A blazing start slowed down quickly for Virginia Tech, but combined with another stout defensive effort, it was enough to stave off Georgia Tech and give the Hokies their first ACC win of the season. Having seen replays and thought it over, here's publisher Jason Stamm's exam of Virginia Tech's win:
Though their health was in question entering the game, redshirt freshman
The biggest play the group had looked pretty easy. On Coles' touchdown, he could have walked in, the field was that open. And redshirt freshman
The running game never really got going past Thomas and that has to fall on the offensive line. Plus, Thomas was sacked twice for a whopping 18 yards lost, a huge contributor in the Hokies gaining just 55 total yards on the ground. Like Thomas and the wide receivers, the offensive line was humming in the first quarter to get Virginia Tech out to a 14-0 lead. But finding out a way to sustain that success for more than just a quarter is the trick here.
Another solid night that limited a big-time rushing attack to 129 yards. It's tough to think that Virginia Tech had just one sack, by redshirt freshman
We knew going into the game that against the option, the linebackers, seniors
For having only 50,214 in attendance, Bobby Dodd Stadium gets pretty loud. That might be the loudest P.A. system I've ever heard though, too. And among those in attendance, Virginia Tech occupied a good chunk of the southeast corner of the stadium, that did its part to get loud. It was enough to start a chant war with Georgia Tech fans late in the game with their "Let's Go!" "Hokies!" chant.