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Marshall's 2 long TDs lead GTech past No. 17 VTech 28-22

ATLANTA (AP) TaQuon Marshall made the most of his only two completions.

And, finally, Georgia Tech won a close game.

Marshall threw a pair of long scoring passes, including an 80-yarder to Ricky Jeune with 6 1/2 minutes remaining , and Ajani Kerr swatted away a fourth-down pass in the end zone to preserve Georgia Tech's 28-22 upset of No. 17 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

This one felt especially good for the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost three games by a total of six points .

''Proud of our guys,'' coach Paul Johnson said. ''They showed a lot of grit and determination.''

It looked as though Georgia Tech was heading for another excruciating defeat when Virginia Tech rallied from a 21-9 deficit in the second half.

The Hokies (7-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) went ahead 22-21 when Greg Stroman returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown off a terrible pass by Marshall with 7:27 left.

The Georgia Tech quarterback made up for his mistake just two snaps later, after the Yellow Jackets fumbled the kickoff but fortuitously managed to recover after a wild scramble. Jeune got loose behind the secondary, hauled in the long throw and just managed to stick the ball inside the pylon before tumbling out of bounds.

It was the longest touchdown pass of the season for the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 4-3), surpassing Marshall's 60-yard scoring play to Brad Stewart early in the second half . The quarterback finished 2 of 8 passing out of the triple-option.

''He made, what, two completions and they were both for touchdowns and it ended up being 140 yards?'' Johnson said. ''We'll live with that. That's a pretty good average.''

Marshall also had a pair of short touchdown runs.

On its final possession, Virginia Tech converted a pair of fourth-down plays and faced third-and-1 at the Georgia Tech 32 with plenty of time to deal the home team another tough loss.

But, on a day when he made a number of curious decisions, Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente called a pair of passes rather than running for the first down. Both were incomplete, including a deep pass down the middle for Cam Phillips that Kerr knocked away.

''We got the best matchup we could possibly get,'' Fuente said. ''That was as good a look as we were going to get.''

The Yellow Jackets rushed for 261 yards, led by KirVonte Benson with 86 yards on 22 carries. Nathan Cottrell had a 69-yard run, setting up Georgia Tech's first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Marshall. The quarterback also punched it over from the 1.

Georgia Tech appeared to be driving for a clinching touchdown late in the third quarter. But a chop-block penalty against center Kenny Cooper knocked the Yellow Jackets back 15 yards, and Brenton King missed a 43-yard field goal attempt.

The Hokies took advantage - with a big helping hand from Georgia Tech.

On third-and-14, Josh Jackson threw a pass into heavy coverage. A.J. Gray and Lamont Simmons both had a shot at picking it off, but wound up tipping the ball to Eric Kumah for a 26-yard completion - eerily similar to a play that led to a 25-24 loss to Miami .

Jalen Holston's 8-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter brought the Hokies within 21-16.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia Tech: Any hopes of landing a major bowl bid faded away with the Hokies' second straight loss. A 28-10 setback at Miami the previous week knocked them out of contention for the ACC title. ''Mad, upset, disappointing,'' Kumah said. ''We felt like we should have won.''

Georgia Tech: By knocking off a ranked team, the Yellow Jackets gave their bowl prospects a huge boost. One more win will ensure postseason eligibility.

SECOND-GUESSING FUENTE

A couple of questionable decisions by Fuente cost the Hokies crucial points in the first half.

Trailing 7-3 in the second quarter, the Virginia Tech decided to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the 8, instead of taking a chip-shot field. Backup quarterback AJ Bush attempted to run right, spun back to the left and was thrown for a 3-yard loss.

Later in the period, after Sean Savoy scored on a 14-yard run to pull the Hokies within 14-9, Fuente passed on the extra point and strangely decided to go for a 2-point conversion. Again, Virginia Tech was stopped, leaving Georgia Tech with a 14-9 halftime lead.

''I didn't feel like we were going to have tons of opportunities to score,'' Fuente said.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: Returns home to face ACC rival Pitt on Saturday.

