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Virginia Vs. Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson Happy To Avenge Last Year's Loss

After last night's 56-20 rout of Virginia, in which his team jumped out to 21-7 first quarter and 35-7 halftime leads and never looked back, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was as effusive in his praise as you'll ever see.

Quotes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"It was a heck of a game. I'm proud of our guys. I thought both offensively and defensively we played well, especially from the start ... We challenged our guys this week and they accepted the challenge. I had a long memory from last year [a 24-21 loss at Virginia] and I think they did, too."

On the revenge factor:

"When you lose, if you care, it ought to bother you. I heard a long time ago, ‘Revenge is a great motivator for those that care.' So they cared. We were embarrassed the way we played up there last year."

How the team's Week 1 loss to Virginia Tech affected the Jackets' preparation for their second ACC contest:

"I don't think there was any other way to respond. We were disappointed we lost that game. We had opportunities and we didn't get it gone. We didn't play very well. Probably didn't coach very well. We got ourselves in a hole and we have to dig out one week at a time."

Georgia Tech posted 461 rushing yards on 50 carries (9.2 ypc) and moved to 2-1 (1-1 ACC) with the win. The Jackets will be at home again next Saturday to take on the Miami (FL) Hurricanes.

For more on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, head over to From The Rumble Seat, and be sure to check out SBNation's college football hub.

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