Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

No. 17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: 3 keys for the Hokies

No. 17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: 3 keys for the Hokies

Georgia Tech was able to control it despite completing just one pass - a 60-yard touchdown - through three quarters. "They showed a lot of grit and determination". Virginia Tech would go for two and fail to convert, leaving the score at 14-9 entering the half.

Virginia Tech rallied from a 21-9 second-half deficit to take a 22-21 lead with 7:27 to go on a Greg Stroman 24-yard picksix. Jeune got loose behind the secondary, hauled in the long throw and just managed to stick the ball inside the pylon before tumbling out of bounds.

"It's something we carry every week", Johnson said. Marshall capped the drive off six plays later with a touchdown and the lead was 14-3.

Jalen Holston of the Virginia Tech is tackled. Both were incomplete, including a deep pass down the middle for Cam Phillips that Kerr knocked away.

"We've got the best matchup we could possibly get", Fuente said.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' celebration after their upset win over No. 17 Virginia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium got even more exciting after the game ended when Tre' Jackson got down on one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him.

Georgia Tech answered with a touchdown, an 80-play drive sparked by Nate Cottrell's career-long 69-yard run. The quarterback also punched it over from the 1.

Later in the quarter, the Yellow Jackets had fourth and 1 at their own 46. After a pass interference penalty, the Hokies scored on a 14-yard run by freshman Sean Savoy, who ranged far to the right, reversed his field and outran the Georgia Tech defenders to the end zone.

Georgia Tech: By knocking off a ranked team, the Yellow Jackets gave their bowl prospects a huge boost. "Like, 'Hey, I'm going to make sure I get you one this year".

Sure, the Hokies held the Yellow Jackets under their season average, but that doesn't excuse the fact that they essentially didn't have to worry about the pass and were still gashed on the ground. Instead of settling for a field goal attempt, head coach Justin Fuente rolled the dice and went for it with AJ Bush at quarterback.

Later in the period, after Sean Savoy scored on a 14-yard run to pull the Hokies within 14-9, Fuente passed on the extra point and strangely made a decision to go for a 2-point conversion. Against the Cavaliers, Georgia Tech struggled to move the football outside of a couple big plays, but took advantage of good field position.

"I don't think we had quite as many missed assignments and things", Johnson said.

Virginia Tech returns home to host Pittsburgh Saturday for Senior Day.

Georgia Tech: Hits the road for its final conference game against Duke.

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