Georgia Tech B-back Jonathan Dwyer ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, while quarterback Josh Nesbitt completed six-of-10 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis threw for 212 yards and a touchdown on 22-for-31 passing in the loss.
With the win, Georgia Tech clinches the ACC Coastal Division title, and will play for the conference championship on Dec. 5, in Tampa, Fla.
Despite Georgia Tech boasting the second-ranked rushing offense in the country, it was the Blue Devils' offense that came out strong to open the game. Lewis connected on five-of-five pass attempts in a nine-play opening drive, including the 18-yard touchdown strike to tailback Re'quan Boyette to put Duke up 7-0. With the pass, Lewis moved into a tie for fifth-place in the ACC for career touchdown passes.
Eight minutes later, a Georgia Tech fumbled snap on fourth-and-one placed Duke on the Yellow Jackets' 14-yard line. However, the Blue Devils could not capitalize on the opportunity, settling for the field goal and 10-0 lead with 1:30 to go in the opening quarter.
After failing to move the ball on its first two possessions, the Georgia Tech offense came to life on its next possession as Orwin Smith returned Duke's kickoff 83 yards to the Blue Devil 3-yard line. The Yellow Jackets needed only one play and three seconds to punch in the score on a three-yard rush by Nesbitt.
Duke's offense, which totaled 103 yards in the first quarter, stalled in the second and the Yellow Jackets took advantage with three unanswered touchdowns before the half.
Georgia Tech took the lead after A-back Marcus Wright capped a 10-play, 73-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and the Yellow Jackets added another score five minutes later on Dwyer's first touchdown run of the day. Georgia Tech completed the second quarter with a 46-yard, 26-second drive to push its advantage to 28-10 at halftime.
The second half mirrored the first as the Yellow Jackets totaled 296 yards of offense, 172 of which came on the ground. Dwyer ran for his second touchdown of the day on a 12-yard scramble 2:18 into the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets would put up 14 more points before the end of the game, including a 75-yard touchdown pass from Nesbitt to receiver Demaryius Thomas late in the third quarter.
Duke returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 21, travelling to Miami to take on the Hurricanes at noon.