Thomas said that the offense has practiced that play since he came to Tech in 2012, but had never run it until Saturday.
Searcy took the toss and ran right toward the Georgia sideline, setting up to throw at the 13-yard line on the right hash as Thomas looped to the Tech sideline. As he planted, two Georgia defenders read him and peeled off toward Thomas, opening up the middle of the field.
Seeing the opening, Searcy dashed to the goal line. Getting a block from center Freddie Burden, he leapt for the goal line at about the 3-yard line over linebacker Roquan Smith and into a tightening thicket of no fewer than five Georgia defenders. Searcy, who was an occasional long jumper at Lamar County High, said he got about wrist deep into the end zone. After an official review, the play stood.
“I think it was just like a split-second decision,” Searcy said of his decision to tuck the ball and take off for the end zone. “I was really about to throw the ball, but I saw, like, five defenders go toward him and nobody was really in the middle. I think I dove from the 3, but I knew I had to go airborne.”
It was the last of a handful of big contributions that he made Saturday. He ran 32 yards on an option pitch on Tech’s opening drive, leading to a touchdown, and also caught a 39-yard pass on the Jackets’ 94-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
Time will tell if the play earns a nickname. Quantum Leap?
“I’m not really sure,” said Searcy, asked his thoughts on a moniker. “When I find out, I’ll let you know.”