recovery. He has five tackles and one pick in two games so far this season.

Miami coach Mario Cristobal said the team will “hopefully” have starting defensive linemen Akheem Mesidor and Branson Deen back in the lineup against Georgia Tech after both missed the previous two games.

Mesidor had seven sacks for the Canes last season, while Deen — a transfer from Purdue — had 2.5 for the Boilermakers in 2022.

Cristobal also added that fans “might be able to see” projected starting tight end Elijah Arroyo play this weekend. A redshirt sophomore with 10 career catches, Arroyo had major knee surgery that cut his 2022 season short.

Georgia Tech, meanwhile, just shook up its coaching staff a bit, as head coach Brent Key demoted defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker to safeties coach and promoted Kevin Sherrer to defensive coordinator.

Sherrer has previously been a defensive coordinator at South Alabama and Tennessee. Most recently, before joining the Yellow Jackets’ staff, he was a linebackers coach in the NFL with the New York Giants. He also won a pair of national championships as a director of player development with Alabama in 2011 and 2012.

“I do feel that a new voice and perspective from the coordinator role is necessary for us to improve,” Key said. “Coach Sherrer is a veteran coach that has had great success in all aspects of coaching defense and at the highest levels of football.”

Georgia Tech is coming off a 38-27 home loss to Bowling Green last weekend. It’s the sixth straight season that the Yellow Jackets have lost to a Group of 5 or FCS opponent — a streak that now spans across three head coaches.

Offensively, the Yellow Jackets have been decent this year, averaging 32.4 points per game. Haynes King, a transfer from Texas A&M, has thrown 15 touchdowns and four interceptions, completing 64.5 percent of his throws.

Miami is 14-13 all-time against Georgia Tech. The Canes have won five of the last seven meetings.

–Field Level Media

Sep 16, 2023; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Mitch Griffis (12) fumbles the ball while being tackled by Old Dominion Monarchs defensive end Amorie Morrison (4) and linebacker EJ Green (24) during the second quarter at Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest opens ACC slate with test from Georgia Tech

So many things have gone well for Wake Forest this season but the Demon Deacons know they aren’t perfect.

“We have a lot to work on, but it’s always easier to do that after you find a way to win,” coach Dave Clawson said.

Clawson and Wake Forest open Athletic Coast Conference play against visiting Georgia Tech on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Wake Forest (3-0) rallied from 17 points down to win its road opener 27-24 on Saturday at Old Dominion.

Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1 ACC) hasn’t enjoyed that level of success. The Yellow Jackets lost 48-23 at Mississippi on Saturday.

“The biggest thing is we have to take the mistakes and make the corrections,” Georgia Tech coach Brent Key said. “We’ve got a conference opponent and we have to go on the road game again and take the things we’ve learned.”

One thing the Yellow Jackets might have deciphered from their early games — newfound success throwing the ball. Quarterback Haynes King completed 28 of 41 passes last week.

That marked the most completions in a game without an interception for a Georgia Tech quarterback in 21 years.

“We’ve got to keep everybody together,” King said. “You can’t flinch.”

Quarterback Mitch Griffis will make his first start in an ACC game for Wake Forest. He has completed 61.9 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and three interceptions this season. There have been uneven stretches.

“He’s an inexperienced quarterback and this is a growth process,” Clawson said. “The bottom line is he made plays at the end of the game to help us win the (Old Dominion) game.”

Wake Forest’s defense recorded 10 sacks in the Old Dominion game.

Georgia Tech wasn’t called for a penalty and didn’t commit a turnover at Ole Miss.

“There’s a lot of progress,” Key said. “We challenge the players before the game to weather the storms, weather the ups and downs.”

The Yellow Jackets’ visit to Winston-Salem is their first since 2010. Wake Forest has won 22 of its last 26 home games.

–Field Level Media

Sep 1, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Jack Plummer (13) looks to throw against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Plummer tosses 3 TDs as Louisville gets past Georgia Tech

Jack Plummer threw three touchdown passes and Jawhar Jordan ran for 96 yards and a score Friday as visiting Louisville topped Georgia Tech 39-34 in Atlanta in the season opener for both ACC programs.

In the Louisville coaching debut for Jeff Brohm, a former standout quarterback for the Cardinals, the visitors outscored the Yellow Jackets 26-6 during the second half. Plummer finished 18 of 31 for 247 yards for Louisville (1-0, 1-0 ACC), while Jamari Thrash caught seven balls for 88 yards and two scores.

Haynes King went 19 of 32 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1).

