BLACKSBURG, Va. — Cody Journell kicked a 17-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 16 Virginia Tech a 20-17 victory over Georgia Tech on Monday night.
Georgia Tech got the ball first in overtime, but quarterback Tevin Washington threw it away under pressure and was intercepted.
Washington’s 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in regulation had given the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 lead.
Logan Thomas then drove the Hokies, and Journell’s 41-yard field goal tied it at the end of regulation.
After Washington’s turnover in overtime, needing only to score to win, the Hokies got runs of 6 and 18 yards from Michael Holmes, before Journell kicked the game winner.
The Hokies trailed 17-14 until Journell, who had earlier missed from 38 yards, made his first kick.
Until his overtime mistake and Journell’s clutch kicking, Washington was primed to be the star of the game.
Georgia Tech’s run-first quarterback hit Deon Hill with a 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds remaining, stunning the sellout crowd in the ACC opener for both teams.
The Hokies got the ball back and drove to the Yellow Jackets’ 24 with 6 seconds remaining.
The Yellow Jackets used a timeout to try to ice Journell, but his kick was good to tie it at 17.