Washington comes through on senior day

By Doug Roberson

Tevin Washington walked off Grant Field a winner and record-breaker in his final home game as Georgia Tech’s quarterback.

Afterward, he was more focused on the former than the latter after the Yellow Jackets beat Duke 42-24 to keep alive the team’s hopes of playing in the ACC championship game, and set up next week’s in-state showdown at Georgia.

“I could care less about the records,” he said after setting school and conference records career rushing touchdowns by a quarter. “I just want to get the wins.”

It was a typical  Washington performance: a few big pass plays, a few incompletions and a few hold-your-breath tosses on option plays. Washington rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown and passed for 102 yards and three more scores.

Washington has had a curious place at Tech. His predecessor, Joshua Nesbitt, was beloved by Yellow  Jackets fans because of his toughness and the fact he led Tech to an ACC championship. Washington became the starter when Nesbitt suffered a broken arm in a game at Virginia Tech the next year. He spent most of 2011 and 2012 hearing from fans that he wasn’t as good as Nesbitt, or that they wanted to see more of his backup, Vad Lee.

That came to fruition in last week’s game against North Carolina when Lee came in on the third series in  a planned switch and never left, leading the Jackets to a 68-50 victory. Lee had played sparingly in seven of the previous nine games, so that he played wasn’t a surprise. That he finished the game, and was responsible for 55 points, was a surprise.

Tech stuck to the same quarterback-rotation early against the Blue Devils. Washington played the first two series, leading the Yellow Jackets to two touchdowns.

He scored the first touchdown on a 1-yard run to give the Jackets a 7-0 lead. It was his 18th rushing touchdown this season 36th in his career, breaking the school and ACC record for all-time rushing touchdowns by a quarterback that was previously held by Nesbitt.

Washington said after that he hadn’t seen the list of quarterbacks that he bettered, and that he didn’t plan on doing so until after the season. Nor would he think about how the fans have treated him, saying he doesn’t focus on the negative.

“He’s the epitome of perseverance,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I couldn’t be happier for him.”

Washington followed that on the second series by making the right read on an option play. He handed the ball to B-back David Sims, who sprinted up the middle for a 19-yard touchdown to give the Jackets a 14-7 lead.

Lee came on and played the next two series in the first half, adding a touchdown.

Washington was re-inserted in the second half and this time he never left.

He followed his first two touchdown drives with three more that showed his development as a passer.

First, he hit B-back Zach Laskey, who came out of the backfield and got behind the secondary, with a lofted pass with just the right amount of touch for a 28-yard score that gave the Jackets a 28-17 lead. The preceding play illustrated why Washington drives some fans crazy. Rolling right on an option play, Washington put a Duke defender to the ground by faking a pitch to a trailing A-back. Washington kept going and then pitched the ball forward, resulting in an illegal forward pass because he had already crossed the line of scrimmage. He rebounded with the touchdown pass.

He followed that with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Robbie Godhigh on a crossing route and capped it with a second touchdown pass to Godhigh.

Washington came out for the last series, which was nothing more than kneel downs. He snapped the final play and tried to keep the game ball. A team manager came and took it.

Washington didn’t seem to care. He doesn’t want the ball or the records. He wants the wins.

“It goes back to something we’ve always talked about it: it’s now how you start it’s how you finish,” he said. “We still have a chance to accomplish all of our goals on our goal board.”

24 comments Add your comment

...Take The Wheel

November 18th, 2012
12:40 am

WAY TO GO TEVINNNNNN!! Your hard work and dedication paid off tonight! Thanks for always representing the school and program with class and heart. GT was lucky to have you for 5 years!

Way to hang in there through all the ps and downs.

Now you and the boys keep swinging. I faith in 3 more wins!!!

...Take The Wheel

November 18th, 2012
12:42 am


Thanks for a great write up Ken!!

Jacket Time

November 18th, 2012
1:26 am

You the man Tevin! Thanks!


November 18th, 2012
3:44 am

Tevin has done a good job running this offense despite all of the negative comments from the naysayers. But think about this; had it not been for Tevin staying healthy and allowing Vad Lee to come along slowly, the QB position would not be in the shape it is for the next few years. Thank you Tevin!

Tech D has hurt Tevin's Legacy

November 18th, 2012
6:58 am

TW put the team on his shoulders that last drive in Lane Stadium, willing GT to a lead with 44 seconds left. You don’t go to VT for a night game on a weeknight (last I checked they were 15-3 in those situations) and let the Hokies tie it up/send it to overtime. Yet that’s exactly what the Tech D did.

Similarly Tech had a huge TW-led comeback vs Miami at home. Then the defense let Miami have all the long slow death march TD drives it wanted, cooling off Tech’s offense, resting Miami’s defense, and giving Miami’s defense tons of time to make adjustments & Paul Johnson fewer possessions to make his adjustments.

Win those two and there is no psychological let down vs MTSU.

Tech wins the Coastal outright and is 9-2 right under TW who has two comeback wins on his resume.

Truth is the defense was horrible under Groh and Tech’s kicker and punter have continually given this defense a short-field.

The QB is always the most visible player on the team and gets imbued by fans who like Hollywood stories with a CEO-like quality that makes him responsible for “quarterbacking” wins and losses. Most of these fans never played a down of football.

Defense has to get better and the Butker kid from Westminster has to be the answer at PK. I think punter will come around. Do that plus return an offense that is strengthened at every position next year and Tech will roll. Mostly depends on defensive progress.

Island Jacket

November 18th, 2012
7:09 am

TW had a great game. Show him some love….

