- Heather Dinich, College Football Reporter
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Lee, ESPN.com’s ACC Player of the Week, threw four touchdown passes -- the most in a game in the Paul Johnson era, and the most by a Jackets quarterback since Reggie Ball threw four against NC State in 2006. He also ran for another touchdown, was 8-of-16 for 125 yards and added 76 yards rushing. Georgia Tech rolled up 344 yards rushing and 469 total yards.
“I honestly thought I could play a lot better, to be honest with you,” said Lee, who added that he had about 50 friends and family members at the game. “I missed a couple of passes, I fumbled the ball once. Obviously those plays are sticking out more than the great plays, but I’m happy I was able to settle down in my hometown, get the ball rolling and score some touchdowns.”
It was the first time Lee had thrown for three touchdowns in his career, and the win helped Georgia Tech strike first in the ACC’s Coastal Division race. Lee’s success – and that of his wide receivers – has Georgia Tech fans excited about the emergence of a passing game in Johnson’s spread-option, run-based offense. Only four times last year did Georgia Tech quarterbacks throw the ball 16 times or more. Johnson said heading into this season that they planned to throw the ball a bit more.
Clearly, they have a quarterback who can throw it more efficiently, too.
Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee, a native of Durham, N.C., made himself right at home last Saturday in a 38-14 win over Duke in Wallace Wade Stadium.Lee, ESPN.