Virginia Holds Off Jackets' Late Rally, 27-21

Oct. 31, 2015

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VIRGINIA (3-5, 2-2) 27GEORGIA TECH (3-6, 1-5) 21

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Clinton Lynch scored a career-high three touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ fourth-quarter rally fell short Saturday, 27-21, at Virginia. Lynch finished with a team-best 63 yards on the ground and 69 more yards receiving.

Georgia Tech (3-6, 1-5) will have to win its final three games to extend its streak of seasons ending in a bowl to 19.

The Yellow Jackets made it a nail-biter late, scoring on a 22-yard pass from Justin Thomas to Clinton Lynch with 1:41 remaining, then recovering an onside kick. But after driving to the Cavaliers’ 34, Thomas threw incomplete on fourth-and-4 with 1:11 left.

Justin Thomas posted his best passing performance of the season, throwing for a season-best 251 yards and two scores – both of which went to Lynch. Ricky Jeune hauled in career highs for receptions (5) and receiving yards (103).

Four Georgia Tech defenders finished with nine tackles each – Jamal Golden, P.J. Davis, Brant Mitchell and Pat Gamble. Senior DT Adam Gotsis was injured on the first play of the game and did not return.

Georgia Tech had 153 yards in the first half, and more than half of them came on their two scoring plays, a 49-yard run by Lynch with an option toss, and a 30-yard pass from Thomas to Lynch on a third-and-8. On the latter, Thomas was pressured, avoided the rush and found Lynch all by himself for an easy catch and run.

That play was set up by Rod Rook-Chungong’s interception of Johns and 16-yard return to the Virginia 44.


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