Virginia 17, Georgia Tech 16
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Mark Inderlied kicked a 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left to rally Virginia to a 17-16 victory over Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
Thomas Palmer had given Georgia Tech its only lead of the game at 16-14 on his second 47-yard field goal of the game, with 47 seconds to play.
But Tyrone Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Yellow Jacket 49, and Virginia needed only 38 seconds to go 32 yards in four plays to set up the winning score.
Quarterback Shawn Moore ran for one touchdown and threw for another and John Ford, Virginia’s all-time receiving leader, went over the 2,000-yard mark in career yardage as the Cavaliers improved to 2-1 overall.
Georgia Tech fell to 1-1 with its ninth straight loss on the road.
Moore capped Virginia’s second possession of the afternoon with a 5-yard scoring run. Georgia Tech managed only a 32-yard Palmer field goal and trailed 7-3 at intermission.
On the Yellow Jackets’ first possession of the second half, Virginia’s Phil Thomas recovered his second fumble of the game and Ford caught a 45-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing play.
Georgia Tech moved 35 yards in four plays later in the quarter, with quarterback Todd Rampley hitting Greg Lester on a 24-yard scoring pass that made it 14-10 Virginia.