Georgia Tech's Run Game Showcased in Win over Alcorn State

 

 

THE FLATS (ramblinwreck.com)Seven different players scored a touchdown, including four with the first of their careers, as No. 16 Georgia Tech's offense light up the Atlanta skyline with a 69-6 win Thursday night over Alcorn State.

Freshman B-back Marcus Marshall rushed for 184 yards with two scores and graduate transfer Patrick Skov tallied a career-high 72 rushing yards and a career-best three rushing touchdowns. Marshall became the first Georgia Tech true freshman running back to score a touchdown since Embry Peeples in 2008 vs. Mississippi State.

For Skov, he nearly tripled his career rushing output in one night. Prior to his Georgia Tech debut, the Stanford transfer had 25 career rushing yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries in three seasons.

Georgia Tech scored on its first seven possessions in the opener for both teams, barely breaking a sweat against the Football Championship Subdivision school from Mississippi. The Yellow Jackets led 34-0 at the end of the first quarter, their most points in an opening quarter since at least 1950. The officials were already letting the clock run in the second quarter, looking to make things a little easier on the Braves.

It didn't help much. Georgia Tech led 48-0 at halftime and never let up.

Quarterback Justin Thomas played only the first quarter, running for one score and passing for another.

The Yellow Jackets dominated this one right from the start, finishing with 476 yards rushing. They led the nation in that category a year ago out of their lethal triple-option offense.

Marshall scored on a 49-yard run in the first quarter and a 64-yarder late in the third. Both plays were nearly identical, the newcomer from Raleigh, North Carolina, taking a handoff over center and racing untouched down the middle of the field, no one close to him.

Georgia Tech needed only five plays to jump ahead on their opening possession. Thomas rolled to his right, looking to throw, then sprinted back to the opposite corner for a 13-yard touchdown, managing to touch the ball to the orange pylon just before he stepped out of bounds.

Thomas also had a 19-yard scoring pass to Micheal Summers.

Skov, a graduate transfer from Stanford, scored on runs of 3, 21 and 4 yards taking over as the starter at B-back. He finished with 72 yards on a dozen carries - more than he had his entire career with the Cardinal.

Backup quarterback Tim Byerly had an 8-yard touchdown run, and third-stringer Brady Swilling took it in from the 1.

Alcorn State, which won 10 games a year ago and its first Southwestern Athletic Conference title since 1993, missed a field goal on the final play of the first half. But the Braves went 75 yards on the opening possession of the second half - nearly doubling their offensive output - and scored on Arron Baker's 1-yard run.

That was it.