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VaTech needs overtime to beat Georgia Tech

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Well, that was about 53 minutes of bad football. But it’s how you finish that matters and the final half of the fourth quarter proved to be exciting as No. 16 Virginia Tech needed overtime to defeat Georgia Tech 20-17.

It was the first overtime game in Lane Stadium history.

As we mentioned earlier tonight, neither team was playing particularly well offensively. Or, maybe it was that both defenses were extra awesome. Either way, there wasn’t much to be excited about for three and a half quarters. Perhaps the biggest let down of the night came from Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas. Outside of a nice 42-yard touchdown pass late in the game, Thomas was inaccurate and made questionable decisions.

But he made some important throws when it mattered most.

Ironically, it was Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington that made more noise throwing the ball tonight. The Yellow Jackets whipped out a pistol formation down 14-10 to mount what was a longer version of a two-minute drill. Washington made a clutch throw in Hokies territory on a fourth-and-6 before throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass just four plays later to put Georgia Tech up 17-14.

But VaTech still had 44 seconds left in regulation and drove down into field goal range where Cody Journell hit a 41-yard kick to tie the game and send it into overtime. That’s where Washington committed his first — the game’s first — turnover by throwing an interception. VaTech kicked the game-winning field goal on the next possession.

As usual, the Hokies’ defense is good enough to win the Coastal division. But there was a lot of hype on Thomas heading into this season and he looked downright bad at times tonight. It’s Week 1, though — we’ve been saying a lot over the past few days — so everyone gets a pass.

VaTech’s offense needs to pick it up, though. A slate of games including Clemson and Florida State begin in late October.

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2 Responses to “VaTech needs overtime to beat Georgia Tech”
  1. burm61 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:10 AM

    VT is always slow out pf the gate. Almost pulled a CHokies move last night, but now we have 2-3 easy games to improve the offense and get better before the rest of conference play starts. My one main concern, however, is that Logan Thomas decided to google himself and saw all the hype surrounding him so he won’t have a great season.

  2. skins4me says: Sep 4, 2012 1:03 PM

    VT is always the most overrated program in the country when the season starts. After watching the game last night I feel they have a long way to go befor they should be ranked at all. If GT dosen’t miss tackles on three or four plays GT wins 17-7 going away!!

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