GT dominates 2nd half, beats Miami 28-17

Georgia Tech dominated Miami in the second half in a game that got away from Miami late. The Hurricanes dropped the game by the score of 28-17.

Like it did at Nebraska a few weeks ago, Miami's offense marched down the field on its opening drive and scored a touchdown when Brad Kaaya connected with Braxton Berrios for a 21-yard touchdown. The Canes went 75 yards on six plays to take the quick 7-0 lead. Berrios caught two passes for 29 yards on the night.

Georgia Tech answered Miami's touchdown with a 62-yard drive of their own on the following possession. Quarterback Justin Thomas scored from a yard out to make it 7-7. Thomas came into the game as Georgia Tech's leading rusher but was held to just 27 yards on 13 carries in this game.

A 24-yard touchdown run by Duke Johnson to close out the first quarter gave Miami another lead. Johnson was again Miami's best offensive performer, finishing the game with 100 yards rushing and 52 receiving.

A Tony Zenon five-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter tied the game at 14-14, which is the what the score was at halftime.

It was all Tech in the second half, which started with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that was capped with a 2-yard touchdown run by B.J. Bostic.

A Michael Badgley field goal from 27-yards out cut the deficit to 21-17 midway through the third quarter.

Then the Yellow Jacket offense went to work again.

Tech ate up nearly seven minutes of the clock on its final touchdown drive and went 75 yards and 13 plays. Miami's defense was simply unable to get off the field on third down. They finished the game 11-of-16 on third and fourth down conversions.

Kaaya finished the game with 245 yards and a score but threw two interceptions. Phillip Dorsett was his favorite target, catching three passes for 75 yards.

Miami is now 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in Coastal Division play in the ACC. They will play host to Cincinnati next Saturday.

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