COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Orwin Smith ran for 89 yards and atouchdown, and Georgia Tech stymied a Maryland offense led bylinebacker-turned-quarterback Shawn Petty in a 33-13 rout Saturday.
TheYellow Jackets (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 20-0 athalftime and 27-0 late in the third quarter before Maryland finallyscored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Petty to Stefon Diggs. Pettyalso threw a 23-yard TD pass to Diggs on the game's final play, but theinjury-depleted Terrapins (4-5, 2-3) dropped their third straight.
Marylandhas lost four quarterbacks for the season with injuries, so coach RandyEdsall was forced to turn to Petty, a true freshman signed as alinebacker. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound left-hander ran for 24 yards on 17carries and completed 9 of 18 passes for 115 yards. He also fumbledtwice and threw an interception.
The Yellow Jackets finished with a 401-259 advantage in total yardage, including 205-61 in the decisive first half.
GeorgiaTech backup quarterback Vad Lee ran for a pair of 2-yard touchdowns andstarter Tevin Washington also rushed for a score, the 34th of hiscareer - one short of the school and ACC record for quarterbacks held byJoshua Nesbitt.
The Yellow Jackets amassed 370 yards rushingagainst the nation's fourth-ranked defense against the run (77.6 yardsper game before Saturday).
Georgia Tech took a 6-0 lead late inthe first quarter when Washington capped a 12-play, 69-yard drive with a1-yard run. Smith kept the march alive with a 17-yard run on afourth-and-3 from the Maryland 35.
The Yellow Jackets capitalizedon a Petty fumble to make it 13-0 early in the second quarter. AfterJeremiah Attaochu recovered the loose ball at the Maryland 33, Smithscored from the 5.
Another three-and-out by the Terrapinsfollowed, and a 17-yard punt provided Georgia Tech the ball at theMaryland 49. Seven plays later, Lee scored for a 20-0 lead.
Atthat juncture, the Yellow Jackets had a 170-22 advantage in totalyardage and Maryland still had not yet picked up a first down.
TheTerrapins finally moved the chains for the first time with 6:38 left inthe half when Georgia Tech was called for roughing the kicker on apunt.