“Especially on the road, that’s huge,” Tyler said. “That offense is tough to get minus yards plays, it’s tough to get turnovers, unless they put the ball on the ground. That’s something we were trying to harp on all week, was that we needed to force them into situations like that — just a total team effort tonight.”
Two plays after the turnover, Thomas hit D.J. Coles on an underneath route that Coles took 21 yards for his third score of the year to put the Hokies up 7-0 less than three minutes in.
“It’s always nice to jump on these guys early,” Thomas said. “If you can do that you have a really, really good shot at beating them.”
Tyler and company held strong for pretty much the entire night, as the Yellow Jackets managed just 273 yards of total offense. In five matchups with the Hokies from 2008-2012, Georgia Tech’s spread option offense averaged 273 yards rushing alone.
“It’s a rugged offense, you got to be rugged yourself to play it,” Beamer said. “You’ve got to be very precise. Again, I think it all goes make to mental discipline, and physical.
Facyson, a true freshman cornerback, made an impressive interception late in the first quarter. With Georgia Tech driving in Tech territory, he fell down as DeAndre Smelter ran a curl route, but recovered and made a diving catch to give the Hokies the ball.
Facyson’s four interceptions ties him with Eric Green for the Tech freshman record – and the Hokies are only five games into the season. He also is tied for the national lead in interceptions.
“It’s a great feeling. It’s more than great,” Facyson said. “When I first got here, I just wanted to contribute to the team as much as possible.
“Making the plays that I’m making, and Kendall (Fuller) as well and all the other young guys and the whole team, it’s just a great feeling. You can’t play like you’re a freshman, you’ve got to play like you’re a senior, play like you’re a veteran.”