Quick Snap: Georgia Tech Owns Duke
By Clenaure Carter
The Yellow Jackets head into a bye week before the ACC season opener against Duke (Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, N.C.). While this is a road game for Georgia Tech, quarterback Vad Lee is excited about the opportunity to play in his hometown, making quick mention of the matchup following the win over Elon.
Last season, Georgia Tech defeated Duke, 42-24. Tevin Washington threw three touchdowns and ran for another as the Jackets clinched their 16th consecutive bowl-eligible season. Lee hopes to produce the same result against the Blue Devils on Sept. 14th. Tech's bye week allows plenty of time for coach Paul Johnson to diagram enough triple-option plans to be successful.
Both programs are coming off opening-game shutouts. Duke defeated North Carolina Central, 45-0, in the season opener. Tech is 49-30-1 against Duke all-time and 15-15 in ACC season openers. Johnson's Jackets are 5-0 versus Duke since his arrival as Georgia Tech's head coach. Optimism is high for Tech after participating in the 2013 ACC championship game. Quietly dominating ACC's Coastal Division, the Jackets are 25-15 against Coastal opponents.
Speaking of dominance, the Yellow Jackets have defeated the Blue Devils in 17 of the last 18 meetings. Georgia Tech has a nine-game win streak and has beaten Duke in 10 of the last 11 meetings at Wallace Wade Stadium. Expect offense to be the call of the day as the winner of the game has scored at least 30 points in seven of the last eight meetings.
The past is the past. History doesn't reside in the present. Duke is not a football machine, but Duke is far from an easy win.
“They’ve become a tough out, so to speak,” Johnson said. “And I’m sure they’re looking to try to get to the next level, as well.”
Last season, Duke participated in its first bowl game since 1994 and has enough talent to keep the Yellow Jackets preparing and watching film for the next eight days. Jamison Crowder is a gifted wide receiver and ranked among the ACC's Top 25 players by Football.com. Anthony Boone is a good young athlete taking the reins at quarterback after the Atlanta Falcons drafted Sean Renfree in April.