BLACKSBURG, Va. — Tevin Washington came very close to leading Georgia Tech to a dramatic comeback.
And when Cody Journell's field goal to end regulation and another in overtime gave No. 16 Virginia Tech a 20-17 victory, Washington knew how close the Yellow Jackets came to the upset.
"It was like an Ali-Frazier fight," he said. "We kind of got it together in the second half and started moving the ball. We were one play here and there from just busting the game open."
That might be a bit optimistic considering the Yellow Jackets' triple option managed 288 yards, but they almost pulled a stunning upset thanks to their quarterback, whose reputation has been mostly built as a runner, but who was pretty strong with his arm when his team needed him.
Washington hit Deon Hill with a 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in regulation, stunning the sellout crowd.
Four plays earlier, he'd been flushed from the pocket on a fourth-and-6 play from the Hokies 37, and after eluding a pass rusher, he found B.J. Bostic with three defenders around him for a 19-yard gain on the right sideline to keep the drive alive.
"He made some great plays on the last drive in regulation," Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson, who is 1-4 against the Hokies, said of his QB.
But he also made one that cost the Yellow Jackets the game.
Georgia Tech got the ball first in overtime, but Washington threw the ball away under pressure on third down and was intercepted by Kyle Fuller.
When Michael Holmes ran for 6 and then 18 yards on Virginia Tech's first two plays in the extra period, all that was left was to make sure they set the ball up in the middle of the field for Journell to knock it through. His 17-yard field goal won it 20-17.