Tech big plays hammer Virginia

By Michael Cunningham

When Georgia Tech is erupting for big plays and Bobby Dodd Stadium is roaring, it can feel like the Yellow Jackets will never stop scoring.

Virginia is the latest foe to find out what that’s like, and it didn’t take long. Tevin Washington passed to Zach Laskey for a 70-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to start Tech on the way to a 56-20 rout on Saturday.

“I think it more shocked them than anything,” Tech A-back Orwin Smith said. “They weren’t thinking about a B-back going into the flats and down the sidelines. I think that play just gave us confidence for the rest of the game.”

Laskey’s touchdown was one of three plays of 60 yards or more in the first quarter for Tech. Smith ran 77 yards for a score and Washington’s 60-yard run set up his one-yard TD run for Tech’s third touchdown of the period.

The Jackets had plenty of big plays in their previous game but those came against Presbyterian College, an outmatched FCS opponent. This time they did it this time against an ACC opponent that beat them last season and that was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Coastal Division.

In Tech’s season-opening defeat at Virginia Tech, the Jackets had just three plays of 15 yards or more with a long of 22. The Jackets had seven plays of at least 15 yards in the first half against Virginia and finished with nine.

Laskey’s touchdown was reminiscent of 2011, when Tech scored on the first play in each of its first three games. Last season, Smith scored on a 5-yard run following a fumble by Western Carolina in the season opener, Washington hit Tony Zenon for a 73-yard touchdown pass against Middle Tennessee State and Smith opened with a 95-yard run for a score against Kansas.

Laskey ran out of the backfield and started to run a shallow route to the left. When Virginia sophomore linebacker Henry Coley reacted, Laskey suddenly turned up field to haul in Washington’s soft pass.

“That was just luck,” Tech coach Paul Johnson quipped. “It’s just the matchup, get [Laskey] on the linebacker. [Coley] played the out route and [Laskey] ran a wheel route. It was a great throw by Tevin and a great route by Zach.”

Smith scored on Tech’s second play of its next drive. He took a pitch from Washington, got lots of space to run thanks to a cut block by Robert Godhigh and followed wide receiver Jeff Greene’s sideline block to the end zone.

“As soon as I caught the pitch I saw Robbie Godhigh with a tremendous block. I saw Jeff on the corner. All I could think about was Jeff don’t turn around. Because Sometimes when the receivers hear the fans they slow down and look back. He said all he knew was I was behind him running. He made a great play to shield off the corner.

Washington’s 60-yard run was set up when he faked a pitch and zipped through the middle of Virginia’s defense. Washington faked out Cavaliers safety Anthony Harris after about 10 yards and broke free for the big gain.

The Jackets led 35-7 at halftime. It was the most points scored in a half against a conference foe since Tech had 35 points against Wake Forest in 2000.

Jackets reserve quarterback Vad Lee added another big play after halftime when he scored on a 41-yard run.

17 comments Add your comment

FL Jacket

September 15th, 2012
10:47 pm

Such a boring boring offense!

ToeMeetsLeather

September 15th, 2012
10:47 pm

Very nice mix of plays on offense today and defense played stout.

Next up, the “U”.

Yellow Jacket Alley at 1:00 next week guys, get the team pumped early!

fan

September 15th, 2012
11:48 pm

what a yellow joke!

JustinSyder

September 15th, 2012
11:50 pm

Meaning……

FL Jacket

September 15th, 2012
11:52 pm

It means “I’m a troll”

Wal-Mart Retards

September 16th, 2012
7:12 am

There is no reason GT shouldn’t do the same to Miami. But, I am keeping my expectations low… to just a win!

Tokyo jacket

September 16th, 2012
8:40 am

13th ranked total offense and 18th ranked total defense. If we can stay even close to these numbers I like our chances against VT by the end of the season – if they can’t beat Pitt, I don’t know how they fare against FSU, Clemson and UNC (maybe even UVA).

Tokyo jacket

September 16th, 2012
8:40 am

Oh, and a win against Miami means that the only games where we aren’t favored through the end of the year are Clemson and UGA. I think we can win at least one of those.

Island Jacket

September 16th, 2012
9:42 am

We need the same defensive effort against Miami. They have a very good freshman running back. Very nice, dominating win…. But now its time to focus on the “U”

THWG

Tokyo jacket

September 16th, 2012
10:23 am

If we can focus on the U and come out with a win, the worst we should be is 9-2 (maybe 10-1) when we face UGA. Hitting the tough part of the schedule early and looking good so far!

DS CE'91

September 16th, 2012
10:41 am

Yesterday was a great day to be on the Flats. My two favorite plays:

(1) Our defensive stop on 4th down after the big kickoff return by UVa;

(2) TW’s long run up the middle. Perfect TO play, with TW pulling the ball back from Laskey(?) and then READING the defense to know to turn it up behind him. Love it

Generally, I also loved our rushing up the middle of the field. As long as we can do that, opposing LB’s can’t cheat outside to stop the option pitch.

GO JACKETS!!!!

Freddie Blassie

September 16th, 2012
11:59 am

Paul Johnson is perfect for Georgia Tech and he has always been a perfect fit for Georgia Tech. He does not care what we experts write on these silly blogs: he cares about wining. Find a you tube video of one of the post Georgia game losses and watch it. You’ll see a guy who hates losing and who cares about his players.
The Hill has not cut the AA any slack for 50 years and when Johnson accepts that they will stab him in the back occasionally and he learns to pick his battles with the Hill, he will really shock the football world and get GT football back in the national spotlight.

Tokyo jacket

September 16th, 2012
12:50 pm

@ freddie, there are no experts on these blogs, just folks like you and me with opinions – most of whom have never played football.

yeller bug

September 16th, 2012
1:23 pm

@ FL Jacket—not bad for a high school offense–boring as that is. : )

How about that Conners kid—4th on the depth chart and runs hard and blocks well—-I think a microcosm of the team—a blue collar work ethic—we don’t really have any superstars—maybe a few will play on Sunday, but don’t see any first round picks. We do however, have legitimate depth where the drop off in performance is minimal between 1st and 2nd string and in some cases it is strong to 3rd and 4th string. It also appears that the team is very unselfish, celebrating each other’s success—-so I’m quietly confident that we can have a special season this year. The competition picks up this week, but a good caning of the ‘Canes would be another big step in the right direction.

1 4 GT

September 16th, 2012
2:25 pm

I went to my 1st game @ Bobby Dodd Stadium in close to 40 years….I let life & work get in the way…. I thoroughly enjoyed myself & want to extend my thanks to juvenal & yeller bug for their hospitality before the game….hope to see them again soon….Terrific Win!! GOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie

Jacket Time

September 16th, 2012
11:12 pm

Amen Freddien!!!!

Jacket Time

September 16th, 2012
11:12 pm