Georgia Tech 49, Virginia Tech 28
What Happened: Georgia Tech’s ground game couldn’t be stopped, ripping off 465 yards and scoring 14 points in each of the first three quarters on the way to a shockingly easy win after the first 20 minutes.
– Tobias Oliver ran 40 times for 215 yards and three scores – and missed his one pass attempt – as TaQuon Marshall sat out after getting knocked out against Duke two weeks ago.
– Virginia Tech kept pace in the first half, with Ryan Willis throwing two touchdown passes on big plays to Tre Turner and Damon Hazelton. Willis gave the Hokies a 21-14 lead on a one-yard run early in the second, and then it was all Yellow Jackets as they tore off 35 straight points.
– You want time of possession? Georgia Tech 42:18, Virginia Tech 17:42. The Yellow Jackets ran the ball 78 times.
What Mattered: After losing to Duke, Georgia Tech appeared to be all but dead in the hopes of of getting a bowl bid. Now, after its fourth win, it has at North Carolina, Miami, Virginia, and at Georgia to go, needing to win two more. If the offense can rumble like it did in Lane Stadium, it can beat everyone left on the slate.
– This wasn’t a total disaster for Virginia Tech. It’s the first loss in ACC play, and it can still win the Coastal by winning out. Boston College, at Pitt, Miami and Virginia – it’s doable. However, if the defense continues to struggle, just going bowling might be a fight, need to win two more games – that’s not a given.
Thoughts: Virginia Tech. You had almost two weeks to prepare for the Georgia Tech option attack. It was a home game, at night, on a Thursday, and you weren’t even close to hitting the curveball. And now, the Hokie D has on its resume a 495-yard, four score passing day from Old Dominion, and a 465-yard, seven score running day from Georgia Tech.
– Oliver was brilliant. He came up with 40 carries, but he didn’t take a whole slew of big shots. Jordan Mason added 82 yards and three scores to a running game that, craziest of all, didn’t come up with any big gashes. Talk about death by 1,000 cuts, the longest run of the night was just 16 yards.
– It’s not like the Virginia Tech offense was awful. It just never had the ball. It was okay when it had its chances, and Ryan Willis had a decent day, but when it didn’t keep the chains moving, that was it. The defense simply couldn’t get off the field.
– Syracuse 51, NC State 41
– Pitt 54, Duke 34
– Clemson 56, Florida State 10
– Virginia 31, North Carolina 21
– Wake Forest 56, Louisville 35
– Boston College 27, Miami 14
– Georgia Tech 49, Virginia Tech 28