Scores

Final

(21) Georgia Tech 45

(5-0, 2-0 ACC)

NC State 35

(2-3, 0-2 ACC)

Coverage: ABC/ESPN

3:30 PM ET, October 1, 2011

Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

1 2 3 4 T
#21GT 14 7 0 2445
NCST 0 7 7 2135

Top Performers

Passing: M. Glennon (NCST) - 163 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: O. Smith (GT) - 9 CAR, 74 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Purvis (NCST) - 4 REC, 33 YDS, 2 TD

Orwin Smith runs for 3 TDs to help Georgia Tech improve to 5-0

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC -- Georgia Tech's offense kept on scoring -- and the defense put up an important touchdown, too.

It all added up to the Yellow Jackets' best start since they were national champions.

Orwin Smith rushed for three touchdowns and No. 21 Georgia Tech used a fourth-quarter flurry of points to beat North Carolina State 45-35 on Saturday to extend its best start in more than 20 years.

Smith finished with 74 yards and scored on runs of 13, 9 and 3 yards. The Yellow Jackets (5-0, 2-0 ACC) were held to a season-low 413 total yards -- they entered averaging 630.5 yards per game -- but opened with five wins for the first time since their national championship season in 1990.

"It means a lot, obviously" to be 5-0, Smith said. "We just have to keep going, because in my mind, we haven't played real competition to really test our skills. We've played great teams this year, but I'm looking forward to the tough games -- Virginia Tech and Clemson. Those really are going to make a statement on what this team is about."

Georgia Tech led 21-0, briefly allowed NC State to make a game of it in the third quarter and pulled away with three touchdowns in a 2-minute, 22-second span of the fourth.

Mike Glennon was 20 of 29 for 163 yards with touchdown passes covering 9 yards to Jay Smith and 1 yard to Tyler Purvis for the Wolfpack (2-3, 0-2), who remained winless against Bowl Subdivision teams.

Tevin Washington completed just four passes for Georgia Tech -- but two were touchdowns, covering 9 yards to David Sims and 38 yards to Roddy Jones. He rushed for 43 yards but finished 4 of 12 for 117 yards through the air.

"I've got to do a better job of putting the ball in an area where receivers can make a play," Washington said. "I think I was rushing myself. I was in a hurry a lot, when I had more time than I thought I did."

Isaiah Johnson returned an interception 34 yards for a score to help the Yellow Jackets pull away.

James Washington, starting for the injured Curtis Underwood, rushed for a career-high 131 yards for the Wolfpack. His 46-yard touchdown run got NC State within a score, down 21-14.

That's when Georgia Tech used a scoring flurry befitting the nation's most productive offense to take a huge lead.

Smith closed a 13-play drive that demoralized NC State by taking a pitch from Tevin Washington around right end and diving across the goal line with 12:29 left.

On NC State's next offensive play, Johnson picked off Glennon's pass and returned it for a score, and Tevin Washington found Jones deep for a TD that made it 42-14 with 10:07 remaining.

NC State made things interesting with two touchdowns in the final 34 seconds, including Brandan Bishop's 33-yard return of Synjyn Days' fumble with 20 seconds left to finish the scoring.

The interception return "hurt us. Penalties hurt us," NC State linebacker Audie Cole said. "It's hard to come back from those things, especially when they decided who wins and loses. We didn't do the things today to stop (mistakes)."

Glennon made it 21-7 with 1:15 left in the half on his scoring pass to Smith, and NC State got within a score on Washington's long touchdown run on its first play of the second half.

That came after it looked as though the Yellow Jackets would have their way against an NC State team that entered with one of the worst -- and most injury-riddled -- defenses in the ACC.

The Wolfpack, who started their third different combination of defensive linemen in five games, entered ranked 10th or worse in the ACC in three major defensive stat categories.

Smith capped each of Georgia Tech's first two drives with touchdown runs. Four plays after Jemea Thomas took a snap on a fake punt and rumbled 27 yards for a first down, Smith took a pitch through the right side and ran 13 yards for a score.

Then, he made it 14-0 with 3:34 left in the first quarter when he took a handoff 9 yards for his second touchdown. At that point, he had touched the ball 27 times on offense this season -- and had scored seven touchdowns.

"We don't come in just kind of focusing on me or the B-back," Smith said. "I just happened to be the right A-back at the time the A-back was going to get the ball."

Washington then made it 21-0 with his short flip to Sims on the first play of the second quarter, giving Georgia Tech a 173-30 advantage in total yards.

"We gave up some big plays," NC State coach Tom O'Brien said. "We made some plays of our own, though. We do a little better there offensively, and other things like (stopping) the fake punt, who knows where the game is in in the fourth quarter."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GT
NCST
1st Downs1922
Total Yards413387
Passing117192
Rushing296195
Penalties4-457-35
3rd Down Conversions4-125-14
4th Down Conversions1-23-5
Turnovers11
Possession27:5132:09

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Washington4/121179.820
North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Glennon20/291635.621

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith9748.2328
Sims9738.1041
North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington201316.6146
Creecy12776.4027

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hill14040.0040
Jones13838.0138
North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Howard34816.0028
Washington5357.0013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTNCST
TD10:35Orwin Smith 13 Yd Run (Justin Moore Kick) 70
TD03:34Orwin Smith 9 Yd Run (Justin Moore Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERGTNCST
TD14:55David Sims 9 Yd Pass From Tevin Washington (Justin Moore Kick) 210
TD01:15Jay Smith 9 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Niklas Sade Kick) 217
THIRD QUARTERGTNCST
TD13:22James Washington 46 Yd Run (Niklas Sade Kick) 2114
FOURTH QUARTERGTNCST
TD12:29Orwin Smith 2 Yd Run (Justin Moore Kick) 2814
TD12:15Isaiah Johnson 34 Yd Interception Return (Justin Moore Kick) 3514
TD10:07Roddy Jones 38 Yd Pass From Tevin Washington (Justin Moore Kick) 4214
TD07:47Tyler Purvis 1 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Niklas Sade Kick) 4221
FG05:38Justin Moore 40 Yd 4521
TD00:34Tyler Purvis 13 Yd Pass From Tyler Brosius (Niklas Sade Kick) 4528
TD00:20Brandan Bishop 33 Yd Fumble Return (Niklas Sade Kick) 4535

Research Notes

Georgia Tech led 14-0 after the first quarter and has now scored 77 points in the first quarter this season, the most of any FBS team.

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