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The blueprint is out on how to beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Virginia Cavaliers put their game in the hands of running backs Perry Jones and Kevin Parks, rushing for 277 yards (five more than Tech) on their way to a 24-21 defeat of the previously unbeaten Jackets.
Tech had a chance with about five minutes left to get the ball back and take one more crack at the end zone. They had a chance each minute or two after that as well, but couldn't do anything to stop UVa's running game. With just under three minutes to go, the Jackets were in an all-out goal line defense and still gave up a first down to Parks.
Coming into this game, Virginia ranked No. 42 in the country in rushing offense.
The Jackets still have a chance at another ACC title game run, but their chances just got a whole lot tougher. With the Miami Hurricanes up next and Virginia Tech and Clemson on the way, the White and Gold can't afford another game like this.
The Virginia Cavaliers lead the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 24-21, early in the fourth quarter after a 19-yard, 10-minute touchdown drive led to a Tevin Washington touchdown in the third. Three fourth-down conversions on that drive. The Jackets looked set to take the lead after a long Orwin Smith catch-and-run on their next drive, but a penalty nixed the big gain.
A block in the back call against Stephen Hill brought back an 85-yard touchdown run by Washington on that 19-play epic. This is getting to be a problem, I'd say.
Virginia's offense is still having little trouble on the ground. Perry Jones' 114 yards lead the way. With about 10 minutes to go, the Jackets had to punt the ball back to the Cavs.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are being beaten at their own game by the Virginia Cavaliers. At the half, the score is 24-14, with UVA outgaining the Jackets on the ground by 18 yards and holding the ball for three minutes longer. And considering Tech has zero yards through the air, UVa could've added three but had a field goal blocked and half of the White and Gold's points came on a pick-six, it's fair to say Virginia has completely dominated the first half.
The Cavs yanked starting quarterback Michael Rocco for David Watkins after that interception, but Rocco retook the field once Virginia realized all it needed to do was just run the ball anyway. Perry Jones has 93 yards on the ground and a 14-yard reception.
This is the first time this season Tech has trailed at the half.
Those quick-strike Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets? They have quick-struck. With two touchdowns in 98 seconds, Tech has tied the Virginia Cavaliers back up after facing their biggest challenge of the year so far.
First, Tevin Washington ran in a seven-yarder to conclude an 11-play, 80-yard drive, and then Rod Sweeting picked off Michael Rocco and ran it back 32 yards. The Jackets have rushed for 143 yards, but are 0-for-3 through the air. That's more like it.
All the pressure is now on Virginia, whose quarterback has just reverted to the type of thing that's gotten him in trouble before. The Cavs subbed in David Watford at quarterback, but it's hard to say whether that change will stand for the rest of the game.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets haven't faced very many deficits so far this year. The Virginia Cavaliers put them in one with a six-yard Kevin Parks touchdown run, then doubled it up as Tim Smith pulled in a 37-yard touchdown pass from Michael Rocco. 14-0, Virginia, midway through the first quarter.
The big-play Jackets haven't been able to do a thing on offense so far, going three-and-out in their only possession. A penalty against Phil Smith and a sack of Tevin Washington ensured Tech wouldn't get anything going. For a team that's earned a near-top-10 ranking by scoring early and then riding out big leads, this early hole makes for a whole new ballgame.
Rocco is 5-of-6 for 65 yards already. Perry Jones has 33 yards rushing.
Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, the Yellow Jackets' best defensive player, is expected to miss Saturday's game against Virginia with a lower leg injury suffered two weeks ago in a win over North Carolina State. Attaochu leads the team in tackles for a loss (five). Linebacker Daniel Drummond is expected to return from a leg injury also suffered in the NC State game.
Here's a complete list of injured Yellow Jackets:
The Cavaliers, coming off of a bye, have no new injuries to report:
After Georgia Tech opened the week as eight-point favorites in their road divisional game against Virginia, the odds makers have slightly lowered the line to -7, meaning gamblers who like the Yellow Jackets won't be able to make money if Georgia Tech wins by only a touchdown.
Virginia has not looked particularly sharp this season, winning non-conference games against Idaho and Indiana by a combined four points en route to a 3-2 start.
The move likely reflects some concerns about 6-0 Georgia Tech, who had to hold on to a 21-16 victory against a 2-3 Maryland squad last weekend. The Cavaliers also have the benefit of coming off a bye week, and many believe that extra preparation is key to stopping Paul Johnson's triple-option attack.
The often unstoppable Yellow Pad Offense of Paul Johnson's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will visit a Virginia team coming off of a bye week. The Wahoos have been inconsistent in a 3-2 start, while Tech played arguably its weakest game of the season in a win over Maryland last week. This is Virginia's homecoming game, an anomaly Streaking The Lawn is confused by.
For his part, Johnson isn't taking another conference road game lightly in the wake of a sloppy game last week:
They're experienced. They've got a lot of seniors that have played a lot. They're big on the defensive line like most people we have played. It's not any different than most people you play in the league. Like I said, statistically they're one of the better teams in the league right now. They're in the top 25 in the country [defensively]. It'll be a challenge. We'll have to play a lot better than we played last Saturday.
Game date, time: Saturday, October 15, 3:30pm ET
Location: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 790 AM, Sirius 113 / XM 197, complete list here.
Georgia Tech running back Marcus Wright will be transferring schools at the end of the school year, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Wright started off the season injured and then was not finding any playing time for the No. 12 Yellow Jackets when he returned from injury. Wright played in 24 games in his Tech career and had 43 carries for 265 yards in his two year stint for Georgia Tech. Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson said that he'll help Wright find a new place to play next season. via atlantajournalconstitution.com
“It was a deal (where) he was going to redshirt and so there’s no use for him to be out there in a redshirt if he’s not going to play,” Johnson said. “He needs to finish school and we’ll try to help him find a place to go.”
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-0) take on the Virginia Cavaliers (3-2) at 3:30 ET on Saturday in Charlottesville, VA.
The Virginia Cavaliers suffered through a dismal 2010 campaign under new coach Mike London and look for continued growth in 2011. Virginia returns 15 starters to a team that went 1-7 in ACC play but must replace the departed Marc Verica who finished his career with over 4,900 yards passing.
The likely situation at quarterback is some kind of time share between Ross Metheny and Mike Rocco. Whomever ends up under center will be charged with getting the ball into wide receiver Kris Burd's hands as much as possible. Burd finished fifth in the ACC last season with 58 receptions and will be the undisputed No. 1 option for the Cavaliers offense this season. Junior running back Perry Jones returns after rushing for over 600 yards last season and looks to get help from redshirt freshman Kevin Parks.
The Cavaliers were a disaster on defense in 2010 as they made the switch to a 4-3 alignment. Virginia struggled mightily against the run, allowing over 203.7 yards per game last season. The Virginia secondary features the talented Chase Minnifield and loads of experience but it doesn't figure to matter much if the run defense doesn't improve substantially.