In return home, Lee incinerates Tar Heels

By Doug Roberson

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Vad Lee era may have begun Saturday afternoon in Georgia Tech’s 68-50 victory over North Carolina.

Lee, a quarterback whom Yellow Jackets fans have been pleading to see more of all season, entered in the third series and remained the Jackets’ quarterback till the end. He led the team to 55 points, scoring on nine of his 12 drives in front of more than 30 friends and family from his nearby hometown of Durham.

“I just wanted to play my best game and take advantage of my best opportunity,” he said.

Coach Paul Johnson said the plan was to give Tevin Washington, who led the Jackets to their first touchdown, and Lee two consecutive series each at the beginning of the game and then decide who would go out on the fifth series.

But Lee seldom stopped scoring. Then Johnson said it reached a point where it became Lee’s game. Johnson declined to say if Lee would start next week’s game against Duke, though he acknowledged Lee “played pretty good.”

“I’m drained watching him play,” Johnson said. “He’s talented. He makes big plays, but he’s a freshman, but he plays the game.”

Lee rushed 23 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns and completed six of 10 passes for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

“I didn’t imagine this game swinging this way, but anything it takes to win,” he said.

It wasn’t all pretty, but when it wasn’t, Lee usually bounced back.

Lee almost ran a toss sweep into “40 guys” on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the second quarter. But Johnson recognized the danger and called a timeout just before the snap. Lee said he saw that the Tar Heels had the numerical advantage, but he wanted to try to make a play, perhaps showing why Johnson said he was “drained” watching him. After the timeout, during which Johnson changed the call, Lee barreled in for the touchdown.

Lee then showed again why fans have been clamoring for him to play, throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass with a delicate touch to Robbie Godhigh in the third quarter.

“That … was a pretty good throw,” Johnson said.

Lee later threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown to cut Tech’s lead to 58-50 in the fourth quarter and give the Tar Heels hope. Lee said he had a miscommunication with Darren Waller, who took off up the field. The pass went right to Tim Scott, who didn’t bite on the move.

But Lee answered on the next drive, rushing for 39 yards on a third-and-5 to set up a 22-yard touchdown run by Orwin Smith on an option play. The score gave the Jackets a 65-50 lead with 11:02 left to play.

“The kid makes plays, and he did today,” Johnson said.

103 comments Add your comment

ENGRGT

November 10th, 2012
11:33 pm

Tevin and Lee both are fine representatives of GT Tech… Good team work and great play!

fuzzybee78

November 10th, 2012
11:56 pm

Lee is just getting better and better and we all are wondering how good can he get?

I want more for TW than to just fade away— not an easy decision on how to handle the transition that just happened in front of us all.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 10th, 2012
11:58 pm

Today was the first day that we have seen the full potential of this offense since CPJ has been at TECH. Next mission, come up with a consistent defense to complement it. I still have confidence CPJ will.

CT_Jacket

November 11th, 2012
12:00 am

I’d at least like to see Tevin break the TD record.

Ignition

November 11th, 2012
12:05 am

Vad has an arm.. Would love to see CPJ open up the offense more and watch Vad throw darts all over the field ..

1 4 GT

November 11th, 2012
12:15 am

As Lee gets more comfortable & confident & CPJ gets more comfortable with him, I believe you will see this offense being opened up to all it can be. We saw shotgun, pistol & under center today. A little 3O & some spread. We could be watching a really good team next year. There is quality in our commits if none of them cut & run. Some of them may have been having second thoughts, but this mini resurgence should put a stop to that, hopefully. There is defensive help coming next year too. I look for good things next year.

1 4 GT

November 11th, 2012
12:16 am

I also want to add, I think we have a good chance at winning out. Time will tell.

dpj98

November 11th, 2012
12:23 am

TW may be a really great person, but remember, he was handed the starting job when Nesbitt was injured. He was unimpressive in those games as a sophomore. Lee is earning the job as a RS Freshman.

fuzzybee78

November 11th, 2012
12:24 am

Ken—-
I thought we might have a big day offensively, but never dreamed of this— because it is the first time these new D coaches at UNC have played a PJ coached team. I am curious what PJ’s record is playing ACC games against first year opposing DC who are trying to stop him for the first time? I bet he is undefeated???

