No. 11 Miami and Georgia Tech meet in a game that could determine the ACC Coastal Division on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
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Miami-Georgia Tech recap, box score
Final: Miami 25, Georgia Tech 24
Not only did Malik Rosier do it again, Darrell Langham did, too. On 4th and 10, the quarterback found the unlikely wide receiver for another miracle catch, this time it went for 28 yards and put Miami back in the red zone. Kicker Michael Badgley sunk a chip shot.
It wasn’t pretty, but Miami is still perfect.
2:30 Q4: Georgia Tech 24, Miami 22
Can Malik Rosier do it again? The quarterback will have 2:28 to go 92 yards and send the Hurricanes to their second straight come-from-behind win. Just like last week, the junior will have to do it without running back Mark Walton, wide receiver Ahmmon Richards and left guard Navaughn Donaldson. This time, a field goal could win it.
13:36 Q4: Georgia Tech 24, Miami 22
A monsoon has broken out and Hard Rock Stadium and the Hurricanes are on the board again. Running back Travis Homer did it this time on the ground with a 27-yard dash through the rain and in to the end zone, cutting the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 24-22.
The rain, theoretically, should benefit run-heavy Georgia Tech. It’s not so easy to pitch a wet ball, though. Miami needs another stop.
End 3: Georgia Tech 24, Miami 16
The Hurricanes are in business again after a quick third quarter. After forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt, Miami will start the fourth quarter right around midfield.
Quarterback Malik Rosier is suddenly rolling, too. After starting 3 for 10, the junior has completed 12 of his last 15. He’s 15 of 25 for 198 yards and a touchdown.
3:33 Q3: Georgia Tech 24, Miami 16
The Hurricanes red-zone woes continue, but Miami is back within a touchdown. Almost all the yardage for Miami’s quick drive came on a 70-yard pass from Malik Rosier to wide receiver Jeff Thomas. The Hurricanes set up inside the 5-yard line and failed three shots at the end zone, so kicker Michael Badgley put three more points on the board to cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 24-16.
It’s certainly a win for Georgia Tech to shut Miami down in the red zone once again, but getting three points in fewer than 2:30 is nearly as critical for the Hurricanes. The Yellow Jackets are going to milk a ton of clock the rest of the way, just as they always do.
5:52 Q3: Georgia Tech 24, Miami 13
The Hurricanes’ defense makes a huge stand. After a disastrous onside kick and a three-and-out to start the second half, Miami seemed to be in trouble again after a 48-yard pass from quarterback TaQuon Marshall to wide receiver Ricky Jeune shot the Yellow Jackets in to the red zone. Georgia Tech, though, settled for a field goal after Marshall took a sack.
The drive took more than 6 minutes, though. Against the Yellow Jackets’ triple option, time is at a premium. Miami needs to get moving here in the second half.
14:57 Q3: Georgia Tech 21, Miami 13
The Hurricanes tried to get sneaky and it came back to bite them. Miami attempted an onside kick and it turned into 6 for the Yellow Jackets with the rare kick-return touchdown off the onside attempt. Defensive back Lamont Simmons scooped up the ball at the Hurricanes’ 42-yard line and rushed into the end zone.
Miami technically gets what it wanted. The offense will go to work for the first drive of the second half.
Halftime: Georgia Tech 14, Miami 13
The Hurricanes have finally broken through. Quarterback Malik Rosier has locked in and Miami is within 1. The junior connected with running back Travis Homer for a 17-yard touchdown. After starting off 3 for 9, Rosier completed 6 of his last 7 attempts to end the half.
The Hurricanes also got a big stop with the Yellow Jackets driving forcing a turnover on downs to stave off another Georgia Tech scoring opportunity and give Miami the ball for its touchdown with 14 seconds left.
10:11 Q2: Georgia Tech 14, Miami 6
The Hurricanes’ offense finally got rolling, but Miami stalled out once again in the red zone and settled for a 32-yard field goal by kicker Michael Badgley.
The Hurricanes moved the ball well on the ground. Running back Travis Homer, making his first start, broke off a 32-yard run. Quarterback Malik Rosier picked up 13 on a perfectly executed zone read. But Rosier’s struggles as a passer are killing Miami right now. The junior is 2 for 8 for only 19 yards right now. The Hurricanes have tried three fades in the red zone and Rosier has missed all three.
