On Saturday afternoon the Hokies suffered another loss to Georgia Tech that was a combination of blown assignments, questionable play calls and missed opportunities. Both were incomplete, including a deep pass down the middle for Cam Phillips that Kerr knocked away.
On Saturday, they changed the conversation. - Virginia Tech's coaches and several players expressed confusion over the officials ruling that Georgia Tech recovered a fumble on a punt return early in the second quarter.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' celebration after their upset win over No. 17 Virginia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium got even more exciting after the game ended when Tre' Jackson got down on one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him.
Only this time, they got off the deck to win the game.
It's what Georgia Tech does game in and game out.
The Georgia Tech passing attack has not been good all season, ranking next-to-last in the nation.
Fuente maintained that he didn't pull Jackson after his ill-advised pass into traffic in the third quarter that bounced off two Georgia Tech defenders before being snagged for a 26-yard gain by Eric Kumah. Marshall completed 2 of 8 for 140 yards and was intercepted once.
Virginia Tech took a 22-21 lead with 7:27 to play in the game when Greg Stroman intercepted Marshall's pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. It was a necessary accomplishment on a day that the Yellow Jackets were able to sustain drives. Travon McMillian returned the kickoff 71 yards, the best of his career, to put the ball at the Georgia Tech 29.
Jalen Holston of the Virginia Tech is tackled. In total, seven Tech rushers had positive yardage. The Yellow Jackets scored on two of them, dropped a couple others and it opened up other areas of the offense.
The one time Georgia Tech did complete a pass in the first three quarters, it was a 60-yard touchdown. He was forced into making some quick decisions and came up just short.
Virginia Tech immediately answered with its first touchdown. The under is 6-1 in the Bulldogs' last seven road games and 7-1 in their last eight overall. He's now third on the single-season list and tied for sixth on the all-time list. LB Brant Mitchell and FS A.J. Gray both missed last week's game against Virginia. We were trying to get back on whatever the score was. It would have been easy to hang our head. "We've got press coverage with our best guys".
Johnson on the defense: "I thought the defense played well, especially early on. I don't think many of us are concerned", Kumah said. "We did not come through on them, but that was the deal". Normally that type of work equates to a win, but the big plays were too much to overcome.
Linebacker Brant Mitchell on closing the win: "It's be a reoccurring theme that we can't close a game and that's something that we wanted to prove wrong to everybody that's watching".