ATLANTA (RamblinWreck.com)-- Justin Thomas was the difference in the matchup of spread-option offenses, running for two touchdowns and passing for another, and Georgia Tech beat Georgia Southern 35-24 on Saturday to end a three-game losing streak.
Georgia Tech (4-3) enjoyed a dominant opening quarter and put the game away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Dedrick Mills had a 20-yard scoring run, his second of the game, with less than 4 minutes remaining.
Georgia Tech started strong with a barrage of big plays in the first quarter and gained 437 yards. Thomas had a season-high 172 yards passing and 78 rushing.
A 58-yard scoring run by Thomas and a 65-yard scoring pass from Thomas to Clinton Lynch gave the Yellow Jackets a 14-0 lead. A 50-yard run by Marcus Marshall set up Mills' 6-yard touchdown run that increased the lead to 21-7.
Georgia Tech didn't score again until Thomas ran in from the 4 after faking a pitch early in the fourth quarter.
The Yellow Jackets had the strong showing on both sides of the ball they needed to regain momentum after last week's last-second loss at Pittsburgh. Thomas showed strong leadership as he didn't turn the ball over. Corey Griffin delivered a big fourth-down sack to end the Eagles' first drive of the second half.