Dwyer, Yellow Jackets Run Past Boston College

Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer gallops over Boston College's Kevin Akins for a game-winning 43-yard touchdown run in the teams' ACC opener.
Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer gallops over Boston College's Kevin Akins for a game-winning 43-yard touchdown run in the teams' ACC opener. (By Elsa -- Getty Images)
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By Jimmy Golen
Associated Press
Sunday, September 7, 2008

BOSTON, Sept. 6 -- After withstanding three fumbles in the first half, Georgia Tech knew a big play of its own could quickly turn things around in the second.

"A couple of times when we called the play, we thought, 'This is going to be it,' " quarterback Josh Nesbitt said after leading the Yellow Jackets to a 19-16 victory over Boston College on Saturday. "It only takes one play to score."

Jonathan Dwyer scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 43-yard, fourth-quarter run, rushing for 108 yards as Georgia Tech came back from a turnover-filled first half to beat Boston College in the ACC opener for both teams.

Nesbitt rushed for 50 yards, including a 30-yard scramble for a first down that helped the Yellow Jackets run out the clock, and a one-yard sneak on fourth and inches to clinch it.

"Our quarterback played well for us, once we stopped turning the ball over," said Paul Johnson, who became the first Georgia Tech coach to win in his first ACC game. "I thought he made some great plays today. Some of our best plays were him scrambling, or taking it himself."

Boston College took a 16-10 lead when Chris Crane hit Ifeanyi Momah on a touchdown pass with 3 minutes 3 seconds left in the third quarter. But Crane was sacked in the end zone by Vance Walker for a safety, and four plays after the free kick, Dwyer broke free on a pitch around the right side for the touchdown.

"The problem with this team is, if you miss your assignment on one play, it could go to the house," BC linebacker Mark Herzlich said. "That's what happened."

Nesbitt completed 6 of 13 passes for 73 yards and also scored from one yard out in the first quarter to give Georgia Tech a 7-3 lead.

Boston College (0-1 ACC, 1-1 overall) gave up its first points of the season. The Eagles, who beat Kent State, 21-0, last week, held a 9-7 halftime lead thanks to three fumbles by Georgia Tech (1-0, 2-0) and three field goals by Steve Aponavicius.

But Boston College, which also missed a field goal attempt in the first half, had three turnovers of its own in the second half -- two interceptions and a fumble, also by Crane, to go with the safety.

"That's not just the quarterback," Eagles Coach Jeff Jagodzinski said. "That's all 11 guys."


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