It seemed as if the Hokies were going to be able to overcome early mistakes to escape with a win, but the defense couldn't stop the Yellow Jackets from creating one more big play.
They were excited because the triple option was in rhythm. Marshall scored on a 3-yard run to give Georgia Tech a 7-3 lead. Bush tried to scramble for the first down but Georgia Tech stopped him for a loss to end the drive.
A couple of questionable decisions by Fuente cost the Hokies crucial points in the first half.
Johnson said execution was the difference for the offense in Saturday's win, which racked up 401 total yards including 261 on the ground against the No. 1 defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference and ended a two-game losing streak.
Jackson would come back in and fire a third-down conversion to Kumah to put the Hokies in the red zone, and an 8-yard run by Jalen Holston made it a one possession game at 21-16.
Virginia Tech took a 22-21 lead with 7:27 to play in the game when Greg Stroman intercepted Marshall's pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.
TaQuon Marshall completed two passes Saturday, but both went for second-half touchdowns, lifting Georgia Tech to a 28-22 upset win over #17 Virginia Tech.
The one time Georgia Tech did complete a pass in the first three quarters, it was a 60-yard touchdown.
Georgia Tech appeared to be driving for a clinching touchdown late in the third quarter.
He came back to it with the Yellow Jackets trailing 22-21 midway through the fourth quarter.
Even though Stewart had started 25 games, it was the first scoring catch of his 34-game career.
The opportunities came in the run game too.
"I didn't feel like we were going to have tons of opportunities to score", Fuente said. He dialed up a long pass down the seam to wide receiver Ricky Jeune. Kerr, who had played limited snaps in eight games, was asked to defend Virginia Tech's Cam Phillips, the school's all-time leader receiver.