WPinAZ

November 11th, 2012
12:25 am

I agree with FuzzyBee78. Can’t treat Tevin that way. I understand the transistion, but TW has done NOTHING to deserve just being tossed aside like that. The young man is a SENIOR and has EARNED the opportunity to complete his final season IN THE FIGHT. That’s the beauty of college athletics. All must wait their turn, deferring to those before them. TW waited out Josh Nesbitt, just as VL MUST wait out TW. I mean….ain’t like Tevin is un-productive? That’s the way it works in college athletics. Anything less than that would be COMPLETELY BUSH on part of CPJ.
Just my 2 cents worth…….

dpj98

November 11th, 2012
12:36 am

@WPinAZ again, remember, TW didn’t “wait out” Josh Nesbitt. He was handed the job when Nesbitt broke his arm and blew the rest of the season. He didn’t “earn” anything, there was just no one available to supplant him. Now there is and the best player should play and Vad Lee is clearly the best player.

WPinAZ

November 11th, 2012
12:40 am

“he was handed the starting job when Nesbitt was injured”…

Not exactly true. TW was NOT “HANDED” the job. TW was the 2nd string QB. He EARNED that position. JN, unfortunately, broke his arm that night in Blacksburg. Tough break. JN was a Senior. TW was set to start the next season anyway. He has EARNED his position, and is on track now to set and/or break TD records in a season. COMPLETELY BOGUS to deprive him of that. We’re not talking the NFL here. This is COLLEGE athletics.

GTGirl

November 11th, 2012
12:55 am

This coming Saturday is Senior Day and Tevin deserves to start, though we know Vad will get to play also.

dpj98

November 11th, 2012
12:59 am

Actually, JAYBO SHAW would have been the 2nd string QB, NOT Tevin Washington. Jaybo was being groomed to take over for Nesbitt but transferred. Again, TW being handed the job, not earning it.

dpj98

November 11th, 2012
1:03 am

This isn’t little league football where everyone gets a chance to play and gets a trophy at the end of the year. The best player, regardless of year, should play, every coach in college football will tell you that. Just because someone is a Senior doesn’t mean they deserve to play. Washington had plenty of chances to show he could pump this team up, close out games, lead come from behind drives and he plain didn’t.

1 4 GT

November 11th, 2012
1:05 am

WPinAZ….While I have the utmost respect and gratitude for what Tevin has done for GT and admire & applaud what he has accomplished both on the field & in the classroom @ GT, this, as you said in your own words, is college athletics. If you have two guys competing for the same spot, is this any different than the job market? No sir, it is not. The better qualified person gets the spot. It happens all the time in life. If CPJ had put Tevin in the ball game today after it was “in hand”, that would have like a slap in the face & an insult to what he has accomplished thus far. Tevin is a grown man, not some 8 year old, that should be & I imagine is quiet capable of understanding this fact of life. I don’t know of anyone that has not experienced this to some degree. Tevin will get one more start, maybe 2, Next week is Senior Day & if CPJ doesn’t let Tevin start the game & give all at that game the chance to voice our respect for him, then that would be a grave dishonor of Tevin. Otherwise, Vad has earned his spot in the sun now. He may not actually start a game until next season, and that would be OK too. But, having seen the way Tevin has worked & grown & done the best he could, I doubt he would disagree with me. He knows it is fast becoming Vad’s time and I imagine he is OK with it. I have never been one of those that thought he was a glory hound or a ball hog. He has done himself & GT proud.

BLACK BEE

November 11th, 2012
1:11 am

Agree TW should be shown some love. You can’t deny the potential of this offense with Lee in there. Why did we have to beg CPJ to play Lee? And today, Lee gets winded and TW should have been put back into the game. I like the two QB system for GT Next year we will have Thomas and he will deserve quality minutes too not mop up time. So for the rest of the year CPJ and CBB can get experience of playing 2 QB’s.

fuzzybee78

November 11th, 2012
1:49 am

@14GT
well said sir.

I now hope CPJ announces in advance that TW will start on SR day and then give way to Vad. Hopefully that will end in a TD for Tevin breaking JN record and we all will give Tevin a standing ovation!