Georgia Tech: Hits the road for its final conference game against Duke.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:30
37-B.King extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
22
28
Two Point Conversion 6:30
16-T.Marshall to VT End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good. Penalty on GT 22-C.Lynch Illegal motion 5 yards enforced at VT 3.
plays
yds
pos
24
27
Touchdown 6:30
16-T.Marshall complete to 2-R.Jeune. 2-R.Jeune runs 80 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
83
yds
00:52
pos
22
27
Missed Two Point Conversion 7:27
17-J.Jackson incomplete.
plays
yds
pos
22
21
Touchdown 7:40
16-T.Marshall incomplete. Intended for 31-N.Cottrell INTERCEPTED by 3-G.Stroman at GT 24. 3-G.Stroman runs 24 yards for a touchdown.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
22
21
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
16
21
Touchdown 0:00
13-J.Holston runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
74
yds
05:02
pos
15
21
Point After TD 12:10
37-B.King extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
9
21
Touchdown 12:10
16-T.Marshall complete to 83-B.Stewart. 83-B.Stewart runs 60 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
52
yds
01:23
pos
9
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 3:43
17-J.Jackson incomplete. Intended for 5-C.Phillips
plays
yds
pos
9
14
Touchdown 3:53
15-S.Savoy runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
9
14
Point After TD 4:12
37-B.King extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 4:12
16-T.Marshall runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
79
yds
06:00
pos
3
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:25
37-B.King extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 5:25
16-T.Marshall runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
85
yds
04:48
pos
3
6
Field Goal 10:20
46-J.Slye 41 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
38
yds
03:20
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 19
Rushing 6 15
Passing 7 2
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 4-15 4-11
4th Down Conv 2-4 1-3
Total Net Yards 242 401
Total Plays 62 65
Avg Gain 3.9 6.2
Net Yards Rushing 105 261
Rush Attempts 36 57
Avg Rush Yards 2.9 4.6
Net Yards Passing 137 140
Comp. - Att. 14-26 2-8
Yards Per Pass 5.3 17.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-16 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-42 5-45
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 5-39.8 3-45.0
Return Yards 163 100
Punts - Returns 2-4 2-32
Kickoffs - Returns 5-135 4-68
Int. - Returns 1-24 0-0
Kicking 2/2 4/5
Extra Points 1/1 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
17 Virginia Tech 7-3 367622
Georgia Tech 5-4 777728
137 PASS YDS 140
105 RUSH YDS 261
242 TOTAL YDS 401
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.8% 153 0 0 103.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.6% 2382 17 6 143.8
J. Jackson 14/26 153 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Holston 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 145 3
J. Holston 10 32 1 8
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 115 2
S. Savoy 3 32 1 14
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
101 434 2
T. McMillian 10 29 0 8
A. Bush 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 127 0
A. Bush 4 11 0 8
D. McClease 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 265 3
D. McClease 1 2 0 2
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
90 204 3
J. Jackson 8 -1 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
E. Kumah 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 82 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 218 1
E. Kumah 6 82 0 26
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 170 3
T. McMillian 2 44 0 27
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 447 4
S. Savoy 3 20 0 14
C. Phillips 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
60 801 6
C. Phillips 2 8 0 7
C. Cunningham 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 130 0
C. Cunningham 0 0 0 0
J. Holston 13 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
J. Holston 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Motuapuaka 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 1 0.0
A. Motuapuaka 11-1 0.0 0
A. Shegog 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
A. Shegog 10-0 0.0 0
M. Reynolds 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
M. Reynolds 6-0 0.0 0
Tr. Edmunds 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
Tr. Edmunds 4-4 0.0 0
Te. Edmunds 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
Te. Edmunds 3-1 0.0 0
T. Hill 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
T. Hill 3-1 0.0 0
V. Mihota 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
V. Mihota 2-1 0.0 0
R. Walker 8 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Walker 2-0 0.0 0
J. Hewitt 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Hewitt 2-0 0.0 0
R. Floyd 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
R. Floyd 2-0 0.0 0
H. Gaines 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
H. Gaines 2-0 0.0 0
T. Settle 4 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Settle 1-0 0.0 0
B. Facyson 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Facyson 1-0 0.0 0
G. Stroman 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 3 0.0
