After a frightening game, the combination of Adonicas Sanders and Juanyeh Thomas wrapped up Tech’s third victory of the season, a 31-27 victory over the Duke Blue Devils.
Tech got things off to a quick start, going up 14-0 thanks to the help of a 77-yard touchdown reception by Jahmyr Gibbs and a longer eight-play drive.
And then things started to go awry. After starting the game with back-to-back three-and-outs, the Duke offense managed to engineer its own eight-play touchdown drive capped off by a 37-yard touchdown pass from Gunnar Holmberg to Jake Bobo.
The Yellow Jackets managed to keep Duke at arms length until the Blue Devils tied the game at 17 with a field goal midway through the third quarter, but the Yellow Jackets quickly responded with a touchdown drive. And then Duke started to put the pressure on.
Duke received the ball just before the end of the third quarter. After working their way down the field, Duke tied things up again on a fourth-down call that saw Holmberg find Nicky Dalmolin for a 7-yard touchdown.
After a Georgia Tech three-and-out, Duke ran a 15-play drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock that resulted in a field goal to finally take its first lead of the game, 27-24.
After another Georgia Tech three-and-out, it looked like all hope was lost, but Tech was able to get the ball back with just 1:42 left in the game and no timeouts. After a fumble to open the drive, Sims made a quick run for a first down before completing three of his next four passes, including a beautiful 36-yard touchdown pass to Adonicas Sanders for the go-ahead score.
With 51 seconds left in the game, Duke wasn’t out of it just yet. Holmberg and the Blue Devils started the drive at their own 25. After three straight completions, the Blue Devils lined up at Georgia Tech’s 41-yard line. Holmberg dropped back to pass, but Juanyeh Thomas came up with the game-clinching interception!
Overall, it was a bit of a rough day for consistency on Georgia Tech’s offense. Sims managed to pass for nearly 300 yards, but he only completed 12 of his 25 passes and threw two picks. In the running game, Tech’s three-headed monster only rushed for 91 yards with Gibbs averaging a paltry 2.9 yards per carry.
Going into the bye week, I hope that Collins and the rest of the coaching staff are able to fine tune the offense and really the whole team. We got to truly see what this team is capable of against North Carolina, but we haven’t seen anything close since then.
Be sure to check back throughout the week as we take a deeper look at Georgia Tech’s win!