Georgia Tech Paul Johnson said the successful fake punt that Duke ran in last week’s game was “our fault.”
Because the Yellow Jackets haven’t had much success returning punts this season (6.2 yards per game, 91st in the NCAA), they tried to double-team more of Duke’s players to give themselves a chance at breaking a long return.
The first time Tech tried that tactic, Duke’s Alex King simply held onto the ball for a while longer while his coverage team ran downfield. And then he punted.
The second time King pulled the ball down and rushed to the left 16 yards for a first down.
“That was a scheme thing all the way,” Johnson said.
Georgia is allowing 4.4 yards per return. Its net punting average (41.0) is third in the NCAA.