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ACC Championship: Florida State leads Georgia Tech after three quarters

A late Yellow Jackets field goal was the only scoring in the third quarter, as the Seminoles are up, 21-9.

Streeter Lecka

Georgia Tech has one quarter left to make a move if it wants to topple Florida State in the ACC Championship and punch a ticket to the Orange Bowl.

After a rough first half for the Yellow Jackets in which they managed just six points and gave up 21 to the Seminoles, their defense was able to keep Florida State off the board in the third quarter. Unfortunately, Georgia Tech wasn't able to gain much ground, managing just a field goal in 15 minutes of play.

The Yellow Jackets made life a lot tougher for E.J. Manuel in the quarter, sacking him twice and holding him to 26 yards. Twice, Florida State had plays taken away by penalties, including a false start that erased a 14-yard pass from Manuel to Rashad Greene. Georgia Tech also forced a fumble out of Kelvin Benjamin with just under 10 minutes left into the quarter, the first turnover of the game for either side. The Yellow Jackets, however, followed that fumble recovery with a turnover of their own, as the Seminoles intercepted Synjyn Days on Georgia Tech's first play of the drive.

On the lone scoring drive of the quarter, the Yellow Jackets took the ball 81 yards on 13 plays for the field goal. Starting from its own 1-yard-line, Georgia Tech ran the ball down Florida State's throat, with five different players getting a carry. A 12-yard run from Robert Godhigh took the Yellow Jackets as close as the Seminoles' 17-yard-line, but once again, the team's red-zone possessions turned up no more than three points.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.