Welcomed back for Duke was junior tailback Cedric Dargan, who had been sidelined with a leg injury after running for over 100 yards in the opener against Navy. However Dargan's second game of the year was less effective as he tallied just 31 yards on 20 carries.
The inability to move the ball was a continuous theme for most of the afternoon as Duke was held to a paultry 184 yards of total offense on the day. To make matters worse for the Blue Devil offense, quarterback Mike Schneider found himself horizontal five times as Tech's rushing attack overwhelmed the Blue Devil front.
Despite the relative ineffectiveness of the Schneider led attack, Duke did manage to make a game of things as the defense recorded three takeaways including two interceptions on the afternoon.
Down 17-0, the Blue Devils were able to capitalize on a Yellow Jacket turnover just before the half. Schneider found his rhythm, completing passes of 14 yards to Ronnie Elliott and 16 yards to Jomar Wright, helping the Blue Devils move to a third down at the Tech one yard line.
The sophomore signal caller would then fumble the ball on an attempted scoring run, but the officials determined that Schneider had indeed broken the plane of the goal before coughing up the ball, slicing the lead to 17-7.
The Blue Devils seemed to pick up another score as Ronnie Drummer returned a kick off for a touchdown to open the second half, which would have cut the lead to just a field goal, but a holding penalty erased the terrific return, and ultimately seemed to kill Duke's momentum.
The fumble was one of four that plagued Duke, two of which were recovered by the Jackets. Schneider finished 9-of-20 for 81 yards with no interceptions thrown. Meanwhile back up Curt Dukes completed 2-of-3 passes for 19 yards in relief.
Freshman tailback Justin Boyle added 38 yards on the ground on eight carriers as Duke racked up just 84 yards on the ground on the day.
The Blue Devils return to the field Saturday for a home match up with top 15 foe Virginia at Wallace Wade. Kick off is scheduled for 1:00 PM.