Virginia Tech 17, Georgia Tech 10
Virginia Tech could have done more than their modest seven-point "escape," but the Yellow Jackets were ready to play in front of their home crowd Thursday night. One guy even came equipped with a "Breaking Vad" sign in honor of Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee.
Crowd aside, the Hokies were too much to handle from the start, as quarterback Logan Thomas came out red-hot. He finished 19-of-25 for 221 yards and one touchdown, as well as 58 rushing yards and one touchdown on 16 attempts.
VT scored the game's first 14 points and entered halftime with a 14-3 lead. Both teams were relatively sloppy from the start; though, with Georgia Tech heavily limited by nine penalties for 66 yards, while Virginia Tech had 10 at a cost of 69 yards. Between that even struggle and the benefit of holding the ball for nearly three minutes longer, Georgia Tech was close in total yardage (276-273, in favor of Virginia Tech) and held a 16-14 advantage in first downs.
But between the hot VT start and general ineptitude in moving the ball downfield -- GT was 5-of-14 on third downs -- the Yellow Jackets were never really a viable threat to pull off the home upset.
Virginia Tech was largely held back in their own rights by a poor rushing effort, as the Hokies had 55 yards in the ground -- or Thomas' 58 yards subtracted by the rest of the team's -3 total rushing yards. Georgia Tech's offense wasn't any better, managing a 7-of-24 passing effort by Lee for 144 yards and two interceptions. On the ground, it took five Yellow Jackets 42 carries to reach 129 rushing yards (3.1 per carry).
Iowa State 38, Tulsa 21
The competing weather system names provided the opportunity for a real fun Thursday night game, but alas, the Cyclones and Golden Hurricanes didn't really live up to the hype.
Tulsa initially opened a 14-7 lead, but Iowa State was able to tie the game before halftime with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Sam B. Richardson to Jarvis West. That caped an eight-play, 66-yard drive in the span of just 1:11.
From there, Iowa State managed 17 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Richardson tossed another touchdown pass to open the third quarter, and then a 13-play, 68-yard Cyclone drive nine minutes later resulted in another score on a one-yard run by running back Jeff Woody.
Richardson had his finest night of the season for Iowa State, setting season-highs in completions (26), attempts (41) and yards (255). Running back Aaron Wimberly also added 19 carries for 137 rushing yards (7.2 per carry).
In the fourth, a 40-yard Iowa State field goal by Cole Netten and a 1-yard Woody run bookended a 21-yard Tulsa touchdown pass from Roberson to Cody Green.