Yellow Jackets Romp Cavaliers 56-20 in AtlantaPosted: Updated:
The UVA football team lost to Georgia Tech 56-20 in Atlanta Saturday, allowing the most points and rushing yards in the Mike London head coaching era.
Virginia falls to 2-1, 0-1 in the ACC and has lost three straight ACC openers.
"It is demoralizing when you got a guy right there that maybe misses the tackle, or you have an assignment error," said London. "We talked about at the beginning that this type of offense is assignment-oriented offense. When you don't execute to the fullest extent, then you see that you can get hurt like that."
The Cavaliers fell behind 14-0 in the first 4:29 of the first quarter on a 70-yard Tevin Washington touchdown pass and a 77-yard Orwin Smith touchdown option run.
"They jumped out early with a pass, and they're known for running the ball," said UVA sophomore cornerback Demetrious Nicholson. "It kind of gets you on your heels. It kind of messes with you mentally, but as a defense, you have to be strong and be able to forget about that play and move on to the next one."
The 'Hoos cut the lead in half, 14-7, when Michael Rocco found Jake McGee for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 6:27 left in the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets responded with three one-yard touchdown runs to close out the half.
Washington scored the first one to make it 21-7 Tech after one quarter.
Vad Lee, replacing Washington at quarterback for one play after Washington's helmet came off, scored the second one-yarder with 9:50 to play in the half.
Rocco threw an interception with under 1:00 to play in the first half, and on the last play of the half, Washington scored again to put the Yellow Jackets up 35-7 at the break.
Washington scored again on a 12-yard touchdown for the only points of the third quarter.
A Matt Connors 39-yard touchdown run made it 49-7 with 12:40 remaining in the game.
UVA senior linebacker/captain Steve Greer said, "It just comes down to executing. The guys on the field, we've got to do our job, and do our assignment. When you don't do that, this offense will exploit you."
Phillip Sims threw two fourth quarter touchdowns in backup time, the first to E.J. Scott for 22 yards, and the second on the last play of the game to Zachary Swanson.
Lee scored his second touchdown of the game on a 41-yard run in between Sims' two touchdown strikes.
Georgia Tech rushed for 461 yards on 50 carries (9.2 yards per carry) and amassed 603 yards of total offense.
Rocco finished 15-of-25 passing for 143 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
"They (the Georgia Tech defense) mixed it up," said Rocco. "They played a lot of different coverages, brought different pressures, but it's no excuse. We've got to operate and execute whenever they do those things, so they played better then we did today."
Sims was 6-for-8 for 56 yards and those two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Parks had 13 carries for 53 yards to lead the Wahoo rushing attack and caught three passes for 34 yards to lead both receiving categories.
Virginia returns to action next Saturday at TCU at noon. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise the game.