By DAVID ALMEDA
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, part of an offense that racked up over 60 points as the Yellow Jackets cruised by Tulane 65-10 Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Thomas helped put the game out of reach in the second quarter, giving his team a 21-0 lead after rushing for a 3-yard touchdown following a blocked punt from Tulane’s 27 yard line. The Green Wave only scored twice during the game with a 44-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and a field goal in the fourth.
Tech’s Jamal Golden began his team’s first possession by returning a Tulane punt for 44 yards to gain good field position. The Jackets scored quickly from there with a six play, 35-yard drive that ended in a 13-yard rushing touchdown from Qua Searcy.
“I saw that as ‘we are getting a touchdown,’” Searcy said. “I was not thinking about being caught short. The linemen did a good job of blocking up front.”
Late in the second, Searcy scored his second touchdown of the game, catching a 17-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to give the Jackets a 28-7 lead. Clinton Lynch extended the lead further with a 45-yard touchdown run with 12:58 to go in the third.
Thomas finished with 97 yards passing while Patrick Skov led the Jackets’ running backs with 46 yards on the ground. Georgia Tech concluded with 439 combined yards rushing, surpassing the 200 yard mark for their 16th consecutive game. A safety scored in the second quarter was the Yellow Jackets’ first since 2008.