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Georgia Tech Football Wins Trap Game vs. Duke: A Fan’s Reaction
This was your typical trap game, and Georgia Tech was fortunate to escape with a hard-earned seven-point victory.
My pregame analysis can be read here, but to sum up, I felt that Georgia Tech might look past Duke and concentrate too much on next week's game against the Georgia Bulldogs. Also, the Jackets were undoubtedly thinking about the disappointing loss suffered last week against the Virginia Tech Hokies (Nov. 10). If Georgia Tech had won that game, it would have had the inside track to the ACC Coastal Division title.
Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson had his work cut out for him. He had to keep his team motivated and at the same time convince it that Duke was a formidable opponent. It didn't look good at the beginning of the game. Duke (3-8, 1-6 ACC) drove for a touchdown on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead, and Georgia Tech (8-3, 5-3 ACC) went three-and-out the first two times it had the ball. Early in the game, Johnson was visibly irritated on the sidelines, and had to be concerned that his players were just going through the motions. But he eventually got his team playing well, and the Jackets squeezed out a tight victory.
As a die-hard Yellow Jackets fan, I think much of the credit for the victory should be given to coach Johnson. Even though they appeared sluggish at the start of the game, it was evident that he prepared his team well to play against a dangerous opponent. Duke is a gritty team that never gives up. Four of Duke's losses have been by a touchdown or less, including a 14-10 defeat to Virginia Tech (Oct. 29). The Blue Devils had a chance to tie this game late in the fourth quarter. But it had two costly penalties on the final drive that ended when quarterback Sean Renfree threw an interception, which sealed the game for the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington had a great game, accounting for 321 yards of total offense.
"At times, it wasn't always perfect," Washington said. "This wasn't always good at times. But the end result, we finished out strong, we got the win, we got the results we came here for." The Jackets accumulated 549 yards of total offense and scored on all five of their red-zone possessions.
I believe that all Jackets fans should be proud of the team's effort in this game. Johnson had his team ready to play against a tough opponent in difficult circumstances. This game should give Georgia Tech the momentum it needs to take on the Bulldogs next Saturday (Nov. 26) at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Joe is a life-long Georgia Tech fan. He is a former Atlanta resident currently living in South Florida.
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