Perhaps the greatest moment in Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington’s career was followed shortly by one of his worst. Minutes after leading the Yellow Jackets to a go-ahead touchdown with 44 seconds left to play, Washington threw an ill-advised interception in overtime that opened the door for Virginia Tech.
“I was trying to throw the ball away,” Washington said of the overtime interception.
On a 3rd-and-6 play from the Hokies’ 10-yard line on the opening possession of overtime, Washington floated to his left to evade pressure and then tried to throw the ball away as Hokies linebacker Bruce Taylor pulled him to the ground. The ball was picked off at the goal line by cornerback Kyle Fuller.
Virginia Tech kicked the game-winning field goal on its possession.
On the Yellow Jackets’ last possession of regulation, Washington played mostly out of the shotgun and led a 72-yard, 13-play touchdown drive. The key play was on 4th-and-6 from the Virginia Tech 37 with 3:03 to play. Washington dropped back, rolled away from pressure and fired to A-back B.J. Bostic as he ran to the sideline for a 19-yard gain.
“I caught B.J. in my vision coming across the field and B.J. did an excellent job of making the catch and securing the ball,” Washington said.
Washington completed the drive by hitting A-back Deon Hill on a crossing route for a 10-yard touchdown pass that, with David Scully’s point-after, gave Georgia Tech a 17-14 lead with 44 seconds left.
Said coach Paul Johnson of Washington, “He made some great plays on the last drive in regulation.”
Washington picked up his play after a shaky start to the game, often missing reads on the option. He ran 19 times for 63 yards, including a 22-yard run on the final drive in regulation. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 96 yards.
The finish bore some similarity to Tech’s last visit to Lane Stadium, in 2010. In that game, Washington, who finished the game in place of the injured Joshua Nesbitt, led a game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, only to have Virginia Tech’s David Wilson return the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. On Georgia Tech’s last drive of the game, Washington led Tech to the Hokies’ 16 but threw an interception into the end zone with eight seconds remaining.