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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.
With 2:34 left on the clock, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have tied it up with the Virginia Tech Hokies. Joshua Nesbitt left at halftime and is rumored to have a broken arm — his fill-in, sophomore Tevin Washington, wasn’t able to get the Wreckbone going until this drive, a nine-play, 80-yarder.
Orwin Smith took a pitch nine yards to close out the drive. Good Tech has outgained Bad Tech 352 to 336 and HOLD THE PHONE The Hokies immediately fired back with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by David Wilson. So now Washington has 2:23 to put it in the end zone again. Sigh.
Our only hope: the Hokies D is still winded after giving up a long scoring drive. A couple big plays would put Good Tech in great position, but this Blacksburg crowd has returned to full force after giving a meh effort since the first quarter. The Jackets have all three time outs.
This one’s for Nesbitt. Come on, boys.
Georgia Tech’s defense has played its best game so far this season, but with Virgina Tech dominating time of possession, it looks like the Jacket defense is finally wearing down.
Virginia Tech stopped the Georgia Tech offense on a three and out, and started their drive at the 38 yard line. Darren Evans took over for Ryan Williams, and pounded the ball down the defenders' throat to the red zone. Evans had 7 carries on the drive, and had all but 14 yards of the scoring drive.
A short Tyrod Taylor pass over the middle gave the Hokies their first lead of the night.
It’s time for a young Georgia Tech offense to step up. The leader, Joshua Nesbitt, is out for the game with an arm injury. The defense has fought hard, but is tired. Who is going to step up and lead the team for a tying score? There is plenty of time, but someone is going to have to put Georgia Tech on his back.
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.
David Wilson’s 15 yard run capped a short drive by the Hokies to tie the game early in the fourth quarter.
Virginia Tech’s defense forced a fourth down at midfield, and the Jacket offense was not able to convert, giving Tyrod Taylor a short field to work with.
The Yellow Jacket defense forced a fourth down, but Taylor completed a pass to Jarrett Boykin to keep the drive alive.
A 15 yard pass interference penalty was called on the Georgia Tech secondary, and on the next play Wilson took the ball around the edge for the score.
Who is going to be in the game at quarterback for the Jackets when the offense comes back onto the field: Tevin Washington or David Sims? Washington has not made the big mistake and turned the ball over, but the Jackets have not had the explosive plays with him in at quarterback that they need to get.
With QB Joshua Nesbitt on the bench since a few minutes before halftime, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets offense has struggled to sustain a drive. Then again, so has the Virginia Tech Hokies’. Tech’s defense is playing the game of its season so far, forcing the Hokies to work for yardage.
They aren’t getting much pressure on Hokies QB Tyrod Taylor, which actually appears to be by design, presumably to take away Taylor's running lanes. Al Groh hasn’t been as aggressive with his blitzing as he’s been in the past, leaving Taylor bobbing around in the pocket without an open receiver. It’s bizarre, but it’s sort of working at times.
Tevin Washington has kept the ball four times for three yards in relief of Nesbitt. He threw a decent deep pass to Stephen Hill, which a Hokies defensive back made a nice play on at the last moment, tipping it away.
Murmuring about David Sims getting to run the next drive: it has occurred throughout Tech’s fanbase.
Tonight’s game might be the best the spread triple option has looked all year. The Jackets had a 14-0 lead and had a halftime lead in one of the most hostile road environments in the country.
The lead should be much bigger. Tech has shot itself in the foot.
On a drive early in the game, Georgia Tech lined up to try and convert a fourth and inches deep in its own territory. Offensive lineman Austin Barrick flinched, and forced the Jackets into a punting situation. Those six inches are picked up just about every time, and so that penalty is essentially a turnover.
On a later drive, Tech committed another false start on second down, putting more distance between the ball and a first down.
In the second quarter, with the ball on the six yard line, Joshua Nesbitt rolled to his left and threw an interception. If he had lofted it over Anthony Allen’s back shoulder, or even had chosen to run it, it is a touchdown. Instead, it is an interception and Nesbitt is knocked out of the game trying to make the tackle.
Finally, kicker Scott Blair kicked the ball out of bounds to start the second half, a mistake that will drive Paul Johnson crazy.
Every Georgia Tech fan is ecstatic to have a lead in Lane Stadium in this game. But the Jackets need to cut down on the mistakes if they want to hold onto the lead and come away with a victory.
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.
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.
A pair of big first-quarter touchdown drives, plus a confounding mistake by Virginia Tech Hokies QB Tyrod Taylor, has the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets up 14-7 at halftime. Jackets QB Joshua Nesbitt dove for a one-yard score to cap Yay Tech’s opening drive,, then broke a 71-yarder up the middle, setting the ACC’s career quarterback rushing record along the way.
