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No. 17/19 Ole Miss Pulls Away Late from Tech

OXFORD, Miss. – Georgia Tech rallied from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit to pull within a score early in the final period, but No. 17/19 Ole Miss pulled away over the final eight minutes of the game and defeated the Yellow Jackets, 48-23, on Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Georgia Tech (1-2) committed no penalties (for only the eighth time in school history), had no turnovers, completed 28 passes (tied for the fifth-most in school history), converted 11 third downs (tied for the 16th-most in school history), possessed the ball for 39 minutes and 17 seconds and held Ole Miss’s explosive passing attack to 148 yards below its season average through the air. But the Rebels ran for 299 yards and averaged 9.8 yards per play in the win.

After Tech trailed just 10-3 at halftime, Ole Miss scored two touchdowns in a four-minute span midway through the third quarter to take a 24-3 lead. However, the Yellow Jackets responded with two quick touchdowns of their own on a 1-yard run by quarterback Haynes King and a 15-yard pass from King to true freshman Eric Singleton Jr. to pull back within a score at 24-17 with 10:31 to go in the ballgame.

The Jackets held Ole Miss to a field goal on the ensuing series to keep the deficit at just 10 points, but the Rebels went on to score touchdowns on their next two possessions to make it 41-17. The teams swapped touchdowns in the final minute-and-a-half to account for the final margin.

King finished 28-of-41 for 307 yards and two touchdowns through the air to go along with 42 yards and a score on 14 carries. His 28 completions are tied for fourth in Georgia Tech single-game history, while the 28 completions without an interception are tied for the third-most ever by a Tech passer. His 307 passing yards are the 26th-most by an individual in Tech history. Of the 30 300-yard performances ever by Yellow Jackets passer, two have come in King’s first three games in the White and Gold.

Singleton, who has caught a touchdown pass in every game of his young career, set career highs with five receptions and 97 receiving yards. Running back Jamal Haynes totaled 100 yards from scrimmage (72 rushing, 28 receiving).

Defensively, LaMiles Brooks led Tech with a career-high-tying nine tackles, while D’Quan Douse added a career-best eight stops.

Georgia Tech returns to Atlantic Coast Conference play next Saturday when it travels to Wake Forest (3-0). Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised across the nation on The CW.

Haynes King tosses a 15-yard touchdown to Eric Singleton Jr. to cut Georgia Tech’s deficit to 24-17 early in the fourth quarter (Reed Jones photo).

Postgame Notes

Team Notes

  • Georgia Tech fell to 1-2 on the season, while No. 17/19 Ole Miss moved to 3-0.
  • Georgia Tech fell to 2-4 all-time against Ole Miss with its fourth-straight loss to the Rebels, dating back to 1971. The Yellow Jackets’ last win in the series was a 24-7 win in the 1953 Sugar Bowl, which clinched the 1952 national championship for the Jackets.
  • Georgia Tech has lost eight-straight games against opponents from the Southeastern Conference, with its last win over an SEC team coming in a 33-18 win over Kentucky in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl.
  • Georgia Tech committed no penalties in a game for only the eighth time in school history (first time since Sept. 3, 2015 vs. Alcorn State).
  • Georgia Tech’s 11 third-down conversions (11-of-20) are tied for the 16th-most in school history.
  • Georgia Tech’s 17-play 90-yard drive in the second quarter that resulted in a 22-yard field goal was Tech’s longest scoring drive in terms of plays since a 17-play, 74-yard drive that resulted in a 21-yard field goal in a 33-7 win over North Carolina on Sept. 30, 2017.
  • Georgia Tech held Ole Miss to 251 passing yards, 148 yards below the 399 yards through the air that the Rebels were averaging this season, which ranked No. 4 nationally. However, Ole Miss rushed for 299 yards, 183 more than its season average of 116 rushing yards coming in to the game.

Individual Notes

  • r-So. Haynes King completed 28 passes on 42 attempts for 307 yards and two touchdowns. The 28 completions are tied for the fourth-most in Georgia Tech single-game history and are tied for the third-most completions without an interception in school history. Both are the most since A.J. Suggs also completed 28 passes without an INT vs. Maryland on Oct. 27, 2002).
  • With his 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, Fr. WR Eric Singleton Jr.’s has a touchdown catch in each of his first three collegiate games.
  • Singleton’s five receptions and 97 receiving yards were both career highs (prev.: three receptions and 69 receiving yards last Saturday vs. South Carolina State).
  • DB LaMiles Brooks matched a career high with nine tackles (prev.: vs. Virginia – Oct. 20, 2022).
  • r-Jr. DL D’Quan Douse set a career high with eight tackles (prev.: seven at Virginia Tech – Nov. 5, 2022).
Jamal Haynes (11) totaled 100 yards from scrimmage on Saturday night at No. 17/19 Ole Miss (Reed Jones photo).

 

Multimedia

Head Coach Brent Key Postgame Press Conference (Audio)

Postgame Press Conference (Coach Key, Haynes King, Jamal Haynes, D’Quan Douse, LaMiles Brooks)

Game Highlights (ACC Digital Network)

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