Saturday night, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets traveled to Tennessee and defeated Middle Tennessee State University in front of its record crowd of 30,501 as they celebrated their centennial.
This 49-21 point win puts Georgia Tech at 2-0 for the season and against the MTSU Blue Raiders.
The Yellow Jackets began this game with another first quarter shut out, scoring on their first play from scrimmage. Washington hit red shirt freshman Tony Zenon down the left sideline for a 73 yard touchdown only 14 seconds into the game.
The MTSU Blue Raiders started their second possession on their own 40 after Tech’s kickoff went out of bounds. Quarterback Logan Kilgore hit Anthony Amos for a 20-yard pass on first down. But the drive ended at the Tech 29 yard line forcing Alan Gendreau to attempt a 46 yard field goal, missing wide left.
The Yellow Jackets scored on the next play with a 71-yard pass from Washington to Stephen Hill. Hill was hit by defenders around the 32, but broke loose for a 21-0 lead with 2:12 left in the first quarter.
An interception by Tech’s Isaiah Johnson halted the Blue Raiders at the Tech 10. Washington connected with Stephen Hill for 43 yards, while red shirt senior Roddy Jones and QB David Sims had 14 yard carries on the seven-play drive before Washington kept on the option for a 7 yard touchdown.
MTSU finally got on the scoreboard 3:12 before halftime after an 11 play series. Running back D.D. Kyles dragged defenders into the end zone on a 15 yard touchdown run.
The Yellow Jackets added on another touchdown midway through the third quarter when junior A-back Orwin Smith’s 2 yard Touchdown run wrapped up an 11 play, 6 minute drive covering 85 yards.
Georgia Tech put in QB Synjyn Days on the next series, and he directed two touchdown drives. The redshirt freshman ran keepers for 10 and 28 yards before scoring on a 5 yard run with 1:27 left in the third.
The Yellow Jackets finished the game with 596 total yards, 382 on the ground. Washington completed 5 of 8 passes for 202 yards, while backups Sims and Days led Tech’s rushers with 91 yards each.
The Yellow Jackets take the field in Atlanta again on September 17th against Kansas University.
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Written by Ericka Birdsong
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