NCAA Game Summary - Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech|
(Thursday, November 4th)
Final Score: (20) Virginia Tech 28, Georgia Tech 21
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Frank Beamer's renowned special teams won
another big game for Virginia Tech, as David Wilson's 90-yard kickoff return
for a touchdown with 2:23 left in regulation lifted the 20th-ranked Hokies to
a 28-21 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a pivotal ACC clash.
Wilson scored another touchdown on the ground, while Tyrod Taylor threw for
137 yards with an interception and a TD to Andre Smith, as the Hokies (7-2,
5-0 ACC) pulled out a seventh straight win after losses to still-unbeaten
Boise State and James Madison of the FCS to start the year.
"I'm proud of our football team. It wasn't always a pretty game, but we did
what we needed to do," Beamer said. "We have some great kids that are hanging
in and battling. Where we started out and where we are right now, to be able
to control our own destiny...I'm proud of them."
Georgia Tech's Josh Nesbitt had two rushing touchdowns in the opening quarter
but left with a right forearm injury after attempting a tackle following an
interception late in the first half.
Tevin Washington filled in admirably and moved the ball to the Virginia Tech
16-yard line in the closing seconds, but threw an interception in the end zone
to end the comeback bid.
Anthony Allen rushed for 125 yards on 23 carries for the Yellow Jackets (5-4,
3-3), losers of two straight for the first time in three seasons under head
coach Paul Johnson.
The winner of this game has represented the Coastal Division in the ACC title
every year, and the Hokies came in with a two-game lead looking to maintain
They scored 21 straight points for a 21-14 cushion with 6:34 remaining, but a
Washington-to-Tyler Melton hookup of 42 yards ignited a game-tying 80-yard
drive for the visitors. Roddy Jones rushed for five yards on 4th-and-4 from
the VaTech 32, and Orwin Smith went in from the nine with 2:34 showing.
Wilson fielded the ensuing kickoff between the hash marks at his own 10 and
went untouched until reaching the kicker near midfield. He shed the arm tackle
with ease and was in the end zone shortly thereafter to the delight of the
Lane Stadium faithful.
Kevin Cone caught a 38-yard pass to move GaTech to the opposing 37 with under
a minute left, and a mix and runs and passes gained the 16 with 14 seconds to
go. Rashad Carmichael made sure the Hokies came away victorious, picking off
Washington's lob to Melton in the left corner of the end zone to seal it.
The Yellow Jackets used the running game to amass all 58 yards on the first
touch of the game, and Nesbitt's one-yard plunge 3:40 in resulted in an early
The Hokies punted in enemy territory their first time with the ball, and on
3rd-and-1 from his own 29, Nesbitt took a delayed draw, made one cut to the
left and sprinted the rest of the way for a 14-0 cushion. The 71-yard jaunt
moved him past Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler for most rushing yards by a QB in
Ryan Williams capped VaTech's 10-play, 77-yard drive with a four-yard TD run
on the first play of the second quarter, and both Taylor and Nesbitt threw
interceptions deep in the red zone to keep it 14-7 at the half.
The Hokies came up with a big stop on 4th-and-2 at the their own 45 and took
over on downs with 1:24 left in the third.
After Taylor overthrew Wilson in the end zone on 3rd-and-3 on the ensuing
drive, he hit Jarrett Boykin for a seven-yard gain to keep the drive moving. A
pass interference penalty moved the ball to the 15, where Wilson took it in
around the left end to tie the game 1 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter.
A three-and-out was forced, and Taylor finished off an 11-play, 62-yard trek
by hitting Smith in the middle of the end zone on 3rd-and-goal from the two.
Virginia Tech, which improved to 21-2 in November games since 2004, has scored
128 touchdowns by defense and special teams since Beamer arrived in
1987...Nesbitt ended with 86 yards on six carries and did not complete any of
his three attempts through the air...Washington had 45 yards on the ground and
completed 2-of-7 throws for 80 yards...The Yellow Jackets amassed 346 rushing
yards...Taylor connected on 15-of-25 passes and also rushed for 57 yards on
nine attempts...Wilson had 39 yards on seven carries...Boykin led all
receivers with five catches for 54 yards...Dantzler rushed for 2,761 yards
from 1998-01....The Hokies play at North Carolina next Saturday.
11/05 02:57:21 ET