Georgia Tech 37, Duke 21
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Donnie Davis and C.J. Williams dominated Duke’s porous defense on Saturday, leading Georgia Tech to a 37-21 victory over the Blue Devils.
Entering the game, Duke had the nation’s next-to-worst offense, just ahead of No. 108 Akron. With Davis and Williams leading the way against a battered and bruised defense, the Blue Devils may have fallen into the statistical cellar.
Davis ran 12 times for 103 yards and completed 12 of 18 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown. He is the first player in Georgia Tech’s modern era to run and pass for more than 100 yards in a game.
Williams racked up 185 yards on 35 carries and two third-quarter touchdowns. It was his best rushing performance this year for the Yellow Jackets (3-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won their last three games in Durham and five of the last six in the series.
Duke (2-4, 0-3 ACC) held a 21-17 halftime lead, but its sputtering offense slowed down once again in the second half. Trailing 31-21 and facing a fourth-and-2 at the Georgia Tech 18, the Blue Devils faked a 36-yard field goal, but kicker Tom Cochran apparently ran the wrong pass route and holder Jeff Hodrick’s pass sailed out of bounds untouched.
The Yellow Jackets finished off Duke with Charles Wiley’s 1-yard scoring dive with 4:49 left to play.
The Blue Devils took six minutes off the clock on their opening drive to score on the first of Marshall’s touchdowns. Georgia Tech rushed down the field, tying the score in two minutes on Davis’ 39-yard pass to Harvey Middleton. It was the Yellow Jackets’ longest pass play of the year.
Dave Frakes added a field goal late in the first quarter, and Georgia Tech threatened to turn the game into a rout when Davis hit Derrick Steagall on a 63-yard scoring play. A holding penalty nullified the score, and Duke made Georgia Tech pay on Charles London’s 1-yard dive with 6:26 left before the half.
Georgia Tech used three minutes to regain the lead when Davis kept the ball and ran 5 yards for a score. Tijan Redmon took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to the Yellow Jackets’ 5. Marshall scored on the next play.
Taking the ball at their 20, the Yellow Jackets reached Duke’s 13, but a Davis pass for Steagall was picked off on a diving catch by Ray Farmer at the 3 with 55 seconds left in the half.