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Tech rolls past Presbyterian 59-3

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington (13) scores a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Presbyterian, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington (13) scores a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Presbyterian, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA -- It's hard to imagine finding fault in a game in which a football team records the second-most yards in its recorded history and wins by 56 points.

And to be sure, Georgia Tech's 59-3 win over Presbyterian College before an announced crowd of 41,678 Saturday night wasn't perfect.

"For the most part, defensively I thought we played really well," Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "Offensively, we were OK in spots. We were sloppy."

That comment may seem a little odd considering the Yellow Jackets (1-1) rolled up 712 yards of total offense, the second time in less than a year they've broken 700 yards after posting a school-record 768 last season against Kansas.

Still, there were four fumbles, three of which were lost, plus a few other miscues that had Johnson keeping things in perspective.

But less than a week after a disappointing overtime loss to Virginia Tech, it was just what the Yellow Jackets needed.

"Any time you can win, it's a positive," Johnson said.

Quarterback Tevin Washington posted 258 yards of total offense, while his back-up, Vad Lee, had 183 total yards, Zach Laskey posted a game-high 116 yards on the ground and eight different Tech players found the end zone.

Meanwhile the defense limited Presbyterian (1-1) to just 243 total yards and created three turnovers and held the Blue Hose off the scoreboard until Aaron Mayes' 30-yard field goal with five seconds remaining

"It was a great atmosphere (Saturday) night," said Lee, who threw for 82 yards and ran for 101 more, with a touchdown each way. "The team really came out and played well. There's a lot of things we can get better at, but I'm just happy to have the opportunity to be here and make big plays."

Tech wasn't quite able to score on the first snap like it did during last year's home opener against Western Carolina.

This time, it took the Jackets three snaps to get on the board after a quick three-and-out series by the defense.

Zach Laskey broke a couple of tackles at the line on third and 4 from his own 46 and burst through the seam to sprint 56 yards for a touchdown to give Tech a 7-0 lead just 1:59 after the opening kickoff.

Tech's next two possessions were sluggish, the Jackets losing a net eight yards and throwing four incomplete passes, including two on-target passes from back-up Vad Lee dropped by receivers.

But Washington re-entered the game and ripped off another big play to extend the lead.

The redshirt senior faked a pitch on the option and sped 59 yards for the score to push the Jackets' advantage to 14-0 with 5:34 left in the first quarter.

Washington finished the night with nine carries for 97 yards and completing 7 of 11 passes for 161 more yards.

The lead became 21-0 when Synjyn Days finished a five-play, 51-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring run with 1:50 left in the opening frame.

Still, there were sloppy moments for the Jackets over the remainder of the first half, including two fumbles.

The second of those miscues came as Days tried to dive in for another touchdown late in the second quarter, only to have the ball stripped before he could break the plane of the goal line.

Presbyterian's Brandon Leston scooped up the loose ball in the end zone and went 91 yards before being caught from behind by Tony Zenon at the Tech 9-yard line.

"It's a great lesson," Johnson said of the sequence. "I singled out Tony Zenon (at halftime) for making a great effort to run (Leston) down. You never know you're going to keep points off the board. That was a great play by him."

The Blue Hose moved inside the 1, but on fourth and goal, Anthony Harrell penetrated the line of scrimmage and smothered Lance Byrd for a 1-yard loss, giving the Jackets the ball back on downs with the 21-0 lead still intact.

Tech then moved 83 yards in 10 plays to the Presbyterian 15 -- aided by a 39-yard run by Zenon and a pass interference penalty -- before David Scully booted a 32-yard field goal as time expired, sending Tech into intermission with a 24-0 lead.