Three Michael Brewer interceptions and an impressive outing by Yellow Jackets' QB Justin Thomas were enough to give Georgia Tech a 27-24 win Saturday in Blacksburg.
Thomas torched the Hokies (2-2, 0-1) on the ground racking up 165 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He also proved capable through the air in the second half completing 7-of-18 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Brewer completed 28-of-39 for 297 yards and chipped in a bizarre rushing touchdown, but his decision making was terrible for most of the day.
His three interceptions were all forced into tight coverage including a pass that was returned for a 41-yard touchdown by linebacker Paul Davis to give Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0) a 17-16 lead early in the third quarter.
On the ensuing drive, The Hokies finally had some success on the ground but it took a turn when Marshawn Williams fumbled at the end of a powerful run in Yellow Jacket territory.
Brewer happened to be downfield and scooped the ball up, scampering down the sideline for a 21-yard score. The Hokies went for and made the 2-point conversion on a pass to Bucky Hodges giving VT a 24-17 lead with 8:03 remaining.
Crazy play in #Hokies game https://t.co/PyFuwe6RM7— Treadmill Horse (@treadmillhorse) September 20, 2014
How do you make up for a pick six? Michael Brewer responded by picking up a fumble and taking it in for six! #GTvsVT pic.twitter.com/N99uxAf3xn— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 20, 2014
The Hokies were unable to gain any traction with their next drive, giving Georgia Tech the ball back with plenty of time.
After moving the ball into Hokie territory, Bud foster dialed up a corner blitz and GT went right at it completing a 31-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 24 with 2:03 remaining.
On the very next play Brewer threw his final interception giving the ball back to the Jackets with 1:58 left.
Harrison Butker kicked the game-winning 24-yard field goal as time expired to give the Yellow Jackets a crucial 27-24 ACC win.
For Virginia Tech, plenty of blame rests on their own shoulders. The Hokies were penalized 12 times for 79 yards including numerous substitution infractions on offense. Between that and the turnovers, Frank Beamer doesn't have to look far to place blame for the loss.
"We're just not playing Virginia Tech football right now," Beamer said following the game.
"We need to take another look at this one and see how many times we could have won this one."
The Hokies will now try to regroup before next week's game against Western Michigan in Blacksburg. Georgia Tech has a bye week before taking on Miami back him in Atlanta.