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Eagles Overcome Jackets with Late Run

THE FLATS – Quarterback Haynes King rushed for 150 yards, passed for 204 and helped Georgia Tech build a 23-17 lead after three quarters, but Boston College rallied for 21-straight fourth-quarter points and the Yellow Jackets fell to the visiting Eagles, 38-23, on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Hyundai Field.

Georgia Tech continued its pattern of alternating losses and wins this season to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Eagles won their third-straight game, evening their ACC record at 2-2 and improving to 4-3 overall.

Trailing 17-10 at halftime, the Yellow Jackets opened the second half with an acrobatic, diving interception in the end zone by Ahmari Harvey a minute-and-a-half into the third quarter. Just three plays later, King ran 71 yards – Georgia Tech’s longest play of the season – for a touchdown to knot the score at 17-17.

Two possessions later, the Jackets marched 89 yards in eight plays and took its first lead since the first quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from King to Avery Boyd that made it 23-17 Georgia Tech with 2:08 to go in the third quarter (an errant snap led to Tech missing the PAT).

Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the lead would be short-lived, as Boston College put together scoring drives of 72, 72 and 60 yards in the fourth quarter. Combined with a pair of interceptions – Tech’s second and third turnovers of the afternoon – the Eagles outscored the Jackets 21-0 in the final period to claim the victory.

Despite King’s 354 yards of total offense, Georgia Tech was outgained by a 563-452 margin in the loss.

Tech wraps up a two-game homestand next Saturday against 10th-ranked North Carolina. Kickoff time and television coverage for the contest will be announced Sunday.

Jamal Haynes’ 16-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his third touchdown in the last four games (Danny Karnik photo).

 

Postgame Notes

Team Notes

  • Georgia Tech fell to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
  • Georgia Tech has alternated losses and wins over the first seven games of the season.
  • The loss was Georgia Tech’s fourth-straight ACC home defeat.
  • Georgia Tech dropped to 7-5 all-time against Boston College with its third-straight loss to BC.
  • r-So. QB Haynes King’s 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was Georgia Tech’s longest play of the season (prev.: 67-yard run by r-So. RB Jamal Haynes South Carolina State – Sept. 9).

Individual Notes

  • r-So. QB Haynes King’s 150 rushing yards were a career high (prev.: 53 at Louisville – Sept. 1 and 53 at Wake Forest – Sept. 23).
  • King’s 150 rushing yards were the most by a Yellow Jacket since Hassan Hall had 157 rushing yards against Pittsburgh on Oct. 1, 2022 and the most by a Yellow Jacket quarterback since Tobias Oliver had 215 rushing yards at Virginia Tech on Oct. 25, 2018.
  • King’s 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the longest rush of his career (prev.: 35 at Wake Forest – Sept. 23).
  • King’s 71-yard touchdown run was the longest rush by a Georgia Tech QB since TaQuon Marshall’s 78-yard touchdown run vs. Virginia on Nov. 4, 2017.
  • King has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of Georgia Tech’s seven games this season. His 17 touchdown passes are tied for the most ever by a GT QB through the first seven games of the season.
  • r-So. DB Ahmari Harvey’s third-quarter interception, which set up King’s touchdown run, was Harvey’s second INT in as many games. His first-career INT at No. 17 Miami (Oct. 7) also set up a Georgia Tech touchdown.
  • Jr. WR Avery Boyd’s 19-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter came was the fourth reception and second touchdown of his career (prev. TD: 14 yds. at Ole Miss – Sept. 16).
  • r-So. RB Jamal Haynes 16-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his third touchdown run in the last four games and team-leading fourth overall of the season.
Haynes King’s 150 rushing yards were the most by a Yellow Jacket quarterback since 2018 and his 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was Georgia Tech’s longest play of the season (Danny Karnik photo).

 

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Head Coach Brent Key Postgame Press Conference (Audio)

Coach Key Postgame Press Conference (Video)

Student-Athletes Postgame Press Conference (Video)

Game Highlights (ACC Digital Network)

Condensed Game (ACC Digital Network)

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