WPinAZ

November 11th, 2012
2:14 am

If JAYBO truly was to start the next season, why would he xfer out of the ACC for Georgia Southern??? Anyway….VAD is the next coming. Stevie Wonder can see that. I’m just saying…TW deserves to finish his college career on the field, just as VAD will deserve the same. I know….I know…..DESERVES aint got nothing to do with it. Right??

yeller bug

November 11th, 2012
2:17 am

Good win and it’s nice to see how D’s get flustered when they have to worry a little more about the pass. I hope CPJ keeps opening it up. As for QBs, it’s not either/or—play both—they both have different skills and experience. CPJ has a good plan—play’em each a couple of series and see who’s hot. Today was Vad’s day and what a great day ro have in front of family! Next week may be TW. Vad is a much better athlete, but TW does better on reads and sometimes making good reads produces better results than raw athletic ability. So play both, keep them both intense and focused and use them as precision tools in your offensive arsenal.

WPinAZ

November 11th, 2012
2:31 am

…And in closing, I’ll throw in this. Thankfully, college athletics is NOT the job market – the REAL WORLD. At my age of 50+, it has been my experience, in particular in my home town of ATLANTA GA, that the “better qualified person” HISTORICALLY does NOT ALWAYS get the position. But…we’re not talking about the real world. Only College Athletics. Peace!

Jliuatl

November 11th, 2012
2:33 am

Tevin is a class act. All I saw from him on the sidelines was smiles and encouragement for his team and Vad. This kid already has his degree folks. He didn’t have to come back – it certainly wasn’t because he thought he could make the NFL. Yes, he had failures on fourth and short and key INTs, but our defense (I blame coaching there) never should have put him in that position (Miami, MTSU). Tevin understands his time at Tech is almost done and the torch being passed is best fior Tech’s future – it’s all about team for him, and he’s still a leader on the sidelines. He’s in the record books, and I know CPJ will give him a chance to break it next week.

slydog

November 11th, 2012
3:01 am

This tech program has one major problem: the defensive players that CPJ recruited are just not any good, no matter who the coach is.

Wrecker

November 11th, 2012
5:25 am

Well said, Jliuatl. Tevin maximized his talent and played the game the right way.

ray gunkel

November 11th, 2012
5:59 am

Nothing’s free in life – u gotta earn it! Stan Gann was the incumbent starter when Bobby Dodd sat him down in favor of the inexperienced, but, more talented Billy Lothridge. This isn’t some union shop where seniority trumps performance…it’s athletics where competition and performance determines who the players are that give your team the best chance to win. Without integrity in competition at any position but esp at qb, you’ll ultimately fail…just ask B… L….

Jacket Detective

November 11th, 2012
6:40 am

Now that we have agreed on a QB, can I count on Tech “fans” in the West stands not to cut and run?
For example, I viewed the BYU game with their fans on both sides of me though I doubt they got a fourth of what they had paid for their tickets.
In 2009 during the post-game celebration of the upset win over VT, I was informed by the young guy next to me that he was selling his tickets to the Uga game because their fans were willing to pay so much for them.
Not wanting to be the overbearing older guy, I said with disapppointment “you’re selling your tickets to the big game?”.
However I decided I would get on him at the Wake game.
I couldn’t though.
He sold his to that game too.
But now that we have the Messiah at QB, perhaps I can count on us now to man up and show up.

Jacket Detective

November 11th, 2012
6:51 am

And wasn’t it refreshing to get stops and tackles when we needed them like the 2009 season.
And successful field goals like the two that won the Clemson game that year.
I’m not sure even the great Nesbit would make much of a difference last year and this one.
Since in 2010, he could not prevent losing to a terrible Kansas team as well as needing a last second drive to barely beat a much crummier Wake team than the 2009 one.
I assuming here that the 2010 Wake team was crummier since we actually got some stops and kept the game within range of victory.
Funny how defense can do that for us once every two or three years.
What a concept.
Defense contributing to a win.
How long has this been going on?

wreckbone

November 11th, 2012
7:34 am

Nesbitt made a huge difference. And the b backs. Only problem is that Nesbitt and Dwyer and Allen got 3rd and short and 4th and short all the time.

Other guy who says our defensive recruits aren’t any good you have no clue. Our recruiting is the same as it had been as far as talent numbers. Just need a good DC in my opinion.

