Georgia Tech succeeded with their ball control option attack against Duke on Saturday, contributing to a 42-24 win. The Yellow Jackets came up big when they needed to extend drives, and that had head coach Paul Johnson excited.
Johnson talked about what made his team successful following the win, and it sees that the ability to extend drives and keep the ball out of Duke's hands was most important to the coach, according to ajc.com:
"It was an exciting game. Awfully proud of our team. Thought they continued to play hard. It was very similar to last week’s game in a lot of ways except there wasn’t as much scoring. The drives were longer. We got some big plays; some guys made some plays to keep drives alive. I don’t know what the time of possession was, it had to be pretty good. We had the ball a lot of time, yeah 38-21. You do that, and you’ll usually do OK."
The Yellow Jackets were effective on third downs, converting 13 of 20 opportunities. Even when they didn't get third down, they were able to keep drives going by converting all four fourth-down chances.
All that work kept Georgia Tech's punter off the field, as the Yellow Jackets punted the ball back to Duke just twice. In total, Tech amassed 449 yards, 330 of which came on 72 rushing attempts.
The offense will need to do more of the same when they take on Georgia next Saturday.