Washington ran for 176 yards, a record for a Georgia Tech quarterback, in last year's win over the Tigers. After the game, thousands of Georgia Tech students rushed onto the field.
There have been no postgame celebrations for the home fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium the last two weeks. Georgia Tech was 2-1 following an impressive 56-20 rout of Virginia, but then came an overtime home loss to Miami and the shocking loss to Middle Tennessee State.
Suddenly, Georgia Tech's season appears to be on the brink of collapse, and Washington knows criticism is on the rise.
"I'm sure people have a lot of things to say," Washington said. "That's why you play the game. The negative stuff motivates you to go out there and play the next week.
"This is a part of football. Anybody can beat anybody."
Some criticism has focused on how often Washington keeps the balls on option plays. He had 20 carries for only 47 yards against Miami and netted only 4 yards on 19 carries against Middle Tennessee State.
Washington says defenses determine who gets the ball. If defenses key on such running backs as Orwin Smith and Zach Laskey, Washington says he's supposed to keep the ball.
"It kind of just sorts itself out," Washington said. "It wasn't by design. It's just how things have worked out. I've been getting most of the scores."
Washington was sacked four times for a loss of 29 yards last week.
"You've got to be able to move forward, take your bumps and bruises, learn from it, and move on," Washington said.
Coach Paul Johnson said Washington played "not great" in the loss, but noted the quarterback wasn't alone.
Johnson said he'll continue to find snaps for redshirt freshman quarterback Vad Lee, who played only one series last week.