DUKE RUNS FOR 3 TDS, ENDS 10-GAME LOSING STREAK TO YELLOW JACKETS
For years, especially since coach Paul Johnson brought his spread option offense to Georgia Tech, Duke came up physically short and, thus, on the wrong end of the score against the Yellow Jackets.
That scenario reversed itself on Saturday and the Blue Devils notched a win that could define their season.
Duke prevailed physically on offense and defense, sporting an effective running game while slowing down Georgia Tech enough to beat the No. 22 Yellow Jackets 31-25 in ACC football at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The Blue Devils (5-1 overall, 1-1 in ACC) had not defeated Georgia Tech in Atlanta since 1994 or anywhere since 2003. The last six years, Duke coach David Cutcliffe absorbed those losses in the annual Coastal Division games.
Duke decided it had had enough and, this time, the Blue Devils did something about it.
“We kept that chip on our shoulder,” Duke safety Deondre Singleton said. “Right before we went out, Coach Cut said, you know, we haven’t won here in so many years. So, it was there.”
Blue Devils rush for three touchdowns to end 10-game losing streak to Jackets
Heading into a key ACC game at Georgia Tech Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL), the Blue Devils aren’t passing the ball the way Coach David Cutcliffe hoped they would.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson committed to UNC in 2010 as a high school junior but reopened his recruitment later that year after the NCAA came to Chapel Hill. He has gone 15-1 as a starter at Notre Dame (5-0), with his only loss coming in the BCS Championship game following the 2012 season.
Leaving Florida has worked out pretty well for both Jacoby Brissett and Tyler Murphy. The ex-Gators quarterbacks have led their new schools to big things and now they’re preparing to face off for the first time Saturday when North Carolina State (4-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays host to Boston College (3-2, 0-1).
N.C. Central at S.C. State
NCCU coach Jerry Mack says his Eagles can do a lot to show that they’re serious contenders to win the MEAC championship with a win in Orangeburg, South Carolina today (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
Comments from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball coaches about how tough their nonconference games would be sounded like instant replays during the league’s preseason teleconference Thursday.
North Carolina has one quarterback who is leading the team in rushing, another with less experience and shaky confidence, and an offense that has been inconsistent through the first five games. And yet, the Tar Heels are sticking with their weekly plan to play both heading into No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday.
N.C. A&T went into last weekend’s football game against S.C. State averaging 243.4 rushing yards per game and managed only 43.against the Bulldogs. Those same Bulldogs will hunt N.C. Central Eagles on Saturday (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
A position that is particularly important due to the opponent will be shorthanded for Duke this weekend. The Blue Devils won’t have defensive linemen Jamal Wallace and Dezmond Johnson when they play at No. 22 Georgia Tech on Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL).
North Carolina guard Marcus Paige made the jump from a solid starter to an all-American last season, illustrated by a win over N.C. State in Raleigh in which he scored 31 points after halftime and made the winning shot in the final second of overtime. Now the Tar Heels are looking for one of Paige’s teammates to make a similar leap this season as UNC seeks its first Final Four appearance since winning the 2009 NCAA title.
This weekend, Duke lines up against a Georgia Tech team that has attempted and completed fewer passes than any ACC team this season. That may sound like an easy day for the Blue Devils' starting cornerbacks, sophomores Breon Borders and Bryon Fields, but don't be fooled.
The Tar Heels entered Larry Fedora’s third season figuring that they would move the ball consistently and put up big scoring totals that could offset some of the defensive problems from last year. And yet, UNC has been up and down offensively heading into Saturday’s trip to No. 6 Notre Dame.
The S.C. State Bulldogs haven’t been scoring a lot of points. They’ve been winning. Just not scoring a lot. It’s not particularly heart healthy, S.C. State coach Buddy Pough said.