Nov. 12, 2005
– ** Travis Bell’s 48-yard field goal at the end of the first half was the longest of his career. It was his fifth straight successful attempt since an 0-for-6 slump. The sophomore has tried only two kicks as long as 48 yards, missing a 48-yarder last year against Syracuse and a 49-yarder earlier this season against Connecticut. He missed a 44-yarder in the fourth-quarter and is now 7-for-13 in his career from 40-49 yards. He is 10-of-17 overall on field goals this year.
** Dawan Landry’s second-quarter interception gave Tech 17 for the season, which leads the ACC. It is the most for a Yellow Jackets’ defense since 1991 (18). It was Landry’s fourth interception this season and seventh of his career.
** Eric Henderson’s third-quarter sack of Virginia QB Marques Hagans was the 57th tackle-for-loss of his career and tied him for most on the all-time Tech list with Greg Gathers. It was his 24th career QB sack.
** Damarius Bilbo’s third-quarter TD catch, which tied the game at 17-17, was his second of the season and career. Bilbo was Tech’s leading receiver on the day with 6 catches for 89 yards.
** The TD pass for Reggie Ball was the 35th of his career (fourth place) and ninth of the season.
** QB Reggie Ball reached the 1,000-yard plateau for his career early in the fourth quarter. He began the game with 965 yards and gained 68 to boost his career total to 1,003.
** Ball’s 275 yards in total offense (207 passing, 68 rushing) was his third highest total of the year. He has 340 yards against North Carolina and 367 against NC State. His rushing total was the second-best of the year (88 vs. NC State). Ball’s completions, attempts and yards also rank third among his games this year.
** After being outgained 157-55 in first-quarter total yards, Tech turned the tables in the second period, 134-45, in reducing Virginia’s 17-point lead to 7 by halftime. In quarters 2 and 3, Tech outgained Virginia 234-95 (score 20-17 at end of 3). In quarter 4, however, Virginia regained the advantage by 114-54.
** The major portion of the difference came on the ground, where Virginia outrushed Tech, 120-33, in quarters 1 and 4 (Tech by 103-42 in the middle two periods). The Cavaliers also were 7-of-9 on third down conversions in quarters 1 and 4, 1-for-7 in quarters 2 and 3.
** Virginia (which scored the first 17 points of the game and the last 10), was the first team this season to score a touchdown in its first possession of the game against Georgia Tech, and the second team to achieve a score of any kind on its first two possessions. Connecticut kicked field goals on its first two possessions in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-13 win back on Sept. 10 in Atlanta.
** Today was only the third time Tech has trailed by more than four points at any time this season. Only Virginia Tech and NC State (10-0) held a larger lead. All three games were losses.
** P.J. Daniels’ second-quarter pass attempt was the second of his career. The first went for a touchdown last year against Connecticut.
** David Jordan kicked off for Tech following the Yellow Jackets’ first touchdown in the second quarter. It was his first appearance since the Auburn game.