I was at the game in the middle of the UNC section. They hate Johnson. All opposing fans hope he is gone. It would not be wise. we haven’t been in 1 game this year with lower talent than needed at b back and qb combined with a soft defense. I hope Johnson stays for a long time. You as tech fans see the flaws in the TO watching it every week.opposing teams can’t stand it. everyone hates it. We were in every Acc game. Johnson was right fumble at end of Clemson game two OTs. I’m proud to have him as our coach. He’s competitive and so are his teams. Look at or point totals and average. We have been breaking all sorts of school records on offense since he’s been here. I just want a defense and a quality b back.thought it would bee Perkins. If we get one of those again look out! The qbs he’s getting now for this offense fit the offense. We had some bad endings to close games. That’s football. You just can’t understand how frustrating this TO is to opposing fan bases when working. Anyone who says the coach needs to go as I have seen on here is crazy when we scoring 9 touchdowns on the road to one of the better teams inn our division. A team we own now due to the past 15 years

NOVAJacket

November 11th, 2012
7:36 am

Jaybo left after he saw he was slipping down the depth chart. his arm strength was worse than Tevin’s (which everyone complains about) and he was not as strong a runner.

D’s biggest issue is that all the real playmakers are young – we are paying the price for the 2008 & 2009 classes. 2008 was a coaching transition class and 2009 had a number of guys that didn’t work out for various reasons (e.g. Lanier, McCoy)

NOVAJacket

November 11th, 2012
7:41 am

Wreckbone,

Was at the game as well, and sorry you had to sit with the UNC fans. As a group they are some of the least knowledgeable football fans (although very pleasant outside of that). CPJ isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Tokyo jacket

November 11th, 2012
7:46 am

Watching the GT offense start to pass is like watching Happy Gilmore learn how to putt. It really changes the game and takes “interesting” to dangerous.

Thank you to Tevin Washington. You have played as hard and as smart as you possibly could during your time at Tech. Mr. Lee is obviously more talented, but no one can ever question your effort and dedication. Congratulations on tying the ACC record for rushing TDs by a QB.

Tokyo jacket

November 11th, 2012
7:54 am

@Jliuatl, I sure hope you’re right. I would love to see TW get a standing ovation if/when that happens. He has played hard for a little guy. He deserves that record. He has run the TO to perfection with late pitches and excellent decision making.

Tokyo jacket

November 11th, 2012
7:58 am

Last thing. UNC has a higher ranked defense and offense than UGA. UGA is hanging its hat on a “tough win” against UF. A team that was losing to University of Louisiana Lafayette and and Bowling Green for about 6 quarters. The only team with an offense that they’ve played beat them 28-7. I look forward to that game.

Jacket Man

November 11th, 2012
7:59 am

I think Brandon Watts, Tech’s star LB, yesterday, said it better than any of us could:

“Everybody has confidence in Vad,” outside linebacker Brandon Watts said. “Everybody seems to go up to another level when he’s in there.”

This is a sign of a being team leader. This is what the team has lacked…

Reading between the lines, I’d ask what does THAT say about Tevin Washington? To me, by saying everybody takes it UP to the next level when Vad’s on the field, even for the defense, that means they work at a “lower level” when Tevin’s the starting QB.

I’d also remind everyone Tevin is the Senior and Vad is the redshirt Freshman.

unch

November 11th, 2012
8:08 am

Georgia will have an advantage seeing this offense the week before with Ga. Southern. I do see tech going 6-6, hopefully, enough to keep CJ’s job.

GTJohn

November 11th, 2012
8:08 am

For all of you who think TW should return and play, let’s just suppose that PJ puts him in against Duke and leaves him in and we lose. Then what?
All the fans are upset because the coach has shown stupidity.
Vad is upset because after his performance against UNC he is wondering what he has to do to win the job and even if he gets to play against UGA, he is thinking so what if I di well – will I get replaced again. Frankly, if I were Vad and that happened to me, I would be looking for another school.
PJ is feeling bad because he is now starting to have to consider a new job and his poor decision making is not helping in that respect.

So, on Senir Day, start TW (he will probably get another score) then put Vad in to give him more experience before the Dawgs. Vad having a good game is the only hope we have of beating UGA. Murray has a great passing game, spreads the ball around to a number of receivers and Jarvis and Rambo will give us fits all day.

