Scores

Final

Georgia Tech 26

(3-3, 1-2 away)

Maryland 28

(4-2, 2-1 home)

12:00 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD

1 2 3 4 T
GT 3 7 7 926
MD 14 7 7 028

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bennett (LT) - 309 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Ball (MD) - 16 CAR, 86 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Thomas (GT) - 9 REC, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Maryland 28, Georgia Tech 26

Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland barely held on for a 28-26 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech.

Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining. Andrew Gardner was whistled for holding on the previous play, knocking the Yellow Jackets back 10 yards and preventing them from lining up for what would have been a 40-yard try.

Turner had three passes of longer than 40 yards in the first half, including the first touchdown pass of his career, a 78-yard strike to Jason Goode. He cooled off in the second half but finished 10 of 17 for 255 yards and a touchdown.

Ball carried 16 times for 86 yards and three touchdowns.

Maryland (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had leads of 21-3 and 28-17, but Georgia Tech closed to 28-26 with 8:21 left in the game on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Bennett to Demariyus Thomas. The Yellow Jackets' two-point conversion try fell short when linebacker Dave Philistin stuffed Tashard Choice on a direct snap.

Philistin finished with 21 tackles.

In a matchup of the top two rushing offenses in the ACC, the teams combined for more than 550 yards through the air, compared to 263 on the ground.

Georgia Tech (3-3, 1-3) moved the ball consistently against the Terrapins, gaining 484 total yards and crossing midfield on every possession except its first. But the Yellow Jackets failed to capitalize on several drives, in part because of a lost fumble and two missed field goals.

Saturday's victory was Turner's second straight impressive performance. He replaced an injured Jordan Steffy late in the second quarter the previous week and led the Terps to a 34-24 road upset over then-No. 10 Rutgers.

Steffy, who suffered a concussion against Rutgers, did not dress Saturday. Nor did the team's leading tackler, Erin Henderson, who has a bad knee.

Maryland scored first on Turner's long pass to Goode, then extended its lead to 21-3 early in the second quarter on TD runs of 7 yards and 1 yard by Ball.

The Yellow Jackets managed only three points on offense in the first half, thanks to a missed 47-yard field goal and a fumble by Tashard Choice at the Maryland 28.

On one of the drives, Choice took a direct snap from his own 40, broke through the line and appeared to be on his way to a touchdown. But he pulled up lame and ran out of bounds at the Maryland 32, and the drive stalled on Bell's missed field goal.

Bennett finished 22 of 34 for 309 yards and a touchdown. Choice had 32 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia Tech's first touchdown came with less than a minute to go in the first half, when Turner, under pressure on a third down, was hit by Vance Walker and fumbled. Defensive end Darrell Robertson picked up the ball and ran 32 yards for the score.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GT
MD
1st Downs2412
Total Yards484343
Passing309255
Rushing17588
Penalties6-502-10
3rd Down Conversions9-176-12
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession37:1922:41

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bennett22/343099.110
MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner10/1725515.010

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Choice321354.2128
Grant9273.008
MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ball16865.4330
Lattimore13312.4011

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas913915.4139
Smith58216.4041
MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hayward-Bey410927.3047
Goode17878.0178

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTMD
TD06:34Jason Goode 78 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Obi Egekeze Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 84 yds, :56
07
FG02:37Travis Bell 23 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 56 yds, 3:57
37
TD00:43Lance Ball 7 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 66 yds, 1:54
314
SECOND QUARTERGTMD
TD11:54Lance Ball 1 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 72 yds, 1:35
321
TD00:46Darrell Robertson 32 Yd Fumble Return (Travis Bell Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERGTMD
TD08:47Tashard Choice 1 Yd Run (Travis Bell Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 3:19
1721
TD04:20Lance Ball 1 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 75 yds, 4:27
1728
FOURTH QUARTERGTMD
FG14:48Travis Bell 37 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 53 yds, 4:32
2028
TD08:21Demaryius Thomas 39 Yd Pass From Taylor Bennett (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:51
2628