What happened and what mattered in the Duke 28-14 win over Georgia Tech?
Duke 28, Georgia Tech 14
The Duke defensive front did its job to get behind the line with three sacks and 11 tackles for loss, holding Georgia Tech to 229 rushing yards and just one score. The Blue Devils had the veteran linebackers, and it showed, with Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys combining for 26 tackles.
Georgia Tech does what Georgia Tech does. It controlled the clock, converted on its third down chances, and it moved the chains … and then turned the ball over. The D got its share of big plays with three takeaways of its own, but Duke was able to a better job of converting on its opportunities.
Daniel Jones threw three touchdown passes and threw for 206 yards, and Deon Jackson stepped in and ran for 98 yards and a touchdown with Brittain Brown out, but this game was on the Duke D. It kept the team in the game, and then it took it over in the third quarter – Georgia Tech helped by putting the ball on the ground.
The Blue Devils got over the Virginia Tech loss in a hurry. That’s what getting two weeks off to prepare for the option does. With Virginia and Pitt up next, they should be able to secure a bowl bid and crank up the record before dealing with road games at Miami and Clemson. A ten-win season – throw in the bowl game there – is still possible.
This doesn’t end the Georgia Tech bowl hopes, but it’s a hit. The Yellow Jackets have to win three of their last five games, and they have to go to Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia, and host Miami and Virginia. Uh oh.