Hokies defense shuts down Georgia Tech: 5 takeaways


Hokies defense shuts down Georgia Tech: 5 takeaways

Georgia Tech jumped out to a 14-0 start, but the defense clamped down allowing Virginia Tech to battle back and take the 23-21 win in Atlanta. The win further cements Frank Beamer's legacy of Thursday night dominance and pulls the Hokies within one win of bowl eligibility.

Here are five takeaways from the game:

Slow start: Things did not start well for Virginia Tech. On the second play from scrimmage, quarterback Justin Thomas found Ricky Jeune for a 58-yard pass that took Georgia Tech all the way down to the Hokies' 8-yard line. Two plays later, the Yellow Jackets punched it in for a touchdown. Georgia Tech would add a second touchdown later in the first quarter after a Virginia Tech fumble to take a 14-0 lead.

It looked like it was going to be a long night for the Hokies.

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Phillips rebounds: In the first quarter, wide receiver Cam Phillips hauled in a third down pass and took it 14 yards before the ball was stripped and recovered by Georgia Tech. As he was running, Phillips held the ball too far away from his body allowing it to be swatted out by a defender. The Yellow Jackets took advantage going 45 yards in eight plays to score their second touchdown and take a 14-0 lead.

That kind of play can be tough to come back from, but Phillips rebounded nicely. Virginia Tech was finally able to get on the board in the second quarter thanks in large part to a 45-yard catch from Phillips on the scoring drive. The Hokies receiver ended up leading the team in catches (six) and receiving yards (95) on the night.

Deja Ew! Quarterback Michael Brewer was plagued by inconsistent play last year, including a late interception that cost Virginia Tech against the Yellow Jackets last season. Brewer almost did it again with another horrible interception on Thursday.

With the score tied at 14 in the third quarter, Brewer had Bucky Hodges open on a crossing route but threw an awful pass a few yards behind Hodges right into the arms of linebacker Brant Mitchell. Mitchell took the interception 32 yards for the touchdown to put Georgia Tech up 21-14.

Vintage Virginia Tech defense: The Hokies were ultimately able to win this game because the defense finally looked like the dominant defense we are used to seeing from Bud Foster's unit. After giving up the two touchdowns in the first quarter, the defense clamped down, not allowing the Yellow Jackets a single offensive point the rest of the game.

Georgia Tech finished with 161 rushing yards, only the fourth time this season they have been held to fewer than 200. The defense recorded two sacks and three fumble recoveries, all three in the second half. The critical moment came in the fourth quarter when Woody Baron forced a fumble from Marcus Allen giving Virginia Tech the ball on Georgia Tech's 18-yard line. The Hokies would score the game-winning touchdown on the resulting drive.

Bowl implications: With the win, Virginia Tech now sits one win away from reaching bowl eligibility for the 23rd consecutive season. They have two games remaining. Next week, they host North Carolina (8-1) in Beamer's final game in Blacksburg. The following week, they head to Charlottesville to face rival Virginia (3-6). Had the Hokies lost, they would have needed to win both of their final games to keep the streak alive. The win now gives Virginia Tech a bit more breathing room with one very winnable game left to play.

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone who graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.

NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

After shocking the world and doing what no other team has done before, the UMBC Retrievers are not done yet.

Yes, UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed. And against a Virginia team that was the only dominant squad in all of college basketball, no one expected it (except Troy Machir).

Remember the Retrievers barely made it to the NCAA tournament with a buzzer-beater from Jairus Lyles.  

Lyles scored a game-high 28 points in their historic upset as the team went 50 percent from behind the arc with 12 three-pointers.

Up next they play No. 9 Kansas State who looked shaky in their First Round win over Creighton. Can the Cinderella run for the Retrievers continue? Either way anything they do would be a first for a No. 16 seed going forward.

Virginia and UNC UMBC will match up on Sunday in Charlotte, NC. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:


UMBC vs. Kansas State How to Watch

What: 2018 NCAA Tournament Second Round, South Region

Who: No. 16 UMBC (25-10, 12-4 America East) vs. No. 9 Kansas State (23-11, 10-8 Big 12)

When: 7:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV Channel: TruTV

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on

TV Announcers: TBA Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops, @KStateMBB


UMBC vs. Kansas State Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: UMBC (Auto-bid, America East Champions), Kansas State (at-large)

Previous Meeting: First Meeting

Next Round: Winner of No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

South Region Bracket:

No. 16 UMBC vs. No. 9 Kansas State
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

No. 11 Loyola Chicago vs. No. 3 Tennessee
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 2 Cincinnati

UMBC vs. Kansas State Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

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Against The Spread: UMBC is 4-1 ATS this season, Kansas State is 15-16 ATS.

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