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Sunday Takeaways: Duke 34, Georgia Tech 20

Duke bounced back in a big way against the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon in Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are the takeaways we saw and noted in the press box.


Duke 34
Georgia Tech 20

Offensive Player of the Game

RB - Shaquille Powell

Powell ran the ball 14 times for a a total of 88 yards.  Most important were his three rushing touchdowns on the afternoon.  Powell said this was the first time he has had a game with that many scores.  His last touchdown looked very much like the one Northwestern used the previous week to seal the game, as the senior took a handoff on a short yardage situation and ran 30 yards for the score.

Honorable Mention 

WR - T. J. Rahming

T. J. Rahming only made one catch on the day for 11 yards but the result of the play was his first touchdown of his career at Duke.    

Defensive Player of the Game

S - Jeremy Cash

Jeremy Cash was everywhere in this game.  His stat line for the game is reminiscent of how Grant Hill used to up stats in every category for Coach K’s basketball teams of the 90’s.  Cash had 12 total tackles with 5 solo and 7 assisted.  He had one sack for an 8 yard loss and posted 3 tackles for loss for 12 yards.  Jeremy forced 2 fumbles and was credited for 4 QB hurries.

Honorable Mention

LBs - Tinashe Bere and Dwayne Norman

Tinashe and Dwayne along with the rest of Duke’s defense, were dominant in their play and were all over the field.  Bere made 10 tackles in his first career start, with 6 solo and 4 assisted.  Dwayne Norman made 9 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss totaling 21 yards and a sack on Justin Thomas for a 10 yard loss.  Norman was also credited with a quarterback hurry. 

Play(s) of the Game

Jeremy Cash forced a fumble on Justin Thomas on a 3rd and 5, sealing the win for Duke.  That play would lead to Shaquille Powell’s 30 yard touchdown with 1:49 left in the game.

DeVon Edwards made one of the most exciting plays of the game, returning a kickoff for 100 yards and a touchdown. It was his 5th career kickoff return for a touchdown and his 7th non offensive touchdown for his career.  

Next Week 

The Duke Blue Devils will host the Boston College Eagles next week for a 3:30 pm kickoff (RSN).  This will be the first road game for the Eagles who will bring a 3-1 record to Durham with wins over Northern Illinois, Howard, and Maine.  Their only loss came on a Friday night game in a 14-0 contest against Florida State.

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