Yellow Jackets run all over Hokies 49-28

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Backup quarterback Tobias Oliver ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns and Georgia Tech ran all over Virginia Tech for a 49-28 victory on Thursday night.

Hokies fall to Georgia Tech, 49-28.

The Yellow Jackets (4-4, 2-3 ACC), playing without starter TaQuon Marshall, finished with 465 yards — all on the ground. Jordan Mason also scored three times as Georgia Tech won its third straight against the Hokies and third straight in Lane Stadium — without completing a pass.

Virginia Tech (4-3, 3-1), which led 21-14, faded after its defense forced a punt and Sean Savoy muffed it, setting the Yellow Jackets up for a tying 12-yard touchdown drive. The Yellow Jackets had a 20:34 to 9:26 time of possession advantage in the first half and an overwhelming 42:18-17:42 edge for the game.

Georgia Tech scored the next 35 points and became the third team to score at least 45 against Virginia Tech this season. Old Dominion (49) and Notre Dame (45) are the others. Virginia Tech hadn't given up at least 40 points to three teams since 1991 when Miami (43), Rutgers (50) and Virginia (41) did it.

Virginia Tech talked all week of keeping the Yellow Jackets from dominating the time of possession.

The Hokies' first drive lasted 1:34, ending with Ryan Willis' 46-yard pass to Tre Turner, and their second took 58 seconds, ending with Damon Hazleton's 41-yard catch.

In between, the Yellow Jackets went 75 yards in 12 plays and followed Virginia Tech's second TD with an 11-play, 75-yard march to tie it at 14. Oliver kept the first drive alive with a 15-yard scramble, and Qua Searcy gained nine on a fourth-and-1 from the Yellow Jackets' 34 on the second drive.