ATLANTA — Tevin Washington did just enough for Georgia Tech to overcome its least impressive showing of the year.
Washington ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and No. 13 Georgia Tech had just enough to beat Maryland 21-16 on Saturday.
Georgia Tech led 21-3 before holding off the Terrapins’ fourth-quarter comeback, led by backup quarterback C.J. Brown, a sophomore who took over for Danny O’Brien in the second quarter.
Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson said the Terrapins “whipped our tail pretty good in the end.”
Georgia Tech (6-0 overall, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched its wins total from 2010, when it finished 6-7. The Yellow Jackets averaged almost 52 points in their first five wins and began the day ranked first in the nation in rushing and second in scoring.
“Offensively, we struggled, never got any continuity,” Johnson said. “It was a myriad of things, and we will have to watch the tape, but we didn’t do very many good things today.”
A season-high eight penalties for 63 yards and poor passing helped hold back the Georgia Tech attack. Johnson called the penalties, most on the offensive line, “ridiculous.”
Maryland managed only 176 yards and a field goal through three quarters
Brown showed his speed on a 77-yard touchdown run down the Georgia Tech sideline early in the fourth quarter for Maryland (2-3, 1-1). Davin Meggett, who had 86 yards rushing, scored from the 1 with 7:33 remaining to cut the lead to 21-16.
But Maryland was stopped on fourth-and-8 from its 46 on Brown’s incomplete pass with 2:31 remaining, ending its comeback bid.
Brown was 4 of 17 passing for 36 yards and an interception. He had nine carries for 124 yards.
O’Brien was replaced after completing only 1 of 6 passes for 17 yards and an interception.
“I just felt like we needed a little bit of a spark,” said coach Randy Edsalle. “I thought that (Brown) did give us a spark.”