No. 17 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: 3 keys for the Hokies

Virginia Tech football: Hokies hope to make most of possessions vs. ball-control Jackets

Georgia Tech gets back to action on the road at Duke next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.in another ACC Coastal matchup. Marshall capped the drive off six plays later with a touchdown and the lead was 14-3. The Yellow Jackets stumbled and lost at the finish against Tennessee, Miami and Virginia.

Sure, the Hokies held the Yellow Jackets under their season average, but that doesn't excuse the fact that they essentially didn't have to worry about the pass and were still gashed on the ground.

The offensive struggles have been a problem in several games this season, but the Hokies have been unable to overcome them in consecutive weeks. Virginia Tech rushed for just 105 yards on 36 carries, allowed two sacks and had just 153 passing yards.

Without question, the three big plays really hurt the Hokies.

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall completed just two passes all game vs. Virginia Tech Saturday. Virginia Tech would go for two and fail to convert, leaving the score at 14-9 entering the half. My teammates making the extra pass, we were just flowing.

Kickoffs are a killer: Georgia Tech permitted a long kickoff return again, this one a 71-yarder by Virginia Tech's Travon McMillian. After a pass interference penalty, the Hokies scored on a 14-yard run by freshman Sean Savoy, who ranged far to the right, reversed his field and outran the Georgia Tech defenders to the end zone. After two negative yardage plays, Georgia Tech took to the air on third and 18.

Georgia Tech wide receiver Brad Stewart: The junior caught a 60-yard touchdown pass, the first of his career. Jackson said afterward that he was taken out of the game for Bush to run the ball three straight times.

Few people are talking about this particular play. We hold each other to a high standard and we knew today we had to make one more play than they did. "More than that and it's going to come back and bite you".

"We're trying to stay on a number, Fuente said". "We've got press coverage with our best guys". "Watch our - we've played nine games, 10 games - we're not going to run up and down the field on anybody".

"I said, "Tre", what are you going to do if we don't win the game?'" Johnson recalled. "Making first downs and driving the football were hard for us".

This was the first loss in the Fuente era when the Hokies had a lead in the fourth quarter. The Hokies will try to bounce back next week against Pittsburgh at Lane Stadium.

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