NCAA Game Summary - Duke at Georgia Tech|
(Saturday, November 17)
Final Score: Georgia Tech 42, Duke 24
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tevin Washington matched a career-high with
three touchdown passes and rushed for another as the Georgia Tech Yellow
Jackets outlasted the Duke Blue Devils, 42-24, in ACC action at Bobby Dodd
Washington's big day came at the perfect time for the Yellow Jackets (6-5, 5-3
ACC) who become bowl eligible for the 16th consecutive season with the win.
Zach Laskey led the Jackets' potent rushing attack with 72 yards on 18
carries. David Sims added 70 yards and a touchdown while Orwin Smith went for
67 yards. Robert Godhigh caught just two passes but both were touchdown
Sean Renfree threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils (6-5,
3-4), who dropped their third consecutive game. Desmond Scott caught 10 passes
for 124 yards and a touchdown. Duke rushed for just 77 yards as a team, 253
yards less than Georgia Tech. C.J. France led the defense with 15 tackles.
The Jackets marched 72 yards in 13 plays on their first series to take a 7-0
lead. The key play on the drive was a 16-yard run by Smith on fourth and two
from the 50-yard line. After getting denied twice from inside the two-yard
line, Washington finally ran it in and broke the all-time ACC rushing TD
record for a quarterback in the process. Washington's predecessor, Joshua
Nesbitt, previously held both the school and ACC record with 35 rushing
The Blue Devils got on the board late in the first quarter when Renfree
connected with Scott for a 24-yard touchdown, tying the score at 7-7.
Sims scored on a 19-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter as
the Jackets regained the lead, but Duke marched right back down the field
thanks in large part to a 50-yard kickoff return by Lee Butler. Three plays
later, Renfree called his own number and tied the score once again with a
nine-yard rushing touchdown.
Georgia Tech backup quarterback Vad Lee made it 21-14 midway through the
period with a short touchdown run. The score capped a 16-play drive that
lasted more than eight minutes. All three of Georgia Tech's first-half scoring
drives spanned at least 10 plays and 75 yards.
Duke kicker Ross Martin drilled a 50-yard field goal with a minute left before
halftime. Georgia Tech led 21-17 at intermission.
The two teams continued to trade points in the third quarter. Georgia Tech
scored first to increase it's lead to double figures when Washington tossed a
touchdown pass to Laskey from 28 yards out on the Jackets' first drive.
Duke's next possession also resulted in a score as Renfree found Juwan
Thompson from a yard out. After three quarters, Georgia Tech led 28-24.
Washington threw his second touchdown pass of the day early in the fourth
quarter to extend the Jackets' lead back to 11. Godhigh was the recipient of
Washington's pass, which went for eight yards.
Having played a near flawless game offensively to this point, the Blue Devils'
offense was forced to punt on the following drive and turned the ball over on
downs later in the fourth. Washington's third and final touchdown pass of the
day, a 27-yard effort also to Godhigh, capped off the scoring.
Georgia Tech, which converted 13-of-20 on third down and controlled the ball
for more than 38 minutes, leads the all-time series, 49-30-1.
11/17 21:36:46 ET