Recap: Georgia Tech vs. Ga Southern
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Thomas piled up 325 total yards and scored five touchdowns, as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets avoided a monumental collapse by pulling off a last-minute victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles, 42-38, in a non-conference showdown at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Thomas completed 11-of-24 passes for 188 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner to Deon Hill with just 23 seconds remaining. The quarterback also picked up 137 rushing yards and an additional score for Georgia Tech (3-0).
DeAndre Smelter caught four passes for 106 yards, his second 100-yard receiving game this season. Zach Laskey rushed 17 times for 80 yards.
For Georgia Southern (1-2), Kevin Ellison also had an impressive dual-threat afternoon with 164 passing yards, 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Matt Breida rushed for 111 yards and two scores on just 11 carries.
It didn't take long for Georgia Tech to put up the game's first score. It needed just three plays to drive 75 yards on the opening possession, with Thomas capping it off with an eight-yard rushing score.
Thomas struck again midway through the first quarter, this time through the air on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Laskey to put the home team up 14-0.
Georgia Southern cut its deficit in half a minute later following a 69-yard touchdown run by Breida.
The Yellow Jackets milked a 14-play, 84-yard drive that lasted into the beginning of the second quarter. Tim Byerly capped off the drive with a one- yard touchdown run.
Georgia Tech's lead extended at the 7:27 mark of the second on a four-yard scoring strike from Thomas to Darren Waller.
Alex Hanks knocked through a 27-yard field goal for the Eagles with 4:26 to play before halftime, but Thomas' big day for the Yellow Jackets continued on the ensuing drive when he found Smelter for a 57-yard touchdown, giving Georgia Tech a comfortable 35-10 advantage at intermission.
Georgia Southern received the second half kickoff and marched down the field on an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive, which ended with a 32-yard touchdown run by Ellison.
The Eagles continued to chip away at the lead three minutes later when Breida rushed in a two-yard score.
Ellison threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Johnson with 1:41 to play in the third quarter to make it just a one-score game, 35-30, although the ensuing two-point conversion attempt failed.
Georgia Southern's dominant second-half turnaround rolled over into the fourth quarter, as Alfred Ramsby rushed in an 11-yard score to give it the lead. A successful two-point conversion pass from Ellison to Johnson gave the Eagles 28 unanswered points and a 38-35 lead with 10:46 to play.
The Eagles appeared in great shape to add to their lead late in the fourth as they drove deep into Georgia Tech territory, but Favian Upshaw lost a fumble to give the Yellow Jackets the ball back with 4:12 to work with.
Georgia Tech made Georgia Southern pay for its miscue. On 3rd-and-7 with under a minute to play, Thomas connected on a 13-yard touchdown to Hill to pull out the victory.
These two triple-option offenses combined for 631 rushing yards, with Georgia Tech putting up 348 and Georgia Southern 283.Game Notes