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Georgia Tech 28, Virginia Tech 27

By JIMMY ROBERTSON

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Zach Pyron threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score in his first career start to lift Georgia Tech to a 28-27 victory over Virginia Tech.

Pyron's 9-yard touchdown run with 3:30 remaining was the game winner, as the Yellow Jackets (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a 27-16 deficit to snap a two-game losing streak.

Virginia Tech (2-7, 1-5), which has lost six straight games, turned the ball over three times in the fourth quarter, two of which led to Georgia Tech touchdowns.

The Hokies wasted a chance to put the game away early in the fourth. They led by 11 and were inside the Georgia Tech 10, but Keshawn King fumbled, and Georgia Tech recovered. That led to a 56-yard touchdown pass from Pyron to Nate McCollum with 9:02 remaining that pulled the Yellow Jackets to 27-23 after they failed on the two-point conversion.

Pyron accounted for 319 yards in place of injured starter Jeff Sims, who missed his second consecutive game with a sprained foot. Pyron completed 19 of 32 for 253 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and he rushed for 66 yards.

Grant Wells threw for 164 yards and rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown for Virginia Tech.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets, who continue to be competitive under interim coach Brent Key, may have a quarterback controversy on their hands. Pyron, a freshman, was playing in just his second game this season, and he played well in the Yellow Jackets' loss to Florida State in their previous game, throwing for 198 yards and a score. Key will have an interesting decision in advance of Saturday's game against Miami.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies scored in all three phases of the game, but four turnovers doomed them in their second consecutive one-point loss. Virginia Tech is on its way to its worst season since going 2-8-1 in 1992.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter GaTechVaTech
GaTech TD 8:13 Dontae Smith 29 yd run (Gavin Stewart kick) 7 0
GaTech FG 1:22 Gavin Stewart 19 yd FG 10 0
Second Quarter GaTechVaTech
VaTech TD 10:15 Grant Wells 3 yd run (William Ross kick) 10 7
VaTech TD 3:51 Keshawn King 1 yd run (missed kick) 10 13
VaTech TD 0:50 Tucker Holloway 90 yd punt return (William Ross kick) 10 20
GaTech FG 0:00 Gavin Stewart 27 yd FG 13 20
Third Quarter GaTechVaTech
GaTech FG 7:56 Gavin Stewart 22 yd FG 16 20
VaTech TD 4:03 Keli Lawson 7 yd interception return (William Ross kick) 16 27
Fourth Quarter GaTechVaTech
GaTech TD 9:02 Nate McCollum 56 yd pass from Zach Pyron (failed 2pt pass) 22 27
GaTech TD 3:30 Zach Pyron 9 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 28 27
Team Stats
  Georgia Tech Virginia Tech
First downs 22 20
  Rushing 12 10
  Passing 7 8
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-16, 31% 4-12, 33%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 45-210 39-138
Passing Yards 253 166
Return Yards 3 254
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-32-1 15-27-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--25 5--34
Punts 7 6
Punts-Average 48.1 44.8
Fumbles Lost 0-0 4-3
Penalties - Yards 3-25 7-55
Time of Possession 33:12 26:48
Georgia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Pyron 19 32 253 1 1
Virginia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Wells 14 25 164 0 1
J. Brown 1 1 2 0 0
C. Black 0 1 0 0 0
Georgia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Smith 9 85 9.4 1
Z. Pyron 17 66 3.9 1
H. Hall 10 41 4.1 0
J. Felix 7 20 2.9 0
Virginia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. King 13 79 6.1 1
G. Wells 19 32 1.7 1
J. Holston 4 21 5.3 0
C. Black 2 13 6.5 0
Georgia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. McCollum 7 103 14.7 1
M. Carter 4 61 15.3 0
E. Jenkins 1 43 43.0 0
D. Smith 3 22 7.3 0
L. Benson 2 18 9.0 0
P. Harris 2 6 3.0 0
Virginia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Smith 4 78 19.5 0
N. Gallo 4 34 8.5 0
J. Blue 1 17 17.0 0
C. Blumrick 1 14 14.0 0
K. King 2 11 5.5 0
S. Gosnell 1 10 10.0 0
B. Duke 2 2 1.0 0
Georgia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Powell-Lee 1 1
Virginia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Lawson 1 7
Georgia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Shanahan 7 337 48.1
Virginia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Moore 6 269 44.8
Georgia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. McCollum 1 2 2.0
Virginia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Holloway 7 188 26.9
Georgia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Beck 3 59 19.7
Georgia Tech Missed FG
Player Length
Virginia Tech Missed FG
Player Length
W. Ross 40




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