- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 18, 2009

ATLANTA | During the first half of Saturday night’s game against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech punter Chandler Anderson was called on to kick four times.

That’s more than Anderson had been used by the Yellow Jackets in each of their previous four games.

Much to the chagrin of the fourth-ranked Hokies, his busy night did not last. Anderson took the rest of the night off, and the No. 19 Yellow Jackets rode their resurgent offense to a 28-23 victory at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

“It wasn’t a lack of effort. It wasn’t a lack of trying. Just different things going on,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “I think [Georgia Tech] did a great job of offense there at the end - most of the day, really.”

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-1 ACC), which has lost twice in Atlanta after dropping its season opener to Alabama at the Georgia Dome.

“Now is the time to come back and let’s go get the next one,” said Beamer, whose team doesn’t play again until it hosts North Carolina on Oct. 29. “You can’t start figuring out who’s doing what, who’s going where. There’s a lot of football to be played.”

Georgia Tech (6-1, 4-1) rushed for 309 yards, the most Virginia Tech has given up since Syracuse and Donovan McNabb gained 338 in 1996. The Yellow Jackets controlled the ball for almost 23 minutes of the second half, converting on third downs six times in eight tries after halftime.

“It was pretty frustrating, just knowing almost every third down they got the conversion,” said tailback Ryan Williams, who rushed for 100 yards but was overshadowed by Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt (122 rushing yards and three scores). “They ran the ball straight down our throats. Nesbitt, he did a heck of a job. That’s like a running back playing quarterback.”

Georgia Tech’s offense woke up late in the first half when it answered Matt Waldron’s 34-yard field goal with a seven-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Nesbitt. He completed only one pass in the game - and it went for 51 yards to Demaryius Thomas to help set up the Yellow Jackets’ first score.

Georgia Tech then drove 66 yards to start the second half, scoring on another 1-yard run by Nesbitt. When the Hokies answered with a 66-yard touchdown run by Ryan Williams that followed an interception by Dorian Porch, Georgia Tech came back and drove 86 yards. Marcus Wright did the honors this time, running for a score from 13 yards out.

Virginia Tech got within 21-16 with 4:52 to play on a 22-yard run by quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Hokies desperately needed to force another appearance by Anderson but instead let Nesbitt escape for a 39-yard touchdown run.

The Hokies came back to score on a 7-yard pass to Williams, but they could not recover the onside kick.

“The second half, they just made adjustments,” Virginia Tech linebacker Barquell Rivers said. “I think they knew a couple of our assignments and some formations. They made halftime adjustments - they knew what they’d seen in the first half and adjusted to it.”

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