Using a dizzying display of early offense, outstanding special teams, and solid defense, Georgia Tech exorcised the demons of the last 2 meetings with the Hokies and hammered them 38-27 in a game that wasn't as close as the score.
The Yellow Jackets wasted little time by scoring on the first drive spurred by a 59 yard pass to James Johnson on the opening play from scrimmage. The Jackets punched it in for a touchdown on a 2 yard pass from Reggie Ball to Calvin Johnson. Following a Hokie punt, Ball again hooked up with Calvin Johnson for a 53 yard touchdown pass on the second play of the drive.
The Jacket defense then held - forcing a 3 and out by the Hokie offense. Then, in a role reversal, Georgia Tech special teams member Troy Garside came loose on the Virginia Tech punt attempt and blocked it - setting the Jackets up at the Hokie 25. The Jackets quickly capitalized on the great field position and capped off the short drive with a 5 yard Tashard Choice run up the middle to give the Jackets a 21-0 lead a mere 10:48 in to the first quarter.
The Hokies didn't wilt though. The Hokies responded with a drive for a touchdown highlighted by a 26 yard touchdown dash by Brandon Ore. Then, the resilient Hokies intercepted 2 consecutive Reggie Ball passes. But, the Hokies could only manage 2 field goals on those possessions. The, with momentum moving towards the Hokies, Jackets responded with a crowd-killing drive just before halftime that was capped off with a Travis Bell field goal.
The Jackets built on their halftime momentum with a 38 yard Gary Guyton fumble return. The return came as a result of Phillip Wheeler's fumble-causing hit on Hokie QB Sean Glennon's blindside. And, on the next drive, the Jacket defense again forced a Glennon fumble that was this time recovered by Adamm Oliver. The Jackets salted the game away with a score on a 10 yard Tashard Choice run late in the 3rd quarter to take a commanding 38-13 lead.
The Hokies again didn't give up. But, by this point, they had too much to overcome and too little time. The Hokies did add 14 points to provide the final score - marching down the field on a Georgia Tech defense interested only in preventing a big play and using up clock.
Reggie Ball finished the day 9 out of 16 for 176 yards, 2 touchdown passes, and 2 interceptions. Calvin Johnson finished with 6 catches for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns. Meanwhile, the ground game was paced by Tashard Choice with 105 yards with Reggie Ball adding 34 yards.
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