ATLANTA (AP) -- Tevin Washington ran for three touchdowns and threw a 70-yard scoring pass to Zach Laskey on Georgia Tech's first snap, setting up an early barrage of big plays as the Yellow Jackets beat Virginia 56-20 on Saturday. Washington's backup at quarterback, Vad Lee, added to the rout with two touchdown runs. Georgia Tech's spread-option offense overwhelmed the Cavaliers with three gains of 60 yards or longer on its first four plays. After Washington's long scoring pass to Laskey, Orwin Smith had a 77-yard touchdown run on the second play of Georgia Tech's next possession. Washington started the third possession with a 60-yard rush to set up his 1-yard touchdown run. Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) kept up the high-scoring pace with 1-yard scoring runs by Washington and Lee in the second quarter for a 35-7 halftime lead. Virginia (2-1, 0-1) was held to 98 yards rushing. One year ago, the Cavaliers ran for 274 yards and held the ball 30 minutes in a 24-21 win over the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech scored 50 or more points in an ACC game for the first time since beating Wake Forest 52-20 on Oct. 14, 2000. The 56 points were the third-highest total for the Yellow Jackets in an ACC game. Smith had six carries for 137 yards. Laskey's long touchdown came on his first career catch. He ran for 43 yards and did not return after suffering a shoulder injury in the first half. Virginia's first touchdown came on Michael Rocco's 19-yard pass to tight end Jake McGee in the first quarter. Rocco completed 15 of 25 passes for 143 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Phillip Sims replaced Rocco in the fourth quarter and threw two scoring passes -- a 22-yard touchdown pass to E.J. Scott and a 1-yarder to Zachary Swanson on the final play of the game. Sims completed 6 of 8 passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Another bright spot for Virginia was sophomore tailback Khalek Shepherd, who had a 72-yard kickoff return, a 22-yard catch and four carries for 33 yards. Washington's third touchdown run, a 12-yarder, pushed Georgia Tech's lead to 42-7 in the third quarter. Washington sat out the remainder of the game. With Lee at quarterback, Matt Connors had a 32-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter. The 49-7 lead gave the Yellow Jackets their most points in the series with Virginia. Lee added a 41-yard touchdown run with 5:56 remaining. Washington completed 6 of 8 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. He had 11 carries for 93 yards and matched his career high with the three scoring runs. Perry Jones, who had 149 yards rushing against Georgia Tech last year, had five carries for 15 yards.
By Ben Brown
Following a disappointing end to a once-promising season, Virginia guard Marial Shayok and forward Jarred Reuter will transfer to another school, head coach Tony Bennett announced Wednesday.
"Marial and Jarred informed me today that they are leaving the Virginia basketball program and are looking to transfer to other schools," Bennett said. "I thank Marial and Jarred for their hard work and contributions to our program, and wish them success in the future."
Shayok was the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer at 8.9 points per game, despite playing only the fifth-most minutes and regularly coming off the bench. The Ontario product scored a career-high 23 points in Virginia's win over UNC-Wilmington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Reuter averaged 10 minutes a game and averaged 3.8 points per game.
Shayok and Reuter transferring comes at the end of a very disappointing season for Virginia. The Cavaliers began the season in the top 10 of the AP poll, and halfway through conference play they were near the top of the standings in the ACC. But that was before the team went into a major funk as they lost four of their last seven games, which dropped them to sixth in the conference standings.
Virginia lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Notre Dame, and then got blasted by Florida by 26 points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to the losses of Shayok and Reuter, London Perrantes, the team's best player and leader, is graduating.
After a rough regular season, Virginia's offseason is off to a rocky start as well.
BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum
Less than 24 hours after VCU saw yet another head coach in Will Wade, take off to a Power 5 school, the athletic department has already found a replacement, according to a report.
Wasting no time, or allowing any speculation to build, the Rams have hired Mike Rhoades, the head coach of Rice, as Will Wade's replacement.
Rhoades will be the 12th coach of the men's basketball program in VCU history.
The announcement was first reported by CBS's Gary Parrish:
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UPDATE: I'm told it's done. Mike Rhoades will be VCU's next coach. https://t.co/RQMSKVjCjA— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 21, 2017
Rhoades is a former VCU assistant and associate head coach for five seasons. During his time with the Rams he helped the Shaka Smart led team to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four run in 2011.
After Smart's departure to Texas, many considered Rhoades to be on the short list of coaches that VCU would contact. His familiarity with the program and the culture was exactly what VCU was looking for in order to have continued success at the school. The athletic department went on to hire a former assistant, but instead hired Wade.
In 2014, he took on the head coaching position at Rice where he has been for the past three years. His overall record with the Owls is 47-52 with this past year being the only one to finish above .500. Receiving a bid to the CBI Tournament, it was the Owls first postseason appearance since 2012.
If Rhoades does not work out for the Rams, there is only one more assistant remaining from the Final Four team that has yet to take over the program. Mike Jones is currently the head coach of Radford and has been there ever since that season.
Wade's departure was yet another in a long line of talented, up-and-coming coaches using VCU as a springboard to a high-major position.
Jeff Capel began the trend in 2006, when he left for Oklahoma after returning the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 for the first time since 1996. His replacement, Anthony Grant, led the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments before leaving to take the head coaching job at Alabama. Grant's replacem,ent, Shaka Smart, led the Rams to five straight NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2011.
Wade led the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments in his two seasons and is now headed to LSU to attempt to revitalize the program.