Georgia Tech 38, at Duke 14, Sept. 14
Basically … The Georgia Tech running game rolled for 344 yards, but it was Vad Lee’s arm that got the job done with four touchdown passes including two to DeAndre Smelter in the second quarter. Lee added a four-yard touchdown run and a 13-yard scoring pass to Robert Godhigh as part of a 31-7 lead before Duke could answer with a seven-yard Brandon Connette touchdown run in the fourth.
- That’s exactly how the Georgia Tech attack is supposed to work. Get the ground game going, get several runners involved, hit the passing game for scores when needed, and control the game and the clock along the way. The Yellow Jackets had the ball for over 38 minutes and ground out drive after drive.
- The Duke passing game didn’t come up with enough pop to keep up with a rolling Yellow Jacket attack. Brandon Connette ran for a touchdown, but he only completed 15-of-28 passes for 122 yards. For the Blue Devils to have any prayer in ACC play, there has to be high-octane action from the air.
- Being on the field for a long time means big stats from the defense against the Georgia Tech attack. Linebacker Kelby Brown came up with 17 tackles with a1.5 tackles for loss, and safety Jeremy Cash made 14 stops with 1.5 tackles for loss with a forced fumble, but way too many stops were made after positive yards.
- Ten different Yellow Jackets ran the ball with six of them running for 24 yards or more. Tech was cranking out yards in huge chunks on the ground.