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Georgia Tech at Duke Game Notes

Site: Durham, N.C.
Stadium: Wallace Wade Stadium
Surface: Natural Grass
Capacity: 33,941
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network; Sirius XM Radio (Channels 94 & 193)
TV: ACC Network - Tim Brant (Play-by-play), Dave Archer (Analyst) and Mike Hogewood (Sideline)
Internet: GoDuke.com; theACC.com
Tickets: 1-877-375-DUKE
Series: Georgia Tech, 47-30-1
Last Time: Georgia Tech went ahead with an 85-yard interception return for a TD by Mario Butler in the third quarter and held on for a 30-20 win over Duke in Atlanta, Ga. Duke passed for 334 yards, and Georgia Tech ran for 320.

Duke Hosts Georgia Tech
• The Blue Devils will close out the home portion of their 2011 schedule this week by hosting Georgia Tech.
• Duke is 3-7 overall and 1-5 in ACC play following its 31-21 loss at Virginia last week. The Yellow Jackets stand at 7-3 overall and 4-3 in league play after losing at home to Virginia Tech, 37-26, last Thursday night.
• Duke and Georgia Tech have met 78 times on the gridiron dating back to 1933. The Yellow Jackets have won seven straight over the Blue Devils and lead the all-time series, 47-30-1.
• Duke’s last win came in 2003 (41-17 in Durham).

Senior Day
• A total of 20 seniors will be honors prior to the game for Duke’s annual Senior Day festivities.
• The list includes K Paul Asack, S Matt Daniels, S Jeffrey Faris, WR Guillermo Freile, TE Ryan Hall, NG Charlie Hatcher, TE Cooper Helfet, OT Kyle Hill, RB Jay Hollingsworth, K Jeffrey Ijjas, P Alex King, OT Jon Needham, TE Danny Parker, TE George Pearkes, LB Kevin Rojas, WR Preston Scott, K Will Snyderwine, S Josh Trezvant, WR Donovan Varner and CB Johnny Williams.

Virginia Defeats Duke, 31-21
• Virginia QB Michael Rocco threw two touchdown passes to lead the Cavaliers to a 31-21 victory over Duke as 45,733 fans looked on at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
• With a seven-catch outing, WR Donovan Varner became Duke’s all-time leader in pass receptions, eclipsing the record of 189 catches set by 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Clarkston Hines from 1986-89. Varner finished with 132 receiving yards and scored his first touchdown of the year on a 64-yard strike from QB Sean Renfree.
• Duke RB Juwan Thompson rushed for a pair of one-yard touchdowns — his third multi-touchdown game of the season — while Renfree threw for 303 yard to mark the eighth 300-yard passing day of his career.
• Duke S Walt Canty posted a career-high 15 tackles including two behind the line of scrimmage.
• Duke freshman LBs C.J. France (8 tackles) and David Helton (7 tackles) earned the first starting assignments of their careers. Duke played without LB Kelby Brown, the team’s leader in tackles for loss entering the week.

Record Book Watch
• Senior WR Donovan Varner broke one school record and tied another one last week at Virginia. The Miami, Fla., native became Duke’s all-time leader in receptions, passing Clarkston Hines who had 189 grabs from 1986-89. In addition, Varner equaled Scottie Montgomery’s school standard of most consecutive games with at least one catch (35).
• Redshirt junior QB Sean Renfree’s 303-yard outing against Virginia marked the eighth 300-yard game of his career, moving him into a tie for fourth place on the school’s all-time list. Thaddeus Lewis holds the school standard with 11.
• Junior WR Conner Vernon’s 22 career games with 5+ catches are the most in school history ... Vernon’s nine games with 5+ receptions in 2009 matched the school’s single-season record.
• Duke has 19 rushing touchdowns through 10 games this season — matching last year’s total for the most since 1994. Sophomore RB Juwan Thompson has seven rushing scores — the highest total by a Duke running back since 2005 when Justin Boyle scored nine times on the ground.

Georgia Tech wins ACC’s Coastal Division handing the Blue Devils a 49-10 loss

Devils stopped Tech early, but then the train got going
Devils stopped Tech early, but then the train got going

Durham, N.C. - The seventh rated Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ran roughshod over the Duke Blue Devils in route to a 49-10 victory.  The win pushes Tech's record to 10-1.  With the win Tech wrapped up the Atlantic Coast Conferences Coastal division, and they'll play in the  ACC Championship game.

