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Georgia Tech overwhelms Pittsburgh 35-17 in ACC opener

ATLANTA (AP) KirVonte Benson is taking advantage of his unexpected opportunity to lead Georgia Tech's running game.

Benson ran for a career-high 196 yards with two touchdowns, TaQuon Marshall added 112 yards rushing with two scoring runs, and Georgia Tech beat Pittsburgh 35-17 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for each team.

Benson, a third-year sophomore, was in line to be a backup before Dedrick Mills, the team's leading returning rusher, was dismissed from the team three weeks before the season. Benson flourished on his 29 carries.

''I like the amount of times I got the ball,'' Benson said. ''I'm just glad I could perform when I had the ball in my hands.''

Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-0) ran for 436 yards with five touchdowns.

''We expect to run for at least 300 yards every game,'' Benson said. ''That's our goal.''

Pittsburgh couldn't find a way to stop Benson on Georgia Tech's fullback dive, a staple of coach Paul Johnson's spread-option offense.

''It's a little bit of everything, guys missing tackles,'' said Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi. ''... They can run the ball, especially if you give them 10 more minutes.''

Georgia Tech controlled the clock, holding the ball 35 minutes. The Panthers were successful on only 1 of 13 third-down plays.

''When you don't move the ball against Georgia Tech, the way they hold the ball, you're in deep, deep trouble,'' Narduzzi said.

With the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, Marshall used a spin move to dodge Pittsburgh safety Damar Hamlin on an 18-yard run to the 1. Marshall scored on a keeper the next play. He had a 32-yard scoring run down the Georgia Tech sideline in the first quarter.

The Yellow Jackets overcame four lost fumbles, including two by Benson. Georgia Tech's defense allowed no points on the four turnovers.

''If it weren't for the defense, we wouldn't have won this game,'' Marshall said.

Benson lost his second fumble inside the Pittsburgh 5 midway through the fourth quarter. He had a 47-yard scoring run about two minutes later.

Pittsburgh (1-3, 0-1) made a change at quarterback, starting Ben DiNucci over senior Max Browne.

Seven Pittsburgh rushers netted only 37 yards on 20 carries.

The Panthers stayed close in the first half with a few big plays, including an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Quadree Henderson for a 14-14 tie. A devastating block by Damar Hamlin on Parker Braun helped Henderson find an open field.

Alex Kessman made a 55-yard field goal for Pittsburgh to end the first half.

Georgia Tech's Quaide Weimerskirch scored on a 19-yard run in the third quarter - the longest run and first touchdown for the sophomore.

THE TAKEWAY

Pittsburgh: DiNucci showed promise on his first drive but for the most part looked like a first-time starter. The Panthers couldn't generate a running attack to help the sophomore. Pittsburgh's young defense was consistently frustrated by Georgia Tech's option runs. Most of Benson's yards came on power runs straight at the line.

''Our defense was just on the field too long today,'' Narduzzi said.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets' top-ranked running game showed its depth and big-play ability. Perhaps most encouraging for Georgia Tech's ACC outlook was the play of its defense. The Yellow Jackets allowed no points on four lost fumbles.

''I thought that our defense played really, really well today, especially in sudden-change situations,'' Johnson said.

QUARTERBACK QUESTION

DiNucci completed 12 of 19 passes for 110 yards with one touchdown. Browne took over in the fourth quarter and completed 10 of 15 passes for 89 yards.

Narduzzi said he will take a ''status quo'' approach on his quarterbacks ''and find out who has the best week of practice and who gives us the best chance to win a football game.''

