Homecoming Under The Lights At Georgia Tech Beats Wake Forest 38-24

 Matchup: Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-2, 1-2 ACC) at Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-1 ACC)
 Date: Saturday, October 21. 7:30pm (ET)
 Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
 Georgia Tech Game Notes: Wake Forest Game Notes: ACC Football Weekly Notes:
 Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson's Press Conference - Click Here
  Wake Forest Head Coach Dave Clawson Press Conference - Click Here
 TV: ESPNU; Play-by-Play: Anish Shroff, Analyst: Ahmad Brooks, Sideline Reporter: Roddy Jones
 RADIO: In Atlanta: 680/93.7 The Fan:
Play-by-Play, Andy Demetra; Analyst, Sean Bedford; Sideline Reporter, Wiley Ballard
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  Georgia Tech returns home this week after a disappointing 25-24 loss at Miami. The Yellow Jackets played the Hurricanes tough and actually had an 11 point lead twice in the game. Apart from an opening field goal by Miami, Tech lead the entire game until another field goal put the Canes ahead to stay with just four seconds left on the clock.
  It was the first true road game for the Jackets who had another one cancelled at Central Florida because of Hurricane Irma. Both of their losses have come by just a single point...the first ACC team with two one-point defeats in a season since Clemson and Duke both had a pair of one-point losses in 2006.
  "I'm sure it is frustrating. You hope that it hurts, but you've got to learn to put it behind you and move on," said head coach Paul Johnson. "You can't go back and change it. You've just got to talk about why it happened and why you were in that position and all the opportunities you had that we shouldn't have been in that position."
  Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-1 ACC) and Wake Forest renew a series under the lights at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. This will be the first game between the schools since the Yellow Jackets' 24-20 win at Winston-Salem in 2010. This marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of this series with Tech leading 17-8 all-time.
  After a 4-0 start, the Demon Deacons have dropped two-straight to perennial ACC Atlantic Division powers Florida State (26-19) and Clemson (28-14). Taking care of the football has been the Deacons' calling card this season, as they lead the nation with only three turnovers lost (one fumble and two interceptions).
   Offensively, Wake Forest (4-2, 1-2 ACC) is led by quarterback John Wolford. A four-year starter, Wolford leads the team in passing (947 yards) and rushing (332 yards) and has accounted for 12 touchdowns (eight passing, four rushing) despite missing the last game at Clemson due to a shoulder injury. Defensively, Wake Forest ranks third in the ACC in scoring defense (16.7 points per game) and leads the nation with an
average of 9.2 tackles for loss per game on the year. Head Coach Dave Clawson addressed Wolford's health at his Wednesday press conference. "John took every rep with the offense & Cade (Running back Cade Carney) is not restricted at all. We expect those guys to go & be ready."
   Despite having only five career starts under his belt, Georgia Tech junior TaQuon Marshall has emerged as one of college football's most dynamic quarterbacks this season. With 929 yards of total offense (541 rushing, 388 passing) and 14 touchdowns responsible for (nine rushing, five passing) through five games, Marshall ranks among the top 20 nationally in five different statistical categories.
  Most notably, Marshall leads the ACC in scoring (10.8 ppg - eighth nationally) and rushing (108.2 ypg - 16th nationally).
  This is Homecoming Week for Georgia Tech.
  Buzz got things started right by tackling the Demon Deacon mascot who was standing near the student section. He graciously shook his hand and apologized before leaping into the stands.
  On to the game as the Yellow Jackets got the ball first at their 26 and went to the air early, completing a 14 yard pass to Ricky Jeune at the 40. The R-So WR caught another for 12 to the WF45. Qua Searcy carried it for five and Marshall kept it for a first down at the 31. Searcy took a toss for 8 more to the 23. KirVonte Benson picked up another first with a carry to the 19. Spreading it around, Clinton Lynch added 11 for a first and goal at the 8. After two nothing plays, Tech picked up another first with a pass interference call moving it to the two. Coach Johnson took his first time out. But, they couldn't punch it in and settled for a Brenton King 22 yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. The drive took 15 plays going 70 yards taking 8:10.
  Wake began their drive at the 22 and went three and out. A wobbly kick went out at the Tech 34.
