GAMEDAY College Football

Georgia Tech 45, Kennesaw State 17

Associated Press

ATLANTA - Fill-in starter Jordan Yates passed for four touchdowns and Georgia Tech contained Kennesaw State's triple-option offense to beat the Owls 45-17.

Yates became the first quarterback in Georgia Tech history to throw for four touchdowns in his first start. The redshirt freshman completed 17 of 22 passes for 254 yards as the replacement starter for Jeff Sims, who was in uniform but held out with a left arm injury.

Yates threw two scoring passes to Kyric McGowan.

Big plays helped Georgia Tech (1-1) recover from last week's 22-21 shocking loss to FCS school Northern Illinois.

The biggest play came on defense, which forced three turnovers. Jordan Domineck knocked down an option pitch from Xavier Shepherd, recovered the fumble and ran 70 yards for a touchdown that gave the Yellow Jackets a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Domineck also had a sack and Charlie Thomas added his first two career interceptions. The Yellow Jackets held Kennesaw State (1-1) to 272 yards, including 161 rushing.

Georgia Tech led 38-3 before Iaan Cousin's 54-yard touchdown run on a fourth-down play for Kennesaw State early in the fourth quarter.

The Owls then recovered an onside kick, setting up Xavier Shepherd's 39-yard touchdown pass to Adeolu Adeleke.

The second interception for Thomas set up Yates' second scoring pass to McGowan, a 39-yarder. Yates also threw scoring passes to Jordan Mason and Kalani Norris. Dontae Smith had a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The right-handed Sims had his left arm wrapped and braced following the injury in the opener. Sims participated in pregame warmups but Georgia Tech announced before the game he would be used only in an emergency situation.

After Yates lost his helmet on a third-quarter hit and had to leave the field for a play, Temple transfer Trade Beatty was the fill-in instead of Sims.

Kennesaw State quarterback Jonathan Murphy, who led the Owls with 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns in last week's 35-25 win over Reinhardt, did not play. Murphy left the opener with an apparent lower leg injury.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter KennStGaTech
GaTech TD 8:49 Jordan Mason 6 yard TD pass from Jordan Yates (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 0 7
GaTech TD 3:48 Jordan Domineck 70 yard fumble return for TD (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter KennStGaTech
GaTech FG 10:30 Brent Cimaglia 31 yard field goal 0 17
KennSt FG 6:08 Nathan Robertson 46 yard field goal 3 17
GaTech TD 3:13 Kyric McGowan 4 yard TD pass from Jordan Yates (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 3 24
Third Quarter KennStGaTech
GaTech TD 12:19 Kalani Norris 16 yard TD pass from Jordan Yates (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 3 31
Fourth Quarter KennStGaTech
GaTech TD 14:22 Kyric McGowan 39 yard TD pass from Jordan Yates (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 3 38
KennSt TD 10:14 Iaan Cousin 54 yard TD run (Nathan Robertson Extra Point) 10 38
KennSt TD 8:41 Adeolu Adeleke 39 yard TD pass from Xavier Shepherd (Nathan Robertson Extra Point) 17 38
GaTech TD 6:53 Dontae Smith 10 yard TD run (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 17 45
Team Stats
  Kennesaw State Georgia Tech
First downs 13 19
  Rushing 6 7
  Passing 5 12
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 3-15, 20% 6-11, 55%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 43-162 35-161
Passing Yards 111 254
Return Yards 0 89
Completions-Attempts-Int 8-20-2 17-23-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-13 2-25
Punts 7 3
Fumbles Lost 3-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 3-15 5-45
Kennesaw State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
X. Shepherd 8 20 111 1 2
Georgia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Yates 17 23 254 4 0
Kennesaw State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Cousin 3 52 17.3 1
I. Foster 6 45 7.5 0
P. Daniels 5 26 5.2 0
K. Glover 8 22 2.8 0
N. Farrow 3 21 7.0 0
A. Adeleke 1 7 7.0 0
I. Smith 2 3 1.5 0
X. Shepherd 15 -14 -0.9 0
Georgia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Smith 8 82 10.3 1
J. Gibbs 9 56 6.2 0
J. Griffin 5 16 3.2 0
J. Mason 6 11 1.8 0
T. Beatty 1 1 1.0 0
J. Yates 6 -5 -0.8 0
Kennesaw State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Adeleke 1 39 39.0 1
N. Farrow 2 22 11.0 0
C. O'Neal 1 16 16.0 0
I. Foster 1 12 12.0 0
X. Hill 1 10 10.0 0
I. Cousin 1 6 6.0 0
W. Haigler 1 6 6.0 0
Georgia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. McGowan 5 77 15.4 2
J. Gibbs 2 44 22.0 0
M. Carter 2 40 20.0 0
K. Norris 2 36 18.0 1
D. Allen 1 19 19.0 0
A. Rey 1 14 14.0 0
D. Smith 1 7 7.0 0
N. McCollum 1 6 6.0 0
J. Mason 1 6 6.0 1
D. Leonard 1 5 5.0 0
Kennesaw State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Ivey 1 0
C. Thomas 1 0
Kennesaw State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Moran 7 224 32.0
Georgia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Shanahan 3 123 41.0
Kennesaw State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kennesaw State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Carter 1 4 4.0
J. Gibbs 1 42 42.0
J. Griffin 1 43 43.0
Kennesaw State Missed FG
Player Length
Georgia Tech Missed FG
Player Length




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