“Those two big plays were huge for us, got us on our own side of the field, and we were able to make something happen,” Thomas said.
On the game-winning drive, he got the Jackets out of another second-and-12 bind by finding A-back Clinton Lynch for 16 yards.
Thomas’ playmaking infected the Jackets, who have drawn on his confidence throughout his three-year career as a starter. Johnson praised his team’s grit and willingness to keep fighting.
“They’re confident that we’re going to dial it up and we’re going to get it done when we’ve got to,” Johnson said. “We haven’t always done it, sometimes you fall short, but it’s not for a lack of confidence.”
In 2014, Thomas led Tech’s last-minute drive against Georgia to send the game to overtime, scrambling 21 yards to set up Harrison Butker’s game-tying field goal. He led other escapes against Georgia Southern in 2014, and Boston College and Duke this season. This may have been a topper.
With the win, Thomas became the first Tech quarterback since Joe Hamilton (1998-99) to beat Georgia twice and just the sixth since 1957, joining Billy Lothridge, Jack Williams, John Dewberry, Shawn Jones and Hamilton. None of the other five, though, slayed the Bulldogs twice in Sanford Stadium, as Thomas has done.
Thomas said that “being able to go down as one of those quarterbacks, it’s a great feeling, especially as a senior.”