Sure it was just Elon, but the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened up the 2013 season in impressive fashion on Saturday in a 70-0 win.
While the defense did much of the heavy lifting, I came away most impressed with the Yellow Jackets’ new starting quarterback. Redshirt sophomore Vad Lee completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 49 yards and a touchdown as well in his first-career start.
Lee said it didn’t feel different in the huddle as the starter, but that it was a special day.
“Your first game (of the season) is always great,” he said. ” Just being a starter and being able to take the snap first was just another element to the greatness.”
Georgia Tech’s first offensive play of the day was a seven-yard completion from Lee to Micheal Summers. It was the first time Tech has started the season with a completed pass since Reggie Ball connected with Calvin Johnson on the first play in 2006.
Lee hooked up with Summers (three catches for 79 yards) again later in the game for a 54-yard completion. That play set up what Lee said was his best throw of the day, a 24-yard touchdown to Robert Godhigh. Lee was flushed from the pocket and moving to his right he hit Godhigh for a touchdown to make it 63-0 on his final play.
“I guess that was the highlight throw,” said Lee, who also threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to David Sims. “I was really using my eyes on that pass. I used my eyes, I worked the corner on that and Robbie ran a great route and (the throw) was the easy part.”
Lee played in 12 of 14 games last season for Georgia Tech. He completed 27 of 56 pass attempts for 596 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. On the ground he ran for 544 yards and nine touchdowns.
Saturday Lee showed an ability to throw the ball that I think the Yellow Jackets have been missing the past few seasons, and head coach Paul Johnson said he was happy with how he ran the option.
“He missed a read or two, but all-in-all it’d be pretty hard to fault him much,” Johnson said. “I think we scored a touchdown every possession he was in. So it’d be hard to do a whole lot better.”
With Lee at the helm Georgia Tech could have a chance to be a sleeper team in the ACC Coastal Division. Lee’s next start will come in his hometown of Durham, N.C. as Georgia Tech visits Duke on Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
“I’m excited for that,” he said with a grin on Saturday.
So are Tech fans Vad.