Taysom Hill and BYU finally found their passing game last week, as the Cougars dominated Utah State 31-14. Now, it's time to turn our attention to Georgia Tech: the Yellow Jackets will be BYU's guest for homecoming.

The Cougars traveled to Atlanta last season and routed the Yellow Jackets 41-17. Now, head coach Paul Johnson, quarterback Vad Lee, defensive back Chris Milton and Georgia Tech players will try to return the favor in Provo on Saturday.

From offense to defense to special teams, here's everything you need to know about Georgia Tech.

Lafe Peavler is a sportswriter intern at the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler


Georgia Tech is the only team outside of the service academies to depend heavily on the old-school triple option to move the ball in the FBS. That explains why the Yellow Jackets are No. 7 in rushing offense with 300 yards per game and No. 115 in passing offense with 125 yards per game.

QB Vad Lee started off the season well with 418 yards and seven touchdowns passing, with 180 yards and three touchdowns rushing in his first three games against Elon, Duke and North Carolina. Against Virginia Tech and Miami (Fla.), however, he threw for just 207 yards, rushed for 61 more, didn't score any touchdowns and threw three interceptions.

Now he has to deal with a defense and a coach in Bronco Mendenhall who are experienced in stopping the triple option. Unless Lee can step up his game to where it was before the Virginia Tech game, it's going to be a long day for the Yellow Jackets.


Before Saturday's game with Miami (Fla.), the Yellow Jacket defense held opponents to less than 21 points per game. The Hurricanes ran all over Georgia Tech, for 45 points and 551 yards of total offense.

However, this team is good at making interceptions. Chris Milton has two interceptions, including a pick-six, on his resume. Hill cannot make bad throws against this secondary or it will make him pay.

Also, the front seven are no slouches, allowing just 120 yards per game rushing.

Special teams

Freshman kicker Harrison Butker is perfect from 45 yards out or longer this season, including two 49-yard field goals. However, he missed a 40-yard field goal against Duke and the Blue Devils blocked a 30-yard field goal.

Also, Yellow Jacket punter Sean Poole has a great leg, averaging 44 yards per punt this season. His long is 66 yards against Duke earlier this year.


Head coach Paul Johnson was the head man at Navy before coming to Georgia Tech, which explains why the Yellow Jackets use the triple option. His resume includes two FCS national championships while at Georgia Southern, as well as an ACC title and Orange Bowl appearance in 2009. However, the NCAA took away the conference title for Georgia Tech's alleged failure to cooperate with the NCAA's investigation into the program.

Johnson should be a familiar name to BYU fans, and not just because BYU played at Georgia Tech last year. He was the offensive coordinator at Hawaii from 1987-1994.

While Johnson hasn't been able to replicate his 11-win season in 2009, he's an experienced coach and a master of the triple option. BYU can't take it easy with Johnson on the opposing sideline.


While Georgia Tech isn't the toughest test that BYU will face this season, the Cougars should expect a fight on their homecoming. BYU pounded the Yellow Jackets in their homecoming game last season 41-17, so they will be looking to return the favor this season in Provo.

That said, Mendenhall and the Cougar defense has plenty of experience against the triple option. Unless Lee can improve drastically over his performances against Virginia Tech and Miami, Kyle Van Noy and the Cougar front seven should be able to hamper the Yellow Jacket option offense.