- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Georgia Tech got a taste of its own medicine, and senior cornerback Chris Milton didn’t like it.

Usually the punishers in the running game with their tricky triple-option attack, the Yellow Jackets were mostly stifled by Virginia’s defense on Saturday while the Cavaliers rolled up 233 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

The result? Virginia won 27-21, leaving Georgia Tech’s 18-season bowl streak in jeopardy. The loss was their sixth in seven games, and they will need to win out against Virginia Tech, Miami and Georgia to make it 19.

“Everyone messed up,” Milton said. “You can see the outcome and see that we didn’t do the things that we should have done to win the game. We have to go back, watch the film and reevaluate ourselves.”

The Cavaliers went ahead on Matt Johns’ 30-yard scoring pass to Canaan Severin in the third quarter, tacked on another touchdown to lead 27-14 and then held off a furious rally by the Jackets in the closing minutes.

Georgia Tech scored on Justin Thomas’ 22-yard pass to Clinton Lynch with 1:41 left, recovered the onside kick and drove to the Cavaliers 34, but Thomas’ fourth-and-4 pass to Mikell Lands-Davis was knocked away.

“We don’t want to be the first team in 19 years not to make a bowl game,” senior safety Jamal Golden said.

Daniel Hamm and Albert Reid also ran for touchdowns for the Cavaliers (3-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a three-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets. The victory kept Virginia in the running for the Coastal Division championship and its first bowl game in four years if it loses just once more this season.

Georgia Tech (3-6, 1-5) earned it only victory in the last seven games a week ago, 22-16 against No. 17 Florida State in the most improbable way: a 78-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown on the game’s final play.

There were no late-game heroics to be had a week later.

The Cavaliers trailed 14-10 at halftime, but drove 58 yards to Ian Frye’s 24-yard field goal early in the third quarter. They needed just one play after that to get the ball back as Trent Corney caused Thomas to fumble and Kelvin Rainey recovered for Virginia. Two plays later, Johns rolled left and hit Severin in the middle of the field and the senior dodged defenders and ran it in. The extra point gave the Cavaliers a 20-14 lead, and they weren’t finished.

Virginia dodged a bullet when Thomas missed wide-open tight end Brad Stewart for what would have been a sure touchdown, and after the Yellow Jackets punted, the Cavaliers drove 91 yards in 13 plays to open the 27-14 lead. Mizzell had a 15-yard catch and 14-yard run on the drive, Reid twice picked up short yardage on third down and then finished by bursting through the middle of the line for a 24-yard scoring run with 13:15 remaining.

The Yellow Jackets, limited to 144 rushing yards, didn’t threaten again until the closing minutes, and then ran out of time.

Georgia Tech had 153 yards in the first half, and more than half of them came on their two scoring plays, a 49-yard run by Lynch with an option toss, and a 30-yard pass from Thomas to Lynch on a third-and-8. On the latter, Thomas was pressured, avoided the rush and found Lynch all by himself for an easy catch and run.

That play was set up by Rod Rook-Chungong’s interception of Johns and 16-yard return to the Virginia 44.

The Cavaliers used Wilfred Wahee’s fumble recovery to set up a 17-yard scoring drive for their first points. Olamide Zaccheaus ran for 12 yards to the Yellow Jackets’ 7 on the first play, and Daniel Hamm went for 6 on the next. But two runs by Reid lost a yard, and Frye kicked a 19-yard field goal.

After Lynch’s long run gave Georgia Tech a 7-3 lead, the Cavaliers went 75 yards in 10 plays to lead 10-7. Johns had completions of 18 and 17 yards in the drive, Mizzell had a 21-yard run and Hamm finished it off, taking a snap in the wildcat formation at the Yellow Jackets’ 4, faking a handoff and running it in.

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