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Georgia Tech tops Kentucky 33-18 in TaxSlayer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dedrick Mills got a shoutout, some head nods and several high-fives as he walked toward the interview room at EverBank Field.

And those came from opposing players.

The freshman was an even bigger hit inside Georgia Tech's locker room and in the stands.

Mills ran for a career-high 169 yards and a touchdown, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 33-18 victory against Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday. It was the seventh-most rushing yards in bowl history, earning Mills the Most Valuable Player trophy and making some forget about his two suspensions this season.

''I think he can be a very special player,'' coach Paul Johnson said. ''He's a very talented young man. We've got to try to help him grow up. Sometimes, you know, at that age, when you're 18, we all didn't make great decisions. It's our job to help him make the right decisions because he's got a bright future if he'll continue to work hard.''

Playing without running back Marcus Marshall, who decided to transfer after the regular-season finale, Georgia Tech (9-4) turned to Mills to handle the workload against Kentucky (7-6). The newcomer from nearby Waycross, Georgia, delivered. With dozens of friends and family members in attendance, he carried a career-high 31 times as the Yellow Jackets won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in more than a decade.

''It wasn't that tough. It wasn't that tough,'' Mills said. ''Behind the offensive line, running off their blocks, made it easier for me to find holes and get through them.''

He got plenty of help, too, as Tech won its fourth consecutive game.

Senior P.J. Davis returned a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown. Fellow linebacker Terrell Lewis blocked a punt late in the first half that set up one of Harrison Butker's four field goals. Thomas added a 21-yard TD run in his final collegiate game.

''It's a great feeling,'' Thomas said. ''Everything has to come to an end one day. Happy it ended like this. Looking forward to see what the future holds.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have to replace two significant cogs in their flexbone spread option, with Thomas graduating and Marshall transferring. But Mills looks like he could be a force for at least two more years.

Kentucky: The Wildcats return 36 of 44 players on their two-deep roster, and with quarterback Stephen Johnson and running back Benny Snell blossoming late in the season, coach Mark Stoops could have a solid nucleus in place to make another bowl in 2017.

FINAL SHOT

Despite struggling most of the day, the Wildcats had a final shot in the closing minutes. Johnson scrambled for a 21-yard touchdown with 3:57 remaining and then connected with C.J. Conrad for the 2-point conversion to make it a one-score game. But Thomas found Ricky Jeune wide open on a third-and-4 play near midfield for 42 yards. Mills scored three plays later to seal Tech's victory.

''Just made an aggressive mistake,'' Stoops said.

TURNING POINT

Trailing 10-3, Kentucky was threatening to score when Jojo Kemp was stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the 5 late in the second quarter. Tech responded with a 94-yard drive that included a fourth-and-inches conversion from their 15. Thomas' TD run capped the drive and made it 17-3.

Making matter worse for the Wildcats, they had a punt blocked on the ensuing possession and Georgia Tech turned it into a 52-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Stoops was angered that officials didn't restart the clock after Thomas' first-down completion to Brad Stewart.

''I believe there was just some confusion,'' Stoops said. ''Maybe some of them thought it was out of bounds when he was inbounds. They later told me he was inbounds. I just couldn't understand why they would, with one second, give them as much time as they wanted to line up.''

VERBAL EXCHANGE

Stoops and Johnson exchanged words in the first quarter. Stoops initially seemed upset that two of his players were injured on consecutive plays. But Stoops said he took issue with something someone on Tech's sideline said.

''I have great respect for Coach Johnson, but nobody else over there is going to say a word to me,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech: Plays the final of three straight games against Southeastern Conference teams when it opens 2017 against Tennessee on Labor Day night in Atlanta.

Kentucky: Opens next season at Southern Mississippi on Sept. 2.

