Georgia Tech Downs Duke

ATLANTA, Ga. -Duke was defeated by Georgia Tech, 30-20, in front of 42,110 fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The Yellow Jackets rallied from a 13-6 halftime deficit to outscore the Blue Devils 17-0 in the third quarter.

Georgia Tech took possession to open the third quarter and drove 48 yards on 10 plays for a 44-yard field goal by Scott Blair. Duke responded by driving into the red zone, but Tech's Mario Butler returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown to give the home team a 16-13 lead with 7:11 left in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets increased its margin to 10 points at 23-13 when quarterback Tevin Washington scored from one yard out on the ground with 1:16 on the clock in the third period. Duke cut the lead to 23-20 less than one minute into the fourth quarter when Renfree hooked up with Kelly for a 37-yard touchdown pass to cap a six-play, 76-yard scoring drive.

Duke then got possession when Matt Daniels recovered a fumble, but the Blue Devils were unable to take advantage when Snyderwine missed from 34 yards out, ending a string of 18 consecutive field goals made. Just three snaps later, Washington hit Stephen Hill for a 79-yard touchdown pass to push the Yellow Jackets ahead, 30-20, with 7:37 on the clock.

The following possession Snyderwine attempted to make it a one possession game, but came up just short on a 54-yard field goal attempt. Georgia Tech was then able to run the clock out to seal the victory and improve to 6-5. Duke falls to 3-8 with the loss.

Georgia Tech got on the scoreboard first with a 41-yard field goal by Scott Blair at the 10:07 mark of the opening period. Duke answered on its next possession by marching 46 yards on seven plays for a career-long 52-yard field goal by Will Snyderwine with 7:06 left in the first quarter. Blair booted a 43-yard field goal just under two minutes into the second quarter to push the Yellow Jackets back on top, 6-3.

The Blue Devils claimed a 10-6 lead with 1:53 prior to halftime when quarterback Brandon Connette darted 20 yards for a touchdown. The seven-play, 53-yard drive was set up by a 24-yard punt return by Lee Butler and highlighted by a 16-yard run by Alex King out of punt formation on fourth-and-seven from midfield.

After Duke's defense stopped the Yellow Jackets by just inches on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining in the first half, Renfree moved the Blue Devils 55 yards on nine snaps for a 22-yard field goal by Snyderwine. Operating Duke's two-minute offense, Renfree hit on six-of-eight throws for all 55 yards including a key eight-yard completion to Austin Kelly to convert third-and-four from the Tech 40 yard line. The field goal, Snyderwine's 20th on the year, pushed Duke ahead by a 13-6 score with seven seconds on the clock.

With seven receptions against the Yellow Jackets, sophomore Conner Vernon pushed his season total to 68. He will enter next week's season finale just six catches shy of the Duke single-season record of 74 set by Wes Chesson in 1970. Renfree completed 30-of-41 pass attempts for 334 yards on the afternoon, his fifth 300-yard game of the season.

Duke closes out the 2010 campaign next Saturday by hosting rival North Carolina at Wallace Wade Stadium. The kick-off time will be announced on Sunday.

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