Big plays lead Georgia Tech to 31-17 win over Virginia

ATLANTA (AP) -- Marcus Marshall ran 67 yards for a touchdown, Justin Thomas threw a 54-yard scoring pass to Clinton Lynch and Qua Searcy broke loose for a 60-yard TD, leading Georgia Tech to a 31-17 victory over Virginia on Saturday.

Georgia Tech (7-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled through most of the first half and went to the locker room trailing 10-7. Marshall's career-long run in front of the Cavaliers bench accounted for more than half of the Yellow Jackets' 111 yards at the break.

But Virginia (2-9, 1-6), with Matt Johns starting at quarterback for the first time this season, couldn't hold on. Lynch got behind the secondary to haul in a pass that put Georgia Tech ahead to stay with just under 4 1-2 minutes to go in the third quarter.

Before the period was over, Searcy took a pitch to the right, cut back across the field, picked up a block near the end zone from Thomas and trotted into the end zone for a 21-10 lead.

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