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Key Players
D. Mills 26 RB
172 YDs, 2 TDs
S. Johnson 15 QB
175 YDs, 1 TDs, 0 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:18
87-H.Butker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
33
18
Touchdown 2:18
26-D.Mills runs 3 yards for a touchdown
6
plays
58
yds
1:39
pos
32
18
Two Point Conversion 3:57
15-S.Johnson complete to 87-C.Conrad. 87-C.Conrad to GT End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
26
18
Touchdown 3:57
15-S.Johnson scrambles runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
75
yds
02:16
pos
26
16
Field Goal 6:18
87-H.Butker 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
16
yds
07:13
pos
26
10
Point After TD 13:40
99-A.MacGinnis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
10
Touchdown 13:40
15-S.Johnson complete to 2-D.Baker. 2-D.Baker runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
28
yds
01:20
pos
23
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:20
87-H.Butker 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
-10
yds
03:32
pos
23
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
87-H.Butker 52 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
-21
yds
00:21
pos
20
3
Point After TD 0:49
87-H.Butker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
3
Touchdown 0:49
5-J Thomas runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
49
yds
0:48
pos
16
3
Field Goal 11:41
99-A.MacGinnis 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
-34
yds
03:19
pos
10
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:34
87-H.Butker 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
39
yds
06:19
pos
10
0
Point After TD 13:10
87-H.Butker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 13:24
15-S.Johnson sacked at KEN 44 for -7 yards FUMBLES (91-P.Gamble40-P.Davis). 40-P.Davis runs 38 yards for a touchdown.
0
plays
75
yds
1:03
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 19
Rushing 16 9
Passing 4 10
Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Conv 5-13 6-16
4th Down Conv 2-2 2-4
Total Net Yards 395 340
Total Plays 67 70
Avg Gain 5.9 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 290 149
Rush Attempts 53 36
Avg Rush Yards 5.5 4.1
Net Yards Passing 105 191
Comp. - Att. 6-14 19-34
Yards Per Pass 7.5 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-16
Penalties - Yards 8-74 6-61
Touchdowns 5 2
Rushing TDs 4 1
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 2-38.0 3-34.0
Return Yards 85 -1
Punts - Returns 1-11 1--1
Kickoffs - Returns 3-74 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 7/7 2/2
Extra Points 3/3 1/1
Field Goals 4/4 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Georgia Tech 9-4 101031033
Kentucky 7-6 0301518
105 PASS YDS 191
290 RUSH YDS 149
395 TOTAL YDS 340
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Thomas 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
42.9% 105 0 0 105.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
42.9% 105 0 0 105.9
J. Thomas 6/14 105 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Mills 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
32 172 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
153 774 13
D. Mills 32 172 2 27
J. Thomas 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 63 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 63 2
J. Thomas 10 63 2 21
C. Lynch 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 415 2
C. Lynch 2 23 0 20
J. Green 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 154 1
J. Green 2 20 0 11
M. Allen 24 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 47 0
M. Allen 1 11 0 11
Q. Searcy 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 273 2
Q. Searcy 5 2 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Jeune 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 59 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 59 0
R. Jeune 3 59 0 42
Q. Searcy 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 183 0
Q. Searcy 1 36 0 36
B. Stewart 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 10 0
B. Stewart 2 10 0 10
J. Green 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 40 0
J. Green 0 0 0 0
C. Lynch 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 490 6
C. Lynch 0 0 0 0
D. Mills 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 1
D. Mills 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Gray 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
A. Gray 9-0 0.0 0
P. Gamble 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 2.0
P. Gamble 7-0 2.0 0
S. Durham 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
S. Durham 6-0 0.0 0
P. Davis 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
P. Davis 5-3 0.0 0
La. Austin 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 3 0.0
La. Austin 5-0 0.0 0
J. Johnson 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Johnson 4-0 0.0 0
Co. Griffin 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
Co. Griffin 3-0 0.0 0
R. Rook-Chungong 41 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
R. Rook-Chungong 2-1 0.0 0
B. Mitchell 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Mitchell 2-0 0.0 0
K. Freeman 42 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Freeman 2-1 0.0 0
A. Saint-Amour 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Saint-Amour 2-0 0.0 0
A. Simmons 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Simmons 1-0 0.0 0
La. Austin 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 3 0.0
La. Austin 1-1 0.0 0
C. Alford 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