Boo Tech responded with a 10-play, 73-yard touchdown drive culminating in a four-yard Ryan Williams score. The Hokies had a chance at a second TD shortly after, but Taylor threw a pick to Rod Sweeting after bouncing around a Jacket-free pocket for what had to be at least eight or nine seconds. Tech responded by punting, recovering the fumbled punt, then throwing a pick of its own.
Nesbitt came up hurt after making the tackle on said pick. With Nesbitt heading into the locker early due to what appeared to be an arm injury, Tevin Washington has taken over the Wreckbone. While many Tech fans hope David Sims runs the offense next year, Washington is the clear backup for now.
Taylor is 10-of-14 for 114 yards, while Nesbitt has yet to complete a pass. Both Nesbitt and Anthony Allen are over 80 yards rushing, as Yay Tech has run for over 200 yards already. The Hokies have 96 yards rushing of their own, and seem to have not witnessed any game film of the 2010 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, which can be boiled down as follows: to win, run the ball until the game has ended. Al Groh’s D has looked better than it has all year, but still.
Virginia Poly gets the ball to start the second half.
Joshua Nesbitt headed to the locker room after being shaken up making a tackle. The senior quarterback threw an interception in the end zone, and came down awkwardly trying to bring down the ball carrier.
Nesbitt tried to reach back and make the tackle, stretching his arm out. He looked like he was holding his right forearm, but we will continue to update as information is released.
If Nesbitt is not able to play again, backup quarterback Tevin Washington will take the spotlight and try to run the triple option. Joshua is a warrior though, and in the biggest game of the season, I’d imagine he will make every effort to come back out and play through any pain he may have.
According to Coley Harvey's Twitter feed, Nesbitt is undergoing x-rays on his arm in the locker room.
After scoring to get on the board, the Virginia Tech defense got the triple option off the field on a three and out. Paul Johnson’s group lined up to go for it on fourth-and-1, but a false start forced a punting situation.
Virginia Tech got the ball back and drove down the field quickly and efficiently again. A key play on the drive was a first down conversion to Andre Smith. The Jacket defense forced a third down, flushed Tyrod Taylor out of the pocket, but the senior quarterback connected with a leaping Andre Smith for the first down.
Tyrod Taylor set the Virginia Tech record for most career yards during the drive.
Taylor made his first mistake of the game, throwing an interception in the end zone to Rod Sweeting. The Tech defense did not get any pressure, and Taylor had seemingly forever but could not find an open receiver.
Virginia Tech's defense came up with another stop, but then the punt was fumbled on the catch, giving the ball back to the Jackets with great field position.
Well, Virginia Tech responded well. The offense was diverse, and the Georgia Tech defense was gashed.
The Hokies started at the 23 yard line. Tyrod Taylor completed two passes early, one for 23 yards to Jarrett Boykin and the other 9 yards to Ryan Williams. The Jackets dropped back to cover the pass more, and the rushing offense took over.
Taylor had two carries for 15 yards, and Ryan Williams carried four times for 21 yards and the touchdown conversion.
Georgia Tech missed a huge opportunity to take the crowd completely out of the game. The Hokies were down big and quickly, and if the Tech defense had been able to make a stop, a lot of the life would have left Lane Stadium.
One thing to watch going forward is what adjustments Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster will make to attempt to stop the spread triple option offense.
Joshua Nesbitt has moved himself permanently into the record books. His 71 yard touchdown run was enough to pass Woody Dantzler, placing the Georgia Tech quarterback at number one for most rushing yards for a quarterback all-time in the ACC.
The Jackets got the ball after stopping the Virginia Tech offense, and scored on 3 plays in 1:33 to make the score 14-0.
In two drives, the Virginia Tech defense has not come close to stopping the triple option. The Jacket runners are getting to the secondary untouched, and have plenty of room to make a move.
The Jacket defense didn’t look terrible either, playing with a bend but don’t break mentality. Tyrod Taylor threw for 41 yards to three different receivers. The Georgia Tech 3-4 defense was unable to get pressure, and Taylor sat back and found the open holes. The first pressure of the drive came on the final play, on a third and four on the 38 yard line. Taylor was flushed from the pocket, and was not able to convert the first down.
Let’s see how Virginia Tech responds from the shocking early deficit.
In what might have been Georgia Tech's best drive of the season, the Jackets took the ball at the 42 yard line and drove for a touchdown in 9 plays. The option worked to perfection, with Anthony Allen carrying most of the load getting five carries.
The possession started off on a positive note on a 42 yard kickoff return by Embry Peeples, Tech's longest of the season. Another key play was a 27 yard carry by A-Back Orwin Smith on a pitch to the right side.
Joshua Nesbitt got the score on a QB sneak, his ninth rushing touchdown of the season.
The Yellow Jacket defense is on the field next, and it's time to see if Georgia Tech will be able to slow Tyrod Taylor.
