Notre Dame Turns The Tables On Tech, Hold On 30-22

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were unable to eclipse the 250-yard mark in rushing for the first time in years and were held to 3-of-15 on third down en route to a 30-22 loss at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Justin Thomas was forced into 24 pass attempts on the day and completed just eight of them for 121 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the rushing attack that faltered. Thomas rushed for only 27 yards on 11 carries.

Nobody on the Yellow Jackets (2-1) rushed for more than 100 yards in the game and the team was held to just 4.6 yards per attempt. On the day the Jackets totaled 216 yards on 47 carries.

The one bright spot on the offense was A-back Broderick Snoddy and B-back Patrick Scov. Snoddy led the team in rushing with 77 yards on seven attempts and Scov scored all three of the Yellow Jackets’ touchdowns on the day, one rushing and two receiving.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Yellow Jackets struggled to contain running back C.J. Prosise and quarterback DeShone Kizer. Prosise rushed for a season-high 198 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns.

Kizer, who was making his first career start for the Irish after the loss of Malik Zaire, completed 21-of-30 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. He also threw one interception.

Kizer completed six of his passes to star wide receiver Will Fuller en route to 131 yards and a touchdown. It is now Fuller’s third consecutive game with a receiving touchdown to start the year.

The Yellow Jackets never led in the game, but had ample opportunities to cut into the Irish lead. Down 16-7 mid-way through the third quarter, Thomas took an option-keeper into the end zone, but the play was brought back due to a controversial holding call. Georgia Tech would later turn the ball over on downs as a result.

The Yellow Jackets added two late touchdowns and converted two 2-point conversions to cut the lead to eight with under a minute to go, but the last-ditch effort was thwarted by a failed onside kick attempt.

“Clearly we were disappointed with the way we played,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “You have to give Notre Dame credit. Their kids showed up, played hard. I told our guys at halftime, as poorly as we played, I don’t know we can play any worse, we’re six points down. What do we do, come out and fumble the ball. That’s kind of the way the game went. Go back, try to correct it, move on, get ready for conference play.”

The Yellow Jackets will travel to play the Duke Blue Devils on September 26th which will be their first ACC game of the year.

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