September 23, 2017 Atlanta - Georgia Tech running back KirVonte Benson (30) breaks away for a go-ahead touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Georgia Tech won 35 - 17 over the Pittsburgh. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Georgia Tech’s KirVonte Benson sets new B-back rushing record against Pittsburgh

KirVonte Benson had a career-day on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Georgia Tech defeated Pittsburgh 35-17 behind Benson’s 196 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.

Benson’s yardage is the most by a B- back in coach Paul Johnson’s 10 seasons in Atlanta. The redshirt sophomore broke Anthony Allen’s record of 195 yards against Virginia in 2010. 

“I was unaware if I set a for B-backs most yards in a game, but if I did I am real proud of my performance,” Benson said. “I am glad I can help my team any way I can when I step on the field. It is an amazing feeling hearing that out loud.”

Benson’s first touchdown -- a 5-yard run -- came late in the first half to break a 14-all tie.

Benson struggled with his ball security on Saturday, fumbling twice. However, he recovered nicely after his second fumble midway through the fourth quarter. On his next carry, Benson ran past the Pittsburgh defense for a 47-yard touchdown to reach the historic mark.

“That big run I had, it was an amazing feeling,” Benson said. “Got a little load off of me.”

The Yellow Jackets finished the game with a total of 436 rushing yards. 

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