Glennon borrows jersey; steals 27-3 win for Hokies over GT
Tech invades Jackets' nest with five interceptions
November 1, 2007

Box Score VT 27, GT 3
 
ATLANTA, Ga. - Maybe Sean Glennon should add a little more black and gold to his wardrobe.

For the second consecutive week, No. 11 Virginia Tech's football game involved a little thievery. This time, however, it came out in the Hokies' favor. One week after Boston College stole a victory from the Hokies' hands in the final minute of play, an unknown burglar in Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium decided to pilfer a few of the Hokies' jerseys, including starting quarterback Sean Glennon's.

The redshirt junior was forced to don a three-year-old Yellow Jackets' jersey from the equipment stash - complete with a hand-written name on the back - but he responded with one of the best games of his career, completing 22-of-32 passes for 296 yards while leading the Hokies to a 27-3 win over ACC Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Glennon tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Hokies improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in league play. He had plenty of help from his defense, which forced six turnovers in limiting an opponent to single-digit scoring for the fourth time this year.

Georgia Tech, which dropped to 5-4 on the season and 2-4 in the ACC, opened the scoring in the first quarter when kicker Travis Bell put home a 24-yard field goal at the 9:07 mark, capping a seven-play drive that was highlighted by two James Johnson receptions for 37 yards.

The Hokies answered back with a field goal of their own - a Jud Dunlevy 28-yarder - on the ensuing possession, but this one finished off a clock-eater of a drive that tied the game at 3 apiece. Starting at its own 25 at 9:07, Virginia Tech went on to run 16 plays - tying a season high - for 64 yards in 7:40 - a season high time of possession - before adding the field goal at 1:27. Forty-six of those yards came through the air, as Glennon went 5-of-6 on the drive.

It was then that the Hokies broke out some trickery, attempting an onsides kick against the unsuspecting Yellow Jackets, as Dunlevy executed the kick perfectly and recovered it by himself at the Virginia Tech 41. Six plays - which included a 34-yard catch by Eddie Royal - and 2:35 later, Glennon plunged into the end zone from 2 yards out for his first rushing touchdown of the season. Dunlevy connected on the PAT at 13:52 of the second quarter to give the Hokies a 10-3 lead.

Virginia Tech would score one more time before the end of the first half to make it 17-3. On 1st-and-10 from the GT 34, the Yellow Jackets' Taylor Bennett was intercepted by the Hokies' Cam Martin at the 49 at 5:36. The redshirt sophomore whip linebacker, who also forced a fumble in the game, returned it nine yards to the 40. Glennon then took over, and on the very first play, he lasered a rope down the middle of the field to wide out Justin Harper for a 40-yard score, his second touchdown reception of the season. Dunlevy connected on the PAT at 5:30 and the Hokies took a 14-point lead into the locker room.

The third quarter began as a defensive slugfest, but Glennon put an end to that, launching a 71-yard scoring bomb to Josh Morgan at 4:22, with Dunlevy's PAT extending the lead to 24-3. It was the longest passing play of the season for the Hokies, and Morgan made a difficult catch look routine, skying over the Yellow Jacket defender before securing the ball with one hand along the sideline and strolling into the end zone for his third touchdown of the year. Morgan tallied six receptions on the night for 104 yards, and moved himself into fifth place on Tech's all-time list with 1,644 yards.

Following a Branden Ore fumble on the Hokies' next drive, the Yellow Jackets threatened in the Hokies' red zone. But on GT's third play, Hokie cornerback Brandon Flowers jumped his man's route and made his eighth-career interception - and third of the season - at the VT 11 before returning it 33 yards to the 44.

The Hokies then put together a 6-play drive before Dunlevy added a 28-yard field goal with 12:44 left in the fourth quarter to set the final score.

In addition to the interceptions by Martin and Flowers, Victor "Macho" Harris made two to give him a team-high four on the year, and Kam Chancellor hauled in one of his own. Virginia Tech out-gained the Yellow Jackets 481-271, dominated time of possession, and limited Georgia Tech to just a pair of third-down conversions all night. While the defense was its usual impressive self - Brett Warren and Cam Martin led the charge with eight tackles apiece - it was the offense's explosion against the ACC's top defensive unit that made the difference.

In addition to Morgan, Harper had a big day with four catches for 77 yards and the touchdown, while flanker Josh Hyman contributed four receptions of his own after Royal left the game in the first half with a calf injury. Ore had a solid performance for the second straight week, netting 86 yards on 19 carries and moving himself into 10th place all-time on Tech's rushing list with 2,337 yards. Third-stringer Jahre Cheeseman added 84 yards on six carries in relief.

The Hokies will resume action on Nov. 10th against Florida State with a 3:30 p.m. tilt at Lane Stadium, which will be telecast on ABC.