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Tech notes: Big plays help power Tech win

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's run of fast starts came to an end in Saturday's game with No. 4 Virginia Tech.

The 19th-ranked Yellow Jackets, who had outscored opponents 76-28 in the first quarter through their first six games were held scoreless in the opening frame for the first time all season by the Hokies.

That doesn't mean they went without big plays in the game.

The two teams entered the game No. 1 and 2 in a pair of big-play categories.

Tech was first (9) and Virginia Tech tied for second (5) in plays of 50 yards or more, while the Hokies were first (20) and the Jackets second (17) in plays of 30 yards or more.

The Jackets wound up with three plays of 30 yards or more, including one of 50 yards of more - a 50-yard completion from Josh Nesbitt to Demaryius Thomas - on the evening.

Meanwhile, Tech's much-maligned defense allowed Virginia Tech just two plays over 30 yards or more - one of which was a 66-yard touchdown run by Ryan Williams in the third quarter.

Flippin' out

Saturday's game continued a recent winning streak of sorts for Tech.

After losing the opening coin flip in their first four games, the Jackets won the flip for the second straight game.

And like they did a week earlier at Florida State, the Jackets elected to defer their decision until the second half.

Getting back to work

After seeing the field only 17 times all season - and not getting into last week's win over Florida State at all - Tech punter Chandler Anderson saw plenty of action Saturday.

Anderson punted four times for an average of 34.5 yards, more punts than he's had to make in Tech's last two games combined.

In addition, Scott Blair was back in place-kicking duties Saturday night after briefly losing the job to freshman walk-on, and Norcross grad, Chris Tanner, who was a perfect 14-for-14 on extra points since taking over the job late in the North Carolina game Sept. 26.

Blair connected on all four of his extra points in Saturday.

Movin' on up

Morgan Burnett's interception - his fourth of the season - on the final play of the first half was more than just a throw-away play of a Hail Mary pass.

It was the 14th of the 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior's career, moving him into rarified air in Tech history.

He is now tied for second on the all-time list with Jeff Ford and Randy Rhino, and needs just two more to catch Willie Clay's 16 for the school record.