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Virginia Tech defense swats Georgia Tech in ACC victory

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The Virginia Tech defense was locked in Thursday night in Atlanta, leading the way to a 17-10 victory against Georgia Tech. Logan Thomas completed 19-of-25 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown and he ran for one more to give the offense enough points for a win in a tough, defensive match-up. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech combined for 549 yards of offense with a fairly even split.

Sitting on their own 33-yard line, down seven with more than half a quarter to play, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson decided to take a chance and failed miserably. Virginia Tech defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins stuffed Georgia Tech running back David Sims two yards shy of the first down, forcing a turnover on downs and setting up the Hokies for a potentially lethal strike. Amazingly, Virginia Tech failed to take advantage when kicker Cody Journell‘s field goal attempt from sailed wide left from 25 yards out. Georgia Tech survived, with the score holding at 17-10.

Still with plenty of time, Georgia Tech attempted to pass their way to a first down but three straight incomplete passes from Vad Lee forced Georgia Tech to punt it away. The defense forced the Hokies to punt but Virginia Tech pinned the home team back on their five-yard line with about three and a half minutes to play.

This game was expected to be a low-scoring game lacking offensive highlights, and it delivered. This game was all about the defenses, and specifically the defense of Virginia Tech. This is the same defense who held Alabama to the second lowest offensive total since Nick Saban took over as head coach, and this defense has continued to dominate the opposition and give the offense a chance to win. Virginia Tech has now held East Carolina to ten points on the road, Marshall’s Rakeem Cato to just 228 passing yards and now has a hard-fought road win at Georgia Tech. Virginia Tech’s success this season will be determined by the play of the defense, because the offense still lacks any sense of a killer instinct.

Virginia Tech now gets three straight home games in ACC Coastal play with North Carolina, Pitt and Duke coming up. This looks like a terrific opportunity to get a firm grip of the division before a game with Miami late in the year. If they play defense the way they did Thursday night, that looks like a favorable.

We cannot rule out Georgia Tech from the conversation just yet, but they must be able to play a much cleaner game moving forward with a more challenging schedule than Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech’s next two games will be played at Miami and at BYU. The Yellow Jackets also have a road game at Clemson and a home game against Georgia before the end of the regular season. These are games Georgia Tech must avoid another nine-penalty performance.

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12 Responses to “Virginia Tech defense swats Georgia Tech in ACC victory”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 26, 2013 10:50 PM

    Miami is going to moonwalk to the ACC Championship game.

    Those are two mediocre football teams.

  2. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 26, 2013 11:01 PM

    GT’s offense is consistently inconsistent year to year. Their defense actually played alright tonight.

  3. stoicpaisano says: Sep 27, 2013 12:43 AM

    Any APU sightings?

  4. necr0philia says: Sep 27, 2013 7:36 AM

    Looks like 2 easy wins for the U!! Go Canes!

  5. longtallsam says: Sep 27, 2013 7:54 AM

    Are those VT helmets ugly, or what? That scrambled eggs pattern is bad enough, but the blue & grey color with the already questionable combination of maroon and orange uniforms. Whose bright idea was this?

  6. micklethepickle says: Sep 27, 2013 10:01 AM

    The helmets were “Hokie Stone” – my bro-in-law tells me it is based on the quarry that Virginia Tech owns, that produces a unique type of … granite? Marble? Some kind of stone, a type of which you can only find at Virginia Tech. That’s what the helmets were about.

  7. no14mike says: Sep 27, 2013 10:03 AM

    @longtallsam

    Try reading an article about it (there are plenty) and you’ll find out why. It’s better than looking naive on the internet.

  8. urfinished says: Sep 27, 2013 10:31 AM

    The VT defense is better than expected but they need to run the ball if they are looking for bigger things. I actually liked the helmets…and more importantly recruits really liked ‘em.

  9. longtallsam says: Sep 27, 2013 10:35 AM

    I know exactly what the helmets were representing. My point was, that the color combination of the helmets with the uniforms was butt ugly. I am sure the granite stone the helmets represent, comes in many hues. Surely, the color could have better matched the uniforms. Those blue helmets would’ve look ok with the UNC uniform. Don’t be naive!

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 27, 2013 1:22 PM

    urfinished says:
    Sep 27, 2013 10:31 AM
    The VT defense is better than expected but they need to run the ball if they are looking for bigger things. I actually liked the helmets…and more importantly recruits really liked ‘em.
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    I don’t see how any recruits liked those helmets…. they were god awful….

    Everywhere I’ve looked, these helmets have gotten terrible reviews.

    They are making the Maryland helmets look good.

  11. mogogo1 says: Sep 27, 2013 2:58 PM

    I have to agree with the helmets being ugly. Also, not sure how you honor some special stone by painting plastic helmets to look like it. Many of these new uniform designs simply try too hard.

  12. urfinished says: Sep 27, 2013 3:02 PM

    8to80texansblog says:
    Sep 27, 2013 1:22 PM
    I don’t see how any recruits liked those helmets…. they were god awful….

    Everywhere I’ve looked, these helmets have gotten terrible reviews.

    They are making the Maryland helmets look good.
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    Well I watched with my nephew who is a current DI recruit with 8 offers and he and his friends loved them. Something tells me you and some of the media outlets weren’t the target audience. 16 and 17 year old kids were. Soooo…yea…there is a straight from the mouth source…and there is a bitter old man like you who didn’t like them. Either way, people are talking about them and that is likely all VT wanted.

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