The Georgia Tech spring game went on as planned in a rain-soaked Bobby Dodd stadium, as the White Team topped the Gold team 20-12 behind the arm and legs of QB Tim Byerly.
Byerly, who transferred from Middle Tennessee State in 2012, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown, and passed for 69 yards, looking quite at home running Paul Johnson’s offense.
Sophomore QB Justin Thomas sat out the game with a sore shoulder.
The scoring didn’t just come from the White Team offense though. The Gold Team, featuring the Jackets’ first-team defense, scored two touchdowns on fumble returns – an 86-yarder by senior safety Isaiah Johnson and a 42-yard return by junior Demond Smith.
Sophomore linebacker Paul Davis also forced two fumbles and recorded a sack for the Gold Team.
On special teams, sophomore kicker Harrison Butker got in on the action as well, kicking two field goals in the midst of the monsoon.
Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson gave a few thoughts following the game in conditions he characterized as “miserable” –
“I thought our guys fought through the conditions, which were as bad as I can remember. Our guys fought through it, but the conditions were less than ideal to play in.
I thought there were some good things on both sides. The first-team offense moved the ball pretty well. The second-team defense played well, so it was kind of a mixed bag.” [Source: RamblinWreck.com]
The game concluded the spring practices and activities for the Yellow Jackets, who will now look to next fall to begin their quest to get back on top of the ACC.
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