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Tim Byerly (#18) QB leads the offense after an injury sidelines Justin Thomas (#5)

ATLANTA, GA - A week after their finest performance of the year against the Miami Hurricanes, the #22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-1, 2-1) fell flat Saturday at home against the Duke Blue Devils (5-1, 1-1). The result was a 31-25 loss that took Georgia Tech out of the ACC Coastal division driver's seat.

The dichotomy between last weekend's emotional win versus the Hurricanes and yesterday's loss to the Blue Devils was pronounced. All of the old coaching axioms and formulas for winning and losing held true. Boiled down into simplest terms the Blue Devils did to the Yellow Jackets what the Yellow Jackets did to the Hurricanes. That is, they played cleanly and won the turnover and penalty battle.

Head coach Paul Johnson summarized all of the above after the game. "I was disappointed in the way we played. We're not good enough to lose the turnover battle three to nothing to anybody and win the game. Couple that with penalties, especially in the first half, that kept drives alive for them. And in the red zone we kicked field goals while they scored touchdowns, and there's the game."

There is never a good time for turnovers and penalties, and the Yellow Jackets proved as much on Saturday...click here to read the rest and comment

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B-Back Zach Laskey #37 leads the offense against Miami

ATLANTA, GA - The parents out there will not want to use Saturday night's game at Bobby Dodd Stadium as an example of how to play nice in the sand box. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-0, 2-0) refused to share the ball and stole what was not theirs against Coastal division rival Miami Hurricanes (3-3, 1-2), culminating in a 28-17 victory for the home team.

The Yellow Jackets pulled away in the second half Saturday night by holding on to the ball for 40+ out of the game's 60 minutes, intercepting two Miami passes deep in their own territory, and executing a fake punt to perfection. As head coach Paul Johnson stated after the game, Georgia Tech's complete disregard for kindergarten rules was all part of the plan. "How do you neutralize [Miami's offense]? You hold on to the ball for 40 minutes, 45 seconds. If they don't get it then they're not out there. The best way to play a team like that is to keep them off the field."

Miami, coming off a confidence-building win last week against Duke, arrived in Atlanta knowing they needed to defeat the Yellow Jackets to keep pace in the Coastal division race. Doing so would require limiting mistakes and getting the Jackets' offense off the field. Mission unaccomplished...click here to read the rest and comment