ATLANTA -- The “White Out” was a clear success for Georgia Tech on Saturday night.
Bobby Dodd Stadium was about 95 percent filled, the official crowd was listed at 52,221, and most of the Georgia Tech fans in the crowd had complied with the request to support the team by wearing white.
At the end of the 28-17 win, the Georgia Tech players rushed to the North Stands, where the band and many of the students sit, and sung the school’s fight song. They were joined by a few hundred students who found their way onto the turf.
“It was a great atmosphere,” senior Charles Perkins said. “Saturday night. Bobby Dodd. White Out. I mean, you could not ask for a better atmosphere. I think it helped us a lot. We love it when the fans get behind us and it was a great atmosphere to play in (Saturday).”
“It was awesome,” junior Zach Laskey said. “You get to come out and sing the fight song to all the students. It makes you feel like you’re playing for the whole community.”
It was Georgia Tech’s largest crowd at Bobby Dodd since last year’s game against Georgia.
Johnson gets sixth career pick
Senior safety Isaiah Johnson picked up the sixth career interception of his career in the first half. Johnson tipped the high pass into the air and grabbed it coming down and returned in 19 yards.
Johnson had five tackles and moved into 11th place on the school’s all-time list for tackles by a defensive back with 227.
Johnson, who missed the entire 2013 season because of knee surgery, now has at least one interception each year he’s been at Georgia Tech. The native of Tyrone had three interceptions as a sophomore and led the Jackets in tackles as a junior.
Tech executes fake punt
Ryan Rodwell executed a perfect fake punt in the first quarter and picked up a first down to extend a drive.
The redshirt sophomore from Deland, Florida, took the snap, stepped up as if he were going to punt, but instead kept running. Rodwell had three blockers in front of him and Miami was not sending any interior pressure, which allowed him to gain 10 yards and pick up the first down.
“You know, Rodwell looked like a tailback when he took off with that thing,” head coach Paul Johnson said.
It was the first time this season that Tech has tried a fake punt.
Kyle Travis made his first career start at defensive end. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound senior from Cumming got the nod over Rod Roock-Chungong, who had started the four previous games. Seven out of Georgia Tech’s nine takeaways have resulted in points. Eight of the takeaways have been interceptions. Laskey had a career high 29 carries and tied his career best with 133 yars. He moved into 22nd place on the all-time rushing list with 1,631 yards.