Ramblin' Wrecked: Hokies Survive Georgia Tech In Overtime, 20-17
An ugly win is still a win, right? No. 16 Virginia Tech allowed Georgia Tech to take the lead in the final minute of regulation before tying the game with a field goal as time expired and winning in OT.
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Despite allowing a touchdown and giving up the lead in the final minute of regulation, the No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies survived Monday's game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, winning in overtime, 20-17, after Cody Journell converted a game-tying field goal as the fourth quarter expired and a game-winning chip shot in the extra period.
The Hokies needed Journell's heroics after Georgia Tech went 72 yards on 13 plays on their final drive in the fourth quarter. The Yellow Jackets took a short-lived 17-14 lead when Deon Hill caught a 10-yard touchdown from Tevin Washington with just 44 seconds left on the clock.
Virginia Tech responded by moving the ball when it mattered most, driving 56 yards on six plays to set up Journell's successful game-tying attempt. The Yellow Jackets opened overtime with the ball, but Washington threw an interception to Kyle Fuller on third down. On the ensuing possession, Journell ended the game with an 18-yard chip shot.
Logan Thomas played well for Virginia Tech, throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-38 passing. For Georgia Tech, Washington threw for just 96 yards (10-of-15 passing, one touchdown, one interception) but ran 19 times for 63 yards on the ground.
Davis caught a slant pattern and broke a tackle before heading upfield in search of a touchdown. Instead, Davis was caught and brought down on a hard tackle during which he fumbled the ball, which Virginia Tech recovered.
The redshirt Senior was excellent in 2011, catching 30 passes for 510 yards and five touchdowns. He's also proven to be very durable over the past couple of years. Davis has played in every game over that time, becoming one of the most reliable players on Frank Beamer's team.
The severity of Davis' injury is uncertain. He left the field under his own power but was holding his shoulder and talking to the trainers on his way to the sideline.
Finch is the lynchpin of the offensive line. It was said on the telecast by ESPN on Monday night that Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson has stated Finch would be the hardest player to lose for his team.
The junior started 12 games in 2011, helping lead Georgia Tech to some of the best rushing numbers in the nation. Finch is a mauler and definitely provides some of the toughest blocks to execute in the Yellow Jackets' option system.
Paul Johnson has called timeouts on opponents leaving the field for halftime before. He had not yet done it to an opponent whose coach was in the middle of a halftime interview. That bucket list item can now be checked.
There's Frank Beamer, preparing to defend his punter's role in a foibled special teams play from earlier, when the Jackets called time so Virginia Tech could sit on the ball one more time. Beamer was then asked for his thoughts on the timeout that interrupted the interview, and everything got super meta in Blacksburg.
The 6'4, 226-pound Coles caught 36 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns in 2011 and provides a solid red-zone target for VT quarterback Logan Thomas. Coles missed all of spring practice after his PCL surgery.
Thomas finished the first half just 12-for-23 passing with 90 yards for a meager 3.9 yards per pass attempt. He did manage 40 yards on the ground. Thomas completed passes to six different receivers in the first half, but Coles did not pick up a reception.
Yes, Georgia Tech is wearing a honeycomb pattern on all of its gear tonight that sort of makes it look like its players have yet to be broken out of the boxes they were shipped in. You should go ahead and get used to it, because this is going to be the full-time look for the Jackets this year. The only non-honeycombed item will be the helmet:
Tech is bringing white helmets back to the Flats for the first time since 2006, but will keep the traditional gold helmet in the rotation for 2012.
In all, Tech will have three newly-designed jersey tops (white, gold and navy), two new pant styles (white and gold), and two different helmets (white and gold). Last year's jersey design also remains in the rotation for 2012.