Duke lost their second consecutive ACC contest which dropped their overall record to 5-5 and conference record to 3-3.

Georgia Tech's methodical running game wore the Blue Devils down and big plays enabled the Jackets to coast after being down 7-0 early.  The Yellow Jackets generated a whopping  519 yards of offense.

All American tailback Johnathan Dwyer scored two touchdowns while gaining 110 yards and Josh Nesbitt went 7 of 11 through the air for 195 yards and two touchdowns.

"We should have had a couple of other big plays.  It was good that a lot of guys got to play," stated Paul Johnson n a rather smug manner.

thadThe Blue Devils gained 281 yards on offense, struggling for a second straight week to put significant points on the board.  In all honesty, there were few bright spots for Duke as the game went on.

Thaddeus Lewis threw one touchdown to Re'Quan Boyette and ended the game with 212 yards passing.  Desmond Scott got the start at running back and led Duke in rushing with 26 yards, but added 45 more yards on 5 catches.

Coach David Cutcliffe summed it up by saying, "Momma said there would be days like this and she was right."

The real problem for Duke besides getting back into the groove on offense are the mounting injuries.  Austin Kelly and Johnny Williams both went out with undetermined injuries and back up quarterback Sean Renfree may have suffered ligament damage.  His injury will force Duke to look for another quarterback in practice this week in that they will not

Championship bound
Championship bound

burn Sean Schreoder's redshirt.

Duke next travels to Miami and then plays their final home game of the season against Wake Forest on November 28th.

BDN previews the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs the Duke Blue Devils football game

duke-maryl;and 041Don't miss Duke Football (5-4 overall, 3-2 in the ACC) as they take on #7 ranked Georgia Tech (9-1 overall, 6-1 in the ACC) this Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. BDN previews this battle for first place in the ACC Coastal Division, which will be televised on ESPN2 at noon ET. Tickets are still available through the Duke Ticket Office at 877-375-DUKE (3853) or www.goduke.com.

Scouting the Blue Devils

Last time out

Duke was defeated by North Carolina in Chapel Hill last Saturday, 19-6. Thad Lewis completed just 16/33 passes for only 113 yards with 1 interception. Austin Kelly led the Duke receiving corps with 4 catches for 22 yards. Duke’s 6 points came on two first half field goals by Nick Maggio, filling in for Will Snyderwine, who was injured in pre-game warm-ups. The Duke offense was dominated by a physical Carolina defense throughout the game, converting just 2/13 on third down.

The Duke defense put up a valiant effort in the loss, holding North Carolina to just 9 points through the first 3 ½ quarters. In fact, a fourth quarter interception by senior CB Leon Wright gave Duke the ball in North Carolina territory with an opportunity to take a fourth quarter lead. However, the Duke offense turned the ball back over to the Tar Heels, who rode the strong legs of Ryan Houston the length of the field to take a 16-6 lead with under 7 minutes to play. Houston finished the day with 164 yards on 37 carries.


The Duke offense is led by senior QB Thad Lewis, who ranks second in the ACC with 269.8 passing yards per game and 15 TDs. Duke’s receiving corps of freshman Conner Vernon, sophomore Donovan Varner, and junior Austin Kelly all rank in the top 10 in the ACC in receiving, along with the big play potential of sophomore Johnny Williams. The Blue Devils have struggled to run the ball, ranking last in the conference.

The Duke defense ranks 4th in overall yards, allowing just 323 total yards and 23.6 points per game with a +3 turnover margin. Duke has struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks, registering just 15 sacks on the season. Special teams has been much improved during Coach Ron Middleton’s tenure, including 13/16 in field goals and a perfect 27/27 extra points.

Scouting the Yellow Jackets

Last time out

Georgia Tech held off Wake Forest in overtime at home last Saturday, 30-27. The Yellow Jackets trailed 17-10 at halftime, but rallied in the second half to take a 24-17 fourth quarter lead. The Demon Deacons, led by senior QB Riley Skinner, tied the game with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Devon Brown with just under 5 minutes remaining in regulation. In overtime, the Demon Deacons scored first with a 34-yard field goal. On the ensuing Georgia Tech drive, Coach Paul Johnson elected to go for it on 4th and 1 at the 5 yard line, and was successful with a 2 yard run by QB Josh Nesbitt. Nesbitt ran into the end zone on the next play, giving Georgia Tech the 30-27 victory.

