Hokies win in Atlanta 17-10

Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, on September 27, 2013
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Virginia Tech’s defense dominated the Georgia Tech offense, and Logan Thomas had a great game in a 17-10 win on Thursday night.  The Hokies are now 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC, while the Yellow Jackets dropped to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.

No words can really put into perspective how good Bud Foster’s defense was against the GT offense on Thursday night, so I’ll just spit out some stats…

Rushing: 129 yards, 3.1 ypc (345.3 ypg, 5.7 ypc coming into the game)
Passing: 7-of-24, 144 yards, 2 interceptions
Total: 273 yards, 4.1 yards per play (484.7 ypg, 6.6 ypp coming into the game)

Derrick Hopkins destroyed the interior of the Georgia Tech offensive line and shut down the inside running game, and the Hokies played disciplined football against the outside pitch plays.  Georgia Tech A-backs Robert Godhigh and B.J. Bostic combined for just five carries for 14 yards, while quarterback Vad Lee had 18 carries for 35 yards.

Lee hit a couple of big pass plays over free safety Detrick Bonner, who didn’t have his best game (two deep balls over his head, and two pass interference penalties), but Lee was just 7-of-24 and he threw two interceptions.

The Tech defense forced a fumble on Georgia Tech’s first possession, and the offense took advantage by scoring a touchdown on a 21 yard touchdown pass from Logan Thomas to D.J. Coles.  Brandon Facyson made an amazing diving interception near the sideline on Georgia Tech’s second drive, and Kendall Fuller ended the game with an interception on a Hail Mary.

Georgia Tech managed just one touchdown against Bud Foster’s defense, and they were helped on that drive by a Jack Tyler offsides penalty on fourth and 1, and a Detrick Bonner pass interference on third and goal.

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Despite the fact that Logan Thomas didn’t practice this week because of a strained abdomen, it didn’t stop the r-senior quarterback from having a big game in Atlanta.  Thomas went 19-of-25 for 221 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions.  Two of his passes were dropped, he threw one pass away, and another incompletion came on a Hail Mary on the last play of the first half.

Not only did Thomas get it done through the air, but he also took control of things on the ground.

Logan Thomas: 16 carries, 58 yards, 1 TD
Demitri Knowles: 1 carry, 2 yards
Trey Edmunds: 6 carries, 1 yard
Chris Mangus: 2 carries, -2 yards

The Hokies never tried to establish a regular ground game.  Most of Trey Edmunds’ carries came on obvious running situations when Tech was trying to burn clock.  Scot Loeffler put this game in the hands of his quarterback, and he succeeded.

The Tech receivers also played a good game for their senior quarterback.  Demitri Knowles led the group with five catches for 67 yards, including a big 28-yard catch over a Georgia Tech corner on a third down play on VT’s second touchdown drive.  Here’s how the receiving numbers shake out…

Demitri Knowles: 5 catches, 67 yards
Willie Byrn: 4 catches, 44 yards
Kalvin Cline: 3 catches, 28 yards
D.J Coles: 2 catches, 34 yards, 1 TD
Joshua Stanford: 2 catches, 32 yards
Sam Rogers: 1 catch, 8 yards
Charley Meyer: 1 catch, 5 yards
Trey Edmunds: 1 catch, 3 yards

The Hokies scored on just two plays after the initial Georgia Tech turnover, and two drives later they went 91 yards in 10 plays to take a 14-0 lead after a five yard touchdown run by Logan Thomas.

That early second quarter touchdown was Virginia Tech’s last touchdown of the game, but they managed to tack on a second half field goal, and would have had another three points had Cody Journell not missed a 25 yard field goal that would have made the score 20-10.  Frank Beamer decided to get conservative late in the game with the lead, but Journell’s miss gave Georgia Tech’s offense one final chance to tie or win the game.

However, the Virginia Tech defense came through once again, when Kendall Fuller intercepted Vad Lee on a 4th and 13 pass that put the final nail in the Yellow Jacket coffin.

The Hokies will take a much needed weekend off, and then they’ll welcome the North Carolina Tar Heels into Lane Stadium on Saturday, October 5.  Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30pm, and the game will be televised by The ACC Network.

Box Score (HokieSports.com)

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