For the second week in a row, Georgia Tech trails at home against an ACC Coastal Division rival. A week after digging an early hole against North Carolina, Georgia Tech is trailing Virginia Tech at the half. Now the Yellow Jackets will have to hope their running game can start to wear down Virginia Tech’s stingy defense the way it did the Tar Heels last week in a come-from-behind victory.
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas started the game completing nine of nine pass attempts for 121 yards and a touchdown. Thomas also rushed for a touchdown near the end zone, a play that was upheld after a video review despite video showing Thomas had his elbow and arm touch the ground just prior to stretching and extending the football across the goal line. The video evidence, in this case, was not indisputable enough for the call to be overturned, but the way Virginia Tech was moving the football the Hokies may have scored on third and maybe even gone for it on fourth down inside the five-yard line if they had to. The touchdown run by Thomas capped a 91-yard touchdown drive to put the Hokies up 14-0 at the time.
Harrison Butket kicked a 49-yard field goal for Georgia Tech midway through the second quarter. It was not the cleanest first half for Georgia Tech. Paul Johnson’s team fumbled a couple of times, losing one, and Vad Lee was intercepted but it was the penalties that drove Johnson mad at times on the sideline.