Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Virginia Tech notebook: Fuente has no regrets for unsuccessful gambles

Virginia Tech notebook: Fuente has no regrets for unsuccessful gambles

Virginia Tech's final possession ate up 5:18, but saw them get no closer than the Georgia Tech 32.

As for Virginia Tech, they posted a 22-10 record in pre-tournament play last season, but after a 12-1 start they had some trouble stringing wins together.

Some early game decisions to chase points put them in that bind. Marshall rushed 22 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns. "That's just the way we're built right now". "I don't think many of us are concerned", Kumah said.

Georgia Tech was a live dog in September and threw the first couple of weeks in October but the Yellow Jackets look like they're running out of gas to me. "He made, what, two completions but they were both for touchdowns and it ended up being 140 yards?" Instead he found Hokies cornerback Greg Stroman who returned it for a pick-six and a 22-21 lead. Virginia Tech had four players out with injuries: WR C.J. Carroll, CB Adonis Alexander, RB Steven Peoples and OT Yosuah Nijman.

Jackson needs to give a big thank you to Marshall, Jeune and Ajani Kerr for helping the Jackets win because it turned into quite a memorable proposal on The Flats.

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An intelligent defensive plan: Defensive coordinator Ted Roof got his team to blitz and lay some pretty good licks on Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson. The two-point conversion pass failed, leaving Georgia Tech with a 14-9 lead that remained until halftime.

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster talked about the two big passing plays that plagued the Hokies. "They sometimes sell out to play the run and when they sell out to play the run you're going to have some one-on-one opportunities deep". A win officially nets the Jackets bowl eligibility.

"We got the best matchup we could possibly get", Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "We've got press coverage with our best guys".

Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Cam Phillips (5) sits on the bench following an incomplete pass on the final offensive play for the Hokies, Nov. 11, 2017. I think we need to get back on track and win out those two games, then go find out our bowl and win our bowl game.

Fans on message boards and social media are debating decisions to go for it on fourth down early in the game, going for two points twice and throwing the ball on the final drive when only a yard was needed for a first down.

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

It didn't take long to implement their strategy, as the Jackets' went long on the game's very first play from scrimmage.

"The fade to Kumah probably could have been called pass interference".

This was the first loss in the Fuente era when the Hokies had a lead in the fourth quarter. But Virginia Tech loss last season to Georgia Tech at home and I like the Hokies in a revenge spot. As of this writing, over 65% of tickets are backing the Hokies minus the points.

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