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Smith Helps Tech to Season-Opening Win

ATLANTA (AP) - Orwin Smith scored two of Georgia Tech's four first-quarter touchdowns, Stephen Hill caught two touchdown passes from Tevin Washington and Georgia Tech beat Western Carolina 63-21 on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.

The Yellow Jackets piled up 662 yards of total offense - their most productive game since 2000 - but they struggled throughout the night to hold on to the football, losing two of six fumbles and allowing a second-quarter punt to get blocked and recovered for a touchdown.

Smith, a former Central Red Devil, had four carries for 84 yards and the two scores.

Brandon Pechloff had 180 yards passing for Western Carolina.

Georgia Tech, facing an FCS opponent that dropped to 10-46 since the start of 2006, showed flashes of a formidable passing game after ranking 119th in the nation last year as Washington completed eight of 13 passes for 271 yards and three TDs.

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