Scores

Final

Georgia Tech 17

(4-3, 2-3 ACC)

Miami (FL) 14

(4-3, 1-2 ACC)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, October 13, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
GT 0 0 14 317
MIA 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: K. Wright (MIA) - 56 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Choice (GT) - 37 CAR, 204 YDS

Receiving: S. Shields (MIA) - 4 REC, 22 YDS, 1 TD

Georgia Tech 17, Miami 14

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Tashard Choice ran for a career-high 204 yards on 37 carries, quarterback Taylor Bennett rushed for two touchdowns and Georgia Tech controlled the second half to beat Miami 17-14 on Saturday.

Travis Bell's 39-yard field goal with 7:34 left was the eventual game-winner for Georgia Tech (4-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which became the fourth team since 1978 to beat Miami in three consecutive seasons, joining Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Florida State.

And this Georgia Tech win -- just like the previous two -- dealt the Hurricanes' ACC hopes a serious blow.

Shawnbrey McNeal had a 39-yard touchdown run on a fourth-down play for Miami (4-3, 1-2 ACC), which came in allowing 111 rushing yards per game, but let Choice eclipse that by the midpoint of the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets trailed 7-0 at halftime, and came out after intermission with a simple plan: Give Choice the ball.

It worked.

Choice went 54 yards on Tech's opening drive of the second half, and the Yellow Jackets pulled into a 7-7 tie when Bennett curled to his left and made a 10-yard sprint for the score.

Miami went three-and-out on its next possession, and Georgia Tech rode Choice again on its next drive, giving him the ball eight times on an eight-minute, 14-play, 77-yard grind capped by Bennett going in on another bootleg from 3 yards out.

The Hurricanes answered with a long drive to tie the game. McNeal came through again on fourth down -- getting 6 yards on fourth-and-1 from the 15 -- and Kyle Wright hit Sam Shields with a 4-yard scoring pass with 10:37 left in the game.

But after Bell's field goal, the Hurricanes went nowhere. The drive could have started at the 25, but an unnecessary roughness penalty on Derron Thomas sent Miami back to the 13, and the Hurricanes managed only a couple yards before punting.

Miami never got the ball back, and was outgained 244-79 in the second half.

Miami cornerback Bruce Johnson got his first career interception with 6:32 left in the first quarter, wrestling what would have been a touchdown away from Georgia Tech's Greg Smith in the right corner of the end zone -- setting up the drive where McNeal scored the game's first TD.

And the Yellow Jackets wasted another opportunity in the second quarter.

With about 7 1/2 minutes left before halftime, backup quarterback Josh Nesbitt darted through the left side of a 14-yard gain, which would have taken Georgia Tech to Miami 23. But left guard Matt Rhodes was flagged twice on that play, first for holding and then for unnecessary roughness. So instead of third-and-1, the Yellow Jackets were faced with second-and-38 and wound up punting.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GT
MIA
1st Downs2212
Total Yards378223
Passing11456
Rushing264167
Penalties8-808-78
3rd Down Conversions9-174-14
4th Down Conversions0-23-3
Turnovers10
Possession32:1127:49

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bennett11/281144.101
Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wright8/17563.310

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Choice372045.5054
Nesbitt4256.3015
Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper12665.5015
McNeal8486.0139

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas33511.7012
Peek22512.5017
Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Zellner3237.7010
Shields4225.5110

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTMIA
TD02:00Shawnbrey Mcneal 39 Yd Run (Francesco Zampogna Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:32
07
THIRD QUARTERGTMIA
TD11:58Taylor Bennett 10 Yd Run (Travis Bell Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:02
77
TD02:30Taylor Bennett 3 Yd Run (Travis Bell Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 77 yds, 7:59
147
FOURTH QUARTERGTMIA
TD10:37Sam Shields 3 Yd Pass From Kyle Wright (Francesco Zampogna Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 73 yds, 6:53
1414
FG07:34Travis Bell 39 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 48 yds, 3:03
1714