Georgia Tech took on Duke in a Saturday night showdown at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets dominated in the trenches and secured a huge 56-33 win over the Blue Devils.
The Yellow Jackets looked fresh after having a month off due to games being canceled because of coronavirus concerns. The offense had over 500 yards of total offense with 377 yards rushing. Freshman Quarterback Jeff Sims contributed big in the run game with twelve carries and 108 yards rushing. Sims finished the game with a total of 254 yards through the air and on the ground with two passing touchdowns.
Freshman sensation Jahmyr Gibbs was on his way to another historic night before he went down with an injury midway through the second quarter. Before Gibbs went down, he had six carries for 91 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Gibbs also added four receptions for 48 receiving yards.
In Gibbs’s absence, junior running back Jordan Mason and sophomore running back Dontae Smith help carry the load. Mason easily had one of his best games of the season as he rushed for 105 yards on 21 carries. Smith had five carries for 60 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets offensive line deserves all the praise for this high-powered rushing attack. After the game, head coach Geoff Collins gave high praise to his offensive line coach.
“I just think the job that Brent Key has done (is commendable) – developing, recruiting, building that offensive line into a really, really good unit, their demeanor, their attitude, the way they play together. Charlie Clark got out there and battled. He’s a guy that hadn’t gotten a lot of burn throughout his career. I thought he did some really nice things out there.”
The Yellow Jackets also dominated the trenches on the defensive side of the ball as well. They had four sacks on the day and eight tackles for loss. The defense also forced five turnovers.
After a dominant performance, it is hard to find any flaws, but there were a few that the Yellow Jackets must clean up. They had 11 penalties for 112 penalty yards and had three turnovers. They also had some problems in the return game with a muffed punt and fielding issues on kickoff returns. The Yellow Jackets will look to clean those things and carry that domination in the trenches over into their next game. Georgia Tech will