Johnson-led Georgia Tech faces Minnesota in Quick Lane Bowl
Quick Lane Bowl: Georgia Tech (7-5) vs. Minnesota (6-6), Dec. 26, 5:15 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Georgia Tech by 5½
Series Record: First meeting
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Georgia Tech is motivated to send retiring coach Paul Johnson out with a win. Minnesota is hoping a victory will help its young team gain confidence for next season.
Quick Lane Bowl Matchup
Georgia Tech (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Minnesota (6-6, Big Ten), Dec. 26, 5:15 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Georgia Tech: QB TaQuon Marshall has rushed for 896 yards and 11 TDs and passed for 824 yards and five TDs with four interceptions to lead Tech's triple option offense. Tobias Oliver has 807 yards rushing and scored 12 TDs and has thrown for 166 yards and two more scores.
Marshall leads Georgia Tech past fumble-prone Miami, 27-21
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech's timeshare at quarterback may be a thing of the past.
TaQuon Marshall is back in full-time control of the Yellow Jackets' offense.
Marshall ran for 92 yards with two touchdowns and threw for a score as Georgia Tech scored 13 points off Miami's three lost fumbles to beat the struggling Hurricanes 27-21 on Saturday night.
Georgia Tech motivated by last-second loss to Miami in 2017
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech players have not forgotten a last-second loss at Miami last season.
"I think it was kind of the turning point of our season last year," said Yellow Jackets quarterback TaQuon Marshall.
The Hurricanes' 25-24 win last year helped Miami win the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division while Georgia Tech fell short of a bowl bid for the second time in three years.
Saturday night's game could be similarly important for each team.
Georgia Tech QB TaQuon Marshall to start at North Carolina
ATLANTA (AP) — TaQuon Marshall is keeping his starting job as Georgia Tech's quarterback after Tobias Oliver posted huge numbers as a runner in last week's upset win at Virginia Tech.
Oliver, Yellow Jackets run all over Hokies 49-28
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Tobias Oliver's first career start at quarterback went better than even he could have expected.
Georgia Tech's backup ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns and the Yellow Jackets ran all over Virginia Tech for a 49-28 victory on Thursday night.
"I'm a little banged up but I feel pretty good," Oliver said after carrying the ball 40 times. "Tomorrow morning I'll feel it."
Composed QB Marshall has Georgia Tech on high-scoring roll
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has scored more than 60 points in two straight wins, giving new life to a season that showed little promise following a 1-3 start.
Quarterback TaQuon Marshall, suddenly playing more composed and avoiding mistakes on option plays, has been the key to the high-scoring streak.
Georgia Tech (3-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try to continue its offensive surge on Saturday against Duke.
Marshall, Georgia Tech run all over Louisville 66-31
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Earlier this season, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson decided to make a change.
After Johnson's Yellow Jackets walked out of Louisville with a 66-31 victory Friday night, it might be time for the Cardinals to make some changes, too.
Yellow Jackets look to correct mistakes vs Bowling Green
ATLANTA (AP) — Quarterback TaQuon Marshall has a message for those who say Georgia Tech's season is essentially over.
Yes, at 1-3, the Yellow Jackets are in danger of losing a fourth straight game and getting off to their worst start since 1994.
But Marshall believes Georgia Tech will play a fundamentally clean game, starting with himself, against Bowling Green on Saturday and come away with an expected victory.
Ga. Tech has several spots uncertain with opener this week
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech is still sorting out its depth chart with the season opener four days away.
As the Yellow Jackets prepare to host Alcorn State of the FCS, coach Paul Johnson won't be surprised if it takes a couple of games to settle some positions.
"You don't really know until you play other people for a couple of weeks and get a better feel for it," Johnson said Tuesday.
Shawn Davis has a temporary hold on the kicking job. The offensive line is still waiting for Kenny Cooper to return.
Jackets No. 2 QB could face season-ending surgery
ATLANTA (AP) — Lucas Johnson, Georgia Tech's No. 2 quarterback behind starter TaQuon Marshall, will meet with the team's medical staff Thursday to decide if he will have season-ending surgery on his lower right leg.
Coach Paul Johnson said the sophomore had an MRI after suffering the non-contact injury Saturday in a scrimmage.
"Most guys I know wouldn't come back from that any time soon and play this year," he said.
ATLANTA (AP) — The frustrations of Georgia Tech's 2017 season were reflected in TaQuon Marshall's extreme highs and lows.
As a runner, Marshall ran for the most yards by a quarterback in Georgia Tech's history. That's a big claim, especially following a decade in coach Paul Johnson's spread-option attack.
No. 7 Georgia tries to keep playoff hopes on track vs GaTech
No. 7 Georgia (10-1, CFP No. 7) at Georgia Tech (5-5), Saturday, noon ET (ABC)
Line: Georgia by 11.
Series record: Disputed. Georgia leads 65-41-5 but doesn't recognize two Georgia Tech victories during World War II, when the Yellow Jackets used players from a naval officers' training program based on campus.
Marshall’s 2 long TDs lead GTech past No. 17 VTech 28-22
ATLANTA (AP) — TaQuon Marshall made the most of his only two completions.
And, finally, Georgia Tech won a close game.
Marshall threw a pair of long scoring passes, including an 80-yarder to Ricky Jeune with 6½ minutes remaining , and Ajani Kerr swatted away a fourth-down pass in the end zone to preserve Georgia Tech's 28-22 upset of No. 17 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Georgia Tech’s rushing attack faces its biggest challenge
ATLANTA (AP) — Running back KirVonte Benson knows Georgia Tech must run the ball effectively to upset No. 7 Clemson this week.
