The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scored 22 unanswered points to close out the second quarter and take a 22-19 lead over the Miami Hurricanes through the first 30 minutes of game action. Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington led the charge with 114 total yards and two rushing touchdowns. Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is having a spectacular game himself with six receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown but he did have a costly fumble early in the second.
With the pace the Hurricanes were scoring in the first quarter, though, it seemed like they might just run away with this one. To start it off, QB Stephen Morris found Dorsett for a 65-yard touchdown strike on only the third play of the game.
Miami kicker Jake Wieclaw tacked on a 38-yard before Georgia Tech's kick returner, Orwin Smith, handed the Hurricanes a safety by kneeling in the end zone with his hand touching near the 1-yard line. Senior RB Mike James added a 1-yard touchdown rush on Miami's following drive to put the score at 19-0 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, the Yellow Jackets came alive. Georgia Tech got things started on the very next drive, after a 57-yard Washington-to-Tony Zenon connection set up an 8-yard touchdown scamper for Smith. Linebacker Brandon Watts forced a fumble on the first play of the following drive for Miami and the Yellow Jackets would take advantage with a lightning-quick drive that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown rush from Washington.
Georgia Tech's defense carried that momentum on their following drive, bottling up the explosive Duke Johnson to get their offense the ball back. And for the third consecutive drive, the Yellow Jackets found pay dirt as Washington broke the plane with a rush from 10 yards out. Georgia Tech would then proceed to get the 2-point conversion through the air to extend their lead to 22-19.
Georgia Tech had a chance to extend that cushion even further when defensive back Jemea Thomas jumped in front of a Morris pass for an interception on the very next drive. Instead, they seemed content to run out the clock and hold on to their 3-point lead heading into the locker room.
The Yellow Jackets will look to build on their scoring streak when they receive the ball to start the third quarter.
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