2001 Season

2001-10-06 – Georgia Tech at Duke

Georgia Tech at Duke - 2001

Georgia Tech at Duke – October 6, 2001

Georgia Tech: 37
Duke: 10

After suffering a heartbreaking 47-44 overtime loss to Clemson for their first defeat of the season, Georgia Tech would get a bit of a break when it headed to Durham, North Carolina to face the Duke Blue Devils. Duke entered the contest at 0-4, having lost an astonishing 16 games in a row dating back to the end of the 1999 season. The Jackets had won the last six meetings and eleven of the last twelve in the series. Duke’s lone victory in the stretch came in the form of a 48-22 victory in Atlanta in 1996.

The Jackets began the game’s first scoring drive midway through the first quarter after taking over at their own 22 following a Blue Devil punt. Joe Burns and George Godsey alternated run and pass en route to the Duke end zone, where the latter found Kerry Watkins on a 15 yard touchdown pass to put Tech on top 7-0 with four minutes left in the opening period.

Tech would increase its lead to 14-0 early in the first quarter after covering 55 yards in 7 plays and scoring on a 17 yard touchdown run by Burns at the 13:32 mark.

Luke Manget would add a 43 yard field goal on the next Ramblin’ Wreck possession to increase the Yellow Jacket advantage to 17-0, but the Blue Devils countered with two late second quarter scores to cut it to 17-10 at halftime. Chris Douglas put Duke on the board with a 1 yard touchdown run at the 1:35 mark, and Brent Garber added a 30 yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining. Both scores were setup by George Godsey interceptions.

The Jackets opened the second half with a solid 15 play, 65 yard drive to extend the lead back to two scores at 20-10. Burns and Godsey again kept the Blue Devils guessing as they slowly marched into scoring position, but the drive eventually stalled at the Duke 8. Manget then returned to add his second field goal, this from 26 yards out, to account for the score.

Godsey and Watkins hooked up for their second touchdown of the day on Tech’s next possession, again from 15 yards out, and Burns would add a late third quarter touchdown to put Tech ahead 34-10.

The Ramblin’ Wreck defense shut Duke out for the remainder of the contest, and Manget added a third field goal from 27 yards to reach the 37-10 final.

Duke would go on to lose its remaining six games to finish at 0-11 for the second straight season.


First downs:
GT – 27
DUKE – 11

Rushing yards:
GT – 210
DUKE – 102

Passing (Comp-Att-Yds):
GT – 24-40-295
DUKE – 11-29-201

Interceptions thrown:
GT – 2
DUKE – 0

Fumbles (Total-Lost):
GT – 2-1
DUKE – 2-2

Penalties (Total-Yds):
GT – 6-55
DUKE – 9-65

Game Summary: http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/100601aaa.html

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