Trailing by one, the Yellow Jackets were in field-goal range with under four minutes remaining before Dezmond Tell hit King from the blind side, forcing a fumble that Lou Wilson recovered. On the next play, Jordan sprinted up the middle for a 74-yard touchdown.

Brock Travelstead drilled a 38-yard field goal with 2:39 left to push the Louisville lead to 39-28. Georgia Tech found the end zone with 1:07 to play, but the Yellow Jackets were unable to secure the ensuing onside kick.

Georgia Tech trailed 6-0 after the first quarter before erupting for four touchdowns in the second stanza.

King had two passing touchdowns in the period — a 2-yard touchdown pass to Brett Seither and a quick screen with Chase Lane, who stormed down the right sideline for a 48-yard score. Trey Cooley added two TD runs during the second quarter, finding the end zone from 1 and 23 yards to help the Yellow Jackets lead 28-13 at the break.

The hosts’ momentum did not carry into the third quarter, however, as Louisville scored the only 10 points of the period. The Cardinals outgained the Yellow Jackets 142-21 in the quarter, highlighted by Plummer’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Thrash.

After a missed 33-yard field goal by Georgia Tech’s Gavin Stewart early in the fourth quarter, Louisville regained the lead with 8:08 remaining on Plummer’s 20-yard hookup with Thrash.

–Field Level Media

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Nov 26, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) runs with the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Georgia stays undefeated, dominates Georgia Tech

No. 1 Georgia started slowly before pulling away from visiting Georgia Tech for a 37-14 victory on Saturday at Athens, Ga., giving the Bulldogs consecutive undefeated regular seasons for the first time in school history.

Stetson Bennett went just 10-of-18 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (12-0), who will face No. 5 LSU in the SEC title game on Dec. 3.

Georgia Tech (5-7) missed becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight season after falling to its in-state rival for the fifth straight year and for the 18th time in the past 21 meetings.

The Bulldogs trailed 7-0 after the Yellow Jackets’ first drive before scoring the game’s next 37 points.

Kenny McIntosh rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught two passes for 96 yards for Georgia, while Brock Bowers had five catches, including a 1-yard touchdown, for 20 yards.

Georgia Tech’s Zach Gibson went 19-of-35 passing for 191 yards, with Nate McCollum catching six passes for 65 yards. Dontae Smith rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries, in addition to throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Carter.

Leading 10-7 at halftime, Georgia extended its lead to 20-7 when Jack Podlesny’s 50-yard field goal was followed by Bennett’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Bowers with 5:51 left in the third quarter.

Jamie Felix fumbled on Georgia Tech’s next play from scrimmage, with Georgia’s Robert Beal Jr. recovering on the Yellow Jackets’ 20-yard line. Podlesny’s 36-yard field goal extended the lead to 23-7 with 4:11 left in the quarter.

McIntosh followed an 83-yard reception with a 2-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 30-7 with 13:45 left in the game.

Kendall Milton’s 44-yard touchdown run made it 37-7 with 11:13 to go before Smith capped the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Carter on a halfback-option pass with 2:55 left.

Georgia Tech, which lost to Georgia 45-0 last year, took a 7-0 lead on backup quarterback Taisun Phommachanh’s 7-yard touchdown with 10:43 left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs pulled to within 7-3 on Podlesny’s 30-yard field goal with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.

Georgia took the lead for good on its next possession when Bennett threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint with 7:59 left in the first half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) passes the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats during the third quarter at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Georgia out to continue dominance of Georgia Tech

Top-ranked Georgia will look to secure consecutive undefeated regular seasons for the first time in school history by continuing its dominance over in-state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday in Athens, Ga.

The game, which is nicknamed “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate,” has become as one-sided as any in the nation. Georgia has won the past four meetings by an average of 36.3 points after a 45-0 win last year. The Bulldogs have beaten the Yellow Jackets in 17 of the past 20 meetings.

Georgia (11-0, 8-0 SEC) is coming off a 16-6 victory at Kentucky on Saturday and will play in the SEC title game for the fifth time in the past six years when it faces LSU on Dec. 3.

Georgia Tech (5-6, 4-4 ACC) rallied from a 17-0 second-quarter deficit to pull out a 21-17 upset of then-No. 13 North Carolina (9-2, 6-1 ACC) on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Yellow Jackets, however, must defeat Georgia to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2018.

Georgia is first nationally in scoring defense (11.09 points per game), third in rushing defense (83.1 yards per game), fifth in total defense (272.1 ypg) and 11th in scoring offense (38.4 points).

