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Jackets' 3rd-stringer Grant racks up 122 running yards

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Reggie Ball made up for a poor performance by throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Levon Thomas midway through
the fourth quarter, and Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 24-14 Saturday.

Third-string tailback Rashaun Grant ran for 122 yards, and the
Yellow Jackets (5-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) held the
Wolfpack (4-5, 3-4) to only 131 yards in the final three quarters.

Kenny Scott returned an interception 49 yards for a TD to seal
it with about 1{ minutes left.

Georgia Tech won for the first time this season without leading
rusher P.J. Daniels. He bruised a knee in the previous game and has
missed all or parts of four games, and backup Chris Woods left with
a hamstring injury in the first quarter.

Ball finished 9-for-28 for 91 yards and three interceptions,
including one near the end of the first half that Marcus Hudson
brought back 60 yards for a go-ahead score.

But Ball bounced back in the final quarter. A 26-yard field goal
by Travis Bell brought Georgia Tech within 14-10, and Reuben
Houston had his second interception on N.C. State's first play of
the ensuing drive.

On third-and-10 from the 31, Ball completed a 27-yard pass to
Calvin Johnson. After Hudson was called for pass interference two
plays later, Georgia Tech had first-and-goal from the 2.

Three runs netted a single yard, and on fourth down, Ball
connected with Thomas on a slant for his second scoring toss. That
made it 17-14, and the Yellow Jackets held on from there.

Davis was 22-for-38 for 234 yards and three interceptions, a
week after he was picked off five times in a loss to Clemson.
Injury-prone tailback T.A. McLendon made it through the entire game
but was held to 50 yards on 18 carries.

The Wolfpack certainly had their chances. John Deraney missed
three field goals, including from 52 yards with about 3 minutes
left that would have tied it. Also, Devonte Edwards' 57-yard
interception return for a touchdown was wiped out by a holding
penalty on defensive end Manny Lawson.

Now, N.C. State needs to win its final two games to qualify for
a bowl for the fifth straight year under coach Chuck Amato,
beginning Thursday night against Florida State.

The Yellow Jackets moved into fifth place in the ACC, and if
they beat Connecticut next week, they would be bowl eligible for
the eighth year in a row.