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HALFTIME: Georgia Tech leads Virginia, 14-10

Penalties, turnovers mar first half action

Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

At the half in Charlottesville, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets hold a 14-10 lead over Virginia.

The Hoos scored first, knocking in a field goal after an offensive possession that started in Georgia Tech territory. Safety Wil Wahee scooped up a Jackets' fumble and ran it back to the Tech 18 yard line. Although the offense couldn't punch the ball in the end zone, Ian Frye opened the scoring with the field goal.

Georgia Tech took the 14-10 lead in the second quarter on a third-down pass from QB Justin Thomas to back Clinton Lynch. Thomas rolled right as the Hoos brought pressure, then pivoted quickly to hit a wide-open Lynch who had leaked out to the left over the middle. Lynch did the rest, rumbling 40-plus yards for the score.

Virginia has displayed a balanced attack on offense, with 95 yards on the ground and 98 more through the air. But mental errors have stymied any momentum. Three penalties on the first drive cost the Hoos fifteen yards, including a penalty on third-and-two that forced the offense into a third and long they couldn't convert.

QB Matt Johns has been generally sharp for the Hoos, hitting underneath receivers and completing 11 of his 19 attempts. One of the incompletions, however, was a Tech interception as Johns attempted a screen pass. Smoke Mizzell leads Virginia in receptions with 4, while Evan Butts' 26 yards are best for Virginia in that category.

Mizzell did not start after a reported violation of team rules. He still has 6 carries for 30 yards, while starter Daniel Hamm has run the ball 7 times for 27 yards and a touchdown out of the wildcat.

Tech DT Adam Gotsis went down with an injury on the game's first play. His return is uncertain.