The high-flying Duke passing game led by Sean Renfree was stopped on a three-and-out, and the Georgia Tech offense got its first chance in great field position. As has been the problem for most of the season, the offense was able to get inside the red zone before bogging down.
Tech appeared to have a touchdown on a long run by Anthony Allen, but a block in the back was called on Stephen Hill at the five yard line. I'm not going to criticize the refs, because as I was told growing up, if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything. So I have no comment on the call.
A holding penalty pushed Tech farther back, and a Scott Blair 41 yard field goal put the Jackets up 3-0.
The ensuing kickoff was a crazy play. The Duke kick returner muffed the ball at the 13 yard line. Two Tech players tried to pick it up, bouncing it into the end zone. After a huge pile-on, Duke came up with the ball and ended up getting a touchback and the ball at the 20. Another example of bounces just not going Tech's way this year.
Duke went on a 46 yard drive in 7 plays, but the Tech defense came up again on a big third down stopped and forced a Will Snyderwine field goal.