Nesbitt, Jackets roll in opener

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ATLANTA --- Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns, Roddy Jones added two scoring runs and No. 16 Georgia Tech beat South Carolina State 41-10 on Saturday.

Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, right, breaks loose and runs for the end zone to score a touchdown as South Carolina State's Dominique Ellis (7) chases.  AP
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Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, right, breaks loose and runs for the end zone to score a touchdown as South Carolina State's Dominique Ellis (7) chases.

With last year's top receiver Demaryius Thomas and top rusher Jonathan Dwyer gone to the NFL as juniors, Nesbitt kept the offense moving despite his inability to establish a passing game. Nesbitt was only 1 for 6 passing for 8 yards with an interception in the Yellow Jackets' run-based option offense.

South Carolina State sophomore Asheton Jordan had 17 carries for 125 yards and set up the Bulldogs' only touchdown with a 55-yard run to the Georgia Tech 3 in the third quarter. Quarterback Malcolm Long then scored from a yard out.

Jones had touchdown runs of 1 and 15 yards. Tevin Washington, who replaced Nesbitt late in the third quarter, added an 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter as Georgia Tech had 372 yards rushing with six touchdowns.

Anthony Allen, who replaced Dwyer as the featured "B-back" in the spread option offense, had six carries for 28 yards.

Georgia Tech led 20-3 at halftime and pulled away with two quick touchdowns after the break.

Georgia Tech's Quentin Sims recovered a fumbled punt return by Lennel Elmore to give the Yellow Jackets the ball the South Carolina State's 21 early in the third quarter. Nesbitt scored on a fourth-down keeper from the 14.

A 25-yard punt by South Carolina State's Blake Erickson, who had a 16-yard punt earlier in the game, set up Jones' 15-yard scoring run for a 34-3 lead.

Nesbitt had two touchdown runs on fourth-down plays, including his 35-yard run on a fourth-and-3 play on the Yellow Jackets' first possession.

Erickson kicked a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter to end a 17-play drive. The Bulldogs had first down on the Georgia Tech 5 but were kept out of the end zone.

Long was 11 for 25 passing for 94 yards for South Carolina State, an FCS team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

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