2013 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

2013 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Music City Bowl vs. Ole Miss, L 17–25
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2013 record 7–6 (5–3 ACC)
Head coach Paul Johnson (6th year)
Offensive scheme Flexbone Triple option
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof (1st year)
Base defense 4–3 Multiple
Home stadium Bobby Dodd Stadium
(Capacity: 55,000)
2013 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
#1 Florida State x$#   8 0         14 0  
#8 Clemson %   7 1         11 2  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Syracuse   4 4         7 6  
Maryland   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   2 6         4 8  
NC State   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
#23 Duke x   6 2         10 4  
Miami   5 3         9 4  
Virginia Tech   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   5 3         7 6  
North Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         7 6  
Virginia   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Florida State 45, Duke 7
  • # BCS National Champion
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • % BCS at-large representative
  • x Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Yellow Jackets were led by sixth year head coach Paul Johnson and played their home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium. They were members of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 5–3 in ACC play to finish in a three way tie for second place in the Coastal Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they lost to Ole Miss.

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons at
Georgia Tech
Alma Mater
Paul Johnson Head Coach 5 Western Carolina (1979)
Bryan Cook Quarterbacks/B-Backs 0 Ithaca (1998)
Lamar S. Owens Jr. A-Backs 5 Maryland (2008)
Al Preston Wide Receivers 5 Hawai'i (1982)
Mike Sewak Offensive Line 5 Virginia (1981)
Ted Roof Defensive Coordinator 0 Georgia Tech (1986)
Andy McCollum Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator 3 Austin Peay State (1981)
Mike Pelton Defensive Line 0 Auburn (1999)
Joe Speed Defensive Backs 3 Navy (1996)
Ray Rylcheski Special Teams Coordinator 1 Valley Forge (1981)

Previous season

They were members of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing the season 7–7, 5–3 in ACC play to share the Coastal Division Championship with Miami and North Carolina. With Miami and North Carolina on post seasons bans, Georgia Tech represented the division in the ACC Championship Game where they were defeated by Florida State. They were invited to the Sun Bowl where they defeated USC.


Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 12:00 PM Elon* Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPN3 W 70–0   45,759
September 14 3:30 PM at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPNU W 38–14   21,267
September 21 12:00 PM North Carolina Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPN W 28–20   49,445
September 26 7:30 PM Virginia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA (Battle of the Techs) ESPN L 10–17   50,214
October 5 3:30 PM at No. 14 Miami (FL) Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ESPNU L 30–45   47,008
October 12 7:00 PM at BYU* LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT ESPNU L 20–38   60,320
October 19 12:30 PM Syracuse Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ACCN W 56–0   45,704
October 26 12:30 PM at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ACCN W 35–25   41,930
November 2 7:00 PM Pittsburghdagger Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPNU W 21–10   52,312
November 14 7:30 PM at No. 8 Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Rivalry) ESPN L 31–55   75,324
November 23 1:30 PM Alabama A&M* Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPN3 W 66–7   45,194
November 30 3:30 PM Georgia* Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta,GA (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) ABC L 34–41 2OT  54,914
December 30 3:15 PM vs. Ole Miss* LP Field • Nashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN L 17–25   52,125
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries

Georgia Tech vs. Elon

Georgia Tech opened their 2013 season with a rout of Elon University, one of the two FCS teams the Yellow Jackets will play this season. In Ted Roof's first game as Defensive Coordinator, Georgia Tech would force four turnovers including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Vad Lee showed off his passing abilities by throwing for two touchdowns to David Sims and Robert Godhigh for 59 and 24 yards respectively. Six different Yellow Jackets accounted for six rushing touchdowns including a 44-yard run by backup red-shirt freshman quarterback Justin Thomas in the fourth quarter. Elon's only major scoring opportunity was a missed field goal as time expired at the end of the first half.

Georgia Tech vs. Duke

Georgia Tech opened up their 2013 ACC schedule at the Duke Blue Devils on September 14. Georgia Tech scored first on a 49-yard field goal from true freshman kicker Harrison Butker, his first field goal of the year after kicking a plethora PATs against Elon. Duke answered back with a touchdown of their own off a Jela Duncan 1 yard run to go up 7–3 seven minutes into the contest. Georgia Tech would then rattle off 28 unanswered points to go up 31–7 by the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter each team would trade touchdowns for a final score of 38–14. Vad Lee threw four touchdowns and one interception seen as a stellar passing performance from a Georgia Tech quarterback due to the emphasis on the triple option on offense. To go along with the passing game Georgia Tech averaged 5.7 yards per run weakening the Duke defense instrumentally. With the win Georgia Tech went to 2–0 for the season and 1–0 in conference play.

Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina

Georgia Tech's first ACC home game was against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The game was played in a steady rain allowing the experience of North Carolina senior quarterback Bryn Renner to control the game while Georgia Tech's relative inexperience led to several fumbles and drops ending drives without a score. The Tar Heels scored two touchdowns in the first quarter but failed to convert a two-point conversion on the first while settling for a PAT on the second to lead 13–0. David Sims ran for a 1-yard touchdown to get the Yellow Jackets on the board, but Bryn Renner connected with Sean Tapley for a 24-yard TD less than two minutes later to put the Tar Heels back up thirteen. The turning point of the game was a 21-yard touchdown pass from Vad Lee to Darren Waller with 30 seconds remaining in the half to dent the deficit back to six and allowing Georgia Tech to head to the locker room with the momentum. A squall line came over Bobby Dodd Stadium at the start of the third quarter causing sloppy play from UNC which along with Tech's improved defense prevented the Tar Heels from scoring in the second half. Paul Johnson from there on out decided to dominate the time of possession wearing down UNC's defense allowing for the Yellow Jackets to add two more rushing touchdowns for a come from behind 28–20 victory, bringing Georgia Tech to 3–0 for the season and 2–0 in conference play.

Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech's first night game of the year occurred on a Thursday night ESPN telecast against Virginia Tech. After an overtime victory in this matchup last year by Virginia Tech this game was expected to be a close contest. Once again Georgia Tech allowed the opposition to score early going behind 14–0 after spectacular play by Virginia Tech's quarterback Logan Thomas who threw and ran for a touchdown in the first half. Harrison Butker was able to lower the deficit to 11 after converting a 49-yard field goal. Vad Lee struggled throughout the first half throwing an interception and fumbling on another drive. Both defenses came out of halftime strong with a defensive contest dominating the third quarter until Georgia Tech miraculously recovering their own fumble on the Virginia Tech five yard line and then drawing a pass interference penalty to get a new set of downs on the two yard line. David Sims then ran in a one-yard touchdown a play later to bring the Yellow Jackets within 4. Hokie kicker Cody Journell then added a field goal to put Virginia Tech back up by a touchdown. Virginia Tech then forced a turnover on downs but could not get a first down forcing Journell to come back out on short rest. Journell would miss the field goal left. Both teams then traded three and outs. After driving for about 25 yards Kendall Fuller intercepted a Vad Lee pass deep down field on 4th and 13 giving the Hokies the ball with 1:06 remaining. Two kneels ended the game handing the Yellow Jackets their first loss of the season dropping them to 2–1 in ACC play and 3–1 for the season.

Georgia Tech vs. Miami

Looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season Georgia Tech took on undefeated Miami at Sun Life Stadium. Both offenses started strong with matching touchdowns in the first 7 minutes of the game. Georgia Tech then took over and scored 10 straight points due to a powerful run game and a turnover courtesy of a Duke Johnson fumble. However a Vad Lee fumble inside the red zone early in the second quarter would be the Yellow Jackets undoing. Injured Miami quarterback Stephen Morris along with a strong running core would rally to score 17 in a row to go up 24–17 by end of the third quarter. Georgia Tech regained composure to add a touchdown courtesy of a David Simms 6 yard run but Harrison Butker would miss the PAT after a poor snap caused him to kick into the laces keeping the Yellow Jackets behind albeit one point. A 41-yard pass from Stephen Morris to Stacy Coley set up 3 yard rushing touchdown by Dallas Crawford put Miami up by eight after a converted PAT. Rayshawn Jenkins would intercept a Vad Lee pass leading to another quick touchdown by Dallas Crawford. Vad Lee would be benched for Justin Thomas who would come in and throw an interception returned for a touchdown on the second play of the drive putting Miami up 45–23. Third string Tech quarterback Tim Byerly would lead the Jackets on their last drive of the day capped off by a Byerly 15 yard run. Miami moved to 5–0 after running out the clock while the Jackets would be handed their second straight loss in ACC play moving them to 2–2 in conference play and 3–2 on the season.


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