"We had a good game plan coming in. We knew that we was going to try and hit some big pass plays and we did," quarterback Vad Lee said. "Only if we could have hit some of those plays toward the end where we could finish, but we had a good game plan. All I had to do was throw the receivers the ball and they made it happen."
Entering Saturday's game with Georgia, Georgia Tech was ranked fifth in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 316.1 yards per game. Knowing Georgia had to game plan for the rush, Paul Johnson changed his scheme up a bit.
"We had worked on it this week with the play action and stuff knowing they would be a little aggressive," A-back Robert Godhigh said. "We hit them for a couple of big plays in the air."
Georgia Tech had the defensive edge until halftime. With 34 seconds remaining before halftime, Georgia's Hutson Mason found running back Todd Gurley for a nine-yard touchdown pass. That was just the start of Georgia's offensive reign.
"After the last possession of the first half, we never really got pressure on him (Mason)," Johnson said. "He had all day to throw the ball. That was a killer."
Mason didn't have 'all day' necessarily. After all, he didn't get his first touchdown pass until late in the second quarter. Mason finished the game with two touchdowns and 299 yards on 22 completions. He also threw an interception. Nonetheless, he helped Georgia engineer the victory. So did his offensive line.
"They definitely made some adjustments," defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu said. "Left an extra guy in to block at times. They tried to get the screen game going. They definitely made some good adjustments going into the second half."
Georgia Tech's quarterback had a good day too, tossing for 232 yards and a couple of touchdowns on just 11 completions. It wasn't enough, though.
"I'm all about wins," said an emotional Lee. "I wanted to play hard. I wanted to win this game; especially for our seniors because I can imagine how they feel right now not being able to beat Georgia."
This game meant a lot to Tech. Not only did Georgia Tech lose its last home game, but lost it to rival Georgia.
"It's a lot of emotions you know, cause it's the last game at home," Godhigh said. "Losing it in overtime always hurts, then losing it to Georgia is the ultimate hurt. It just hurts a lot."