Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jamaal Williams scored a career-high three rushing touchdowns as the BYU Cougars dismantle the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 41-17, in a non-conference affair at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Williams went over 100 yards on the ground for the second time in his career for the Cougars (5-4) and also reeled in a touchdown reception. BYU's win followed two straight losses against nationally ranked opposition. Riley Nelson completed 19-of-28 passes for 204 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He also ran for a score.
The triple-option offense of Georgia Tech (3-5) failed to score a touchdown against the stout BYU defense, which was led by Ezekiel Ansah, who had eight tackles and a sack. Tevin Washington started the game at quarterback and completed just one pass for nine yards. He also threw an interception. Vad Lee was mixed in throughout the game at quarterback and threw for 31 yards on 3- of-7 passing. David Sims led the Yellow Jackets with 32 yards on the ground.
BYU got rolling right away, driving 55 yards on 12 plays on its first possession of the contest. Williams capped the drive with a six-yard touchdown plunge on fourth down. The touchdown was possible thanks to a third down completion to Cody Hoffman for 15 yards earlier in the drive.
Georgia Tech tied the score thanks to a 22-yard interception for touchdown by Isaiah Johnson. The first quarter ended with a 7-7 tie.
The Cougars refocused and took the lead back on another Williams run early in the second quarter. Nelson's 10-yard touchdown run later in the period gave them a 21-7 lead, but Yellow Jackets' return specialist Jamal Golden ran the ensuing kickoff back 97 yards for a touchdown to make it a one possession game
Justin Sorensen kicked a 26-yard field goal for BYU with 30 seconds remaining in the half to give them a ten-point advantage at the break.
The only points Georgia Tech was able to muster in the second half came on a Justin Moore 20-yard field goal, which was set up by three BYU personal foul penalties which totaled 37 yards.
BYU scored two second half touchdowns, kicked another field goal, and shut the doors defensively after that.
As a team, Georgia Tech ran for just 117 yards, by far it's lowest total of the season. The Yellow Jackets also failed to convert a single third- down as they suffered their third loss in four games.
BYU improved to 2-1 all-time against the Georgia Tech.
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