Defense leads Georgia Tech to comeback victory over Wake

Demon Deacons fail to hold on to halftime lead

Demon Deacons running back Cade Carney gets stopped short of the first down by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling (12) and defensive lineman Desmond Branch (99) on a fourth down attempt in the fourth quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Jason Getz / USA TODAY Sports)

Junior quarterback TaQuon Marshall rushed 23 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to a 38-24 come-from-behind victory over Wake Forest on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech (4-2, 2-1 ACC) sealed the victory by stopping Wake Forest (4-3, 1-3) on three fourth-down conversion attempts in the second half. The Yellow Jackets stopped Wake‘s Cade Carney on fourth-and-1 at the Georgia Tech 24 with 3:44 remaining to deny the Demon Deacons for the final time.


Georgia Tech then put the game away when Marshall scored on a 70-yard run with 1:57 remaining. Marshall completed 5 of 11 passes for 68 yards. Running back KirVonte Benson rushed 26 times for 136 yards and one touchdown for the Yellow Jackets.

Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford was 17-for-30 passing for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Carney rushed 19 times for 92 yards.

Wake Forest took a 21-13 lead at halftime. Wolford threw a pair of touchdown passes, a 6-yarder to Scotty Washington and a 15-yarder to Tabari Hines, and scored on a 1-yard run.

Georgia Tech scored on freshman Jerry Howard’s 2-yard run and on a pair of field goals from freshman Brenton King of 22 and 42 yards.

Georgia Tech scored three touchdowns in the second half to take a 31-24 lead. The Yellow Jackets scored on a 49-yard run by Marshall, a 42-yard run by Qua Searcy and an 11-yard run by Benson. Wake Forest added a 29-yard field goal from Mike Weaver.