NCAAF Game Recap - Georgia Tech at Duke
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

Ala
47
TxAM
28
F
FlaSt
14
Clem
45
F
SCar
20
UGA
17
F(1OT)
Fla
28
LSU
42
F
Okla
34
Tex
27
F
MSU
0
Wisc
38
F
USC
27
ND
30
F
PSU
17
Iowa
12
F
Colo
3
Oreg
45
F
Hawaii
37
Boise
59
F
Utah
52
OreSt
7
F
Mich
42
Ill
25
F
WaSt
34
AzSt
38
F
Lou
62
Wake
59
F
UVA
9
MiaFL
17
F
TxTch
30
Bayl
33
F(1OT)
Mem
28
Temp
30
F
Cin
38
Hou
23
F
App
17
ULLaf
7
F
Syr
10
NCSt
16
F
ULMon
24
TxSt
14
F
ColSt
35
NM
21
F
MiaOH
16
WestMI
38
F
Toled
7
BGSU
20
F
MisSt
10
Tenn
20
F
MD
14
Purd
40
F
Rut
0
Ind
35
F
GATec
23
Duke
41
F
Ball
29
E Mi
23
F
OD
17
Marsh
31
F
NMSt
28
C Mi
42
F
NIU
39
Ohio
36
F
Kent
26
Akr
3
F
BYU
23
SoFL
27
F
UConn
7
Tul
49
F
SJSU
38
Nev
41
F
UNLV
34
Vand
10
F
IASt
38
WVU
14
F
URI
17
VaTec
34
F
MidTN
13
FlAtl
28
F
GASt
31
CoCar
21
F
UAB
33
UTSA
14
F
Fres
24
AF
43
F
Army
8
W Ky
17
F
NorTx
27
SMiss
45
F
Miss
27
Mizzu
38
F
UMass
21
LaTec
69
F
Char
23
FLInt
48
F
Navy
45
Tuls
17
F
Neb
7
Minn
34
F
Ark
20
KY
24
F
Wyo
22
SDSU
26
F
Wash
51
Ariz
27
F

Oct 12, 2019, 12:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Georgia Tech (1-5)

7

7

3

6

23

Duke (4-2)

10

28

3

0

41

Duke overpowers Georgia Tech in first half
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:38 PM

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) For the second week in a row, Duke played well for only a half. This time, it was enough to win.

Deon Jackson rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns to help Duke beat Georgia Tech 41-23 on Saturday.

Victor Dimukeje had three sacks for the Blue Devils (4-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored 38 consecutive points after Georgia Tech took the lead with a touchdown on the game's opening drive.

Duke scored on its first five offensive possessions, capping the last four of those with touchdown runs.

Xander Gagnon finished the spurt with a blocked punt, which Javon Jackson scooped and returned 14 yards for a touchdown to put the Blue Devils ahead 38-7 late in the second quarter.

"We had a cluster of points, and the reason we did was that we were hitting it and getting it done on offense, defense, and darn sure in the kicking game," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "That was a big half and a huge ACC win."

Duke gained just 105 of its 373 total yards after halftime, getting its lone points of the second half on a 36-yard field goal by AJ Reed.

It was the opposite from the previous week, when the Blue Devils fell behind Pittsburgh 26-3 before rallying to take the lead in a game they lost 33-30.

"I think the lesson for us is that we play well with an edge, and we have to have that edge," Cutcliffe said. "You've got to learn to play well when you're ahead."

James Graham passed for a touchdown and ran for another score to lead Georgia Tech (1-5, 0-3).

Jordan Mason rushed for 106 yards for the Yellow Jackets.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia Tech: At this point, there's no denying that this is a rebuilding season for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech is loaded with underclassmen who are struggling through major changes under coach Geoff Collins during his first year on the job. It's difficult to guess when Georgia Tech's next win will come, but it might be in 2020. "I am proud of the guys on how they fought and battled," Collins said. "A lot of programs in that situation wouldn't do that."

