TaQuon Marshall Snaps Losing Streak to Miami With Three Touchdowns
ATLANTA — Bobby Dodd Stadium was electric Saturday night as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wore their all-white uniforms against the Miami Hurricanes, who countered with their all-black uniforms making for a thrilling ACC contest. However, it was the men in white that secured a dominant 27-21 victory and became bowl eligible for the eighth time under head coach Paul Johnson.
Entering the matchup both programs had a 5-4 record overall with hopes of playing in a bowl game this year, so it was expected to be a highly-contested match. In fact, Johnson admitted that although his team played well, there were many mistakes made by his team during the game.
“It was a heck of a football game. I’m really proud of our team, we dug down and made some plays,” Johnson said during his press conference. “It wasn’t always pretty, but we made fewer mistakes than they did, and we were able to capitalize on a couple of their mistakes and come out on top.”
Senior quarterback TaQuon Marshall had a phenomenal performance against an athletic Miami defense. Marshall finished the game 3-of-4 passing for 74 yards and a passing touchdown, but most of his success came on the ground. He carried the ball 24 times for 94 yards and two scores. Marshall’s most crucial touchdown was a 31-yard pass to senior receiver Brad Stewart that gave the Yellow Jackets (6-4, 4-2) a 27-14 lead with 5:27 remaining in the third quarter. Miami responded with a two-yard touchdown run by running back Travis Homer with 6:53 in the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, the brilliant quarterback play from Marshall led Tech to multiple first downs in the latter half of the fourth quarter to lead his team to victory.
“I knew that we needed to keep the ball for six minutes, get a few first downs, let Miami use their timeouts, and then run the clock down,” Marshall said regarding the game plan on the team’s final drive. “I knew we didn’t want to put the ball back in their hands and leave it up to the defense.”
Obviously, playing with passion is the ignitor to a team winning a championship, but for the seniors on the team, such as Stewart, every win is momentous.
“I hadn’t beat them yet, so that was awesome, considering the loss last year,” Stewart said. “It’s crazy how time flies… I remember coming in as a freshman and looking back from then to now; it’s just great to be playing with all the guys and especially the seniors… I’ve enjoyed every single moment.”
Stewart and company will look to get their fourth consecutive win next week at home against Virginia, which happens to be senior day. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
By D’Mitri Chin @1DMitriChin