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Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu Suspended For First Half Vs. Duke

In Georgia Tech's 37-26 loss versus the Virginia Tech Hokies, Yellow Jackets linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu's 15-yard personal foul on Logan Thomas proved to be costly, as he was flagged for punching Logan Thomas. The penalty was called on a key third-and-long and a stop would've given Tech the ball with the late lead.

Attaochu was consequently suspended by the team for a half-game for Saturday's ACC matchup between Georgia Tech and Duke in Durham, North Carolina.

Coach Paul Johnson responded to the controversial penalty on Monday:

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CPJ. "I did not see it (the punch) during the game. you have to pay a price when you mess up. It's out of character for him. He's embarassed."
Attaochu, who otherwise had an outstanding game (10 tackles, 2.5 TFL for seven yards lost), said that he had "an adrenaline overdose" and was "hacking at the ball." The schedule gods might have been fortunate to the Yellow Jackets since Duke is up next on the schedule, but Attaochu will have the officials eyes on him for the rest of the season.

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