Aaron Murray is my b-tch

November 18th, 2012
7:14 am

Tee Dub!!! To the mentally deranged fan in section 103 calling for TW to “get off the field” in the 2nd half… Stay at home next time!


November 18th, 2012
7:53 am

Ditto “Tech D”, good comments. There is no doudt Lee’s upside is higher than TW’s, but Tevin did plenty this year for the team to reach most of it’s goals.

I am afraid ALL of the items you mentioned are going to bite us in the a^^ next week against the mutts. We need a major scheme change defensively to field a feared team( and a kicker that can get the ball to the endzone would also help).

dry dirt road

November 18th, 2012
8:37 am

I agree with TML about needing a kicker who can get it into the end zone. Tanner can get it between the goal posts, but kicks it so short on kickoffs that Duke started at midfield, 2 or 3 plays later crossed the goal line.


November 18th, 2012
8:39 am

Congratations Tevin!! We are very proud of you! Well deserved!

dry dirt road

November 18th, 2012
9:03 am

Yes, TW had a good game. He threw one really errant one in the second half, and pitched again to nobody once. He has a problem with those, particularly the pitches, this one called a forward pass beyond the line of scrimmage, and luckily not recovered for a fumble. Lets see if he remains loyal to Tech next Saturday and doesn’t choke in the clutch and turn it over, because he turned it over last year to Georgia and it looked like he was loyal to them then. Some Tech player maybe would drive out on a dry dirt road beyond the Perimeter outin the sticks with one of their Georgia acquaintances and stop and the Georgia guy could offer the Tech player perhaps $10,000 to throw some errant passes perhaps in overtime and to pitch out when he should keep it and take the loss of yards. This is a concern I have. Maybe I’m paranoid, but I’ve heard of bribes, and I’ve seen Washington choke in the clutch, just like he did yesterday when he pitched it out for the forward pass beyond the line of scrimmage. Anytime I see a qb turn it over I suspect either he made an honest mistake, or bribes were paid to him prior to the game being played to do that. Lee would not choke at all and turn it over. I wouldn’t mention the concept of bribery if it didn’t exist, but unforunately it does exist.

dry dirt road

November 18th, 2012
9:07 am

out in, not outin, too much proofread required, not being given credit for keyboard strokes

Golden White

November 18th, 2012
9:41 am

Aaron Murray is my b-tch

November 18th, 2012
7:14 am

Tee Dub!!! To the mentally deranged fan in section 103 calling for TW to “get off the field” in the 2nd half… Stay at home next time!


Looks like we had a GT Joe sighting.

Crazy Robert

November 18th, 2012
9:47 am

Sure was glad to see Tevin have a good game. Appears he worked on his passing some cause he looked to have a little better control. Hunker down boys and BEAT GEORGIA!!!

...Take The Wheel

November 18th, 2012
10:19 am

@dry dirt. – you suck! Some people get a lot a nerve to say really foul things in anonymity. You sir an an absolute jerk to even imply that TW would throw a game or take a bribe.

This kid is alllll about team. And I hope the TEAM keeps the positivie momentum going the next 3 games!! Some real fans like me never stopped believing in them!

Anything could happen against UGA, ACCCG and bowl! …like PJ said, it’s why you play the game.
And as they’ve shown, great things happen when they all show up and leave it all on the field!


November 18th, 2012
10:29 am

@ dry dirt road

you have to be the biggest idiot in the world to bring up bribes..to show how much you know about football is to read your post..yes TW was pass the line when pitched the ball..there was no way it could have been a fumble..it he would have been behind the line it would have been incomplete pass..it is no different than throwing a shovel pass..by the way there was back right beside the ball so he wasnt throwing to a nobody..if you knew anything about football you would know it cant be fumble

TechApp fan

November 18th, 2012
10:37 am

I was pleased Johnson stayed with the hot hand in the NC game and that applies to the Duke game also.

dry dirt…hate you feel that way about “fixin”….glad I do not.

82 GT grad

November 18th, 2012
10:44 am

Josh Nesbitt was a winner and a beast, but Tevin runs Paul Johnson’s option offense better than Nesbitt or Vad Lee. Washington is a better passer than Nesbitt, but that’s not saying much. Seems like at the goal line opposing defenses would look for Tevin to keep the ball. Washington didn’t have as good a team around him as Nesbitt. Vad Lee will prove superior to both as a passer and runner, though he’s still rough around the edges throwing the ball and running the option. had Lee played all year GT would’ve won at least one more game, perhaps two. We’d be in the ACCCG for sure. I can’t wait for next season.

GT had a kicker who could put kickoffs in the end zone, but now he is hurt. I am much happier having a third-string walk-on redshirt senior kicker who can make extra points and field goals.

Jacket Time

November 18th, 2012
12:48 pm

Choosing to ignore dry dirt’s deranged conspiracy theories. Can’t wait to see what GT Joe has to say after sitting in section 103. Lol!


November 18th, 2012
9:47 pm

minor correction…

Sims’ TD was not on an option play. That was a designed run for Sims… simple Trap play. TW just carried out an option fake after it.

really appreciate all you do, Ken!

1 4 GT

November 18th, 2012
9:54 pm

dry dirt has has developed LBS (leaky brain syndrome)….the logic section must have leaked out first

...Take The Wheel

November 18th, 2012
9:59 pm

That’s hilarious 1 4! I suspect you’re right too!


November 19th, 2012
11:00 am

Cant believe y’all are jumping on Tevin bandwagon again!! Beat UGA and ill be Happy will see what kind of tricks PJ has up his sleeve. To HELL WITH UGA!!