Ramblin', Wreakin' Havoc
Georgia Tech outside linebacker Chris Reis is tied for the ACC lead with seven sacks and is tied for fourth in tackles for losses with 10. He also has broken up three passes and forced two fumbles. In Tech's most recent two games, Reis had three tackles for 32 yards in losses, including 2.5 sacks, against Maryland and two sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble against Duke. The 218-pound junior played safety the previous two seasons.
Bolt From the Past
Moments before kickoff, when the Hokies and Yellow Jackets were to meet in the 2000 Black Coaches Association game in Blacksburg, a bolt of lightning struck a few hundred yards from Lane Stadium. The ensuing storm caused the game to be called off. It was never made up. One of the early lightning strikes hit the rental car of ESPN analyst Lee Corso, who also will be working tonight's game.
Hokies sophomore kicker Brandon Pace leads the ACC in field goals, with 14 in seven games. Although he missed attempts from 33 and 43 yards in the one-point loss to North Carolina State, Pace had missed just four field goal tries and is 25 for 25 on extra points. His counterpart tonight, freshman Travis Bell, has made six of seven field goal attempts.
Catching on Quickly
Freshmen are the starters and backups at both wide receiver spots for the Hokies -- Josh Hyman and Josh Morgan at split end and Eddie Royal and Justin Harper at flanker. Morgan is the only one without a touchdown catch. Yellow Jackets freshman Calvin Johnson is third in the ACC in receiving with 23 catches and has five touchdowns.
For the first time all season, Virginia Tech is at full strength. Tailback Mike Imoh (suspension) missed the first three games, and backup linebacker Xavier Adibi (torn biceps tendon) returns for the first time since the season opener. Defensive end Noland Burchette (shoulder) and flanker Eddie Royal (illness) missed the Florida A&M game.
-- Ken Denlinger