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Virginia Tech beats Georgia Tech 37-26, moves closer to ACC title game

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ATLANTA (AP) — With yet another win on the road, Virginia Tech finds itself in a familiar position: closing in on another trip to the Atlantic Coast Championship game.

Hokies RB David Wilson rumbled for 175 yards on the ground. (Photo: Associated Press)

Logan Thomas accounted for five touchdowns and frustrated Georgia Tech so much that a defender finally threw a punch. With David Wilson tacking on a career-best 175 yards rushing, the No. 10 Hokies dominated down the stretch Thursday night for a 37-26 over the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets.

Virginia Tech (9-1, 5-1 ACC) extended its ACC-record road winning streak to 12 in a row — currently the longest such streak in the nation. The latest triumph away from Blacksburg eliminated Georgia Tech from the Coastal Division race and gave the Hokies a clear path to the Dec. 3 title game for the fifth time in seven years.

"We like going to a hostile environment and being able to play in front of crowds who love their football team," Thomas said. "It pumps us up as well."

The 6-foot-6, 254-pound sophomore was sure pumped up. And Georgia Tech had all kinds of trouble bringing him down, not surprising since he was bigger than most of the guys trying to tackle him.

"He's a load," said Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, whose team can wrap up the Coastal Division title by winning its next two games.

Thomas threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. Wilson had his seventh straight 100-yard game, already the longest streak of Beamer's quarter-century as coach. The Hokies actually outgained Georgia Tech on the ground, a rarity against the triple-option.

"We just came in the whole week saying we were going to run the ball regardless," Wilson said. "Being a running back, that's what I want to hear."

The teams went back and forth through the second and third quarters, scoring on eight of nine possessions in one stretch. But Virginia Tech took advantage of a huge personal foul on Jeremiah Attaochu and a fourth-down gamble by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson that didn't pay off.

The Yellow Jackets (7-3, 4-3) were eager to get a shot at another ACC title after having their '09 crown stripped away by the NCAA this past summer for rules violations. That hope is gone.

"We worked all season to work our way back in the ACC," quarterback Tevin Washington said. "It's just a letdown. But there's nothing we can do now but go out and try to win the next two and try to put ourselves in position to just have a decent record."

Washington ran for three touchdowns, but the Hokies took the lead for good on Thomas' 12-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter. The play was typical for the big QB, who simply lowered his head and bulled his way to the end zone. The Yellow Jackets just couldn't bring him down.

"We've faced some good ones," said Georgia Tech linebacker Julian Burnett, who gave away 8 inches and 32 pounds to the opposing quarterback. "Probably not as big and strong as that guy."

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