By Rebecca Washney
ATLANTA—Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall showcased his speed with two impressive touchdown runs, helping lead the Yellow Jackets to a 38-24 homecoming win over Wake Forest.
“I was really proud of our team, especially the way we played in the second half,” Paul Johnson, head coach of Georgia Tech said. “We made just enough plays to win.”
Looking to bounce back from their heartbreaking 25-24 loss last week against Miami, Georgia Tech’s spread option offense worked perfectly to thwart Wake Forest, with Tech racking up 427 rushing yards overall.
In the first quarter, Tech (4-2, 3-1 ACC) got the lead early with a three-point field goal, but their promising start quickly deteriorated after Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford threw a pass to wide receiver Scotty Washington in the end zone, resulting in a 3-7 scoreline by the end of the first quarter. Wake Forest took control of the game in the second quarter, relying on Wolford’s strong passing game to get a short touchdown run and a 15-yard touchdown pass, putting the Demon Deacons up 21-10.
Jerry Howard ran in 2-yards for the first touchdown of the second half, only for Tech to fall behind again after a Wake Forest 15-yard touchdown pass to Tabari Hines. Wolford ran in for another Demon Deacon touchdown, keeping Wake Forest in the lead at the half.
Tech showed their resilience in the third quarter, demonstrating more impressive running to get back on top. During the Yellow Jackets first play of the second half, TaQuon Marshall rushed for 51-yards for a Tech touchdown. Qua Searcy rushed 42-yards to bring the score up to 25-24, with Tech failing to make another two-point conversion afterward.
The last quarter saw a KirVonte Benson touchdown off an 11-yard carry, and the final touchdown of the game from Marshall, who showcased his speed once again on a 70-yard touchdown rush in the last two minutes of the game.
“He’s a gifted runner, and on both long ones, Ricky [Jeune] had good blocks,” Johnson said of Marshalls’ two touchdown runs. The extra point was good, leaving the final score at 38-24.
The Yellow Jackets will travel to South Carolina to face off against Clemson on Saturday, October 28.