November 16, 2019 / 11:56 PM / 22 days ago

Hooker helps Virginia Tech blank Georgia Tech

Quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 159 yards and one touchdown and ran for two scores to lead Virginia Tech to a 45-0 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in Atlanta.

Nov 16, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Demetrius Knight II (17) under the stadium before a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Hooker completed 9 of 13 passes and scored on keepers of 3 and 5 yards as the Hokies amassed 461 total yards and remained in contention in the ACC Coastal Division. Hooker improved to 5-0 as a starter.

Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2 ACC) was equally impressive on defense and earned a measure of revenge for last year’s embarrassing 49-28 loss to Georgia Tech in Blacksburg. The Hokies allowed only one first down in the first half and limited Georgia Tech to a season-low eight first downs and 134 total yards.

It was the first time Georgia Tech had been shut out since Oct. 18, 1997, against Florida State. The streak of 283 games was the sixth-longest active streak in FBS competition.

Georgia Tech (2-8, 1-6) lost its third straight. Starting quarterback James Graham was 7-for-14 for 43 yards with two interceptions and was sacked three times before being replaced in the third quarter.

Virginia Tech scored with 7:53 left in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by Hooker. The 71-yard drive began when wide receiver Tayvion Robinson gained 49 yards on an end around.

The Hokies extended the lead to 14-0 on a 77-yard drive that concluded when Keshawn King scored from the 2.

Hooker added his second touchdown, a 5-yard run, and the Hokies made it 28-0 when Caleb Farley intercepted Graham’s pass and returned it for a 17-yard touchdown. Brian Johnson kicked a 22-yard field goal to give Virginia Tech a 31-0 halftime lead.

Virginia Tech’s defense set up the first score of the second half when Dax Hollifield intercepted a pass after Graham was hit. Four plays later Hooker found James Mitchell on a play-action pass for a 7-yard touchdown and a 38-0 lead.

The Hokies added another score with 2:06 left in the quarter on a 2-yard run by backup quarterback Quincy Patterson.

Virginia Tech returns home next Saturday to play Pittsburgh. Georgia Tech plays again Thursday when it hosts North Carolina State.

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