Jackets Fall Short Against No. 22 Hokies Without Joshua Nesbitt

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Georgia Tech Vs. Virginia Tech Final Score: 28-21 Hokies, End Zone INT Seals It

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets QB Tevin Washington, filling in for injured starter Joshua Nesbitt, drove the Jackets into Virginia Tech’s red zone with 14 seconds to go, but threw an interception in the end zone by Hokies DB Rashad Carmichael to end the ballgame.

Virginia Tech has now all but clinched the ACC Coastal Division, plus carved out a slice of revenge against the Jackets. Last year Georgia Tech upset the No. 4 Hokies in Atlanta, killing VT’s faint national title hopes.

This is the best game Georgia Tech played all year. Considering Washington has never run the offense in meaningful competition, the fired-up road environment, and the fact that OH RIGHT Virginia Tech is a better team, the Jackets came 23 points closer than your correspondent thought they would. Al Groh’s defense played its best game yet, giving up only 21 points, its second-lowest total of the year.

Tech falls to 5-4, needing a win over the Miami Hurricanes, Duke Blue Devils, or Georgia Bulldogs to keep its 13-year bowl streak alive. The Hokies improve to 7-2, 5-0 in ACC play.


Joshua Nesbitt Injury Rumor: Broken Arm, Out For Rest Of Season

Georgia Tech won’t confirm anything until after the game, but word on the street is QB Joshua Nesbitt broke his right forearm while diving to tackle a Virginia Tech Hokies defender late in the second quarter. Nesbitt left the field and soon went to the locker room early. Tevin Washington has been filling in, and the offense has stalled for the most part.

This would be a disappointing end to Nesbitt’s career, if true. Recruited as a dropback passer by Chan Gailey, Nesbitt gamely stuck around to learn Paul Johnson’s flexbone option offense even as every other quarterback on campus fled to saner pastures. Last year he led the team to its first outright ACC championship in 20 years and its first-ever BCS bowl appearance.

Earlier tonight Nesbitt set the ACC record for rushing yards by a quarterback and scored both of Tech’s touchdowns. The Greensboro native has been the starting QB for all three years of Johnson’s Georgia Tech tenure.

On the bright side, it’s not like this season was destined for greatness anyway. Backups Washington and David Sims will get to audition for next year’s starting job. Washington hasn’t looked his best tonight, though this isn’t quite the ideal on-the-job training environment. Many Tech fans feel Sims has the best chance to emerge as next year’s starter.


Georgia Tech Vs. Virginia Tech: Joshua Nesbitt's Forearm Injury Will Keep Him Out For Second Half

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets QB Joshua Nesbitt suffered what sort of appeared to be an arm injury while diving to tackle a Virginia Tech Hokies defender. Nesbitt lingered on the turf for a moment before heading to the locker room. Backup Tevin Washington has taken over. Nesbitt’s injury is being called a forearm.

Nesbitt is announced OUT for remainder of game.less than a minute ago via web

No pressure on the sophomore Washington, who’s only seen scraps of garbage time action in three games this year. He’s a little bit shiftier and quicker than the burly Nesbitt, though his timing and distribution in the flexbone option attack isn’t quite as polished. Whether his passing touch is significantly better remains to be seen.

In the last game Nesbitt missed part of, the Jackets lost major ground to the Georgia Bulldogs as backup Jaybo Shaw promptly threw an interception in relief. Roddy Jones just broke a 29-yard run off a Washington pitch on Tech’s first second-half drive, so. So far so good, I guess.

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