September 23, 2017 Atlanta - Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall (16) celebrates after he scored a touchdown in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Second-half recap: Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh

After a high-scoring first half that featured a handful of explosive plays, Georgia Tech’s defense shut down Pittsburgh’s offensive attack in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

Quaide Weimerskirch came in for KirVonte Benson at B-back midway into the third quarter and made the most of his opportunity. On his third carry in as many snaps, he took a dive play up the middle for a 19-yard touchdown -- the first of his career -- giving the Jackets a 28-17 lead.

After squandering multiple opportunities with turnovers, the defense continued to attack and limit the Panthers’ offense. Midway into the fourth quarter, the offense finally capitalized and put the game out of reach. KirVonte Benson’s 47-yard touchdown on the first play of the drive gave him 196 yards and two touchdowns on the day, putting Tech ahead for good, 35-17. 

Pittsburgh finished with just 101 yards of offense on 31 plays in the second half. It ran 11 times for minus-15 yards. 

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