Career Day For QB Vad Lee Insufficient to get Georgia Tech Past Georgia

By Nate Miller
Daniel Shirey – USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia versus Georgia Tech rivalry game is known as, “clean, old-fashioned hate” to the opposing fan bases across the state. However, after experiencing yet another heartbreaking defeat in the series, Tech fans find themselves being confronted with the question of whether or not to even care about the game any longer. In lieu of a passion infused loathing of their arch nemesis, taking on an overwhelming sense of apathy would be more than justified now that team has lost 12 of the past 13 installments of the annual match-up.

In the 2013 edition, which was held Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the campus of Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets came out of the gate clicking on all cylinders and held a 20-0 lead with about 6:30 remaining on the clock in the second quarter. Having already thrown for over 170 yards and accounting for two scores, quarterback Vad Lee was well on the way to the best performance of his college football career. The dual-threat junior finished the contest with 294 total yards and four touchdowns, but that still was not enough to hold off Georgia running back Todd Gurley and the rest of the Bulldogs.

By halftime, the deficit was cut to 13 as Gurley scored on a nine-yard pass shortly before the intermission. That was a predecessor of things to come for the sophomore star. By the time the game ended with a final score of 41-34 after two overtimes, the 2012 Freshman All-American had piled up 158 yards of offense and four total scores. As the Georgia defense successfully protected their end zone on the game’s final play, the Gurley-led comeback was complete.

All involved with the Georgia Tech football program are feeling the sting after this meltdown. Head Coach Paul Johnson now has some serious work to do in order to regain the lofty status he once enjoyed around the campus. The Yellow Jackets have now completed the regular season with a record of 7-5 and await an invitation to their 17th consecutive bowl game.

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