MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Trapped behind the line of scrimmage, Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas escaped and left a defender flailing and Yellow Jackets fans cheering another touchdown.
Thomas and his teammates were all tough to tackle Wednesday night in the Orange Bowl, rolling up 452 yards rushing to beat Mississippi State 49-34.
Thomas ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns, and threw for 125 yards and another score. Synjyn Days ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns, including a 69-yarder.
No. 12 Georgia Tech (11-3) earned its first Orange Bowl victory in 63 years and improved to 2-8 in bowl games in the past 10 seasons.
"Our program took a step forward this year," Thomas said, "and we're planning to keep striving to put Georgia Tech's name on the top of the list."
No. 7 Mississippi State (10-3) lost three of its final four games after being ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.
Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 453 yards, an Orange Bowl record, and three touchdowns.