Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong amassed 495 yards of total offense (396 passing yards, 99 rushing yards), the second highest total ever recorded against Tech, second only to Wake Forest quarterback Rusty LaRue’s 514 yards in 1995.
Coach Geoff Collins on the challenge of trying to defend quarterback Brennan Armstrong:
“The biggest thing was trying to show him different looks throughout the game. We did do that, but the kid’s really good. He was finding the holes, the soft spots in certain coverages. We kept trying to change it up, kept trying to change the pressures, and he kept seeing it and finding it and just has a knack for finding a way to keep plays alive and find his receivers and keeps his eyes downfield and he makes plays. But just the multiplicity of what we were doing, the multiplicity of what they do, that was the part we were trying to do, and he found us and exposed us.”
Virginia 48, Georgia Tech 40
What we learned
In the fourth game in a row against a team in the top 20 in FBS in total offense, Tech was not equal to the task. Virginia gouged the Jackets for 636 yards of offense, the Cavaliers’ season high. Failures in coverage, pass rush and tackling all contributed, as did Virginia’s excellence. Three of the four teams that the Jackets faced in this gauntlet of North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Duke and Virginia exceeded their season averages for total offense against Tech.
Though 130 of the yards were gained in the seemingly hopeless comeback try in the final 3:50, Tech gained 570 yards of offense, a high for Collins’ tenure. The Jackets did so with a patched-up offense line that was without two starters (right tackle Jordan Williams and left guard Kenny Cooper, although Cooper played a small role) and a third, right guard Ryan Johnson, playing out of position at right tackle. The Jackets rushed for 270 yards after gaining 215 in the two previous games combined.
Georgia Tech will be at home Saturday to face Virginia Tech in its homecoming game. The Hokies lost at home to Syracuse 41-35 on Saturday to fall to 3-4. In the teams’ last meeting, in 2019, Virginia Tech shut out Georgia Tech 45-0, which was the Jackets’ first shutout loss at home since 1957.