TWO-WAY PLAYER

Whitehead, Pittsburgh's strong safety, returned from a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules. His 30-yard gain on an end-around run to set up DiNucci's 28-yard touchdown pass to Quadree Ollison.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: The Panthers return home to play Rice on Saturday.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets will have another home ACC game against North Carolina on Saturday at noon.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:37
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
35
Touchdown 5:37
30-K.Benson runs 47 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
47
yds
00:09
pos
17
34
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:40
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
28
Touchdown 6:40
21-Q.Weimerskirch runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
57
yds
04:04
pos
17
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
97-A.Kessman 55 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
38
yds
0:43
pos
17
21
Point After TD 0:51
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 0:51
30-K.Benson runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
74
yds
04:15
pos
14
20
Point After TD 8:05
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 8:05
27-P.Harvin punts 39 yards from GT 41. 10-Q.Henderson runs 80 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
21
yds
02:40
pos
13
14
Point After TD 13:48
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 13:48
16-T.Marshall runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
79
yds
04:29
pos
7
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:29
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:29
16-T.Marshall runs 32 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
73
yds
03:24
pos
7
6
Point After TD 12:19
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 12:19
3-B.DiNucci complete to 37-Q.Ollison. 37-Q.Ollison runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
78
yds
02:32
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 11 25
Rushing 2 21
Passing 9 2
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 1-13 6-14
4th Down Conv 2-3 1-1
Total Net Yards 213 484
Total Plays 55 74
Avg Gain 3.9 6.5
Net Yards Rushing 37 436
Rush Attempts 20 67
Avg Rush Yards 1.9 6.5
Net Yards Passing 176 48
Comp. - Att. 22-35 4-7
Yards Per Pass 5.0 6.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-23 0-0
Penalties - Yards 0-0 -5--33
Touchdowns 2 5
Rushing TDs 0 5
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 4
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 4-4
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 7-50.1 4-45.5
Return Yards 204 49
Punts - Returns 3-80 2-23
Kickoffs - Returns 6-124 1-26
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/4 5/5
Extra Points 2/2 5/5
Field Goals 1/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Pittsburgh 1-3 7100017
Georgia Tech 2-1 7147735
176 PASS YDS 48
37 RUSH YDS 436
213 TOTAL YDS 484
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 110 1 0 129.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.6% 387 2 2 122.8
B. DiNucci 12/19 110 1 0
M. Browne 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 89 0 0 116.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.4% 427 1 2 108.8
M. Browne 10/15 89 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Whitehead 9 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 35 0
J. Whitehead 2 35 0 0
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 204 2
Q. Ollison 7 11 0 9
C. Moss 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 91 1
C. Moss 4 9 0 5
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 75 0
Q. Henderson 1 2 0 2
D. Hamlin 3 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
D. Hamlin 1 -2 0 -2
M. Browne 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 -45 0
M. Browne 1 -4 0 -4
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 12 1
B. DiNucci 4 -14 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Mathews 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 100 0
A. Mathews 3 50 0 20
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 44 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 116 1
Q. Ollison 5 44 1 28
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 178 1
R. Araujo-Lopes 4 42 0 22
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 72 0
M. Ffrench 3 28 0 12
M. Flanagan 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 111 0
M. Flanagan 2 14 0 8
C. Clark 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 16 0
C. Clark 2 9 0 8
J. Weah 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 84 1
J. Weah 1 8 0 8
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 90 0
Q. Henderson 2 4 0 5
D. Hendrix 8 DL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Hendrix 0 0 0 0
C. Moss 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 8 0
C. Moss 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
O. Idowu 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-0 0 0.0
O. Idowu 13-0 0.0 0
S. Brightwell 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
S. Brightwell 8-1 0.0 0
D. Hamlin 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
D. Hamlin 7-0 0.0 0
J. Whitehead 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
J. Whitehead 7-0 0.0 0
K. Camp 10 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
K. Camp 6-0 0.0 0
E. Zeise 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
E. Zeise 5-0 0.0 0
B. Garner 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
B. Garner 4-0 0.0 0
J. Folston Jr. 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Folston Jr. 3-1 0.0 0
D. Hendrix 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Hendrix 2-0 0.0 0
P. Jones II 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Jones II 1-0 0.0 0
M. Herndon 66 OL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Herndon 1-0 0.0 0
