Virginia Tech wins and eliminates Georgia Tech from Coastal Division race

Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas (center) stretches for the goal line but comes up short of a touchdown during the second quarter Thursday. Thomas threw for three TDs and rushed for two more in the Hokies' ACC victory.

ATLANTA — Logan Thomas accounted for five touchdowns, David Wilson rushed for a career-best 175 yards and No. 10 Virginia Tech
took a huge step toward the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game, beating No. 20 Georgia Tech 37-26 on Thursday night.


Thomas threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. Wilson had his seventh consecutive 100-yard game, already the longest streak of Frank Beamer’s quarter-century as coach.

The teams went back and forth through the second and third quarters, scoring on eight of nine possessions in one stretch. But Virginia Tech (9-1, 5-1) took advantage of a huge personal foul on Jeremiah Attaochu and a fourth-down gamble by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson that didn’t pay off.

The Yellow Jackets (7-3, 4-3) were eliminated from the Coastal Division race.

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washing­ton ran for three touchdowns, but the Hokies took the lead for good on Thomas’ 12-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter. The play was typical for the 6-foot-6, 254-pound sophomore, who simply lowered his head and bulled his way to the end zone. The Yellow Jackets simply couldn’t bring him down.

That touchdown was set up by Attaochu’s huge blunder, which extended a possession that seemed to be over deep in Virginia Tech territory. On third-and-19 from his own 17, Thomas was flushed out of the pocket and corralled by several Georgia Tech defenders. But he wouldn’t go down and, apparently out of frustration, Attaochu threw a punch into the side of the quarterback’s helmet.

He drew a personal foul and gave Virginia Tech a first down. Wilson got loose for a 44-yard run and Thomas scored on a third-and-1 play that was designed to merely pick up the first down.