NCAA Game Summary - Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech|
(Monday, September 3rd)
Final Score: (16) Virginia Tech 20, Georgia Tech 17 (OT)
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Cody Journell made a game-tying field goal
at the end of regulation, then hit the game-winner in overtime, as the No. 16
Virginia Tech Hokies opened the season with a 20-17 Labor Day victory over the
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Journell missed a 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter but delivered
a 41-yarder through the uprights as time expired. In overtime, a costly
interception by Tevin Washington led to the junior kicker's 17-yard game-
Logan Thomas completed 21-of-38 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns
without an interception in the first-ever overtime game at Lane Stadium.
The junior signal caller threw a five-yard, first-quarter touchdown
pass to Eric Martin and hit freshman Demitri Knowles for a 42-yard score
midway through the fourth.
Marcus Davis finished with 82 yards on six catches for the Hokies (1-0, 1-0
ACC), who went 11-3 last season and captured the Coastal Division crown before
falling to the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship Game and Michigan in
the Sugar Bowl.
Knowles' first collegiate catch put Virginia Tech up 14-10 with 7:46 remaining
but Washington, who led the Yellow Jackets to an 8-5 record and a second-place
finish in the Coastal Division in 2011, responded with a 72-yard touchdown
Primarily a running quarterback, the senior highlighted the march with a pair
of clutch completions. On 4th-and-6, he bought time before finding B.J.
Bostic surrounded by defenders near the sideline for a 19-yard connection.
Four plays later, he found Deon Hill on a crossing route for a 10-yard score
and a 17-14 advantage with 44 seconds to go.
But Thomas, who amassed a school-record 3,482 yards last season, completed
all four passes during a quick 51-yard march and Journell atoned for his
earlier miss with the tying field goal.
Washington couldn't repeat his aerial success in overtime. Facing a 3rd-and-6
from the 10-yard-line, he unfurled an errant pass while being brought to the
Kyle Fuller intercepted the throw near the goal line and Michael Holmes
ripped off runs of six and 18 yards on the Hokies' possession to set up
Journell's short game-winner.
Earlier, Robert Godhigh had a 12-yard rushing touchdown for the Yellow
Jackets (0-1, 0-1), as a sluggish start from both teams led to a 7-7 game
at the half.
David Scully made a 34-yard field goal at the beginning of the fourth quarter
to put Georgia Tech on top, 10-7.
These two teams have combined to win every Coastal Division crown since 2005
... Virginia Tech holds a 7-3 edge in the all-time series ... The Hokies
played in four overtime games prior to Monday with all of those contests
coming on the road ... Washington finished with 96 yards on 10-of-15 passing
and added 63 yards on 19 carries.
09/04 00:18:36 ET