Georgia Tech outlasts UVA in overtime thriller


(Photo: Adam Hagy, USA TODAY Sports)

The Virginia Cavaliers and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets entangled in a wild one in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.

After winning the coin toss, UVA chose to defer to the second half. Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall did the heavy lifting for the Jackets on the opening drive, carrying the ball eight times for 62 yards but the drive stalled in the red zone. The Jackets were forced to settle for a 28-yard Wesley Wells field goal to put Georgia Tech ahead, 3-0 with 10:48 left in the first quarter.

Virginia responded with points. The Wahoos opened their first possession on offense in the game with a Bryce Perkins pass to Olamide Zaccheaus to get the drive rolling. Seven plays later, Perkins hit Hasise Dubois for a 13-yard touchdown to take a 7-3 lead with 6:49 left in the opening quarter.

Perkins was perfect on the drive passing, connecting on all four of his attempts for 41 yards. He also rushed three times for 30 yards.

After UVA’s defense forced the Jackets to punt, Presley Harvin pinned the Wahoos to their own one-yard line. Georgia Tech sacked Bryce Perkins for a safety and UVA’s starting quarterback remained down in the end zone with a left leg injury.

Perkins was helped off the field and Virginia lined up for a free kick. Juanyeh Thomas returned the kick 77 yards for a touchdown and following a 2-point conversion run by TaQuon Marshall, Georgia Tech regained the lead, 13-7.

True freshman Brennan Armstrong came in for Perkins at quarterback for UVA and put the Wahoos ahead 14-13 on a 56-yard touchdown pass to Joe Reed with 37 seconds left in the first quarter.

Georgia Tech answered back with another Walls 28-yard field goal to re-take the lead, 16-14 on the following drive.

Surprisingly, Bryce Perkins re-entered the game for UVA on UVA’s next offensive possession and he picked up right where he left off, piloting UVA to another touchdown drive, remaining perfect on the day passing, and rushing for a nine-yard touchdown to give the Wahoos a 21-16 lead with 3:03 left in the half.

And that’s where the score stood at the half. Perkins finished the half completing 9-of-9 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in addition to eight carries for 48 yards and a score.

After a scoreless third quarter, Georgia Tech punted from deep in their own end. The punt caromed off of Darrius Bratton, who was setting up to block, and the Jackets recovered at the UVA 41-yard line.

The Jackets turned the Virginia turnover into points, a Jerry Howard three-yard touchdown, followed by a Clinton Lynch two-point conversion to regain the lead, 24-21 with 12:30 left in the game.

Virginia after struggling to move the ball in the third quarter, finally got the chains moving in the fourth quarter, but their first possession of the final quarter bogged down in the red zone. Brian Delaney, however, connected on a 30-yard field goal, tying the game at 24 with 4:31 to play.

Georgia Tech regained the lead with 1:17 left in the contest on a Wesley Wells 48-yard field goal.

Brian Delaney answered Wells’ field goal with a 37-yard make to send the game to overtime tied at 27.

Wells opened overtime with a 40-yard field goal to give the Jackets a 30-27 lead.

Virginia couldn’t answer this time. Brian Delaney’s 35-yard attempt went wide left and Georgia Tech won the game.


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