The Yellow Jackets end their two-game winning streak, falling 28-14 to the Blue Devils after a quick series of fumbles allowed Duke three morale-crushing touchdowns in a row. Tech (3-4, 1-3 in ACC), after coming off two wins against Bowling Green and Louisville, lost all steam in the third quarter of the game after fumbling three times in rapid succession.
Duke took the first touchdown of the game, gaining 40 yards through passing plays before sophomore running back Deon Jackson rushed the final 12 yards into the end zone. Georgia Tech caught up in the second quarter after a good defensive play from Anree Saint-Amour lead to Lamon Simmons intercepting a pass from Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Marshall was then able to complete a 32-yard pass to Malachi Carter for the Jackets first touchdown.
From there, plagued by penalties and turnovers, everything went downhill for the Yellow Jackets. A small fight and a series of personal fouls resulted in the ejection of Duke’s Jacob Morgenson and Tech’s linebacker Victor Alexander, but Tech’s defense managed to keep the score tied 7-7 for the remainder of the half. In the third quarter, Tech began their streak of fumbles, with sophomore running back Jerry Howard fumbling at the 47-yard line. Jones made the 48-yard pass to T.J. Rahming, giving Duke the 14-7 lead.
To add insult to injury, Marshall fumbled again on the 34-yard line, allowing Duke another touchdown as Jones completed a 1-yard pass to David Koppenhaver with fifteen seconds to go in the third quarter. Tech wasted no time on the third fumble, losing the ball on the punt return at the 6-yard line. Duke quickly capitalized on the mistake with a 6-yard pass into the end zone to Jonathan Lloyd to end the third quarter with a score of 28-7.
The Yellow Jackets were able to make one touchdown back in the fourth quarter after a 7 minute, 78-yard drive, ending with Howard rushing the last two yards for the final score of 28-14. Tech managed only 125 passing yards during for the course of the game and totaled 229 rushing yards, the second lowest rushing numbers they’ve had since playing Clemson. The Yellow Jackets will take a week off before attempting redemption on Oct. 25 during their away game versus Virginia Tech.