ATLANTA (AP) — As Georgia Tech throttled Elon 70-0 Saturday in Bobby Dodd Stadium, the Yellow Jackets were like a broken record: nearly every time they had the ball, they scored. Sometimes, even when the Phoenix had it, Georgia Tech still scored.
"Obviously, when you win by a score that large you did some things well," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson. "This went as well as you could ever hope."
The Yellow Jackets were dominant, totaling 557 yards and averaging 9.1 yards. Georgia Tech also set an ACC record for margin of victory, surpassing Florida State's 69-0 win over Western Carolina in 2008.
Sophomore quarterback Vad Lee in his first start passed for 189 yards and two scores, and rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Georgia Tech (1-0) found the end zone on eight of its first nine offensive possessions before running out the clock to end the game. The Yellow Jackets also mixed in interception returns for scores of 95 and 54 yards by Tyler Marcordes and Chris Milton, respectively, and the home team had a school-record 173 interception return yards.
Even Georgia Tech's mistakes resulted in scores. The last touchdown, a 44-yard run by reserve quarterback Justin Thomas to cap a 99-yard drive with 7:30 left in the game, was wrong depending on who you ask.
"(Before) that last touchdown, I told my man (Thomas), 'If you break in the clear, take a knee,'" Johnson said. "And he just kind of smiled and said, 'Come on, coach. I haven't played in two years.' You've got to let them play to some degree."
Georgia Tech did most of the playing in the first quarter. On the game's second play, Yellow Jacket safety Jamal Golden knocked the ball loose from Elon back Tracey Coppedge.
Cornerback Jemea Thomas recovered to set up a 14-yard scoring run by Deon Hill, and soon the Yellow Jackets were at it again.
Milton blocked Elon's first punt to leave the Yellow Jackets at Elon's 35-yard-line. A few plays later, Georgia Tech fullback David Sims went in from 1-yard out.
In the first quarter, Hill, Sims, Zach Laskey and Charles Perkins scored on runs for the Yellow Jackets.
Elon junior Mike Quinn had a rough day in his first start. He completed 17-of-30 passes for 136 yards and three picks.
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