Scores

Final

Georgia Tech 24

(3-2, 2-1 ACC)

Wake Forest 20

(2-3, 1-2 ACC)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, October 2, 2010

BB&T Field, Winston-salem, NC

1 2 3 4 T
GT 3 3 0 1824
WAKE 3 7 7 320

Top Performers

Passing: J. Nesbitt (GT) - 130 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Adams (WAKE) - 20 CAR, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Brown (WVU) - 4 REC, 54 YDS

Georgia Tech drives past Wake Forest in game's final minute

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Joshua Nesbitt shook a rough start with a brilliant fourth-quarter, throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Correy Earls with 15 seconds left in Georgia Tech's 24-20 comeback win over Wake Forest on Saturday night.

Nesbitt had 6 yards rushing on 19 carries before leading the Yellow Jackets (3-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) on three scoring drives in the final period.

Josh Adams rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and Brandon Pendergrass added a rushing TD for the Demon Deacons (2-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who nearly won with fourth-string quarterback Skylar Jones.

Ted Stachitas and Brendan Cross were injured early in the game with starter Tanner Price already sidelined.

After allowing 48, 68 and 31 points in its last three outings, Wake Forest smothered Georgia Tech's triple option attack until Nesbitt took over. It allowed the Yellow Jackets to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time in coach Paul Johnson's tenure.

Nesbitt, who rushed for 72 yards and threw for 130, finally got going with a 50-yard run that set up Scott Blair's third field goal from beyond 40 yards, cutting the deficit to 17-9.

Nesbitt was even better on Georgia Tech's next drive. Facing fourth down, a scrambling Nesbitt appeared all but out of room along the right sideline when he found Embry Peeples on the run for a 20-yard touchdown.

Nesbitt then ran up the middle for the two-point conversion to tie it at 17 with 6:58 left.

Jones looked poised connecting with Devon Brown for 26 yards on third down to the Georgia Tech 20. But the drive stalled and Jimmy Newman booted a 26-yard field goal with 2:21 left to put Wake Forest ahead 20-17.

It was just enough time for Nesbitt, who scrambled 16 yards on fourth-and-4 early in the winning drive.

It made up for a miserable three quarters by Georgia Tech, once ranked 15th in the nation before an upset at Kansas began a string of two losses in three games for the defending ACC champions.

With linebacker Matt Woodlief leading the way, Wake Forest used blitzes and speedy ball pursuit to shut down running lanes and pressure Nesbitt.

Jerrard Tarrant's muffed punt gave Wake Forest the ball at the Georgia Tech 19, and Adams' 2-yard run made it 17-6 late in the third quarter.

Wake Forest, which had lost the last two games by a combined 99-24, had used three quarterbacks by the start of its fourth possession after already being short-handed. Price was scratched following a concussion a week earlier against Florida State.

Stachitas, who has been hampered by numerous injuries himself, took a shot on a scramble in Wake's second possession and was knocked out with lower back pain.

Cross, the son of former NFL player Randy Cross, was next up. But he lasted only one full series -- he hurt his non-throwing shoulder while he was tackled on a scramble.

Next on the dwindling depth chart was Jones, a junior who didn't play his first two seasons and was moved to receiver last season. Jones, though, looked sharp on the lone touchdown drive of the first half. He scrambled to convert a third down, then found Devon Brown for a 12-yard pickup for another third-down conversion.

Brandon Pendergrass capped the drive with a 1-yard TD run on fourth down late in the first half.

Jones was 9-for-20 for 105 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GT
WAKE
1st Downs1711
Total Yards339268
Passing130107
Rushing209161
Penalties8-797-54
3rd Down Conversions5-176-18
4th Down Conversions3-41-1
Turnovers20
Possession28:3531:25

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nesbitt11/211306.220
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jones9/201055.300

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nesbitt26722.8050
Allen10636.3030
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams201015.1157
Jones8313.9016

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lyons13838.0038
Smith22311.5014
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown45413.5026
Ford12121.0021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTWAKE
FG10:54Scott Blair 47 Yd 30
FG03:51Jimmy Newman 20 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERGTWAKE
TD01:22Brandon Pendergrass 1 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 310
FG00:27Scott Blair 45 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERGTWAKE
TD00:42Josh Adams 3 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 617
FOURTH QUARTERGTWAKE
FG10:23Scott Blair 42 Yd 917
TD06:50Embry Peeples 20 Yd Pass From Joshua Nesbitt (Joshua Nesbitt Run For Two-Point Conversion) 1717
FG02:21Jimmy Newman 26 Yd 1720
TD00:15Correy Earls 9 Yd Pass From Joshua Nesbitt (Scott Blair Kick) 2420