Georgia Tech rushed for touchdowns the first seven times it had the ball with TaQuon Marshall, Jordan Mason and Tobias Oliver scoring twice each as the Yellow Jackets dominated Bowling Green 63-17 on Saturday.
Marshall also had a big day as a thrower. The senior quarterback completed 5-of-6 passes for 160 yards — an average of 32 yards per completion — to help Tech (2-3) break a three-game losing streak.
Bowling Green (1-4) entered the game last in the nation in run defense, allowing 333.5 yards per contest. The Jackets finished with 372 rushing yards.
The Falcons had some success passing the ball in Bobby Dodd Stadium, where sophomore quarterback Jarret Doege completed 27-of-44 for 305 yards and a score.
He was intercepted twice, though, once by David Curry in the end zone and when Anree Saint-Amour returned a deflected pass three yards for a Tech touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The visitors gained little on the ground. They finished with 63 rushing yards, including just one yard as they fell behind 28-10 in the first half.
Georgia Tech seized control of the game early in the second half when their first possession ended on a 33-yard scoring run by Mason, a redshirt freshman fullback.
Moments later, Doege fumbled when sacked by Tech linebacker Victor Alexander, and reserve end Antwan Owens returned the ball 21 yards. That set up fullback Jerry Howard’s 5-yard scoring run to give the Tech a 42-10 lead with 7:44 left in the third quarter.
Oliver, Tech’s backup quarter, led all rushers with 116 yards, including a 62-yard score late in the game.
Bowling Green: Nobody can accuse the Falcons of scheduling down. They’ve also suffered lopsided non-conference losses of 58-24 at Oregon and 45-14 to Maryland. At least the program earned $900,000 for traveling to Atlanta.
Georgia Tech: The Jackets played easily their best game of the season, and one week after head coach Paul Johnson promised that his team would be better at handling the ball in the pitch-heavy spread option offense, Tech recovered its only fumble. A week earlier, the Jackets fumbled eight times in a 49-21 loss to Clemson.
Bowling Green: With a rare Friday game, the Yellow Jackets return to ACC action at Louisville.
Georgia Tech: The Falcons will dig back into a Mid-American Conference rivalry when they travel 25 miles to play Toledo next Saturday.
Source: The Associated Press