C. Alford 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. Butker 87 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 3/3
SEASON FG XP
4/4 3/3
H. Butker 4/4 52 3/3 15
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Rodwell 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 38.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 38.0 0
R. Rodwell 2 38.0 0 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Cottrell 31 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 24.7 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 24.7 27 0
N. Cottrell 3 24.7 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Stewart 83 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
B. Stewart 1 11.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Johnson 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.9% 175 1 0 108.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.7% 2037 13 6 130.9
S. Johnson 19/34 175 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Johnson 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 49 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 327 3
S. Johnson 14 49 1 21
S. Williams 18 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
171 1170 7
S. Williams 11 35 0 9
B. Snell Jr. 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 34 0
B. Snell Jr. 7 34 0 10
J. Kemp 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
70 349 6
J. Kemp 3 28 0 25
D. Baker 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
D. Baker 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Baker 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 38 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 208 2
D. Baker 2 38 1 20
J. Badet 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 670 4
J. Badet 3 31 0 16
R. Timmons 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 266 0
R. Timmons 3 30 0 19
G. Johnson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 585 5
G. Johnson 3 17 0 7
C. Conrad 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 14 0
C. Conrad 3 14 0 5
B. Bone 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 82 0
B. Bone 1 11 0 11
B. Snell Jr. 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
B. Snell Jr. 1 11 0 11
D. Bouvier 31 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
D. Bouvier 1 9 0 9
S. Williams 18 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 56 1
S. Williams 1 8 0 8
C. Walker 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 34 0
C. Walker 1 6 0 6
G. Hart 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 32 0
G. Hart 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Jones 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
J. Jones 8-1 0.0 0
D. Ware 35 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
D. Ware 8-0 0.0 0
J. Allen 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
J. Allen 6-1 0.0 0
M. Edwards 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
M. Edwards 6-1 0.0 0
M. McWilson 15 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
M. McWilson 5-2 0.0 0
D. Baity 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Baity 5-0 0.0 0
C. Love 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
C. Love 5-2 0.0 0
N. Pringle 77 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
N. Pringle 5-1 0.0 0
T. Carter 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Carter 2-0 0.0 0
C. Westry 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Westry 1-0 0.0 0
J. Bonner 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Bonner 1-0 0.0 0
J. Bannerman 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Bannerman 1-0 0.0 0
D. West 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. West 1-0 0.0 0
C. Piatt 54 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Piatt 1-0 0.0 0
A. Bell 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Bell 0-1 0.0 0
T. Dubose 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Dubose 0-1 0.0 0
A. Middleton 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Middleton 0-1 0.0 0
A. MacGinnis 99 K
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. MacGinnis 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. MacGinnis 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
16/19 44/45
A. MacGinnis 1/1 37 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
G. McKinniss 86 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 34.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 34.0 1
G. McKinniss 3 34.0 1 37
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Walker 88 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 7.8 0 1
C. Walker 1 -1.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:53 GATECH 20 6:19 14 75 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:29 GATECH 32 1:21 4 -6 Punt
5:18 GATECH 6 4:29 13 94 TD
0:24 UK 44 0:21 5 -21 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 GATECH 27 2:44 5 15 Punt
10:35 GATECH 14 2:56 6 15 Punt
5:52 UK 45 3:32 10 18 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 GATECH 24 7:13 13 68 FG
3:57 GATECH 42 1:39 7 58 TD
0:43 UK 47 0:00 1 -1
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UK 25 1:36 4 75 TD
13:10 UK 25 2:24 7 17
3:30 UK 25 3:26 7 44
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GATECH 31 3:19 7 -34 FG
9:59 UK 28 4:33 9 67
0:49 UK 25 0:18 3 9 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:01 GATECH 43 1:18 4 -6 Punt
7:31 UK 35 1:27 3 1 Punt
2:13 UK 25 2:05 8 47
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GATECH 28 1:20 4 28 TD
6:13 UK 25 2:16 9 75 TD
2:18 UK 25 1:30 8 22