The stage always seems big when No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 20 Georgia Tech meet.
It’s no different this year. The game Thursday night in Atlanta will give the winner a leg up in the chase for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division title, and might represent the biggest game yet for first-year quarterbacks Logan Thomas of the Hokies and the Yellow Jackets’ Tevin Washington.
Both know the stakes are high, but they want to treat it as just another game.
“I think we should approach every game the same way, and I’ve done that thus far,” Thomassaid Tuesday.
The Hokies (8-1, 4-1) lead the division, but could fall behind either the Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2) or Virginia (6-3, 3-2) with losses.
Washington led the Yellow Jackets on a game-tying touchdown march leading to Orwin Smith’s 9-yard run with 2:34 left last season, but David Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff for the winning TD for the Hokies.
Losing that game, Washington said, has stayed with him ever since.
“That’s been motivation to me for a lot of things, through the whole off-season, up to this point now,” he said. “I’m just ready to go play Thursday and come out and give it my best shot.”