Georgia Tech Comes Back To Beat Virginia Tech 28-22 in ACC Coastal Division Battle

 Matchup: Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3, 3-3 ACC) at Georgia Tech (5-4, 4-3 ACC)
 Date: Saturday, November 11. 12:20pm (ET)
 Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
 Georgia Tech Game Notes: Virginia Tech Game Notes: ACC Football Weekly Notes:
 Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson's Press Conference - Click Here
 Virginia Tech Head Coach Justin Fuente's Press Conference - Click Here
 TV: CW69; Play-by-Play: Tom Werme, Analyst: Dave Archer, Sideline Reporter: D.J. Shockley
 RADIO: In Atlanta: 680/93.7 The Fan:
 
Play-by-Play, Andy Demetra; Analyst, Sean Bedford; Sideline Reporter, Wiley Ballard
 Satellite: Sirius 112 / XM 194

By Don Stone - GeorgiaTechExpress.com

  Georgia Tech needed this game in a big way. Coming in with just four wins, they still had to get two victories in the final three games to become bowl eligible. And with one of them being the then undefeated 9-0 #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, this one became even more important.
  But no small task as Virginia Tech came into the game ranked #17 at 7-2. A road trip to Duke next week will be the obvious easiest of the three.
  Last year, the Yellow Jackets were 5-4 when they went to Blacksburg to take on the #18 Hokies and pulled off a 30-20 win. It launched a late season surge with Georgia Tech winning four straight before beating Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
   Paul Johnson's team was hoping for the same impetus from this game after another tough close game loss at Virginia. Having lost a chance to play earlier in the season with the hurricane cancelled game at Central Florida, Georgia Tech might have an option to appeal for a chance to get in with just five wins. But, they would rather take care of that on the field. And that started with the matchup with the Hokies, who dropped four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings from #13 after being defeated last week at #7 Miami.
  Both of VT's losses this season had come at the hands of teams ranked in the top 10 nationally - a 31-17 loss to then-No. 2 Clemson on Sept. 30 and last Saturday's 28-10 defeat at then-No. 9 Miami (Fla.).
   The Georgia Tech run game was tested by a Virginia Tech defense that lead the ACC in scoring defense (13.3 ppg - fourth nationally, total defense (300.6 ypg - 11th nationally), passing defense (178.8 ypg - 16th nationally) and rushing defense (121.8 ypg - 17th nationally). Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds came in as the Hokies' top defender, leading the team with 80 total tackles.
  Defensive coordinator Bud Foster has faced Johnson and this offense ten times over the years, the most meetings the Yellow Jackets have had against any one particular defensive coordinator in that time. "Paul's seen it all, and what he does is unique," Foster said. "He's as good as there is out there with this offense."
  The Jackets entered the game just a half game behind the Hokies in the ACC Coastal Division standings. Also on the line is a seven-game winning streak at Bobby Dodd Stadium, something they haven't done since winning eight on Nov. 21, 1998-Sept. 2, 2000.
  Last season, in Virginia Tech's 30-20 loss to Georgia Tech in Blacksburg, Foster remembered GT's 309 yards on the ground including touchdown runs of 56 yards to running back Marcus Marshall and 53 yards to quarterback Matthew Jordan.
  "(It's a) pain in the tail, you know," Foster said. "That's about as simple as it gets."
   A recent trend for the Yellow Jackets has been getting decent leads in games only to see them disappear in the end. They lead Miami by 11 points twice before a miracle finish pulled the Hurricanes out. Another double digit lead at Virginia evaporated.
  This time, Georgia Tech had an 11 point lead at 14-3, then a 12 point lead at 21-9 only to see Virginia Tech regain the lead with 13 unanswered points to go up 22-21 with 7:27 left in the game. The last score came off a pick six when Marshall threw an ill advised pass deep in his own territory.
  But, the QB showed resilience this time. On the next drive, he hit Ricky Jeune flying downfield for an 80 yard touchdown to put the Jackets up for good 28-22. "I made sure to do all-out sprinting," said Jeune. "I almost fell, actually, I caught it and almost fell. I caught my balance so that was good."
 
TaQuon Marshall only completed two passes on the day. But the other one was a 60 yarder to Brad Stewart that also went the distance. Both TD throws were the longest passing score for the Jackets this season. And that one was the the first touchdown reception of Stewart's career.  "I don't know if you could tell by the expression on my face but there's not a word for it," said Stewart. "I told a couple people, 'I haven't scored since [2014]. So I forgot how to celebrate to be honest. It felt great. There's really no way to describe it, just being in that moment. Just seeing all the fans and players getting hype for me because they know how bad I wanted it."
  Marshall, who added two rushing scores to his pair of passing touchdowns said his team was trying to prove a point. "I mean, we hear all the time, 'You guys can't finish,' he said. "This week we really tried to put an emphasis on it like 'Hey, this is our time to show everyone that we actually can finish,' and you see what happens when we do finish."
  Up next, Georgia Tech heads to Duke. Last year, the Yellow Jackets won a 38-35 shootout at Bobby Dodd Stadium. This year, the Blue Devils are 4-5 overall with just one win in five tries in the ACC.

 

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