The season started off promising enough. Facing four straight ACC contests in their first five games of the season, the Jackets got off to a 2-0 conference start with wins over Duke and North Carolina. But they dropped the next two against Virginia Tech and Miami and then lost to Clemson later in the season, ending their shot at a return trip to the ACC championship game.
Georgia Tech ended the season with two heartbreaking losses to SEC opponents -- rival Georgia and Ole Miss in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl -- to finish a ho-hum 7-6, leaving some to wonder whether Paul Johnson is on the hot seat. Then quarterback Vad Lee announced his decision to transfer from the program, leaving more questions headed into 2014.
Offensive MVP: Robert Godhigh. The 2013 winner of the Brian Piccolo Award, presented to the league’s most courageous player, Godhigh had 1,215 combined rushing and receiving yards in 2013. He averaged 11.9 yards per touch, and 14 of his plays from scrimmage went for at least 30 yards.
Defensive MVP: Jeremiah Attaochu. It took a few games for Attaochu to get fully comfortable with his new role as a full-time defensive end. But when he did, he was nearly unstoppable. After notching two sacks in the first seven games, he had 10.5 over the final six games to set the school’s career record with 31.5 sacks.
Best moment: Beating Duke 38-14. Nobody knew at the time this would turn out to be the best win of the season for the Jackets, one of only two teams to beat the Blue Devils in the regular season. Lee had the best game of his career, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another.
Worst moment: Losing to Georgia 41-34 in double overtime. Georgia Tech built a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter, and it seemed a great possibility the Jackets would end their four-game losing streak in the series. But the Bulldogs started chipping away at the lead behind Todd Gurley and Marshall Morgan. Gurley scored two touchdowns in overtime while Lee threw an incomplete pass on fourth down to end the game.