Live from Tech: An actual big football game against Duke!

Tech co-quarterback Vad Lee runs through the oldly garbed Maryland Terrapins. (Photo by Luis M. Alvarez)

Tech co-quarterback Vad Lee runs through the oddly garbed Maryland Terrapins. (Photo by Luis M. Alvarez)

Let’s face it: To call Duke football the rough equivalent of Georgia basketball would be, over time if not at present, an insult to the hoop ‘Dogs. Duke’s last winning season was in 1994; it has won one ACC championship since 1962, and that bears an asterisk, seeing as how Steve Spurrier was then the Blue Devils’ coach.

But here it is 2012 and Duke has a chance to claim the Coastal Division if it beats Georgia Tech today and Miami next week in Durham. Me, I don’t think the Dookies can win either game, but maybe that’s just me.

As we know, the Jackets are themselves somehow alive and kicking in the carnival ride that is the ACC Coastal. Tech can get to 5-3 in league play and stamp itself as the leader in the clubhouse by beating Duke. And the Jackets have won eight straight against the Devils and 16 of 17. The exception was in 2003, when interim Duke coach Ted Roof startled his alma mater 41-17 on a dark Durham day that stands as one the low points in Tech football annals.

OK, enough. Tech needs to win and will, I say. I’ll be on hand to watch and crack wise, and I’d enjoy your company. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

By Mark Bradley

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Tech Legacy

November 17th, 2012
3:26 pm

Is Tech wearing their antennae helmets today?

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:31 pm

No. Gold helmets.

Toady (no longer reformed)

November 17th, 2012
3:32 pm

Thank goodness!

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:32 pm

You’re asking, “How’s the crowd?”

I’m answering, “What crowd?”

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:37 pm

Alright! one for the Defense.

Toady (no longer reformed)

November 17th, 2012
3:37 pm

That Aussie beat 3 blockers to make the tackle.

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:37 pm

Duke goes six-and-out. And not six points.

JF McNamara

November 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

The crowd looks huge on TV. Go Jackets!

Toady (no longer reformed)

November 17th, 2012
3:39 pm

Lots of “options” then MB.

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:40 pm

Can we get on with the game refs……

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:43 pm

Crowd might be a tad bigger than I thought. But only a tad

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:43 pm

Jackets going for it on fourth and two at midfield

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

Making it, too.

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

Humphrey

November 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

Nobody there at the Tech game. Who blames em?! Go Dawgs! Can’t wait to get you next week!

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:46 pm

Chug, chug. chug. Wearing that defense down.

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:46 pm

Tevin Washington to Orwin Smith. Tech at the Duke deuce.

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:47 pm

You kind of know Tevins going to try to keep it. on a 1yrd play at the goal

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:48 pm

Jackets lead.

If do right, no can defense

November 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

Orwin Smith engineered that drive.

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

TD Washington! Its been a great team with you at Tech. You have done more for Georgia Tech Football than anyone will truly ever appreciate. Thanks from current Alumni to a future Alumni. Go Jackets!

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:52 pm

I dont know why we dont try to put it in the end zone every time we kick off?

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

Lets hold’em Tech!

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

Visiting side going for it on fourth and two at the Tech 43. Don’t know about that.

CPJ for write-in President

November 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

Mark, why is GT wearing camo today? Is there a reason or is just to try and be sneaky on the field?

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

Showed me. Duke makes it

Nate

November 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

Anyone else’s ESPN3 not working?

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

Its on ESPN U but may be different depending on location

Toady (no longer reformed)

November 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

Tribute to Veterans

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

We need to stop playing so far off the receivers.

Nate

November 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

I get every ESPN but ESPNU…of course right?

CPJ for write-in President

November 17th, 2012
3:57 pm

Thanks Toady, I’m all for honoring Vets. Go Jackets!

Toady (no longer reformed)

November 17th, 2012
3:57 pm

“Can’t wait to get you next week!” I’ll be looking fo a “Humphrey”. What number do you wear?

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
3:59 pm

Duke touchdown. Scott was unguarded.

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
3:59 pm

Where was the defense on that?

CPJ for write-in President

November 17th, 2012
3:59 pm

We went from bad pass coverage to NO pass coverage.

If do right, no can defense

November 17th, 2012
4:00 pm

Guess the shootout is on.

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
4:01 pm

VT and BC are in Overtime

Humphrey

November 17th, 2012
4:01 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Tech sucks! Georgia will put up 40 next week!

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
4:03 pm

Remember when Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech seemed like a big game?

CPJ for write-in President

November 17th, 2012
4:03 pm

Hey Humphrey–Ugah can put up 40 and we’ll put up 41

Humphrey

November 17th, 2012
4:04 pm

Yeah right. You couldn’t even put up 41 on Middle Tennessee State.

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
4:06 pm

Who was this season’s most overrated team: Virginia Tech, Arkansas or Southern Cal?

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
4:07 pm

Got to catch those

Biff Pocoroba

November 17th, 2012
4:07 pm

FSU will score 100 on Tech. It might be better for Miami to go ahead and play since they at least play a little defense.

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
4:08 pm

I’d go with Southern Cal

Ramblnwrek

November 17th, 2012
4:09 pm

Mark Bradley

November 17th, 2012
4:09 pm

I would definitely go with Southern Cal. Especially since I picked the Trojans to play for the BCS title.

First quarter is over. Tied. Tech driving.