Georgia Tech will come out tonight against Virginia Tech wearing Mississippi State decals on their helmets in support of the Bulldog community.
Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell, 20 years old, died this past week in Alabama from cancer. A native of Alabama, he started against the Georgia Bulldogs earlier this season, and played against Georgia Tech last year.
Some more information from Coley Harvey:
As of 1:30 p.m. EST, it is raining in Blacksburg, Va. and has been for much of the morning. If weather.com is correct, it will continue off and on until the 5 o'clock hour, and pretty much be done by gametime. With the front having gone through, the temperature will also drop to around 45 degrees at kickoff.
How does this affect the game? Two things immediately come to mind, the first being that the wet day and cold weather will help to quiet down the crowd. The other is that Georgia Tech's offense has played well in rain and bad weather before, with two games in particular: 2008 Georgia and 2009 Virginia.
A wet field could help slow down Virginia Tech's high powered offense, which has scored over 40 points in 4 straight games. Tech's defense which has struggled at times this season could use any advantage it can get.
The only worry is that Tech's triple option, which is based on timing and precision, is thrown off by the conditions and the Jackets put the ball on the ground more than normal.
On Oct 17, 2009 the No. 4 Virginia Tech Hokies rolled into Atlanta on a five-game win streak, including a comebacker against the No. 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers and a rainy beatdown of the No. 9 Miami Hurricanes, after playing the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide closer than anybody but the Tennessee Volunteers or Auburn Tigers would all year. The Hokies had even led the Tide going into the fourth quarter in the Georgia Dome.
Meanwhile the No. 19 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had just won in Tallahassee for the first time ever, and had another milestone on their minds: beating a top-five team in Bobby Dodd Stadium for the first time since 1962.
The Jackets played one of their two or three best all-around games of the Paul Johnson era*, winning 28-23, though it was 28-16 until garbage time. The Wreckbone banged out 309 yards on the Hokies’ stout defense, almost all of it in the first half.
Other than giving up a 66-yard run to terrifying Hokies RB Ryan Williams, Tech kept the lid on Virginia Poly’s sometimes-thunderous, sometimes-ploddy, always definitively ACC offense. DE Derrick Morgan’s growing familiarity with QB Tyrod Taylor certainly helped, as did safety Morgan Burnett making the play of his college career, making a diving pick in the end zone.
You’ll notice the defensive players most worth mentioning are no longer around. That’s bad. But this is about last year. Hey, last year!
“What we did tonight was stay alive and put everyone else back in [ACC title contention],” said Johnson. If a weaker Jackets squad can top last year by pulling off a road upset, Johnson will get to — well, actually, Virginia Tech has to lose twice for anybody else to have a shot. This paragraph would’ve been way cuter if that weren’t true, guys.
Yes, I’ve watched this video at least ten times in the past year:
From The Rumble Seat has completely lost its mind in advance of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets game tonight against their conference nemesis, the Virginia Tech Hokies. Do the Jackets have a chance at giving VPI its first ACC loss? I can’t find anybody on the ’trodes who thinks so.
NBC Sports thinks Virginia Tech wins 34-27, which means they don’t cover the spread, all right! Five out of five CBS panelists pick the Hokies, and Rivals doesn’t even bother picking the thing, because there are games in dispute to discuss. What If Sports gives the Jackets a 33.7 percent chance of victory, which sounds astronomical, and likes the Hokies to win by only five.
As for your correspondent, 47-17 Hokies has been the final rattling around my head for at least a week now. Haven’t done the calculations on how exactly a football team reaches a silly number like 47, but Georgia Tech’s defense is certainly capable of finding out.
So, which team has put together a better body of work this year: the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets or Virginia Tech Hokies? Or, is a road loss to the worst FBS team really that much better than a home loss to a decent FCS team?
The Hokies are riding a six-game win streak, during which they’ve dominated each opponent by two or more scores. Caveat: the only win over a non-awful or -Conference USA team was a comeback against the N.C. State Wolfpack. Other than that, are you dazzled by the East Carolina Pirates, Boston College Eagles, Central Michigan Chippewas, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, or Duke Blue Devils? Is that lineup really that much better than the teams, say, Boise St. has been frolicking upon?
Oh, and Virginia Tech lost to James Madison.
On the other side of the ball, the Jackets have only looked convincing against the Virginia Cavaliers, South Carolina St. Bulldogs, and Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders, though the big secret is both SCSU and MTSU would have kept it pretty darn competitive if they’d had replacement level quarterback play. The Gold and White’s road win against the North Carolina Tar Heels was a nice-looking W, until you remember the Heels were playing their B team at the time. Tech needed
a miracle multiple pass receptions in a row a miracle to beat Wake, and got rocked by N.C. State and the Clemson Tigers.
Oh, and Georgia Tech lost to Kansas.
