Scores

Final

Mississippi St 7

(1-3, 0-1 SEC)

Georgia Tech 38

(3-1, 1-1 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 0 0 0 77
GT 14 7 10 738

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lee (MSST) - 179 YDS

Rushing: J. Dwyer (GT) - 9 CAR, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. McRae (MSST) - 10 REC, 102 YDS

Dwyer's record 88-yard TD run lifts Yellow Jackets

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Jonathan Dwyer set a school record with an 88-yard touchdown run, Georgia Tech's defense shut out Mississippi State for three quarters and the Yellow Jackets beat Mississippi State 38-7 on Saturday.

Georgia Tech (3-1) ran for 438 yards, its most since 1978 and the fifth-highest total in school history.

Dwyer had 141 yards rushing on nine carries. Greg Smith, Embry Peeples and backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw also ran for touchdowns.

Shaw, a freshman who also threw a touchdown pass, took over after starter Josh Nesbitt suffered a hamstring injury on a 21-yard run on Georgia Tech's first drive.

Mississippi State committed four turnovers as its streak without offensive points was extended to eight quarters before a fourth-quarter touchdown. The Bulldogs (1-3) lost 3-2 to Auburn last week.

Cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels had a touchdown-saving play, a fourth-down stop and an interception. Defensive end Michael Johnson blocked a field goal, deflected two passes, recovered a fumble and had a fourth-down sack.

Mississippi State appeared to be on the verge of ending its scoring drought in the second quarter when Anthony Dixon took off from the Bulldogs' 20 on a 71-yard run. Word-Daniels made a diving grab for Dixon's foot, slowing the running back so Morgan Burnett could make the tackle at the Georgia Tech 9.

Four plays later, Johnson blocked Adam Carlson's 18-yard field-goal attempt.

Burnett intercepted a pass by Wesley Carroll at the Georgia Tech 2 to end a 15-play drive by the Bulldogs at the end of the first half.

Mississippi State had another scoring chance end when backup quarterback Tyson Lee was sacked by Johnson on a fourth-down play from the Georgia Tech 7 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Georgia Tech had backups on the field when the Bulldogs finally scored on a 6-yard run by Robert Elliott midway through the final quarter.

Georgia Tech opened with an 11-play drive -- all running plays -- which ended with a 7-yard scoring run by Peeples. The long drive set the pace as Mississippi State couldn't stop first-year coach Paul Johnson's spread option attack.

Shaw had a 20-yard scoring pass to Demaryius Thomas later in the first quarter and a 25-yard touchdown run in the second period.

Georgia Tech began its first possession of the second half at its 12. Dwyer broke free and, aided by running back Lucas Cox's downfield block on safety Derek Pegues, ran 88 yards for the touchdown.

Before Dwyer's run, the longest run from scrimmage in Georgia Tech history was an 87-yarder by Bob McCoy against The Citadel in 1948.

The announced attendance was 48,402, but few remained when Mississippi State's final possession ended with its final turnover on a fumble by Lee inside the Georgia Tech 10 with 5 seconds left.

Brandon McRae had 10 catches for 102 yards and Dixon rushed for 94 yards for Mississippi State in the first meeting between the teams since 1929.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
GT
1st Downs2423
Total Yards407500
Passing29962
Rushing108438
Penalties7-646-69
3rd Down Conversions6-155-11
4th Down Conversions1-41-1
Turnovers40
Possession29:5630:04

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lee17/271796.600
Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shaw3/7436.110

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon13947.2071
Elliott9364.0115
Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dwyer914115.7188
Smith36220.7145

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
McRae1010210.2019
Smith45814.5023
Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas22311.5120
Dwyer12020.0020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSSTGT
TD09:55Embry Peeples 7 Yd Run (Scott Blair Kick) 07
TD06:06Demaryius Thomas 20 Yd Pass From Jaybo Shaw (Scott Blair Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERMSSTGT
TD07:55Jaybo Shaw 25 Yd Run (Scott Blair Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERMSSTGT
TD11:27Jonathan Dwyer 88 Yd Run (Scott Blair Kick) 028
FG07:05Scott Blair 29 Yd 031
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTGT
TD10:48Greg Smith 45 Yd Run (Scott Blair Kick) 038
TD08:09Robert Elliott 6 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 738