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Marshall breaks off 2 long TD runs, Ga Tech beats Wake 38-24

ATLANTA (AP) After two excruciating losses, Georgia Tech finally showed a finishing punch.

Quarterback TaQuon Marshall ran for two long touchdowns, including a 70-yarder with 1:57 remaining that clinched a 38-24 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday night.

The Yellow Jackets rallied from an 11-point deficit in the first half, dominating the final two quarters to put a bit of a salve on a pair of one-point losses to Tennessee and Miami . In both defeats, Georgia Tech squandered double-digit leads in the second half, becoming the first Atlantic Coast Conference team since 2006 to lose two games in a season by the narrowest of margins.

''You're not always going to be in the lead,'' said Marshall, who finished with 163 yards on 23 carries, also scoring on a 49-yard run. ''It's good to go through some adversity to see how guys react.''

The Yellow Jackets (4-2, 3-1) ran their triple-option offense to perfection, piling up 427 yards rushing against a team that had an off week to prepare. KirVonte Benson bounced back from a hamstring injury to run for 136 yards and a touchdown. Qua Searcy broke loose for a 42-yard scoring run against the Demon Deacons (4-3, 1-3), who lost their third straight.

Marshall turned in his fourth 100-yard game of the season, his first as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback.

''The guys opened up some holes for me,'' he said. ''I was just trying to make the play.''

Benson's 11-yard TD gave the Yellow Jackets a 31-24 lead with 11:55 remaining. The extra point was blocked, leaving the door open for Wake Forest to force overtime.

The Demon Deacons drove to the Georgia Tech 24, where they faced fourth-and-1. Cade Carney was stuffed for no gain and Marshall finished off the Demon Deacons three plays later.

John Wolford returned to the lineup after missing Wake Forest's previous game with a shoulder injury. He completed 17 of 30 pass for 252 yards, including a pair of touchdowns, and scored his team's other TD on a 1-yard run.

Duke Ejiofor had a huge game on defense, sacking Marshall three times .

It wasn't enough, even after the Demon Deacons built a 21-10 lead.

''We just didn't close,'' Wolford said. ''I'm sick right now.''

The Yellow Jackets caught a huge break just before halftime when Jaboree Williams dragged down Marshall after he was already out of bounds. The personal foul penalty pushed Georgia Tech into field goal range, and they converted with Brenton King's 42-yard field goal as the half expired.

That momentum carried into the second half. Wake Forest got the ball first, but a penalty and a botched snap forced the Demon Deacons to punt from deep in their own territory.

Taking possession at the Wake 49, Marshall needed just one play to reach the end zone. With the defense leaning toward the left, the quarterback ran to his right, got a good block from left tackle Jahaziel Lee that allowed him to scoot around the edge, and shook off a would-be tackler at the 10 for his first TD.

Georgia Tech failed to convert a tying 2-point attempt, but went ahead for good on Searcy's TD late in the third quarter.

''We weren't disciplined,'' Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates III said. ''When you play against good teams, you have to be disciplined. That cost us the game.''

JEUNE BLOCKS

Georgia Tech receiver Ricky Jeune caught three passes for 44 yards and also ran for 30 yards on a reverse.

His best work came as a blocker, however. On both of Marshall's long runs, Jeune helped clear a path downfield.

''When I hear the crowd yelling and stuff, I'm like, `OK, the kid's behind me. I've got to put some pressure on the cornerback,''' Jeune said with a smile.

TAKEAWAYS

Wake Forest's faint hopes in the ACC race essentially ended with another conference defeat. The Demon Deacons have played respectably in their last three games but showed they aren't ready to compete with the league's top teams .

Georgia Tech displayed plenty of resilience by bouncing back from a 25-24 setback at Miami and a lackluster first half. The defense really came through in the second half, stopping the Demon Deacons three times on fourth down.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest: Wraps up a brutal stretch of five straight games against 2016 bowl teams, hosting Louisville (5-3, 2-3) and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson next Saturday.

