Sep 3, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson on the sidelines in the second quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Georgia Tech Vs. Virginia Tech: Yellow Jackets Suffer Disappointing 20-17 Loss In Overtime

An ill-timed interception by Tevin Washington helped seal the Yellow Jackets fate in a season opening 20-17 overtime loss to Virginia Tech.

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Virginia Tech Vs. Georgia Tech: Hokies Look To Boast Elite Defense

Georgia Tech opens up the 2012 season with quite the challenge, as the Yellow Jackets head to Virginia Tech to take on the No. 16 Hokies.

The Hokies look to boast not just one of the best defenses in the country, but one of the best defenses ever.

The folks over at From the Rumble Seat found this interesting quote from Virginia Tech's defensive coordinator, Bud Foster.

On the opening night of training camp, however, Foster laid out the sort of season-long goals only elite defenses can aspire to. One, in particular, stuck out to his players: 13 touchdowns.


That's how many the 2006 team gave up, one less than what defending BCS national champion Alabama allowed last season.

Needless to say, those are quite lofty goals for the Hokies. If Virginia Tech's defense is that good, it'll be a long day for Georgia Tech's offense, as the Yellow Jackets look to open the 2012 season with a win.

For more on the Yellow Jackets, head over to From the Rumble Seat and join the discussion.

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Georgia Tech Vs. Virginia Tech: T.J. Barnes Will Wear Julian Burnett's No. 40 Jersey

Georgia Tech linebacker Julian Burnett's football career came to an end because of a neck injury, and his teammates are going to honor him by wearing his No. 40 jersey in 2012. Nose tackle T.J. Barnes will wear the number in Monday night's game against Virginia Tech.

"We’re trying to do something for Julian," Barnes said at the team’s media day Aug. 4. "He was a big part of the team the past couple of years."

Related: Q&A With Gobbler Country

Burnett suffered the injury during Georgia Tech's 30-27 loss to Utah in the 2011 Sun Bowl.

Monday's game begins at 8 p.m. ET.

For updates on the game, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more in-depth coverage on the upcoming game, visit Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat as well as Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country. For more news and notes from around NCAA football, head over to SB Nation's college football hub.

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