ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech opened up the 100th season on Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium with a dominating performance Saturday afternoon against FCS opponent Elon University, cruising to a 70-0 victory.
The 70 points were the most scored by the Yellow Jackets since they defeated Navy 70-7 on Sept. 8, 2001. It was also the largest margin of victory ever by an ACC school, surpassing Florida State's 69-0 win over Western Carolina in 2008.
"Obviously when you win by a score that large, you did some things well," coach Paul Johnson said. "We need to build on those. There's also an awful lot that we didn't do well."
The Yellow Jackets ran up 557 yards of total offense, 368 on the ground, and nine different players scored touchdowns. Elon had just 252 yards of total offense and turned the ball over four times.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Vad Lee, making his first-career start, completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
"I think we did a great job early on, getting the offense going," Lee said.
"We had a variety of plays. Coach Johnson called a bunch of different plays and we just executed."
A dominating first quarter put Georgia Tech on cruise control as it jumped out to a 28-0 lead. Deon Hill (Central High) scored on a 14-yard set up by an Elon fumble and David Sims scored a one-yard TD set up by a blocked punt.
Just when the Phoenix started to move the ball, crossing midfield, linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days came up with an interception of Elon QB Mike Quinn. Six plays later Zach Laskey scored on a 33-yard run up the middle.
After an Elon three-and-out Tech scored on a three-yard run by Charles Perkins, set up a by 42-yard gain from Dennis Andrews.
"It was a crazy game," Johnson said. "I think we only ran three plays in the second quarter, it got out of hand so quickly and you've got some things you want to try and work on. Any time that you get the turnovers that our defense go, you score on defense, and then we block the punt it's kind of a screwy game"
Elon moved the ball to the Tech 11 in the second quarter, but linebacker Tyler Marcordes returned the second Elon interception 95 yards for a touchdown and a 42-0 lead.
Lee opened the second half with a two-yard touchdown run to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive. The next possession Milton returned another Elon interception 54 yards for touchdown. On his final drive of the day, Lee connected with Robert Godhigh for a 24-yard touchdown.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Thomas scored his first-career touchdown on a 44-yard run with 7:30 left in the game for a 70-0 lead.
Georgia Tech is off next week before traveling to Duke on September 14 for its ACC-opener.
"We've got a lot to work on to get ready," Johnson said. We'll take a couple of days off and come back on Wednesday and get ready for league play."