Facyson factors big for Hokies in win over Jackets
Northgate graduate Brandon Facyson made the most of his return to Atlanta Thursday night helping the Virginia Tech (4-1) Hokies hand the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1) their first loss of the season with a 17-10 decision in Bobby Dodd Stadium.
It was Facyson's second trip back home since reporting to Blacksburg in January.
The former Viking began his college football career in the Georgia Dome in a 35-10 loss to defending national champion Alabama to open the season.
The return visit to Georgia was more to his liking.
Facyson recovered a fumble early in the first quarter in Yellow Jacket territory to set up Virginia Tech's first score.
He also stopped a potential Georgia Tech scoring drive in the first half with an interception at the Virginia Tech 12. Facyson now has four interceptions on the year.
Logan Thomas passed and ran for touchdowns in the first half, Virginia Tech's defense shut down Georgia Tech's running game Thomas completed 19 of 25 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown and had 16 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. Virginia Tech (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned its fourth straight win over Georgia Tech (3-1, 2-1).
Virginia Tech's defense, led by defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins, stopped running back David Sims on back-to-back plays, including a fourth-and-2 run midway through the fourth quarter.
Cody Journell was wide left on a 25-yard field goal for Virginia Tech with 5:37 remaining to keep Georgia Tech's hopes alive. Kendall Fuller intercepted Vad Lee's fourth-down pass from near midfield to clinch the win.
Georgia Tech's fourth-ranked rushing offense was held to 129 yards - more than 200 yards below its average.
Georgia Tech trailed 14-3 at halftime before closing the gap with a 14-play drive that consumed more than 8 minutes of the third quarter.
Big plays of the drive were a 40-yard pass from Lee to Robert Godhigh and two Virginia Tech penalties that gave the Yellow Jackets first downs, including a fourthand- 1 offside call on linebacker Jack Tyler.