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Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (3) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against Georgia Tech on Thursday in Atlanta.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
ATLANTA - Brandon Facyson grew up in nearby Newnan, Ga., just 30 minutes down the road, and he certainly looked right at home Thursday night.
Virginia Tech's freshman cornerback had a first half to remember against Georgia Tech, recovering a fumble, intercepting a pass, making three tackles, breaking up a pass and hurrying the quarterback once.
Facyson's fumble recovery came on Georgia Tech's opening drive. He pounced on a loose ball after whip linebacker Kyle Fuller knocked it loose from quarterback Vad Lee, setting up the Hokies' first touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, Facyson closed quickly on a Lee pass near the sideline, diving and making an interception at the Virginia Tech 13 while he was halfway on the ground. Replay upheld the call, keeping the Yellow Jackets off the board when they were in field goal range.
It was Facyson's fourth interception this year, putting him in a tie for the national lead with Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Oregon State's Steven Nelson. Facyson has picks in three of the Hokies' five games.
The mark ties the Virginia Tech freshman record under head coach Frank Beamer in only five games. Eric Green had four in 2000 over a 13-game season.
Quarterback Logan Thomas' 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter put him in a first place tie on the Hokies' all-time list with Tyrod Taylor for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
It was Thomas' third touchdown run this year. All three have come in the past two games.
Thomas also threw for a score in the first half, giving him 16 games with both a passing and rushing touchdown since the start of the 2011 season. That's most among active Football Bowl Subdivision players during that span.
Almost all maroon
Virginia Tech wore maroon jerseys and pants together for the first time since the 2009 Miami game, pairing the look with the new Hokie Stone helmets.
The helmets were to honor the type of rock mined from a university-owned quarry near campus that is featured on all new buildings on campus.
Virginia Tech also adorned the helmets with a logo of the War Memorial pylons. On the back was a sticker reading "430" for the number of Virginia Tech students and graduates who have died during military service since World War I.
The back also featured a pair of stickers with words from the tunnel at Lane Stadium: "For those who have passed; For those to come" and "Reach For Excellence."
A couple of absences
Duan Perez-Means did not make the trip, meaning freshman Kalvin Cline started in his place at tight end.
Cline became the sixth true freshman to start a game for the Hokies this year, joining cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and Facyson, left tackle Jonathan McLaughlin, fullback Sam Rogers and kickoff specialist Mitchell Ludwig.
Linebacker Josh Trimble also did not make the trip because of a hip injury. Kyle Fuller was going to start in his place at whip linebacker regardless. ... Running back Trey Edmunds (hip) played, as did J.C. Coleman, who missed three of the first four games with an ankle injury. Neither did much in the first half. Edmunds had three carries for negative 3 yards. Coleman didn't get a carry.
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