This post is an adjunct to the Georgia Tech-Duke game column, which can be found here.
1. Tevin Washington gave himself a shining home sendoff. The Jackets’ No. 1 quarterback, who’d been outplayed by backup Vad Lee in the wild victory over North Carolina a week earlier, had one of his finest days in his final game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, rushing 19 times for 62 yards and completing six of 10 passes for 102 yards. Washington threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth, and even more impressive was his capacity to sustain a series of long Georgia Tech drives. In order, he presided over possessions yielding 72, 75, 75, 75 and 43 yards — all of which ended in touchdowns. Lee didn’t play in the second half.
2. The Jackets’ defense held Duke to seven second-half points. The first half seemed an extension of the 68-50 victory over North Carolina, with neither side stopping the other. “You couldn’t miss your turn,” was Tech coach Paul Johnson’s characterization. But in the second half Duke managed but 121 yards. Three of Tech’s four sacks came in the final two quarters, and Jeremiah Attaochu’s takedown of Duke quarterback Sean Renfree on third-and-six with 8 1/2 minutes left was the game’s biggest defensive swoop.
3. Johnson wasn’t conceding anything to Miami. The Hurricanes will play at Duke next week, and they’ll finish ahead of Tech on a tiebreaker if they win. Said Johnson: “Miami’s got another game to play, and that crowd we played today is tough. They competed. They played hard. I don’t think they’re going to roll over.” For the record, the Jackets would already have the Coastal Division clinched had they held a 17-point second-half lead against Miami here Sept. 22.
By Mark Bradley