Final: Georgia Tech 21, Maryland 16
Maryland has a quarterback controversy and Georgia Tech has reached bowl eligibility.
Maryland backup quarterback C.J. Brown replaced starter Danny O'Brien, and he nearly led the Terps to a come-from-behind win on the road against the No. 13 team in the nation.
Georgia Tech, though, didn't look like a top 15 team today. Maryland deserves credit for its relentless play in this game, but the deeper Georgia Tech gets into conference play, the more humbling its statistics become. The Terps had a lot to do with that, as they held the Jackets well below their scoring average of 51 points. At the end of the day, though, Georgia Tech's defense -- which has been in bend-but-don't-break-mode all season, came through and made the stops on Maryland's final drive.
Maryland's quarterbacks combined to complete just 6 of 24 pass attempts, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
With no disrespect meant for Maryland, the ACC needed Georgia Tech to win this game, stay undefeated and stay ranked.
If the Jackets continue to allow 246 rushing yards, rack up eight penalties and turn the ball over, though, they'll lose more than just the next game.
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