Godhigh leads Georgia Tech past Pitt, 21-10
Robert Godhigh ran for two touchdowns, Georgia Tech’s defense
recorded a season-high five sacks and the Yellow Jackets beat
Pittsburgh 21-10 on Saturday night.
Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had constant
pressure on Pitt quarterback Tom Savage. Jeremiah Attaochu had two
sacks and Jabari Hunt-Days had a sack and three tackles for losses
in the Yellow Jackets’ third straight win.
Pitt (4-4, 2-3 ACC) was held without a first down in the first
quarter and managed only 55 total yards in the first half. Savage
threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Tyler Boyd on the Panthers’ first
possession of the second half, cutting Georgia Tech’s lead to
Vad Lee’s 42-yard pass to DeAndre Smelter set up Godhigh’s
second touchdown run, from 11 yards, with less than 3 minutes
David Sims had a touchdown run for Georgia Tech.
Lee completed 5 of 10 passes for 84 yards – with exactly half of
the production coming on the late pass to Smelter. Lee had 17
carries for 44 yards.
Savage led Pitt on a final long drive after Godhigh’s second
scoring run. Savage’s final pass was intercepted by safety Jemea
Thomas at the Georgia Tech 4 with 33 seconds remaining.
Savage completed 25 of 37 passes for 233 yards with one
touchdown and one interception. The senior completed each of his
four passes on the Panthers’ lone touchdown drive.
The Panthers were held to minus-5 yards rushing on 21
Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald had 11 tackles, one sack and
forced two fumbles.
Sims had 18 carries for 94 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown
run in the first quarter, but lost two fumbles. Godhigh had six
carries for 89 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run in the
Pitt netted only 1 yard on its first three possessions as
Georgia Tech’s defense produced a series of tackles for losses on
Attaochu’s first sack of Savage ended the Panthers’ first
possession on three downs. Hunt-Days tackled running back James
Conner for a loss of three yards on Pitt’s second series.
On Pitt’s third series of plays, Attaochu again broke through
the line to hit Savage just as the quarterback was trying to
unleash a third-and-8 pass. The wobbly short pass was caught by
center Artie Rowell. Georgia Tech declined the ineligible receiver
Chris Blewitt kicked a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter
The teams were playing for the first time since 1976.