Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Beat #9 Florida State in Stunning Upset, 22-16


The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets stunned the #9 Florida State Seminoles on Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium by a final score of 22-16.

With the game on the line, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ special teams came up with the play of the year, blocking Florida State kicker Robert Aguayo’s 56 yard field goal attempt, while Lance Austin recovered the football and returned the blocked field goal for a 78 yard touchdown as time expired, securing a victory for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and snapping their 5 game losing streak.

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In a game in which the teams engaged in a match of field goals (for the most part), the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets special teams play (which has been a weakness for the team in previous weeks) came up with the game’s decisive play. After the offense’s return to form last week against the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Jackets continue to build on that good performance by recording 328 total yards in Saturday’s game.

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The turning point of the game occurred late in the fourth quarter, as Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets safety Jamal Golden picked off Florida State QB Everett Golson on a third and goal play, ending the drive and killing the Seminoles momentum. Though the Jackets were unable to capitalize on the turnover, they tied the game on a Harrison Butker field a couple of minutes later on a drive that was kept alive by a 36 pass from Justin Thomas to Freshman Wide Receiver Brad Steward that essentially saved the game for Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ quarterback Justin Thomas set the tone for his team late into the second quarter, running 60 yards for the Ramblin’ Wreck’s first touchdown of the game to close the deficit to 13-10. Harrison Butker’s 3 field goals on the night allowed Georgia Tech to hold the previously undefeated Seminoles off.

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Justin Thomas led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in rushing with 88 yards on the night, while Freshman B-back Marcus Marshall added 69 yards on the ground and A-back Clinton Lynch recorded 52 yards. Florida State QB Everett Golson threw for 210 yards and no touchdowns, while star RB Dalvin Cook totaled 82 yards on 17 carries while also recording 50 yards off receptions.

This was the undoubtedly the best win of the season for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who are attempting to salvage a disappointing campaign and appear in their 19th straight bowl game. After 5 consecutive losses, a stunning upset as time expires over a team in contention for a berth to the College Football Playoff will work wonders for morale, and helps the team going forward. As Head Coach Paul Johnson stated after the game, “It was our time.”.

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