Georgia Tech beats Mississippi St 49-34 in Orange Bowl

Jan 1, 2015 12:05 AM

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Justin Thomas ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, and Georgia Tech rushed for 452 yards to beat Mississippi State 49-34 on Wednesday night in the Orange Bowl.

Thomas ran for 121 yards and threw for 125. Synjyn Days rushed for 171 yards and three scores, including a 69-yarder that defused Mississippi State's comeback bid.

No. 10 Georgia Tech (11-3) earned its first Orange Bowl victory in 63 years. The Yellow Jackets improved to 2-8 in bowl games in the past 10 seasons.

No. 8 Mississippi State (10-3) lost three of its final four games after being ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.

After Mississippi State scored on a Hail Mary pass, the Yellow Jackets bounced back with touchdowns on their first four possessions of the second half.

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