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,011 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions, leading an offense that is seventh in the country in yards per game (496.3).

Tight end Brock Bowers has 41 receptions for 625 yards with four touchdowns, while Ladd McConkey has 46 catches for 606 yards and four touchdowns. Kenny McIntosh has been a threat out of the backfield with 33 receptions for 341 yards and a score, in addition to rushing for 568 yards and seven scores on 111 carries.

The Bulldogs’ Daijun Edwards is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, having rushed for 547 yards and seven touchdowns on 107 carries.

Georgia Tech has gone 4-3 under interim coach Brent Key, who was promoted from assistant head coach and run game coordinator after the school fired Geoff Collins following a loss to Central Florida on Sept. 24 that dropped the Yellow Jackets to 1-3.

Key, however, could be coaching his final game with the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech also fired athletic director Rick Stansbury and hired J Batt, the former executive deputy director of athletics, chief operating officer and chief revenue officer at Alabama.

“I’m worried about Georgia, it’s the No. 1 team in the country,” Key said. “It’s the biggest challenge of my life right now, taking this group over there to Athens at 12 o’clock on Saturday.

“It’s Georgia and Georgia Tech, and that’s why you come to school here, is to play this game, it’s an honor.”

The Yellow Jackets’ two quarterback system of Zach Gibson, who went 13-for-18 passing for 174 yards, and Taisun Phommachanh, who went 2-for-5 passing for 13 yards in addition to rushing for 44 yards and a score on 10 carries, led an offense that amassed 373 yards against the Tar Heels.

The defense held North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye, a Heisman Trophy candidate, to 16-for-30 passing for 202 yards and an interception.

“They’re playing really well now. They’re playing really hard now,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “I think (Key) has done a tremendous job at getting these guys to compete.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Dontae Smith (4) has his face masked grabbed by Miami Hurricanes cornerback Te'Cory Couch (23) as linebacker Wesley Bissainthe (31) attempts to make a tackle in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Miami takes advantage of turnovers to beat Georgia Tech

True freshman Jacurri Brown threw three touchdown passes in his first career start, and safety Kamren Kinchens intercepted three passes, leading the Miami Hurricanes to a 35-14 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an ACC game in Atlanta Saturday.

Miami (5-5, 3-3) intercepted four passes, including one that was returned for a 99-yard touchdown by Kinchens. Tyrique Stevenson had the other interception, and Kinchens leads the ACC with six picks.

Brown, a Georgia native, completed 14-of-19 passes for 136 yards and no interceptions. He also ran 19 times for 87 yards.

His first two TD passes were to tight ends — Will Mallory and Jaleel Skinner. Both tight ends started those plays in the backfield. For Skinner, a true freshman, it was his first career TD.

Brown’s third TD pass went to wide receiver Colbie Young.

Miami running back Jaylan Knighton rushed 16 times for 118 yards and one touchdown.

The Hurricanes were missing several starters, including quarterback Tyler Van Dyke and running back Henry Parrish Jr.

Georgia Tech (4-6, 3-4) was led by true freshman quarterback Zach Pyron, who made his second start, and wide receiver Nate McCollum.

Pyron, who left the game with 13:03 in the fourth quarter due to an apparent injury, led the Jackets with 66 yards rushing. He also completed 12-of-22 passes for 114 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

McCollum caught eight passes for 100 yards and one touchdown.

Miami, which hadn’t scored a touchdown in nine consecutive quarters, ended that drought on the game’s first possession. The Hurricanes went 75 yards on 11 plays, scoring on Brown’s 22-yard pass to Mallory, who beat linebacker Charlie Thomas. Brown was pressured by Sylvain Yondjouen on the play, which was the second pass of the drive.

The Hurricanes went up 14-0 in the second quarter on a 14-play, 93-yard drive. The march ended with a play-action fake and a four-yard TD pass to Skinner. It was only the second completion on the drive.

With 30 seconds left in the half, Pyron threw a nine-yard TD pass toward the back of the end zone to McCollum, beating Stevenson to cut Georgia Tech’s deficit to 14-7. That capped a 15-play, 99-yard TD drive that included three third-down conversions.

But Miami took a 21-7 lead with 7:52 left in the fourth as Brown lobbed a eight-yard TD pass to Young. That capped a 51-yard drive that was set up by Kinchens’ second interception. That pick was off of Jackets backup quarterback Zach Gibson.

Miami put the game away with Knighton’s two-yard TD run and Kinchens’ pick-six.

–Field Level Media