Based on what happened in the last two games of the Atlantic Coast Conference series, Benson understands that it's going to be tough.
No. 7 Clemson hopes to get back on track vs Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1 ACC) at No. 7 Clemson (6-1, 4-1), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2).
Line: Clemson by 15 ½.
Series record: Georgia Tech leads 51-29-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Georgia Tech is hoping to take down a ranked opponent and keep itself in the ACC Coastal title chase while Clemson seeks to return to the winning track after its first loss of the season, 27-24, at Syracuse on Oct. 13.
Marshall breaks off 2 long TD runs, Ga Tech beats Wake 38-24
ATLANTA (AP) — After two excruciating losses, Georgia Tech finally showed a finishing punch.
Quarterback TaQuon Marshall ran for two long touchdowns, including a 70-yarder with 1:57 remaining that clinched a 38-24 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday night.
Georgia Tech’s Marshall ready for huge test at No. 11 Miami
ATLANTA (AP) — Four starts into his college career, TaQuon Marshall already has the look of a star.
In the end, though, games like this will determine how he's remembered at Georgia Tech.
On the road.
Against No. 11 Miami.
"I'm really excited," Marshall said after practice Tuesday. "This is really going to be a big test for us."
ACC’s early surprises include Marshall, Ishmael, Etienne
ATLANTA (AP) — Much has changed in one year for some of the early surprises playing significant roles in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
At this time last year, TaQuon Marshall, who began his career as a running back, was no higher than third on Georgia Tech's list of quarterbacks.
Steve Ishmael was playing in the shadows of other Syracuse wide receivers for the third straight season.
Travis Etienne was Clemson's final commitment in the 2017 signing class.
Georgia Tech controls clock, beats North Carolina 33-7
ATLANTA (AP) — For Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, the math was simple.
"If you hold the ball for 38 minutes, you should win," Johnson said.
Georgia Tech played keep-away against North Carolina, dominating the clock with its ball-control offense, and KirVonte Benson scored on a 63-yard run as the Yellow Jackets beat the Tar Heels 33-7 on Saturday.
Georgia Tech overwhelms Pittsburgh 35-17 in ACC opener
ATLANTA (AP) — KirVonte Benson is taking advantage of his unexpected opportunity to lead Georgia Tech's running game.
Benson ran for a career-high 196 yards with two touchdowns, TaQuon Marshall added 112 yards rushing with two scoring runs, and Georgia Tech beat Pittsburgh 35-17 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for each team.
Georgia Tech doesn't pass much. Saturday though, the Rambling Wreck worked the pass game to perfection.
The Yellow Jackets beat Jacksonville State 37-10.
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall only threw seven times, but completed five of those, with three completions turned into touchdowns. He only had 112 yards through the air, but made them count.
Marshall, Jeune spark Georgia Tech past Jacksonville State
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall had to throw the ball with Jacksonville State loaded up to stop the run.
"After the first game, I wanted to sit in the pocket and show my arm ability," he said. "The other guys made great plays and the line blocked for me, so I had a lot of time to get the ball out of my hands."
Marshall passed for three touchdowns, receiver Ricky Jeune scored twice and Georgia Tech beat Jacksonville State 37-10 on Saturday.
Marshall leads Georgia Tech attack vs Jacksonville State
ATLANTA (AP) — TaQuon Marshall believes he belongs on the big stage after a mostly dazzling debut as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback.
The Yellow Jackets lost their opener on Monday, falling in two overtimes to No. 25 Tennessee. It was a marquee event, the second college game played at the Atlanta Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but Georgia Tech came up short when Marshall couldn't convert a 2-point try on the final play.
A brilliant debut ends with Ga Tech’s Marshall on his back
ATLANTA (AP) — The final play was a most unfitting way for TaQuon Marshall to end his brilliant debut as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback.
Flinging the ball toward a teammate in a desperation heave.
Flat on his back after a broken play.
Up to then, Marshall had turned in one of the greatest performances in school history.
No. 25 Tennessee pulls off remarkable 42-41 win over Ga Tech
ATLANTA (AP) — This was a game Tennessee had no business winning.
What a boost for embattled coach Butch Jones in the season opener.
Despite getting dominated statistically and surrendering five rushing touchdowns to new Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall, the Volunteers rallied from a pair of two-touchdown deficits in the second half to somehow pull out a 42-41 victory in the second overtime Monday night.
Then there were 4: Georgia Tech quarterback battle ongoing
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is faced with a decision he has not had to make in three years: choosing a starting quarterback.
He's in no rush.
The Yellow Jackets must replace Justin Thomas, who led them to a pair of bowl victories —including an Orange Bowl triumph that capped an 11-win season in 2014.
All eyes on QB position as Georgia Tech opens practice
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech is no different than most teams.
It all comes down to the quarterback.
As the Yellow Jackets reported Thursday for the start of fall practice, they faced one big question: Who will replace three-year starter Justin Thomas?
Matthew Jordan believes he is up to the task.
"Hey, you've got to be confident," he said with a knowing smile.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech's search to replace quarterback Justin Thomas will continue into summer practice.
Matthew Jordan, who led Georgia Tech to a surprising win last year at Virginia Tech, is first in line to replace Thomas, but the redshirt junior hurt his foot two weeks ago in practice and missed the spring game Friday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan will miss the remainder of spring football practice because of a foot injury.
Jordan is the team's most experienced QB and among four players contending to replace departed starter Justin Thomas.
The school announced Monday that Jordan will miss the final six practices of the spring and the annual spring game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on April 21.