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Georgia Tech upsets #17 Virginia Tech, 28-22

12 November 2017, 11:29 | Winifred Adams

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John Amis

Every team, no matter what sport, has that one opponent that always seems to give it trouble.

On third-and-14, Josh Jackson threw a pass into heavy coverage. The lead didn't last long as the Yellow Jackets controlled the majority of the half. Nathan Cottrell had a 69-yard run, setting up Georgia Tech's first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Marshall.

It took Virginia Tech almost three quarters to show some life offensively, but the game got interesting late.

The win was Georgia Tech's first victory over a ranked team this year.

Virginia Tech immediately answered with its first touchdown.

Marshall also had a pair of short touchdown runs. Freshman receiver Sean Savoy capped off the drive as he took the jet sweep and meandered his way to the end zone.

In a game with several huge momentum swings, Virginia Tech rallied from a 21-9 deficit in the second half. Johnson said. "We'll live with that".

"It just felt great. We just about dropped the snap, but he caught it and got enough". Virginia Tech is 0-2 against teams now ranked in top-10 this year but 7-0 against all other competition.

Georgia Tech appeared to be driving for a clinching touchdown late in the third quarter. Marshall rushed 22 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets held a 21-9 lead and all the momentum.

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NOTES: Georgia Tech got two defensive starters back from injury. Georgia Tech has allowed seven kickoff returns or 38 yards or longer. It didn't seem like the Hokies were prepared for that early on, though. We didn't come through, but that was the deal. Georgia Tech was able to control it despite completing just one pass - a 60-yard touchdown - through three quarters. Marshall completed 2 of 8 for 140 yards and was intercepted once. The Hokies would suffer a 28-22 loss at the hands of the Yellow Jackets, Nov. 11, 2017.

Trailing 7-3 in the second quarter, the Virginia Tech made a decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the 8, instead of taking a chip-shot field.

Another failed two-point conversation left the score there with 7:27 remaining. Seven plays later Marshall dove off left guard for a 1-yard touchdown.

"Proud of our guys", coach Paul Johnson said. "More than that and it's going to come back and bite you".

The opportunities came in the run game too. A pass for Kumah fell incomplete, bringing up fourth down. Both were incomplete, including a deep pass down the middle for Cam Phillips that Kerr knocked away.

The aggressive play call was the product of Fuente feeling like he had the matchup he wanted.

"We got the best matchup we could possibly get", Fuente said. "Everything we did was a struggle offensively and we had a couple opportunities there to go freaking win the game and we took those". Making first downs and driving the football were hard. He dialed up a long pass down the seam to wide receiver Ricky Jeune.

Jackson finished 14-26 with 153 yards through the air.

Last season, Georgia Tech picked up a 30-20 win over Virginia Tech.

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