ATLANTA — Logan Thomas’ second game in Atlanta this season is going much better than his first.
The Hokies quarterback threw for 149 yards and a touchdown and added 36 rushing yards and another score to give Virginia Tech a 14-3 lead at halftime at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
It was a far cry from his 5-for-26, 59-yard performance the last time Virginia Tech was in town for the season opener against Alabama.
The Hokies could not have asked for a better start. Kyle Fuller, who started at whip linebacker, darted through the line on Georgia Tech’s first drive and knocked the ball out of quarterback Vad Lee’s hands. Cornerback Brandon Facyson jumped on it for Virginia Tech.
Two plays later, Thomas hit D.J. Coles on a crossing route underneath. The receiver got a block and beat the Georgia Tech defense to the pylon for a 21-yard touchdown and 7-0 lead just 2½ minutes in.
Thomas, who has been erratic with his passing early in the season, was hot early, completing his first nine passes and finishing the half 10-for-13. Early in the second quarter, he powered his way in on a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Hokies a 14-0 lead.
Lee completed a rare 41-yard pass to receiver DeAndre Smelter on Georgia Tech’s next drive, setting up a 49-yard field goal by Harrison Butker to cut the lead to 14-3.
The Yellow Jackets, who are averaging 345.3 rushing yards per game this year, have only 62 yards on 19 carries after 30 minutes.
Facyson, who is from Newnan, Ga., also had an interception in the first quarter. He’s tied for the national lead with four this year.