G. Stroman 1-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Slye 46 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
15/22 34/34
J. Slye 1/1 41 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. Bradburn 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 39.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
51 42.5 1
O. Bradburn 5 39.8 1 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 27.0 70 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 26.7 70 0
T. McMillian 5 27.0 70 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Stroman 3 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 2.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
30 12.3 5 2
G. Stroman 2 2.0 5 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Marshall 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
25% 140 2 1 229.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40.4% 807 8 3 134.2
T. Marshall 2/8 140 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Benson 30 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 86 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
172 930 6
K. Benson 22 86 0 21
N. Cottrell 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 83 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 228 0
N. Cottrell 3 83 0 69
T. Marshall 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 64 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
210 934 16
T. Marshall 22 64 2 12
C. Lynch 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 170 0
C. Lynch 2 21 0 16
Q. Searcy 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 209 1
Q. Searcy 3 15 0 7
J. Green 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 117 1
J. Green 2 3 0 2
K. Freeman 42 DL
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
K. Freeman 1 3 0 3
P. Harvin III 27 P
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -13 0
P. Harvin III 1 -13 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Jeune 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 80 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 460 5
R. Jeune 1 80 1 80
B. Stewart 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 60 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 99 1
B. Stewart 1 60 1 60
N. Cottrell 31 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Cottrell 0 0 0 0
J. Camp 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 49 0
J. Camp 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Branch 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
D. Branch 7-0 0.0 0
B. Mitchell 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.0
B. Mitchell 7-2 1.0 0
C. Griffin 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
C. Griffin 6-0 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
5-0 2 0.0
A. Gray 4-0 0.0 0
La. Austin 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
La. Austin 3-1 0.0 0
A. Simmons 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Simmons 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
La. Austin 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
La. Austin 2-0 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
S. Durham 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
S. Durham 1-0 0.0 0
B. Adams 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Adams 1-0 0.0 0
B. Glanton 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
B. Glanton 1-3 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
K. Dawson 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Dawson 1-0 0.0 0
K. Freeman 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Freeman 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. King 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
5/6 12/12
B. King 0/1 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. Harvin III 27 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 45.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 43.8 1
P. Harvin III 3 45.0 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
O. Jarrett 36 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 20.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 20.0 24 0
O. Jarrett 3 20.0 24 0
N. Cottrell 31 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 20.4 28 0
N. Cottrell 1 8.0 8 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Stewart 83 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 6.4 21 0
B. Stewart 2 16.0 21 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:40 VATECH 38 3:20 7 38 FG
5:18 VATECH 17 2:55 6 21 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:06 GATECH 45 0:00 6 34 Downs
11:17 VATECH 37 1:05 3 2 Fumble
4:00 GATECH 29 0:17 3 14 TD
1:07 VATECH 3 0:52 3 4 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 VATECH 20 1:20 3 -9 Punt
12:04 VATECH 8 1:05 4 18 Punt
5:02 VATECH 26 5:02 12 74 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:36 VATECH 41 2:18 5 15 Punt
6:21 VATECH 26 5:18 13 42 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GATECH 25 1:20 3 -7 Fumble
10:13 GATECH 20 4:48 9 80 TD
2:23 GATECH 40 2:17 5 5 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:20 GATECH 11 2:03 3 5 Punt
10:12 GATECH 21 6:00 11 79 TD
3:35 GATECH 25 2:28 6 32 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:33 GATECH 48 1:23 3 52 TD
10:59 GATECH 40 5:57 12 35 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 GATECH 25 4:17 8 34 Downs
8:18 GATECH 14 0:38 2 84 INT
7:22 GATECH 17 0:52 2 83 TD
1:03 GATECH 32 0:39 3 13 Game