Virginia Tech had a pretty simple game plan today: run the football. Tyrod Taylor was the starter, but the coaching staff left everyone guessing, as they didn't even announce in the pregame lineups who the quarterback would be.
Taylor played the entire game, throwing the ball only 14 times, completing nine of the passes for 48 yards. That's 3.4 yards per completion for Taylor, who averaged more yards on the ground than he did through the air.
Darren Evans led the rushing attack with 94 yards on 19 carries, and Taylor ran 15 times for 74 yards. Both had rushing touchdowns and helped the Hokies rush for 199 yards overall on the day.
The defense was able to limit the damage of the Georgia Tech offense, as the Yellow Jackets rushed for 278 yards. Josh Nesbitt ran the ball 28 times for 151 yards with one touchdown, and also threw the ball eight times for 109 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The moment that changed the game was late in the first half when Jonathan Dwyer fumbled the ball on the Georgia Tech 43-yard line, and the Hokies recovered. At this point it was 9-7 Georgia Tech, and Taylor led the Hokies on a touchdown scoring drive to close out the first half.
The fourth quarter started off with Dustin Keys kicking a 25-yard field goal to put Virginia Tech up by eight. Nesbitt and Georgia Tech answered on their next drive, and then converting on a two-point conversion to tie the game at 17 with about 10 minutes left.
The Hokies would then go onto kick a field goal with 4:37 left in the fourth to go up by three. The defense was able to hold off the Georgia Tech offense for the rest of the game, but it wasn't easy.
On third and long for Georgia Tech, as time was winding down, Nesbitt threw a bomb to one of his receivers that was wide open, but missed him by a couple of yards. This had me thinking about the Boston College game last year, as this happened with roughly two minutes left.
This was a big win for the Hokies, and hopefully they will build on this for next week when they take on North Carolina. This game should be a good one, and will have huge implications in the Coastal Conference of the ACC.