  Marshall kept it and broke free for 16 to midfield. Benson barreled up the middle for 14 more then got six to the 30. The next two runs lost three for a fourth and seven. Johnson would regret going for it with his QB was swarmed over for a 13 yard sack by Duke Eliofor giving Wake Forest the ball at their 46.
  Cade Carney got them their first first down with a 116 yard carry to the 38. Another six yard Carney carry got another first down at the 28 He got seven more to the 21. A pass interference call on Lawrence Austin made it first and goal at the six. The drive was complete when Wolford hit Scotty Washington running across the middle of the end zone for a 7-3 lead. The first quarter came to an end with Tech starting at their 25. The Yellow Jackets had dominated the quarter in total yards 86-40 and in time of possession 11:35-3:18. But not in points.
  Marshall started with an 18 yard pass to Jeune then Benson converted a third and one on a run to the WF43 and another third and short to the 32. Benson again for 18 to the 14. Jerry Howard got his first touch for nine up the middle to the five then dove across for a go ahead touchdown 10-7.
  The Deacons got the ball back at their 20 and gave indications that this was going to be a high scoring game. A tough Arkeem Byrd run straight ahead got 8. Cortez Lewis caught one for a first at the 39. Byrd carried it to the 48 with a facemask call adding 15 more into Tech territory at the 36. Wolford threw a perfect 17 yard pass to Tabari Hines to the 21 who got them six more crossing the goal line untouched. Swapping leads again, they were up 14-10.
  The Jackets tried to regain the lead from their 25 with 5:57 left in the half. On a third and seven, Eliofor sacked Marshall again, this time knocking the ball loose by Tech recovering. Wake had the ball after the punt at their 36 with plenty of time to add to their lead.
  A pair of Carney rushes got 11 then converted a third down to the 37. A wide open Greg Dortch gained 16 and a new set of downs at the 21. Carney maneuvered his way for 16 more to the one with Wolford taking it in untouched. No swapping, just extending for the Deacons ahead 21-10.
  Tech had just under a minute to cut into the 11 point deficit from their 25. Benson caught a short pass and got a first at the 37 then carried it for 10 more to the 47. JJ Green was open up the middle for 17 into Deacon territory at the 36. Johnson took his second time out with just 17 ticks remaining. An illegal procedure followed by another sack moved it back to the 47. The coach had to take his last time out to stop the clock at 11 seconds facing a second and 21. But more importantly, needing most of that to be in field goal range. They got it as Marshall carried it out of bounds at the 40 then picked up a late hit call taking it to the 25. King came in for a 42 yarder as coach Clawson took his first time out to ice the kicker. It didn't work as it went through the uprights to make the score at the half 21-13.
  It was the first time all season that Tech trailed at halftime. Even after Wake had outgained the Jackets in total second quarter yards, Tech still had more overall 199-164 and still had double the time of possession 19:31 to 10:22. But they were outscored in that quarter 14-10. It wasn't the most halftime points the Jackets had allowed. That was 17 to Pitt. But they had only been allowing an average of 8.8 points per game.
  Good news and bad for Wake Forest as they got the ball to start the second half but had a bad snap make it third and 30 from their 2. They only made it to their 10 and had to punt with Brad Stewart taking it at his 40 and returning it 11 as Tech began their drive in Demon Deacon territory at their 49. 
  On the first play, Marshall broke free down the far sideline and covered the 51 yard distance to make it 21-19. Johnson went for two trying to tie the game but the conversion failed. That made Marshall the third QB in school history with 10 rushing TDs in a season. 
  The punt went out of bounds placing it at the 35. But they couldn't take advantage of the good field position and had to punt. Stewart made a big mistake and fair caught the ball on the three.
  Marshall was hit behind the line of scrimmage with DT Elonte Bateman was shaken up on the play. The Jackets had to punt from their 5. Pressley Harvin nailed one for 56 yards and Wake had the ball again in a good spot at their 41. But it could have been a lot worse.
