Despite entering the game as a two-touchdown underdog, Maryland got some breaks.

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, who completed just four passes in last week’s win over N.C. State, missed an open Roddy Jones deep down the sideline in the first quarter. He just missed an open Stephen Hill deep in the second quarter. But the quarterback finished with 120 yards rushing on 32 carries and two touchdowns.

“Offensively we struggled, never got any continuity,” said Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, the former Navy coach. “It was a myriad of things.”

Georgia Tech, which has scored on its first possession in every game this season, drove 63 yards for a touchdown on its initial series.

Maryland tried to run the ball early to control the clock and keep Georgia Tech’s offense off the field. Maryland’s second possession went 14 plays — 12 of them runs — resulting in a 30-yard Nick Ferrara field goal that cut the deficit to 7-3.

Maryland finished with a season-high 246 yards rushing.

But injuries continued to be a concer for the Terps’ defense. They also lost linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who had to be helped off the field in the third quarter. He remained on the sideline with an ice pack attached above his left ankle. Linebacker Kenny Tate did not play because of an undisclosed injury.

The Terps were already starting four first-year players on defense.

“No time for them to be young anymore,” said defensive tackle Joe Vellano, who had a career-high 20 tackles, the most by a Terp since Dave Philistin’s 21 against Georgia Tech in 2007.

“We were pleased with how hard our guys played for 60 minutes,” Edsall said. “I would hope that we would take a step forward.”

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