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Jackets Defeat BYU, 28-19

Sept 21, 2002

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By KEITH PARSONS
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA Tony Hollings ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns before leaving with a knee injury, helping Georgia Tech rally past Brigham Young 28-19 Saturday in the first meeting between the schools.

Hollings scored his second TD with 13:08 left, giving the Yellow Jackets (3-1) the lead for good. He originally left the game in the third quarter, hurting his knee on a 2-yard run on the first drive of the half, then returned for the next series.

But with Georgia Tech trying to run out the clock, Hollings again hurt the knee, tumbling to the turf after it gave way on a cut during his 36th carry of the game. He left the field on a cart, holding his hands over his face as he was wheeled to the sidelines.

A converted safety, Hollings entered the game as the leading scorer in the country after running for eight touchdowns in the first three games. He also was the No. 5 rusher in the country.

BYU (2-2) played most of the game without leading rusher Marcus Whalen, who left early in the second quarter with a pulled groin. Freshman Curtis Brown replaced Whalen and ran for 32 yards.

Reserve quarterback Lance Pendleton took over for Bret Engemann in the first half and played the rest of the way, throwing for a touchdown and running for another. The Cougars piled up 197 yards in the first half, but they were stymied by four turnovers, including three by Engemann.

Pendleton threw a 20-yard TD to Reno Mahe late in the third quarter to give BYU its last lead at 19-14, but Mahe was stopped short, attempting a two-point conversion on a swing pass.

Georgia Tech then drove 73 yards for the go-ahead score, with Hollings chewing up 50 on the ground. He rambled in from the 2, giving the Yellow Jackets a 21-19 lead.

Hollings added his third touchdown with 5:03 left to seal it.

Tony Hollings

His performance overshadowed a bad day for quarterback A.J. Suggs, who completed only 11-of-26 for 117 yards and three interceptions. He often missed open receivers, leading to a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd of 43,719.

Engemann completed his first five passes on the game’s opening drive, driving the Cougars 53 yards to the Yellow Jackets’ 27-yard line. But he threw into double coverage, and safety Jeremy Muyres intercepted the pass in the end zone.

Muyres grabbed another errant pass from Engemann late in the first quarter, leading to Hollings’ first touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Engemann also lost a fumble.

Matt Payne kicked a 48-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3, and Pendleton ran for a 2-yard touchdown on his first series to give BYU a 10-7 halftime lead.

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