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Georgia Tech (2-0) vs. Virginia Tech (1-1)

Football Preview

by Stephen Cappetta, Staff Writer

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The Take on Tech:

The Jackets have had very limited success against Virginia Tech (VT) since the Hokies joined the ACC. In VT’s first year in the conference, Georgia Tech held a lead going into the fourth quarter before Brian Randall regrouped and started a comeback that was capped by an interception return for a touchdown to seal the Jackets’ loss.

The following year, VT started early. They scored on their opening drive and blocked a field goal attempt for a touchdown on the Jackets’ first possession. The Jackets won the next contest, but lost last year’s game when quarterback Sean Glennon threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns.

However, the Jackets’ new coaching staff makes it more difficult for the Hokies to bring pressure on Tech as they have in the past. A faster offense matches up well against the speedy linebackers and quick defensive ends of Virginia Tech.

With the Jackets’ successful defense, which has picked up seven sacks already this season, it would not be surprising to see Tech put a significant amount of pressure on the Hokies’ quarterback.

B-back Jonathan Dwyer ran for 68 yards last year on just 10 carries and looks to get more this year. Quarterback Josh Nesbitt ran four times for 32 yards against VT.

The View of VT:

Virginia Tech, a pre-season ACC favorite, suffered from a 27-22 defeat by East Carolina in their opening game. The winning points were scored when East Carolina blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. The Hokies rebounded in their second game, defeating Furman 27-3. Tyrod Taylor rushed for 112 yards in 14 carries. They fared well in defense last week, holding the Paladins to only 31 total yards in the first half.

Last season, Sean Glennon, along with other Hokies, was forced to wear an old Georgia Tech jersey when four Virginia Tech jerseys were misplaced. However, this season the Hokies will not have that distraction, and despite having played two games they could have fared better in, Head Coach Frank Beamer will have the team ready to play this Saturday. Even with one loss, Paul Johnson won’t underestimate the talent of this team, which had a pre-season ranking of 17 and defeated the Jackets last year by 24 points.

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