Virginia Tech escaped with a 20-17 win over Georgia Tech Saturday evening thanks in large part to Tyrod Taylor's legs.
The recently unredshirted quarterback scrambled for 74 yards on 15 attempts, scoring a touchdown on a two-yard keeper late in the first half. Though Taylor completed only 9 of 14 passes for an anemic 48 yards, his happy feet seemed to energize the orange-clad crowd. "See!" exclaimed the man in front of me, who turned around each and every time the fleet-footed playmaker sprinted across the field. "Sean Glennon could never do that."
This good-natured ribbing occurred because I foolishly declared a desire to see senior quarterback Sean Glennon play after interviewing him over the summer. Because his team offers little pass protection and a lack of talented receivers, the strong-armed Glennon is useless to the Hokies and was left sitting Saturday.
Of course, Taylor had some help from Georgia Tech's mistake-riddled offense. The 'Jackets tallied 387 yards total offense, but coughed up the ball three times, twice turning over the ball. They also had eight penalties for 61 yards and one interception. The Hokie faithful breathed a sigh of relief when the last play ground to a halt, and most felt lucky to end the day with a win.
As it turns out, big, smoked turkey legs ($9 each) are a game day favorite in Blacksburg, not just on the field, but at the concession stands. (For those of you who don't know, a Hokie by definition is a turkey!) Entrepreneur Berkeley Roberts grew up around amusement parks. When his family sold their business interests, he turned to concessions. The mop-topped businessman has been serving turkey legs at Virginia Tech games since 2000.
Roberts is a bit cagey about his numbers, but he did reveal this. "Let's put it this way," he says. "A whole lot of turkeys will make the ultimate sacrifice for their namesake this year.""
Hokies fan Jim George of Roanoke stopped by after the game to buy turkey legs for his offspring who were unable to make it to the game. "We've tried others," he confesses, "but they don't taste as good as these."
Concessions helper Sissy Kennedy bagged up Jim's legs with a smile. "You're just not a Hokie unless you eat a turkey leg," she declares. "It's a tradition here at Virginia Tech."