The Georgia Tech triple-option attack ran for 412 yards in the OT victory, led by Jonathan Dwyer’s 189 yards on 23 carries. The Yellow Jacket defense stymied the Demon Deacon rushing game, holding them to just 28 yards on 25 carries. The Demon Deacons were successful moving the ball through the air, completing 26/40 passes for 263 yards.


In just his second year as head coach, Paul Johnson has turned the Yellow Jackets into one of the ACC’s top teams, led by RB Jonathan Dwyer, QB Josh Nesbitt, and WR Demaryius Thomas. Georgia Tech is 9-1 on the year, with key wins coming at home against Clemson, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jacket’s lone loss was a 33-17 defeat at Miami on a Thursday night in September.

Georgia Tech boasts the ACC’s leading offense, averaging 34.7 points per game and 314.9 rushing yards. Despite the emphasis on running the ball in the triple-option offense, WR Demaryius Thomas leads the ACC in receiving yards per game at 86.1. When the Yellow Jackets do look to throw the ball, Thomas is a dangerous weapon. On the defensive side of the ball, the Yellow Jackets rank 5th in rush defense, allowing 126.4 yards per game, but rank 10th in pass defense, allowing 226.7 yards per game and 19 touchdowns through the air.


Coming off a crushing defeat to a physical North Carolina team, the Blue Devils may be as physically and emotionally bruised as they have been all season. The Duke defense will be limited if both DT Vince Oghobaase and leading tackler LB Vincent Rey are unable to play. On offense, QB Thad Lewis, WR Conner Vernon, and WR Donovan Varner are all injured but expected to play. K Will Snyderwine remains questionable with a leg injury suffered last week during pre-game warm-ups in Chapel Hill. With key players nursing injuries on both sides of the ball, Duke’s lack of depth may be exposed on Saturday.

On the other hand, Georgia Tech is relatively healthy, with none of their key playmakers listed on the injury report.

Closing Thoughts

First place in the ACC Coastal Division is on the line this Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. A win for the Yellow Jackets will clinch a berth in the ACC Championship game December 5 in Tampa, FL. A win for the Blue Devils will bring them one win away from bowl eligibility, a feat the program has not accomplished since 1994.

The Blue Devil defense ranks 7th in the ACC, yielding 139 yards per game. In an early season contest against a similar option-style offense at Army, Duke prevailed with a 35-19 win, giving up 266 yards on the ground (4.6 yards per carry). Duke is a more confident team now than against Army, having won 5 games overall, including 3 conference games. The Duke passing offense will need to get off to a fast start against a suspect Georgia Tech secondary. Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan leads the ACC in sacks with 11.5; if he is able to pressure Thad Lewis, it will be a short day for the Blue Devil offense. The Yellow Jackets will attempt to control the game with their option-style offense; the Blue Devils will need to counter this with well-executed offensive drives and key defensive stands on 3rd downs.

Georgia Tech will be a formidable opponent for Duke on Saturday; Duke fans will need to fill Wallace Wade Stadium to create a winning atmosphere for the football program. If Thad Lewis and his exciting receiving corps can get back on track, and if the defensive can make a few key stands, the Blue Devils are more than capable of pulling off the upset.

Duke Football Injury Report – Oghobaasee is doubtful for banged up Blue Devils

Vince is doubtful for Georgia Tech
Vince is doubtful for Georgia Tech

Duke Football Injury Report

Duke vs. Georgia Tech -- November 14
QB Thaddeus Lewis (leg) -- Probable
LB Damian Thornton (neck) -- Probable
WR Donovan Varner (knee) -- Probable
WR Conner Vernon (head) -- Probable
WR Johnny Williams (knee) -- Probable
LB Abraham Kromah (leg) -- Questionable
OG Mitchell Lederman (foot) -- Questionable
LB Vincent Rey (leg) -- Questionable
K Will Snyderwine (leg) -- Questionable
DT Vince Oghobaase (leg) -- Doubtful

RB Kyle Griswould (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON
WR Tyree Watkins (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON

BDN Quick Hitter – Catron Gainey prepares for the Yellow Jackets

Gainey knows the Jackets rushing attack is as good as it gets
Gainey knows the Jackets rushing attack is as good as it gets

BDN caught up with Duke safety Catron Gainey and got his thoughts on facing the running attack of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.  Duke faces the nations seventh ranked team this Sunday at noon in Wallace Wade Stadium.  All active military personnel and veterans can get up to four tickets for free by showing their I.D.