GT Vault: Rare Saturday Affair

Sept. 18, 2014

By Chris Yandle
Communications & Public Relations

For the first time in the series since 2009, both Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech have weekend plans.

Saturday will be the 12th series meeting (would be the 13th if it weren’t for inclement weather that cancelled the meeting in 2000), but it’ll be only the sixth Saturday game in series history. You don’t hear about a stat like that very often. This might even be a first.

The last four series meetings had been played on either Thursday (2010, 2011, 2013) or Monday (2012). In fact, all three of Georgia Tech’s series wins have been on Saturday.

 Nov. 10, 1990  Saturday  Atlanta  W, 6-3
 Aug. 27, 2000  -Cancelled (weather)-
 Oct. 28, 2004  Thursday  Atlanta  L, 20-34
 Sept. 24, 2005  Saturday  Blacksburg  L, 7-51
 Sept. 30, 2006  Saturday  Blacksburg  W, 38-27
 Nov. 1, 2007  Thursday  Atlanta  L, 3-27
 Sept. 13, 2008  Saturday  Blacksburg  L, 17-20
 Oct. 17, 2009  Saturday  Atlanta  W, 28-23
 Nov. 4, 2010  Thursday  Blacksburg  L, 21-28
 Nov. 10, 2011  Thursday  Atlanta  L, 26-37
 Sept. 3, 2012  Monday  Blacksburg  L, 17-20 (OT)
 Sept. 26, 2013  Thursday  Atlanta  L, 10-17

Georgia Tech’s last series win against the Hokies? Oct. 17, 2009…a Saturday night on The Flats between the 19th- (GT) and 4th-ranked (VT) teams in the nation. After a scoreless first quarter, Virginia Tech took a 3-0 lead before QB Josh Nesbitt put the Yellow Jackets on his back. With 32 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Nesbitt’s 1-yard TD run gave Tech a 7-3 lead.

On the Jackets’ opening drive of the second half, Nesbitt found the end zone again on another 1-yard score, putting Georgia Tech up 14-3. Fast-forward to the fourth quarter…. Tyrod Taylor pulled the Hokies to within five – 21-16 – on a 22-yard TD run with 4:52 left to play. However, it was Nesbitt who closed the door on the Hokies with a 39-yard streak, tiptoeing down the sideline to seal a Georgia Tech win.

Nesbitt’s final stat line: 23 rushes, 122 yards, 3 TD (overshadowing his passing performance: 1-of-7, 51 yards, 1 INT)

Saturday’s game in Blacksburg will kick at 12:01 p.m. ET – it’s the first day-game in the series since Sept. 13, 2008, a game also played in Blacksburg. The last Saturday game in the series (2009) kicked off at 6:01 p.m., signifying an evening contest.

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