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Hokies harass Yellow Jackets

POSTED: November 6, 2007 5:05 a.m.
ATLANTA — Virginia Tech bounced back just fine from its shocking collapse against Boston College.

One week after the No. 11 Hokies squandered a 10-point lead to BC in the final minutes, Sean Glennon threw two long touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Virginia Tech to a 27-3 win over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Glennon made his second straight start in place of freshman Tyrod Taylor, who was sidelined again by a sprained ankle.

The replacement starter, who lost the job to Taylor after the second game, made the most of it by throwing for 296 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Justin Harper and a 71-yarder to Josh Morgan.

The Hokies (7-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved into a first-place tie with rival Virginia in the Coastal Division. The teams meet in the final game of the regular season.

Georgia Tech (5-4, 2-4) saw its slim hopes of making a second straight trip to the ACC championship game go down the drain. The Yellow Jackets were simply horrible after jumping ahead 3-0 on their second possession.

Rubbing more salt in Georgia Tech’s wounds: Glennon wore a replacement jersey provided by the Yellow Jackets when his own jersey couldn’t be found.

His name was written in magic marker on the back, and the home team’s nickname was blacked out across the front of the white shirt, which was trimmed in black and gold instead of maroon and orange.

Maybe Taylor Bennett should have worn a Virginia Tech jersey. The Georgia Tech quarterback threw four interceptions, and even a 35-yard completion to James Johnson went awry when the Georgia Tech receiver was stripped of the ball and the Hokies recovered.

Freshman Josh Nesbitt also got a shot at quarterback, but he overthrew a wide-open Johnson on what would have been a certain touchdown. For good measure, Nesbitt threw the Yellow Jackets’ fifth interception late in the game.

By then, most Georgia Tech fans were already heading for home. Those who remained booed embattled coach Chan Gailey when he was shown on the video board making a public-service announcement during the fourth quarter.

Virginia Tech was primed for a letdown after squandering what appeared to be a sure victory against unbeaten Boston College.

The Hokies dominated on defense nearly the entire game, but Matt Ryan led an improbable comeback with two touchdowns in the final 2:11 for a 14-10 victory that ruined Virginia Tech’s chances of getting into the national championship race.

But coach Frank Beamer kept reminding his team that they were still positioned for a run at the ACC title, which they clearly took to heart.



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