It’s hard to give a resume edge to a 6-2 team that lost to James Madison over a 5-3 team that didn’t. But the Hokies have been pounding underqualified teams since slipping up against one -- not merely sneaking past them.
It is impossible to flip through Virginia Tech's and Georgia Tech's record books without noticing two names stand out quite regularly: Tyrod Taylor and Joshua Nesbitt. The two quarterbacks that will star in Thursday's game have solidly entrenched themselves in many different categories, and should put on a show tomorrow night.
Tyrod Taylor, Senior, QB, 6'1", 210, Hampton, Va.
Tyrod's career is simple to explain: he has the most wins for any starting quarterback in school history. That stat speaks more for his performance over four years than any other in the record book, but he has other ones to help do the talking too.
In 36 career games started, the Hokies are 29-7. In addition to being the most wins for any quarterback in school history, the .806 winning percentage is the highest of any QB under Frank Beamer. Second place isn't even close, either, standing at .684.
Taylor is one of only two active quarterbacks in the 5,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing club (the other is Nevada's Colin Kapernick).
The senior quarterback holds some high spots in Virginia Tech's record books as well: rushing yards by a QB: 2064 (1st), rushing touchdowns by a QB: 21 (t-1st), 100-yard rushing games by a QB: 6 (t-1st) and total offense: 7940 (2nd).
He is putting up his best numbers in his senior season. His completion percentage (63.9%) is 6 points higher than the previous best, and he has already thrown for more touchdowns (15) than in any other total year. On the ground, he has put up 527 yards with 85 carries, good for 6.2 yards per carry, another career best.
Joshua Nesbitt, Senior, QB, 6'1", 217, Greensboro, Ga.
Joshua Nesbitt has been doing a bit of record book rewriting of his own, and not even in just Georgia Tech's. He currently sits second for most career rushing yards by a quarterback in the conference, and will take over first place if he can get to 42 yards against the Hokies. He already has the most career rushing touchdowns by a QB in ACC history with 33.
Georgia Tech records with Nesbitt at the top include career rushing yards by a QB (1st) , career rushing touchdowns by a QB(1st), career rushing touchdowns overall (3rd), career touchdowns scored (4th), career touchdowns responsible for (4th), career total offense (5th), career pass efficiency (7th), career rushing (7th), and career passing yards (8th).
If Nesbitt can get 280 more rushing yards this season, he will join a fairly elite group as well, and become the eighth player in NCAA history to pass for and rush for 3,000 yards.
Those are two very impressive resumes by the quarterbacks facing off tomorrow night.
20 years ago today, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets traveled to the state of Virginia, faced the number one ranked team in the nation, and this happened:
Completely irrelevant from tomorrow's game, I know. But it is still a memory that Jacket fans have from the state of Virginia, and is one of the most important games in Tech history.
Hopefully tomorrow is memorable as well.
Both teams are coming off of a bye week, so banged up players have had a chance to heal and the two rivals should be as close to healthy as possible midseason.
Georgia Tech, from the team's game notes:
Marcus Wright, Jr., AB - Questionable
Virginia Tech, from Kyle Tucker of the Virginian-Pilot:
The Hokies released their official injury report today and, while several key players are banged up, all are available for Thursday’s game. FS Antone Exum (knee), CB Cris Hill (ankle), TE Eric Martin (knee), SS Davon Morgan (foot) and LB Bruce Taylor (ankle) are listed as probable to play.
If the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have any lingering fantasies of contending in the ACC this season, they're going to have to upset the No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg a year after upsetting them in Atlanta. Which looks like a longshot. Since their still-inconceivable loss to James Madison, the Hokies have peeled off six straight wins of two or more scores and are one of only four BCS conference teams with no conference losses.
The Techie Convention has quickly become the Jackets' second most heated rivalry, since who could ever really get all that worked up at the Clemson Tigers when their fans are so chill and courtly? The winner of this matchup has won the ACC Coastal every year since the Coastal was formed, which is a nice way of saying the Gold and White has gone 2-4 against Virginia Poly since ACC realignment.
A year after spending part of their offseason huddling with Georgia Bulldogs coaches in a brainstorming effort aimed at stopping Paul Johnson's flexbone offense, the Hokies left the Southeast to meet with the Iowa Hawkeyes staff that held Tech to its worst outing in Johnson's tenure. Iowa's first tip -- sign Adrian Clayborn -- didn't change things all that much, but their other insights aren't likely to help the Jackets chances any.
To remain alive in conference play, the Jackets need to run the table from here on out. The Techmo Bowl (© From The Rumble Seat) will be their toughest test all season, and they've shown no signs of being able to consistently pass even the simplest of tests.
Johnson likes to remind his players that good teams don't lose two games in a row. This Jackets team hasn't convinced anyone it's a good team, and this is likely its last chance.
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