(RNN) - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets want to crush their opponent for the second week in a row Saturday. The Virginia Cavaliers will try to rebound from a crushing loss.
UVA (2-5, 0-3) held a 22-0 lead in the first half against Duke before allowing 35 unanswered points in the 35-22 loss in Charlottesville last week.
Quarterback David Watford had success with the short passing game early on, and running back Kevin Parks found the end zone three times. But the offense was unplugged in the second half, and the Cavaliers went three-and-out on four of their six possessions.
Georgia Tech's (4-3, 3-2) coaching staff wore camouflage team gear, but it was the players the Syracuse defense couldn't find all day in the Jackets' 56-0 win in Atlanta.
Vad Lee only needed to throw three passes the whole game, as the rushing game gained 394 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Backup QB Justin Thomas finished with 95 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Lee gained 72 yards and got in the end zone twice.
"I was proud of our team last week," head coach Paul Johnson said Tuesday. "The effort and concentration levels were much better. We tried to put an emphasis on penalties, turnovers and all of the things that get you beat and I thought our guys did a good job handling that in the game.
"Having said that, it's like I say every week, that one's over with now so you move on, and we are getting ready to go up to Charlottesville to play a Virginia team that has its back against the wall."
Johnson's triple-option system uses multiple running backs cycled in throughout the game. In an old-school way that fits his classic offense, he sends in a different back from the sideline every down with the next play call.
The physical running of David Sims, a 225-pound senior, fits the Ramblin' Wreck mentality well. He leads the team with 409 yards rushing and is tied for the lead with six scores. The team's average of 304.4 rushing yards per game is good for fifth in the country.
"They're such a ground-oriented team that they grind up the clock, they do a great job on third downs and they do a lot of things to keep the ball moving, and then they score points," Virginia head coach Mike London said Monday. "It's going to be critical for us to make sure that when we do have the ball ... we have to translate that into points."
Virginia relies heavily on the versatile Parks, who leads the team in rushing and receiving yards. The 5'8" junior can be a powerhouse and run up the middle, has the speed to break a run outside and serves as a safety outlet for Watford when he can't find anyone open.
Taquan Mizzell, a former top recruit out of high school, got increased time on the field against Duke. He has flashed signs of his electric speed and playmaking ability since returning from an ankle injury.
This matchup features Duke's fast-paced passing attack against a Virginia Tech defense that's among the nation's best in keeping teams out of the end zone.
Anthony Boone, the starting QB for the Blue Devils, is an accurate thrower with good presence in the pocket. He will try to get the ball to the team's best playmaker, Jamison Crowder, as much as possible.
All-ACC cornerback Antone Exum will be on the field with the Hokies for the first time this year after recovering from ACL surgery in February. A defensive line that helped account for eight sacks a week ago will again be looking to disrupt the quarterback.
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