Duke: The Blue Devils were sloppy in the second half, but they responded well overall after their loss to Pittsburgh. Aside from a slow start that included a busted coverage leading to the Yellow Jackets' first touchdown, Duke was sharp while building its big lead.

NOT BAD FOR STARTERS

On its first series, Georgia Tech hardly resembled the team that went scoreless in the first quarter in each of its first five games. The Yellow Jackets marched down the field with ease, taking the lead on a 19-yard touchdown catch by running back Jerry Howard Jr.

The familiar problems showed up in short order. After totaling 80 yards on its first 11 offensive plays, Georgia Tech managed just 8 yards on its next 18 snaps as the Blue Devils pulled away.

"They came out and punched us in the mouth, but we settled in and played fast and did our jobs," Duke defensive end Chris Rumph II said. "The plays came to us, and we made them."

ANOTHER SURGE

The Blue Devils have gone on scoring runs of at least 24 consecutive points in each of their last five games.

WELCOME BACK

Former Duke coach Steve Spurrier posed for a picture on the sideline with his grandson, Duke freshman quarterback Gavin Spurrier, during a stoppage late in the second quarter. Steve Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner during his playing days at Florida, was back for homecoming weekend as part of festivities to honor the 1989 Duke team that he coached to a share of the ACC championship.

NOT ON TARGET

Georgia Tech linebacker David Curry was ejected for targeting in the second quarter after delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on Duke wide receiver Jalon Calhoun. Calhoun gained 14 yards on the play and waved goodbye to Curry from a distance as Curry exited the field.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets play at Miami, where they haven't won since 2007, on Oct. 19.

Duke: The Blue Devils play at Virginia, which has beaten them four years in a row.

Passing

GATec Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Graham 35 15 42.9 1 206 40 0 71.8
Duke Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Q. Harris 20 11 55.0 0 176 42 0 84.6

Rushing

GATec Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Mason 18 106 5.9 25 0
D. Smith 2 32 16.0 25 0
Duke Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Durant 13 74 5.7 38 0
D. Jackson 20 69 3.5 10 2

Receiving

GATec Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Sanders 3 69 23.0 35 0
A. Brown 1 40 40.0 40 0
Duke Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Calhoun 4 68 17.0 42 0
D. Harding Jr. 1 41 41.0 41 0

Fumbles

GATec F FL
J. Graham 2 0

Returning

GATec KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Howard Jr. 0 - 0 0 1 9.0 0 0
Duke KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Blackwell 0 - 0 0 3 16.7 0 32
M. Carter II 2 18.5 0 20 0 - 0 0

Punting

GATec Punt Yds Avg LgPu
P. Harvin III 5 257 51.4 54
Duke Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Parker 4 201 50.3 52

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

GATec Duke
Points For 23 41
Total Yards 379 373
Rushing Yards 173 197
Passing Yards 206 176
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/35 11/20
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 1/0
First Downs 20 20
Penalties - Yards 6/55 4/25
Time Of Possession 32:32 28:28
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/18 6/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 3/3
Punts - Average Yards 6/43 5/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter GATec Duke
GATec 4:53 TD Jerry Howard Jr. 19 yd pass from James Graham (Brenton King kick) 7 0
Duke 7:50 FG AJ Reed 33 yd FG 7 3
Duke 13:42 TD Eli Pancol 3 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 7 10
2nd Quarter GATec Duke
Duke 4:31 TD Deon Jackson 1 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 7 17
Duke 8:26 TD Quentin Harris 1 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 7 24
Duke 11:25 TD Deon Jackson 7 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 7 31
Duke 11:50 TD Javon Jackson 14 yd blocked punt return (AJ Reed kick) 7 38
GATec 13:52 TD James Graham 8 yd run (Brenton King kick) 14 38
3rd Quarter GATec Duke
GATec 2:53 FG Brenton King 42 yd FG 17 38
Duke 13:50 FG AJ Reed 36 yd FG 17 41
4th Quarter GATec Duke
GATec 4:21 TD Tobias Oliver 4 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 23 41

Game Information

Stadium: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Attendance: 21,741
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