ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Qua Searcy leaped into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left on what appeared to be a busted play, capping a fourth-quarter comeback that carried Georgia Tech to a stunning 28-27 victory over Georgia on Saturday.
The Bulldogs built a 27-14 lead and appeared to be in total control after stopping Georgia Tech (8-4) on a fourth-down play near midfield early in the final period.
But, the Yellow Jackets put together a 94-yard scoring drive to make it a six-point game, and then came up with a huge turnover when it looked like Georgia (7-5) was prepared to ice the victory. Jacob Eason threw an errant pass in the flat that deflected off Terry Godwin and was intercepted by Lance Austin at the Bulldogs 46 with 3:39 remaining.
Thomas pitched the ball to Searcy, who looked as though he wanted to throw the ball back across the field to Thomas drifting into the left flat. But the Bulldogs had the quarterback covered, so Searcy took off through an opening up the middle, soared through the air at the 3 with the ball outstretched in front of him, and managed to just get it over the goal line.
Harrison Butker’s extra point gave Georgia Tech its second straight victory at Sanford Stadium.
When Eason’s desperation heave was picked off to end the game, the Yellow Jackets stormed the field to celebrate, defiantly planting their gold flag in the ”G” in the middle of the field. Meanwhile, Georgia lineman Greg Pyke slung his helmet across the field in frustration.
Thomas completed 6 of 10 for 164 yards as the run-oriented Yellow Jackets actually outgained Georgia through the air. Sony Michel led the Bulldogs with a career-best 170 yards rushing.