J. Williams 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
S. Roy 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Roy 1-0 0.0 0
A. Maddox 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
A. Maddox 1-0 0.0 0
R. Wheeler 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Wheeler 1-0 0.0 0
D. Jackson 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 1 0.0
D. Jackson 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Kessman 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/7 9/9
A. Kessman 1/2 55 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Winslow 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 50.1 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
20 47.3 1
R. Winslow 7 50.1 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 24.4 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 20.7 29 0
Q. Henderson 5 24.4 29 0
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
M. Ffrench 1 2.0 2 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 26.7 80 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 13.3 80 1
Q. Henderson 3 26.7 80 1
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Marshall 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 48 0 0 114.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.9% 280 3 0 206.2
T. Marshall 4/7 48 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Benson 30 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
29 196 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 346 3
K. Benson 29 196 2 47
T. Marshall 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 112 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 386 8
T. Marshall 18 112 2 32
J. Green 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 85 0
J. Green 5 38 0 17
Q. Weimerskirch 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 31 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 48 1
Q. Weimerskirch 4 31 1 19
J. Howard 15 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 101 1
J. Howard 3 19 0 10
C. Lynch 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 28 0
C. Lynch 3 18 0 16
Q. Searcy 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 79 0
Q. Searcy 2 9 0 10
J. Jones 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
J. Jones 2 9 0 6
M. Jordan 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 3 0
M. Jordan 1 4 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Jeune 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 134 2
R. Jeune 2 29 0 28
C. Lynch 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 43 0
C. Lynch 1 10 0 10
K. Benson 30 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
K. Benson 1 9 0 9
Q. Searcy 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 61 0
Q. Searcy 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Lewis 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Lewis 4-0 0.0 0
K. Freeman 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Freeman 4-0 0.0 0
S. Durham 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
S. Durham 3-0 0.0 0
C. Griffin 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Griffin 3-0 0.0 0
A. Gray 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
A. Gray 3-0 1.0 0
B. Mitchell 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Mitchell 3-0 0.0 0
A. Simmons 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
A. Simmons 3-0 2.0 0
La. Austin 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
La. Austin 2-0 0.0 0
J. Johnson 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0
V. Alexander 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
V. Alexander 2-0 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
B. Glanton 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Glanton 1-0 0.0 0
La. Austin 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
La. Austin 1-0 0.0 0
L. Simmons 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Simmons 1-0 0.0 0
A. Kerr 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Kerr 1-0 0.0 0
B. Jordan-Swilling 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Jordan-Swilling 1-0 0.0 0
B. Adams 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Adams 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Davis 88 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
1/3 14/15
S. Davis 0/0 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. Harvin III 27 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 44.0 2
P. Harvin III 4 45.5 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Cottrell 31 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 26 0
N. Cottrell 1 26.0 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Stewart 83 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 11.5 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 5.0 12 0
B. Stewart 2 11.5 12 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 PITT 22 2:32 5 78 TD
10:46 GATECH 33 0:53 3 1 FG Miss
6:19 PITT 27 1:32 3 -2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 PITT 32 2:50 5 16 Punt
6:08 PITT 43 1:02 3 4 Punt
0:47 PITT 25 0:44 5 38 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:59 PITT 17 2:15 3 3 Punt
6:33 PITT 23 2:46 4 17 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:01 PITT 47 0:38 3 -15 Punt
11:53 PITT 25 1:19 3 7 Fumble
7:18 PITT 4 1:32 3 4 Punt
5:29 PITT 29 2:19 7 44 Downs
2:24 PITT 19 2:21 9 35 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:13 GATECH 27 1:27 3 6 Fumble
9:53 GATECH 32 3:24 8 68 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:47 GATECH 21 4:29 13 79 TD
10:45 GATECH 20 2:40 5 21 TD
8:05 GATECH 25 1:57 5 14 Fumble
5:06 GATECH 20 4:15 14 80 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GATECH 25 2:01 4 1 Punt
10:44 GATECH 43 4:04 8 57 TD
3:47 GATECH 14 2:46 6 39 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:05 GATECH 21 2:12 3 9 Punt
10:34 PITT 32 3:16 6 28 Fumble
5:46 PITT 47 0:09 1 47 TD
3:10 GATECH 27 0:46 4 9 Punt