The debut of Georgia Tech special-teams coordinator David Walkosky turned out reasonably well. With the kickoff line moved up to the 35-yard line, kicker David Scully put two of his four kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
Punter Sean Poole and his unit netted 37.1 yards on seven punts. Virginia Tech netted 32.7, not counting a mishandled punt snap that turned into a 22-yard loss and gave the Jackets the ball at the Hokies’ 24 at the end of the first quarter. It led to Georgia Tech’s first score.
Georgia Tech’s three kickoff returns produced an average starting spot at the 27-yard line, a sliver ahead of Virginia Tech’s average start on its four kickoff returns.
The unit was at its best in the fourth quarter. Scully made his only field-goal try of the game, from 34 yards, to make the score 10-7 in the Jackets’ favor on the first play of the period. The kickoff coverage unit, playing with several starters, stopped the Hokies at their 23 on the next play. On Georgia Tech’s next drive, Poole booted a 50-yard punt that rolled out of bounds and flipped the field. Finally, after Georgia Tech’s go-ahead touchdown with 44 seconds remaining, Scully kicked his second touchback to prevent the possibility of a return.
Coach Paul Johnson said that “all in all, I thought it was a positive.”