Hokies Play Great on Big Stage

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Last night’s game was just about as big as it gets in the ACC. In another
such game earlier in the season, the Hokies came up short, but they did just
about everything right in last night’s victory in Atlanta. As a result, the
Coastal Division is theirs to lose, and it looks like they are going to get
another shot at the Clemson Tigers.

I’m not surprised the Hokies won last night, but I didn’t expect it. I’m
betting a lot of you feel the same way. I heard that a few smart folks inside
the program didn’t have a particularly good feeling about the game. But hey,
I’ll take it. It always feels good to win a game that you were feeling nervous

Statistically Dominant

You don’t need to look at the scoreboard to see who won this game. All you
have to do is look at the box score.

Total Yards: VT 476, GT 340
Rushing Yards: VT 267, GT 243
Passing Yards: VT 209, GT 97
TOP: VT 34:14, GT 25:47
4th Quarter TOP: VT 10:02, GT 4:58
Third Downs: VT 10-of-16, GT 5-of-13
Fourth Downs: VT 2-of-2, GT 0-of-2
Sacks: VT 5, GT 1

All of those major statistical categories went in Virginia Tech’s favor last
night, so it’s easy to see why they won the football game. A couple of those
stats really stand out to me:

  • Virginia Tech outrushed Georgia Tech 267 to 243. It was just the fourth
    time in the Paul Johnson era that Georgia Tech has been outrushed.
  • Georgia Tech was converting 57.6% of their third downs, tops in the
    nation. They were just 5-of-13 (38.4%) against the Hokies.
  • Georgia Tech was converting 57.14% of their fourth downs. They were
    0-of-2 against VT, including a stop for no gain on fourth and one.
  • The Hokies held the ball for a little over 10 minutes in the fourth
    quarter. Georgia Tech didn’t have a chance to rally.
  • The Hokies sacked Georgia Tech five times. Tevin Washington got off five
    passes, and I believe he scrambled once. So out of an estimated 16 drop
    backs, he was sacked five times.

Penalties Bite Both Teams

Don’t let Georgia Tech fans tell you that the personal foul penalty on
Jeremiah Attaochu cost them the game. It was a big play, and certainly a