Georgia Tech Fumbles Homecoming Game to Duke 28-14

 Matchup: Duke Blue Devils (4-1, 0-1 ACC) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-3, 1-2 ACC)
 Date: Saturday, October 13, 12:20pm (ET)
 Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Game Notes: Duke Blue Devils Game Notes: ACC Football Weekly Notes:
 Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson's Press Conference - Click Here
 Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe's Press Conference - Click Here
 TV: CW69; Play-by-Play: Tom Werme; Analyst: Dave Archer; Sideline Reporter: Lericia Harris
 RADIO: In Atlanta: 680/93.7 The Fan
Andy Demetra (PxP), Sean Bedford (analyst), Wiley Ballard (sideline)
 Satellite: Sirius 99 / XM 194

By Don Stone -

    To say that Georgia Tech's season has been uneven and unpredictable would sum up what we've seen so far. Fans expecting wins at South Florida and Pitt were disappointed with losses. Those thinking the Jackets were done were encouraged by 60 plus offensive outputs in their last two wins over Bowling Green and at Louisville.
  So, no one could be blamed if there was confusion as Duke took the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium. For the pessimists, they got what they wanted as the Blue Devils took just four plays to cut through the Jacket defense like butter in just over a minute in the opening drive to take a quick 7-0 lead. Then, for the rest of the first half, after giving up that 52 yard drive, the Tech defense adjusted and held Duke to just 77 yards of total offense at the break. When Lamont Simmons intercepting Daniel Jones at the Duke 31 at the 1:50 mark, it gave the offense a lift. Two plays later, Taquon Marshall found Malachi Carter in the end zone for a 32 yard touchdown to even the score at seven with under a minute remaining.
  The game was pretty even from there until a disastrous minute and a half in the third quarter when the complexion of the game completely changed. Facing a third and 12, Jones found a wide open T.J. Rahming streaking free downfield with no one within 15 yards of him. The Blue Devils were back on top by 7, 14-7.
  Still a manageable game. But, a fumble call on Marshall gave Duke the ball at the GT34. Five plays later, plays later, a huge blow to Tech as Davis Koppenhaver pulled down a TD catch to give his team a 21-7 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Juanyeh Thomas fumbled at the six. Jones needed just one play on a pass to Johnathan Lloyd to extend the lead to 28-7 and put the game out of reach. The Jackets were able to muster one more score but the hole had been dug, too deep to dig out of.
  "I'm just really frustrated," said head coach Paul Johnson after the game. "I'm frustrated we didn't play particularly well in the first half on offense, especially on some short yardage stuff. We couldn't seem to convert. I had thought we made some good adjustments at halftime. We came out to start the second half with a horrendous special teams play that took the ball over to the 8-yard line and got it out of there pretty good. Then, we get a penalty and got behind with no choice but to punt. We flipped the field and put them down on the 5. They made two or three first downs, flipped the field and then put us on the 8. So, it was going to be one of those games. Then we took the ball back out to midfield and then laid it on the ground. Then third-and-whatever-it-was - 12, 15 - they hit us for a big play. They kicked it out of bounds the very first play we laid it on the ground. They score, they kick it off and we lay it on the kickoff return and pretty much the game's out of reach. I thought we had cleaned that up, but clearly, we haven't. There is a small margin of error, we can't win games when we turn the ball over three times. We have stayed away from that [penalties] and today we didn't do a very good job of that."
  The Jackets desperately needed a win to say in the ACC Coastal hunt. But, at 1-3 in the conference, they fell to last place needing to jump six teams to reach the top. Almost impossible. Equally unlikely is the prospect of going to a bowl game. With a 3-4 record, Tech needs six games to be eligible and finding three wins in the five remaining on the schedule is tough. But, losses later in the afternoon by Miami and Georgia can provide a bit of hope. The other three at Virginia Tech and North Carolina and home with Virginia could go either way, depending on which Yellow Jackets team shows up.
  They get next weekend off to heal and regroup before heading to Blacksburg for a Thursday night game at Virginia Tech. Then another nine more days before the next game with the Tar Heels.

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