Georgia Tech A-back Robert Godhigh seems to get noticed mostly for his blocking, with good reason. He is a devastating cut blocker who can send defenders flying like bowling pins.
On Saturday, Godhigh was more directly involved in the offense, leading the Yellow Jackets in both rushing (79 yards) and receiving (59 yards on four catches, with one touchdown).
“I’m just glad I was in a position to help the team out today with the opportunities that I got,” Godhigh said.
Godhigh had a 44-yard run to set up Tech’s first touchdown. He also converted a third-and-11 in the third quarter by catching a short pass, slipping a tackle attempt and running for a first down. That drive finished with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Vad Lee to Godhigh on a wheel route out of the backfield.
The rushing total was a career high, as were his 138 yards of offense.
Football diamond: Tech unveiled its “diamond” formation with effective results. The Jackets ran several plays with Lee in shotgun with the A-backs flanking him and the B-back right behind him.
One effective play that Johnson called repeatedly was a sweep in which Lee handed off to one of the A-backs as he ran to the play side. Tech has worked on the formation since the spring.
Godhigh’s 44-yard run was out of the diamond. Running back Broderick Snoddy, who typically plays B-back, but moves to A-back for the diamond, also used his speed to make plays out of the formation.
“I knew that it’d work,” Lee said, “just adding another dimension to our offense that’s unstoppable.”
Watts shines: Outside linebacker Brandon Watts led the team with eight total tackles, followed by cornerback Jemea Thomas and outside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy with seven.
“We just wanted to win up front,” Watts said. “Win up front and win out on the perimeter, too, because they like to throw a lot of (bubble screens).”
Watts also led the Jackets in tackles in the first game against Elon.
Kicking game struggles: After a debut in which almost everything went right, kicker Harrison Butker’s second game was not quite as memorable. Butker made one of three field-goal tries, with the final try from 30 yards blocked at the line. He had seven kickoffs, two of them for touchbacks. Johnson called the field-goal game “a disaster.”
Butker’s one make was impressive, though. Butker boomed in a 49-yarder on his first-ever field-goal attempt. It was Tech’s longest successful field goal since Scott Blair made a 49-yard try in the ACC Championship game in 2009.
Butker was not the only specialist with a long-range bomb. Punter Sean Poole unloaded a 66-yard punt and did not even get much, if any, roll. It was his career long and Tech’s longest since Durant Brooks had a 77-yard punt in 2007.
Etc.: After the game, Johnson said he was not aware of any injuries. Offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, making his return from a sports hernia, played late in the game. … Offensive tackle Ray Beno, defensive end Emmanuel Dieke, kicker David Scully and cornerback Louis Young were the game captains. … Six NFL scouts were credentialed for the game. … Attendance for the game was 21,267, a crowd fortified by a small pocket of Tech fans. It’s the smallest attendance for a Tech game since the last game at Wallace Wade Stadium. … With the 70-0 win over Elon, Tech has now outscored its first two opponents 108-14. It’s Tech’s largest point differential after two games since 1936. That does not necessarily bode well. That team finished 5-5-1.