Georgia Tech: Travels to Clemson to take on the No. 7 Tigers (6-1, 4-1), who were off this week. The Yellow Jackets have lost four straight at Death Valley, their last victory coming in 2008.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:57
37-B.King extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
38
Touchdown 1:57
16-T.Marshall runs 70 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
76
yds
01:47
pos
24
37
Missed Point After Touchdown 11:55
50-A.Marshall extra point is no good. blocked by 45-P.Black.
plays
yds
pos
24
38
Touchdown 11:55
30-K.Benson runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
57
yds
02:18
pos
24
31
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 4:35
16-T.Marshall incomplete. Intended for 22-C.Lynch.
plays
yds
pos
24
25
Touchdown 4:35
1-Q.Searcy runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
02:56
pos
24
25
Field Goal 7:36
7-M.Weaver 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
48
yds
02:15
pos
24
19
Missed Two Point Conversion 12:55
16-T.Marshall to WF 6 for -4 yards.
plays
yds
pos
21
19
Touchdown 12:55
16-T.Marshall runs 49 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
49
yds
00:11
pos
21
19
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:05
37-B.King 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
58
yds
00:57
pos
21
13
Point After TD 1:02
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
10
Touchdown 1:02
10-J.Wolford runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
69
yds
03:33
pos
20
10
Point After TD 5:57
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
10
Touchdown 5:57
10-J.Wolford complete to 1-T.Hines. 1-T.Hines runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
65
yds
03:25
pos
13
10
Point After TD 9:28
37-B.King extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 9:28
15-J.Howard runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
75
yds
00:07
pos
7
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:12
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 0:12
10-J.Wolford complete to 7-S.Washington. 7-S.Washington runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
69
yds
02:26
pos
6
3
Field Goal 6:55
37-B.King 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
15
plays
76
yds
07:58
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 29
Rushing 6 21
Passing 12 5
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 4-11 9-15
4th Down Conv 0-3 0-2
Total Net Yards 353 473
Total Plays 61 77
Avg Gain 5.8 6.1
Net Yards Rushing 110 427
Rush Attempts 31 66
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 6.5
Net Yards Passing 243 46
Comp. - Att. 17-30 5-11
Yards Per Pass 8.1 4.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-9 3-22
Penalties - Yards 4-40 5-45
Touchdowns 3 5
Rushing TDs 1 5
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 3-48.7 2-51.5
Return Yards 133 62
Punts - Returns 2-10 1-11
Kickoffs - Returns 5-123 1-24
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-27
Kicking 4/4 4/5
Extra Points 3/3 2/3
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Wake Forest 4-3 7143024
Georgia Tech 4-2 310121338
243 PASS YDS 46
110 RUSH YDS 427
353 TOTAL YDS 473
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Wolford 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.7% 252 2 1 142.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.9% 1199 10 2 150.1
J. Wolford 17/30 252 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Carney 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 92 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 215 1
C. Carney 19 92 0 16
A. Byrd 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 304 1
A. Byrd 6 37 0 9
M. Colburn 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 183 2
M. Colburn 1 3 0 3
J. Wolford 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -5 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
70 327 5
J. Wolford 4 -5 1 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 125 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 555 5
G. Dortch 8 125 0 42
C. Lewis 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 60 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 120 0
C. Lewis 3 60 0 37
T. Hines 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 50 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 235 1
T. Hines 3 50 1 18
C. Wade 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 113 0
C. Wade 1 10 0 10
S. Washington 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 206 2
S. Washington 1 6 1 6
C. Carney 36 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 0
C. Carney 1 1 0 1
J. Freudenthal 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 26 0
J. Freudenthal 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
G. Dawson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
G. Dawson 12-0 0.0 0
J. Bates III 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
J. Bates III 6-0 0.0 0
D. Ejiofor 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 3.0
D. Ejiofor 6-0 3.0 0
Ja. Williams 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
Ja. Williams 5-0 0.0 0
D. Young 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Young 4-0 0.0 0
C. Glenn 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
C. Glenn 4-1 0.0 0
W. Yarbary 48 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
W. Yarbary 4-0 0.0 0
W. Dunn 14 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
W. Dunn 3-1 0.0 0
E. Bateman 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
