ATLANTA — Tashard Choice rushed for a career-high 138 yards and two touchdowns and No. 18 Georgia Tech rallied from a nine-point deficit and survived a last-minute scare to beat Maryland 27-23 Saturday.
Michael Johnson go to Maryland quarterback Sam Hollenbach on third and fourth down in the final minute after the Terrapins had a first-and-goal at the 7.
Choice posted his second straight 100-yard game. Reggie Ball added 84 yards rushing with a touchdown and completed another touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson as Georgia Tech won its fifth straight game.
Johnson had 10 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown and was especially dominant on Tech’s first possession. He caught four passes for 53 yards in the possession, including a 10-yard touchdown.
The Yellow Jackets (5-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won despite shaky special teams play. Maryland’s first points came on a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Josh Wilson, and Tech’s Travis Bell missed two field-goal attempts and failed to complete a pass on a fake field goal attempt.
Bell’s last miss, from 31 yards, hit the left upright with 3:23 left, giving Maryland a final chance.
Sam Hollenbach completed a pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey that would have been good for little more than first-down yardage in Maryland territory. But cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels slipped, leaving open field for Heyward-Bey to run 57 yards to the Tech 7.
Two carries by Lance Ball gained only 2 yards, leaving Maryland with a third down at the 5. Michael Johnson harassed Hollenbach, who was penalized for intentional grounding.
On fourth-and-19, Michael Johnson again broke through for another sack to end the Terrapins’ upset bid.
Maryland (3-2, 0-1) led 23-14 after three quarters before committing two turnovers in the final period.
After Tech pulled to within 23-21, Lance Ball, who rushed for 116 yards, lost a fumble at the Maryland 17 with 11:05 left. The ball was recovered by KaMichael Hall to set up the go-ahead 15-yard touchdown run by Choice.
The Terrapins then drove into Tech territory before Hollenbach’s fourth-and-2 pass from the 41 was intercepted by Kenny Scott.
Hollenbach’s 3-yard pass to tight end Joey Haynos, open in the middle of the end zone, gave the Terrapins a 17-7 lead early in the second quarter.
Choice led Georgia Tech back, handling the ball on seven plays in an eight-play touchdown drive that ended with his 1-yard leap over the top for the score.
Trailing 17-14, Tech drove to the Maryland 23 late in the half. On fourth-and-1, Bell faked a 40-yard field goal attempt, but his pass attempt for Durant Brooks, the holder, was incomplete.
Dan Ennis kicked a 46-yard field goal, the longest of his career, with 59 seconds left in the half to give Maryland a 20-14 lead. A 32-yard field goal by Ennis in the third quarter pushed the lead to 23-14.
Georgia Tech charged back in the final quarter.
Reggie Ball completed a key third-down pass to James Johnson for 11 yards to Maryland’s 25. Choice ran for 17 yards and Reggie Ball scored on a run from the 8 to cut Maryland’s lead to 23-21.