Quoteboard from Georgia Tech victory

“They made plays and gave up plays at times. Made enough plays for us to win the game.”

— Paul Johnson on the Tech defense

“I was trying to jumpstart our guys. It was like they were sleepwalking through.”

— Johnson on his decisions to twice go for it on fourth down in the third quarter

“Early in the first half, we tried to throw it a little bit, and we were just off. He was just kind of off, and it got us behind. In the second half, he was big when we needed to throw.”

— Johnson on quarterback Justin Thomas

“We had planned to roll some (freshmen) on offense. You couldn’t get it done. You had to try to score every possession. Couldn’t roll ‘em out.”

— Johnson on plans to give freshmen playing time

“I knew Justin would give me a good ball. After I caught it, I just wanted to make a play. I didn’t want to go down.”

— Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter on his 71-yard touchdown reception

“There were a couple things where we had a chance. They fumbled a punt, and we kicked it around and had a chance to get it. If we get it right there, who knows? You’ve got to make plays. Anytime you play up, you’ve got to make plays against them.”

— Wofford coach Mike Ayers

“They had the lead, so we needed some good field position. I felt like that was probably the biggest return of the game at the time because we needed field position and we needed to go ahead and take the lead back into the half.”

— Returner Jamal Golden on his 40-yard return at the end of the first half

“My first start, I felt great. I was real excited. I also had nerves before the game. But, shoot, it just felt like practice, actually. Because I’d seen (the option) multiple times in the spring and in summer and in fall camp. It was pretty smooth. But I know I have to pick up my game and do my responsibilities better as we approach better competition.”

— Defensive end Roderick Rook-Chungong on making his first start

“(A-back) Charles (Perkins) had a good block, so I just got out and saw the edge and tried to take it to the house. It was nice to see the sideline, a little daylight.”

— A-back Broderick Snoddy on his 65-yard reception

“We definitely need to work on communication. At times, the D-line said they didn’t get some of the calls that we were making.”

— Linebacker Quayshawn Nealy

“Wofford’s defense was playing very fundamentally sound football. We kind of came in at halftime, made some adjustments. Justin (Thomas) played great, guys made plays and it kind of opened everything up.”

— B-back Zach Laskey

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