ATLANTA, GA - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2) combined an early offensive surge with a dominating defensive effort to win its final ACC Coastal match-up of the year against the Virginia Cavaliers (4-5, 2-3). The Jackets sprinted out to a 21-7 lead in barely more than one quarter of play, which was more than enough to coast to a 35-10 win Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Tech opened in commanding fashion by scoring touchdowns on each of its first three possessions. On the Jackets' first series the ground game repeatedly took advantage of space on the edge and capitalized with a 14-yard touchdown run from running back Deon Hill. The drive marked the seventh time in nine games that Tech has scored on its first drive of the game.
The Jackets' offense continued rolling on their next two drives with touchdowns through the air, the first on a deep 18-yard comeback route by wide receiver DeAndre Smelter and the second on an 11-yard jump ball to wide receiver Darren Waller. When asked Smelter acknowledged it was the first time Tech ran his touchdown-scoring play this year. "We saw some things that we could do against their cornerbacks. We were working on it all week at practice and executed it well today."