14:28 Q2: Georgia Tech 14, Miami 3
The Yellow Jackets are gashing the Hurricanes. Georgia Tech is tossing everything to the outside and breaking off dozens of yards at a time.
The Yellow Jackets needed only XX plays during its third drive to get into the end zone for the second time. Georgia Tech broke off runs of 24, 15, 14 and 12 yards before connecting for a rare passing touchdown. TaQuon Marshall found running back J.J. Green wide open for a 3-yard touchdown to stretch the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 14-3. Linebacker Michael Pinckney got the quarterback quickly, but couldn’t bring Marshall down.
Georgia Tech went backward for negative-5 yards during its first drive at Hard Rock Stadium. Since then, the Yellow Jackets have shredded Miami for 146 yards on 15 plays.
6:01 Q1: Georgia Tech 7, Miami 3
The Yellow Jackets answer the Hurricanes’ opening score in a hurry. A 48-yard toss play to Clinton Lynch brought Georgia Tech right into the red zone on the third play of the drive. Four plays later, the Yellow Jackets executed their triple option to perfection and quarterback TaQuon Marshall pitched to running back J.J. Green for the first touchdown of the game.
10:48 Q1: Miami 3, Georgia Tech 0
The Hurricanes are on the board first with a 33-yard field goal by kicker Michael Badgley. It was all set up by a long punt return by wide receiver Braxton Berrios to shift the field position back in Miami’s favor.
The Hurricanes defense has been most impressive during the extremely early going in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Hurricanes blew up the Yellow Jackets’ first two plays of the game in the backfield, forcing Georgia Tech to punt away in a 4th-and-long situation.
Miami-Georgia Tech football game time, information
Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida
Weather: thunderstorms, high of 86
Odds: Miami -6
Miami-Georgia Tech preview
The winner of the Georgia Tech-Miami matchup will be all alone in first place of the ACC Coastal Division standings.
Georgia Tech is 3-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC play, while Miami is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in ACC play. (Virginia, which is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, is the only other undefeated team in the division).
Miami, which has won nine straight games going back to last season, enters this contest averaging 37 points and 472 total yards per game but will be without a key contributor in running back Mark Walton.
Walton, who will miss the remainder of the season because of an ankle injury, had rushed for a team-high 428 yards through the first four games, averaging 7.6 yards per carry and scoring 3 touchdowns. He also caught 7 passes for 91 yards, giving him 519 total yards.
Next up at that spot will be Travis Homer, who has rushed for 212 yards, averaging an eye-popping 8.5 yards per carry, and 3 touchdowns. He has 5 catches for 71 yards.
Quarterback Malik Rosier has completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,074 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, and has run for 126 yards and 2 scores.
Wide receiver Braxton Berrios has 18 receptions for 282 yards and 5 touchdowns. Ahmmon Richards, who has been battling a hamstring injury, has 7 catches for 174 yards and 1 touchdown in limited action.
Georgia Tech has won three straight games since it’s 42-41 double-overtime loss to Tennessee in its season opener, defeating Jacksonville State, Pitt and North Carolina by a combined score of 105-34.
“We’re probably, at this point, have been a little better defensively than we were a year ago but we haven’t played against some really good teams so hopefully that will continue when we start to play some teams with better offenses,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson told reporters at his weekly press conference. “I think that we’re still a little bit of an enigma. Usually, you know by this time of the year but we’ve only played four games and we’ve played, other than the first game, which we kind of gift-wrapped and gave away, we’ve kind of got out front and picked up some pretty good wins. We’ll find out. We’ll know a lot more after Saturday, that’s for sure.”
The Yellow Jackets are second nationally in rushing yardage per game (396) and 20th in total yardage per game (479.3) with quarterback TaQuon Marshall and running back KirVonte Benson leading the way.
Marshall has rushed for 523 yards and 9 touchdowns, both team highs, while also throwing for 333 yards and 4 scores. Benson has rushed for 476 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry, and 4 touchdowns.
Georgia Tech hasn’t fared well against Miami in the series between the schools.
“We haven’t played particularly well,” Johnson said during the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday. “I mean, up here last year, we turned the ball over. They scored, I think, three touchdowns in 45 seconds. The last time we went to Miami, we took the opening kickoff, went right down the field and lost our quarterback on the first series. We lost to them in overtime up here the time before that.
So it’s just been a tough game. They’ve kind of had our number.”
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