Run and Shoot: Fresno State, Georgia Tech trade TDs to open second half

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Fresno State, Georgia Tech trade TDs to open second half

BOISE, Idaho — Fresno State's Clifton Smith sprinted for a 43-yard touchdown run to open up the second half and Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer ran for a 36-yard touchdown on the ensuing possession to cut Fresno State's lead to 27-14 at the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl.

Fresno State led 20-7 at halftime.
The Bulldogs ran just one more play than Georgia Tech, but dominated with 286 offensive yards compared to the Yellow Jacks’ 183. Quarterback Tom Brandstater has been on target, completing 16-of-19 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown, a 3-yard score to tight end Drew Lubinsky.
Fresno State’s defense forced Georgia Tech to turn the ball over on downs and then Brandstater led the Bulldogs into field goal position. Kicker Clint Stitser hit his second field goal of the game, this time from 39 yards, to give Fresno State a 20-7 lead entering halftime.
Fresno State started the second half with the ball. The Bulldogs entered the game ranked 16th nationally in rushing yards. Four players combined for 81 yards in the first half.
Georgia Tech also rushed for 81 yards in the first half, 54 by starter Tashard Choice. Quarterback Taylor Bennett completed 9-of-15 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown, a 35-yarder to Demaryius Thomas to open the game. Back-up quarterback Josh Nesbitt played the last series in the first quarter, rushing six times for 37 yards. He completed 1-of-2 passes for 11 yards.

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