(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: Georgia Tech 31, (16) Florida State 28
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Georgia Tech survived a late scare and the loss of its starting quarterback to upend 16th-ranked Florida State, 31-28, at Dodd Stadium.
Josh Nesbitt rushed 14 times for 61 yards and completed 4-of-5 passes for 55 yards before leaving the game with an injury for the Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2 ACC), who have won four of their last five games and beat Florida State for the first time since 1975.
In addition, with Virginia's 24-17 home loss to Miami-Florida, Georgia Tech now has sole possession of first place in the Coastal Division.
Lucas Cox and Greg Smith recorded rushing TDs, while freshman backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw was shaky, throwing an interception on his lone pass attempt and losing a fumble.
Christian Ponder completed 16-of-27 passes for 149 yards, one score and a pick for the Seminoles (6-2, 3-2), whose four-game win streak came to an end.
Ponder also ran for a score, and Jermaine Thomas gained 130 yards on just nine attempts. Preston Parker caught five balls for 77 yards and a late touchdown.
Nesbitt left the game with 7:11 to play in third with an apparent right foot injury after tripping over his own lineman on a rushing attempt. On the following down, Shaw was hit and fumbled, with Kendrick Stewart recovering at the Seminoles' 43-yard-line. However, Derrick Morgan recovered a Ponder fumble at midfield six plays later.
Tech was unable to respond, and the game turned into a series of defensive stops until Parker made a leaping grab on a 39-yard pass by D'Vontrey Richardson to make it 31-26. Ponder's conversion pass to Greg Carr was good, and FSU's deficit was three with 6:04 left in regulation.
Patrick Robinson picked off Shaw on G-Tech's next play from scrimmage, and Florida State set up at its own 41. The visitors were poised for a go-ahead score but Marcus Sims had the ball punched out at the one and Rashaad Reid recovered in the end zone for the Yellow Jackets.
Shaw then took a knee twice to run out the remaining seconds and clinch the victory.
FSU got on the board on the first drive of the contest, as Ponder slipped in from the three to cap a 68-yard drive. After a return put the home team near midfield, a 31-yard field goal from Scott Blair made it 7-3.
The Seminoles answered on a 29-yard boot from Graham Gano, but a one-yard dive from Cox early in the second quarter drew Georgia Tech even.
After holding the visitors on the following series, the Yellow Jackets buzzed ahead 17-10 with a three-play, 62-yard drive that concluded when Dwyer broke free for a 36-yard TD run.
Quick strikes continued for both sides as Smith added a three-yard run to put Georgia Tech ahead 24-10 with 9 1/2 minutes remaining. The Seminoles answered when a 62-yard dash by Thomas set up a four-yard pass from Ponder to Seddrick Holloway for a 24-17 game with 8:05 left in the half.
Only 45 seconds were left when Gano hit from 45 yards out to bring Florida State within 24-20.
However, Dwyer's 66-yard scamper for a touchdown on Georgia Tech's first drive of the second half opened up a 31-20 edge.
Georgia Tech won despite being outgained 384-343 and picked up just 14 first downs compared to 18 for Florida State...FSU had a 12-game series win streak snapped but leads the all-time series 12-8-1...Ponder was sacked four times...Seminoles safety Darius McClure left the game with 8:42 to play in third quarter with an apparent left leg injury and did not return...The Yellow Jackets are on the road at North Carolina next Saturday, while the Seminoles host Clemson.
11/02 01:23:24 ET