Saturday, September 13, 2008. (AP) -- Virginia Tech's youth movement is looking better, and Tyrod Taylor, Darren Evans and an opportunistic defense gave Hokies fans reason for optimism Saturday.
Taylor and Evans each ran for a touchdown, the Hokies put together a late scoring drive, the defense forced three turnovers and then held on in a harrowing finish as Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 20-17 in a critical early-season matchup.
The Hokies (2-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) drove 76 yards for the winning 21-yard field goal by Dustin Keys after the Yellow Jackets tied it at 17 with 9:28 to play. The drive was helped significantly by two 15-yard personal foul penalties against Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets (2-1, 1-1) had a chance to go ahead, but Josh Nesbitt overthrew Roddy Jones behind the Hokies defense on a 3rd-and-7, then was sacked by Purnell Sturdivant on fourth down with 2:15 to play, one of the few times Nesbitt didn't get away.
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