  Then, a huge 42 yard Dortch catch and run by all the way to the 17. Another big play on a third and 8 at the 15 with the defense getting the stop. Three points was much better than seven and Wake stretched its lead to five after a Mike Weaver 29 yard field goal. Another Deacon player was hurt on the play as Phil Haynes needed help off the field.
  Tech got the ball back at their 25 within a score of taking back the lead. Two short Benson runs made it third and three at the 32. A 10 yard toss left to Green got the first down at the 42. Benson stumbled his way forward for 13 to the WF44 giving him 102 yards on the day. Another big strike with a toss to Searcy and the AB did the rest sprinting 42 yards for pay dirt and the lead back 25-24. Johnson again tried a two point conversion and failed again. The drive went 75 yards in just 2:36.
  After a nice Dortch runback and the Deacs had the ball at their 42 An 18 yard pass to Hines put it at the GT40. Stalling at the 34, Wake went for it and had Wolford sacked for loss of nine by Victor Alexander. The Jackets took over on downs at the WF43.
  A trio of Benson carries got a first down at the WF45. Ahead by just one, the Jackets needed points as the game moved into the final quarter. Almost certainly in four down territory, Marshall took care of the decision with a third down conversion to the 34. A keeper got the ball to the 25, enough for another third and short. A dive forward converted again to the 23. Still another Deacon went down as DE Wendell Dunn was hurt on the play. An unnecessary roughness call on Nate Mays pushed the ball to the 11. A play later, Searcy scampered ahead for six but the extra point attempt was blocked. That could be important. With a 7 point lead, they had left 5 on the field with that block and the two extra points they chose not to take. Even with that, the Jackets had outscored Wake 18-3 since the half.
  The Demon Deacons took over at their 25, and began moving the ball, still just a score behind. They converted a third and six with a 12 yard completion to Lewis at the 41. Wolford found Dortch open for 12 into Tech territory at the 47. Another third with 5 to go. This time, the defense stopped them two yards shy with DT Brentavious Glanton hurt on the play. Trying to keep their defense off the field, Wake went for it on fourth down. Nothing doing as the Jackets offense took over on downs at their 40 with a chance to distance between them and the visitors.
  The first play got them in great shape as Jeune took a toss and rambled 30 yards all the way to their 30. A false start brought up a big third and 12 at the 32 making a field goal more difficult. A carry got it closer to the 30. Johnson gambled leaving three more points on the field as lined up to go for it on fourth and 10, then took his first time out. He still chose not to take a 47 yard field goal attempt and put the offense back on the field. A pass fell incomplete. Now, Wake had the ball down by just 7 at their own 30 with plenty of time to tie with 5:39 to go.
  Wolford heaved it downfield for a 37 yard pass to Lewis at the GT33. A field goal would not do it. Dortch caught one before sliding out of bounds at the 25. A very large third and two didn't work. With just 3:56 remaining, all Clawson could do was to go for it on fourth and one but took his first time out to think about what to do. A Carney dive came up short and the Jackets had the ball back at the 24 needing only to run out the clock.
  One first down would do the trick. But, two short plays brought up a big third and 4 at the 30. With 2:10 and ticking, Johnson took his second time out to go over his options. What he called turned out to be the nail in the coffin as Marshall kept it and headed for the Tech sideline sprinting for his second touchdown of the game on a 70 yard run. The lead was extended to 14, and a deceptive 38-24 indicating a game that was much closer than that made it appear.
  A desperation possession for Wake started at their 23 with 1:50 left. The only drawback of the TD was that the Jackets weren't able to run out the clock. Still the Deacs needed two scores just to tie. A pass to Dortch picked up 20 at the GT35. But when Corey Griffin intercepted a Wolford pass in the end zone and took it out to the 27, everything became academic.
  Marshall carried it for 12 to the 39 as Clawson took his second time out stopping the clock at 0:52. Marshall fell to the ground as the crowd booed the final time out taken. A final knee and the game was history. Georgia Tech won 38-24.
  Things get much tougher next week as the Yellow Jackets travel up I-85 for a date with the defending national champions. The Tigers are coming off a 27-24 loss at Syracuse but will have an advantage, as if they needed one, of a bye week to rest up and prepare for Tech. Kickoff is set for Saturday, October 28 at 8:00pm.

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