ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Johnson isn't making a big deal about the sudden balance in Georgia Tech's normally run-dominated spread-option offense.
Vad Lee threw four touchdown passes in last week's win at Duke. Before that performance, no Georgia Tech quarterback had thrown four TD passes in a game since 2006 — two years before Johnson's arrival as coach.
Georgia Tech ranked at or near the top of the nation's rushing leaders and near the bottom of the passing stats in Johnson's first five seasons.
Lee is tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead with six scoring passes for Georgia Tech (2-0), which plays North Carolina on Saturday. Also notable from the early statistics: The Yellow Jackets lead the nation by allowing only 7 points per game.
Johnson said Tuesday he would be more impressed if the Yellow Jackets still have impressive numbers in a few more weeks.
"We're probably not that good on either side," Johnson said. "As the season progresses, we'll see. I hope we are. The stats are going to change. That's why, to me, stats are like polls. This time of year you don't pay much attention to them.
"If we get four or five games into the year, then they'll mean a little something more, I think."
After facing North Carolina this week, Georgia Tech plays another home game against Virginia Tech. Then the Yellow Jackets will play a fourth straight ACC Coastal Division game at Miami.
Obviously, tougher tests are coming for Lee.
Lee produced each of Georgia Tech's five touchdowns — four passing, one rushing — in the 38-14 win at Duke. The four touchdown passes caught the attention of North Carolina coach Larry Fedora.
"It makes it very hard because you know the kid, if you put him in situations, he can beat you with his arm," Fedora said. "You watch the Duke game. ... Four touchdown passes. So there's your threat. You get down to the red zone and those areas, and now you're trying to stop the triple-option and the play-action passes off of it, and it's tough. It's very tough."
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