Georgia Tech

Thomas holds his own in ACC title game

CHARLOTTE – Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas held his own with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Saturday.

Thomas, a sophomore, ran for 104 yards and threw for 134 yards and one touchdown in the ACC championship game. Florida State’s Jameis Winston completed 21-of-30 for 309 yards and three touchdowns and ran only one time for 5 yards.

“I thought both quarterbacks played well,” Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said. “I was proud of the way Justin played, and certainly Jameis played a good game. He played one of the cleaner games he’s had this season. I think we had maybe a chance to pick one ball down there in the end zone, but other than that, I thought both quarterbacks played well.”


The Yellow Jackets got another score on their second possession, another 1-yard run by Days, and Georgia Tech became the first team in the history of the ACC championship game to score touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game.

Georgia Tech made it three-for-three on its next possession. Following their third touchdown, the Yellow Jackets had 194 yards rushing, which was tied for the fifth most in any ACC championship game.

Days wound up with 19 carries for 67 yards and a career-best three touchdowns.


Georgia Tech failed to create a turnover for the first time this season. The Yellow Jackets had 17 takeaways in the previous five games. But Florida State didn’t fumble and Winston didn’t really come close to throwing an interception.

“We were just hoping for one there in the second half,” Johnson said. “It could have been big.” GRINDING IT OUT

Georgia Tech opened the game with 27 consecutive running plays. Thomas hit A-back Deon Hill with a 27-yard completion down the right sideline with 9:10 left in the first half.