Coach

November 11th, 2012
8:18 am

Actually…CPJ knows what he is doing. I guarantee you that every week he has evaluated Tevin and Vad, noting Vad’s progress and how he would do on the field. Vad is playing with confidence that he would not have had earlier. I’m fine with whomever he elects to start, but if he starts Tevin I’m ok with that – it’ll only make Vad better when he hits the field. Worked pretty good yesterday!

Now get after those Dookies!

tired from all the frustrations of being a yellow jacket

November 11th, 2012
8:23 am

Johnson will play which QB gives him the best chance of winning. Period!!

Dewnsav

November 11th, 2012
8:34 am

wow, a real track meet….congrats Tech, a much needed win…@ Tokyo Jacket, I look forward to the game also..go dogs

JACKETfan12

November 11th, 2012
8:42 am

Vad can throw the ball all over the field, but we need some consistent WR’s to really take this offense to another level. Too many times have QB’s in the past put balls on the money and we have had dropped passes.

424242

November 11th, 2012
8:54 am

One off season and its all “starting to have to consider a new job”

You know pretty well that Paul Johnson is not getting fired this year, so you can stop with the weird option hate …

buzzwax

November 11th, 2012
9:09 am

WINS and LOSSES are the only record that matters!! No way in hades do we win yesterday if Vad doesn’t play as much as he did. NO WAY!

When GT gets into 3rd and 7+ yards, which QB gives us the better chance to move the chains? Vad Lee!! Better runner, better passer, better athlete! Any questions?

I’d say let Vad put up 50+ on a defense that is no where near as good as UNC’s and let TW play the fouth quarter and direct some game ending death marches for ‘his record’……

ramblingbuzz

November 11th, 2012
9:24 am

I don’t think CPJ is going to kick TW to the curb. I imagine he will play some in each of the next 2 games. And nobody gave TW anything. He earned it. But it’s pretty clear at this point that Lee is more athletic and throws lasers. Obviously he is the future QB at GT. And I don’t think CPJ is going sit Lee down much the rest of the year unless he has one of those games where he can’t move the team. Don’t forget, Lee had plenty of motivation yesterday palying for the home folks.

Limelight

November 11th, 2012
9:25 am

No question Tevin will start on Saturday. CPJ will play it just like yesterday and the most productive QB will remain on the field, probably Lee.

Paddy

November 11th, 2012
9:45 am

Guys, nobody is treating TW bad. He just got beat out of his job. Happens all the time

JACKETfan12

November 11th, 2012
9:57 am

Ken –

What happened to Anthony Autry? Am I missing something?

Jacket Man

November 11th, 2012
10:07 am

Tevin will start against Duke because it’s Senior Day, then Vad will come in, just like he did against Carolina. Autry is out for the year with a knee injury. It’s a shame because he was turning out to be the top receiver…

TechApp fan

November 11th, 2012
10:08 am

Do QBs get tenure?
TW will probably start senior day and PJ hopefully will again play the hot QB. Does any blogger know that QB before they get a chance to get “hot”?
re that timeout….never seen a time out work so effectively. What was surely not a TD became a TD with a good coaching read/call.

Would love to see Tech hang half a hundred (or more) on dook.

...Take The Wheel

November 11th, 2012
10:12 am

Way to go take back your season team!!!!! I LOVE IT!! They played inspired ball yesterday and the pay off is coming! UM lost to VA!!!!! If that aint the stars aligning!! Further proof that the season aint over til its over!! How happy will we all be after THE NEXT 4 WINS!!! Yes I’m reaching… but isnt that what fans do…lol!!

AND…..wait for it…….VAD LEE SHOWED HIS BEHIND!!!!! I was never against him… I just hadn’t been impressed with any of his previous play that warranted all the praise people blanketed him with. Well…. yesterday was impressive. Not perfect, but impressive. His arm is definitely laser-llike. The team feeds off of his energy. And he was clearly playing inspired ball yesterday.

For the record, I think that Tevin was on his way to having a great game as well. He didn’t get pulled for any failure yesterday. It was time to rotate and Vad was just hot and CPJ was wise not to ruin his rhythm. I do think that Tevin deserves to play not only next Saturday in each of the remaining games.

…funny how one game changes things. No more called for CPJ’S job. No more hate for Tevin, and finally some team spirit. I’ll take that!!

...Take The Wheel

November 11th, 2012
10:13 am

And big KUDOS to Godhigh… I hope WnE is somewhere working on way to recant his previous comment about him.