Devils Dumped By Tech, 27-0

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Duke defense was able to play two and a half strong quarters against the Georgia Tech rushing attack before the Yellow Jackets took control in the second half, downing the Blue Devils 27-0.

Michael Tauiliili led the defense with 11 tackles with two coming behind the line of scrimmage. Vincent Rey chipped in nine as the defense held the Yellow Jackets to 82 fewer rushing yards than their 306-yard season average.

The Yellow Jackets were paced by running back Jonathan Dwyer, who rushed for a career-high 159 yards, and Jaybo Shaw, who completed 9-of-14 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown. All nine of Shaw's completions went to Demaryius Thomas, whose long of 88 yards resulted in a touchdown.

The Duke offense never got into a rhythm, producing 132 yards of offense, 97 through the air and 37 on the ground.

The Duke defense held strong on Georgia Tech's opening drive with Greg Akinbiyi forcing a fumble on the exchange between Shaw and Dwyer. Wesley Oglesby recovered the fumble on the Duke 9-yard line. Before the fumble, the Yellow Jackets had moved the ball 68 yards on their opening drive with Dwyer rushing the ball four times for 46 yards.

Neither team could find the end zone in the first quarter, marking the first time this season that the Yellow Jackets had not scored in the opening period. In its previous four games, Georgia Tech has pounced on opponents outscoring them 38-3 in the opening quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Clifford Respress stopped Shaw on a fourth-and-three try from the Duke 30. Respress grabbed the back of Shaw's jersey and refused to let go, holding the quarterback to one yard and forcing a turnover on downs. Recording tackles for the Blue Devils on the drive were Vince Oghobaase, Rey, Oglesby and Respress.

Neither team scored until the 5:29 mark of the second quarter when the Yellow Jackets put up the first points on the scoreboard thanks to a 20-yard field goal from Scott Blair, capping off an 11-play 61-yard drive that lasted 5:27. Marcus Jones stopped Dwyer on second down and three from the Duke four, followed by an incomplete pass from Shaw on third down forcing the Yellow Jackets to settle for a field goal.

The Blue Devils went into the locker room down 3-0 marking the first time this season that they failed to score points in the first half.

Lewis completed 9-of-15 passes heading into the locker room with Eron Riley catching three for 13 yards. Also making catches were Jay Hollingsworth, Johnny Williams, Sheldon Bell, Tielor Robinson and Donovan Varner.

Oghobaase recorded his first sack of the season late in the second quarter on the Yellow Jackets final drive before going into the locker room.

The defense continued its stout play to start the third quarter forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt. Jabari Marshall came up from his corner position to take down Dwyer on third down just inches short of a first down marker. The Yellow Jackets attempted to go for it, but a false start penalty pushed them back five yards forcing them to send the punting unit on the field.

After a three and out from the Blue Devils on their first possession of the second half, the Yellow Jackets marched down the field moving the football 57 yards on 10 plays to score the first touchdown of the ball game. A four-yard rush by Roddy Jones put the Yellow Jackets up 10-0 with 3:59 remaining in the third quarter.

Another three and out from the Duke offense was followed by a quick five-play 53-yard drive resulting in the Yellow Jackets' second touchdown of the game. This time, Shaw kept it himself getting the two yards needed for the score on the first play of the fourth quarter. Dwyer rushed the ball four times on the drive for 51 yards with a long of 36.

The Yellow Jackets needed only two plays to add another score with 9:11 left in the fourth with Shaw hooking up with Thomas for an 88-yard score putting the Yellow Jackets up 24-0.

Duke's best drive of the game started with 9:01 left in the final quarter when the Blue Devils moved the football inside the Georgia Tech red zone before turning the ball over on downs at the 21. Lewis had his best series of the game completing 5-of-8 passes for 51 yards, connecting with Austin Kelly, Williams, Riley, and Clifford Harris.

Lewis was intercepted late in the fourth on a pass that went off the hands of Brett Huffman into the arms of Alex Walker resulting in a 26-yard field goal by Blair.

Lewis ended the day 15-of-28 for 97 yards and an interception. Riley led the team with five catches for 20 yards along with Williams, who had two catches for 25 yards.

The Blue Devils were last shut out in 2006 by Virginia 37-0.

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