ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Thomas had 353 yards of total offense and DeAndre Smelter caught two third-quarter touchdown passes in Georgia Tech's 38-19 victory over Wofford in both teams' season openers on Saturday.
Making his first career start, Thomas went 11 of 15 for 282 yards and completed his last eight passes for 250 yards to help the Yellow Jackets hold off the pesky FCS Terriers.
Zach Laskey's 11-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter gave the Jackets a 31-19 lead, and the defense forced a three-out after giving up a 16-play, 75-yard drive on Wofford's previous possession.
That drive took over 9 minutes and ended with Octavius Harden's 4-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 24-19. But Broderick Snoddy followed with a 65-yard pass reception from Thomas that set up Laskey's score.
Thomas led Georgia Tech with 71 yards on 13 carries. Laskey had 15 carries for 70 yards.