E. Bateman 3-0 0.0 0
A. Henderson 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
A. Henderson 2-0 0.0 0
D. Kemp 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Kemp 2-0 0.0 0
L. Masterson 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Masterson 1-0 0.0 0
P. Black 45 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Black 1-0 0.0 0
E. Bassey 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
E. Bassey 1-0 0.0 0
J. Strnad 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
J. Strnad 1-1 0.0 0
J. Bartee 40 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Bartee 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Weaver 7 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
11/13 23/25
M. Weaver 1/1 29 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Maggio 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 48.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
41 43.8 1
D. Maggio 3 48.7 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 24.6 40 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 21.7 40 0
G. Dortch 5 24.6 40 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 5.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 8.7 8 0
G. Dortch 2 5.0 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Marshall 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
45.5% 68 0 0 97.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 456 5 0 160.4
T. Marshall 5/11 68 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Marshall 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 163 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
144 704 11
T. Marshall 23 163 2 70
K. Benson 30 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 136 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
117 652 5
K. Benson 26 136 1 18
Q. Searcy 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 57 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 192 1
Q. Searcy 5 57 1 42
R. Jeune 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 30 0
R. Jeune 1 30 0 30
J. Howard 15 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 149 2
J. Howard 3 14 1 9
C. Lynch 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 152 0
C. Lynch 2 12 0 11
J. Green 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 109 1
J. Green 1 10 0 10
N. Cottrell 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 140 0
N. Cottrell 4 6 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Jeune 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 267 3
R. Jeune 3 44 0 18
J. Green 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 30 2
J. Green 1 17 0 17
K. Benson 30 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
K. Benson 1 7 0 7
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
C. Lynch 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 43 0
C. Lynch 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Glanton 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
B. Glanton 6-0 0.0 0
S. Durham 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
S. Durham 5-0 0.0 0
V. Alexander 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
V. Alexander 5-0 1.0 0
A. Gray 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
A. Gray 4-0 0.0 0
C. Griffin 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Griffin 4-0 0.0 0
B. Jordan-Swilling 12 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Jordan-Swilling 3-0 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
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
K. Freeman 42 DL
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
D. Branch 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Branch 1-0 0.0 0
T. Lewis 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0
A. Owens 89 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
A. Owens 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. King 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
4/4 3/3
B. King 2/2 42 2/2 8
A. Marshall 50 OL
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 0/1
SEASON FG XP
0/0 0/1
A. Marshall 0/0 0 0/1 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. Harvin III 27 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 51.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 45.6 0
P. Harvin III 2 51.5 0 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Cottrell 31 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 22.4 24 0
N. Cottrell 1 24.0 24 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
10 4.6 11 0
B. Stewart 1 11.0 11 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:43 WAKE 22 0:34 3 1 Punt
2:38 WAKE 46 2:26 7 54 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:22 WAKE 20 3:25 9 80 TD
4:35 WAKE 36 3:33 10 64 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 WAKE 22 1:32 4 -7 Punt
12:55 WAKE 35 1:27 3 9 Punt
9:51 WAKE 41 2:15 5 48 FG
4:25 WAKE 42 1:31 5 1 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:55 WAKE 25 3:04 8 35 Downs
5:39 WAKE 30 1:50 5 46 Downs
1:50 WAKE 23 0:38 6 4 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 GATECH 26 7:58 15 70 FG
5:58 GATECH 34 3:13 6 12 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:12 GATECH 25 0:07 13 75 TD
5:57 GATECH 25 1:12 3 0 Punt
1:02 GATECH 25 0:57 8 35 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:06 WAKE 49 0:11 1 49 TD
11:17 GATECH 3 1:10 3 2 Punt
7:31 GATECH 25 2:56 6 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:47 GATECH 43 2:18 12 57 TD
8:44 GATECH 40 2:56 6 30 Downs
3:44 GATECH 24 1:47 3 76 TD
1:03 GATECH 27 0:53 4 13 Game