On Saturday, the Jackets fell to 3-4 on the season, unable to recover from fumbles on three straight plays, which led to a 21 point deficit in a span of just 1:49. Late in the third quarter, Tech and Duke were tied at 7-7 and the Jackets were driving to take their first lead of the game. That’s when sophomore Jerry Howard lost the football, resulting in a Blue Devils touchdown four plays later. On the first play of the ensuing Tech possession, quarterback Taquon Marshall lost the football attempting to dive forward for an extra yard, leading to another Duke touchdown. The Yellow Jacket offense didn’t even get an opportunity to see the football again before Duke scored another touchdown, as Juanyeh Thomas fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Blue Devils the ball at the six yard line. That touchdown put Duke up 28-7 and Tech never closed the gap. The loss was the fourth loss to Duke in the last five seasons.
Friday evening, the Jackets dropped a disappointing match to the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons, who came to Atlanta with just a 6-12 record. After dropping the first set, Tech was able to bounce back and win the second. Wake went on to win the next two sets and win the match. On Sunday, the Jackets hit the road and got a bounce back win over Duke, avenging a pair of losses a season ago.
Marcus Watson, a local four star guard, tweeted this weekend that he will be announcing his decision next Sunday. Watson will be choosing between Georgia Tech, Oregon, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech. One could argue that he is the most important recruit of Pastner’s tenure to date. While Pastner has picked up a few big names such as Michael Devoe and Jose Alvarado, he has yet to get that big name local talent to stay home.