COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Orwin Smith ran for 89 yards and a touchdown, and Georgia Tech stymied a Maryland offense led by linebacker-turned-quarterback Shawn Petty in a 33-13 rout Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 20-0 at halftime and 27-0 late in the third quarter before Maryland finally scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Petty to Stefon Diggs. Petty also threw a 23-yard TD pass to Diggs on the game's final play, but the injury-depleted Terrapins (4-5, 2-3) dropped their third straight.
Maryland has lost four quarterbacks for the season with injuries, so coach Randy Edsall was forced to turn to Petty, a true freshman signed as a linebacker. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound left-hander ran for 24 yards on 17 carries and completed 9 of 18 passes for 115 yards. He also fumbled twice and threw an interception.
The Yellow Jackets finished with a 401-259 advantage in total yardage, including 205-61 in the decisive first half.
Georgia Tech backup quarterback Vad Lee ran for a pair of 2-yard touchdowns and starter Tevin Washington also rushed for a score, the 34th of his career - one short of the school and ACC record for quarterbacks held by Joshua Nesbitt.
The Yellow Jackets amassed 370 yards rushing against the nation's fourth-ranked defense against the run (77.6 yards per game before Saturday).
Georgia Tech took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter when Washington capped a 12-play, 69-yard drive with a 1-yard run. Smith kept the march alive with a 17-yard run on a fourth-and-3 from the Maryland 35.
The Yellow Jackets capitalized on a Petty fumble to make it 13-0 early in the second quarter. After Jeremiah Attaochu recovered the loose ball at the Maryland 33, Smith scored from the 5.
Another three-and-out by the Terrapins followed, and a 17-yard punt provided Georgia Tech the ball at the Maryland 49. Seven plays later, Lee scored for a 20-0 lead.
At that juncture, the Yellow Jackets had a 170-22 advantage in total yardage and Maryland still had not yet picked up a first down.
The Terrapins finally moved the chains for the first time with 6:38 left in the half when Georgia Tech was called for roughing the kicker on a punt.
|GATECH||Tevin Washington 1 yd run (missed kick)|
|GATECH||Orwin Smith 5 yd run (David Scully kick)|
|GATECH||Vad Lee 2 yd run (David Scully kick)|
|GATECH||Robert Godhigh 5 yd run (David Scully kick)|
|MD||Stefon Diggs 16 yd pass from Shawn Petty (Brendan Magistro kick)|
|GATECH||Vad Lee 2 yd run (blocked XP)|
|MD||Stefon Diggs 23 yd pass from Shawn Petty|
|Third Down Efficiency||3-8||5-15|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-3||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||36||133|
|Punt Return Yds||56||14|
|Time of Poss.||28:18||31:42|
|GATECH: Orwin Smith 10-89, Synjyn Days 6-66, Vad Lee 12-60, Robert Godhigh 5-34, David Sims 8-33, Tevin Washington 4-30, Zach Laskey 4-16, Tony Zenon 2-16, B.J. Bostic 2-13, Broderick Snoddy 2-11, Deon Hill 1-2|
|MD: Brandon Ross 12-66, Wes Brown 9-38, Shawn Petty 17-24, Stefon Diggs 4-18, Justus Pickett 1--1, Albert Reid 1--1|
|GATECH: Vad Lee 1-2-26-0, Tevin Washington 1-2-5-0|
|MD: Shawn Petty 9-18-115-1|
|GATECH: Orwin Smith 1-26, Jeff Greene 1-5|
|MD: Stefon Diggs 5-55, Justus Pickett 1-28, Kevin Dorsey 1-14, Levern Jacobs 1-10, Ryan Schlothauer 1-8|
|Georgia Tech||3rd Atlantic Coast Coastal||5-4||7-7|
|Maryland||5th Atlantic Coast Atlantic||2-6||4-8|