NCAA Game Summary - Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech|
(Saturday, October 17th)
Final Score: (19) Georgia Tech 28, (4) Virginia Tech 23
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Quarterback Josh Nesbitt ran for 122 yards
and three touchdowns as 19th-ranked Georgia Tech upended fourth-ranked
Virginia Tech, 28-23, in an ACC clash at Dodd Stadium.
Nesbitt completed just one pass -- to Demaryius Thomas for 51 yards -- on
seven attempts for the Yellow Jackets (6-1, 4-1 ACC), but led all rushers and
recorded the game-deciding touchdown in the final minutes to give his team
their fourth consecutive victory.
Jonathan Dwyer added 82 yards on the ground and Marcus Wright posted a rushing
score for Georgia Tech, which hadn't bested its foe in Atlanta since November,
"Well, it seems like we have to make every game come down to the end," noted
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. "I'm proud of our guys, especially our
defense who came back and played fast, which is the way you want to see them
play. We simplified for them, our defensive coaches did an outstanding job. I
think they were all on the same page."
Tyrod Taylor gained 63 yards rushing with a TD and also threw for 159 yards
and one touchdown on 10-of-14 completions but was picked off twice for the
Hokies (5-2, 3-1), who had reeled off five straight wins after a season-
opening setback to Alabama.
Ryan Williams picked up 100 yards and a score on 14 carries and caught a
touchdown pass in defeat.
"I want to say this about our players; they hung in there, they battled," said
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. "They didn't always play as well as we
need to, but it wasn't lack of effort. It wasn't lack of trying."
Taylor shook off pressure and rolled 22 yards for a score with 4:52 left, but
a conversion pass failed leaving Virginia Tech behind 21-16.
That set the stage for Nesbitt, who closed out a 75-yard drive with an
electrifying 39-yard run for a touchdown to give Georgia Tech an
insurmountable 12-point edge with three minutes to go.
The Yellow Jackets were facing a 3rd-and-7 prior to the score but the fleet-
footed signal caller took matters into his own hands and tiptoed into the end
zone -- a call upheld after a review to see if Nesbitt slipped out of bounds
before hitting the pylon.
However, Taylor found Williams for a seven-yard TD only 1:12 later and
Virginia Tech climbed back within 28-23. An onsides kick attempt fell into
Yellow Jacket hands at the 40, and Nesbitt took a knee on three straight plays
to run out the remainder of the clock.
"Josh is such a competitor," Johnson said of his quarterback. "All-in-all, he
does what it takes to win the game."
A scoreless first quarter bled into a slow-paced second period which finally
saw the Hokies break the scoreless deadlock on a 34-yard field goal from Matt
Waldron with 4:01 to play in the half.
Georgia Tech got untracked on the following series, culminating with
Nesbitt's one-yard keeper for a 7-3 game at the break.
Nesbitt capped the opening drive of the third quarter on another one-yard
plunge for a 14-3 home advantage, then Williams broke off a 66-yard TD run to
bring the Hokies within four.
An 86-yard drive followed for the home side, though, as Wright hit the end
zone from 13 yards out for a 21-10 game.
Virginia Tech still leads the all-time series, 4-3...Georgia Tech finished
with 309 yards rushing...The Yellow Jackets continue their ACC slate at
Virginia next Saturday while the Hokies next host North Carolina on October
10/17 22:51:10 ET