We provide a few takeaways from Georgia Tech’s first win in almost two months on Saturday night against Duke.
A shaky start turned into a big win for Georgia Tech Football over the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The two teams came into the contest turning the ball over at a prolific rate and this contest was no different as both teams gained and lost momentum with almost every drive. The Jackets would prevail however in the overall struggle and these are my takeaways from the game.
Jahmyr Gibbs: Was a dominant force in the first half with six carries for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the offensive attack for the Jackets. Unfortunately, he would end his night on crutches following an injury right before the half. Jordan Mason also had a solid showing in the first half going for 10 carries and 70 yards but potentially missing Gibbs for the rest of the season would be a damper.
The Circus Comes To Atlanta: In the final minutes of the first half, it seemed like neither team had a clue on special teams. Duke punted from the GT 34 causing Sean Bedford to scoff in the radio booth. Later following a safety for the Blue Devils it seemed like Georgia Tech had forced a safety of their own but forward progress was ruled to be stopped at the one-yard line, and two plays later Jordan Domineck strip-sacked Brice the Duke QB in the endzone for a TD to make the score 28-26 at the half. Also of special teams note was the absence of Pressley Harvin III. I never heard an explanation for his absence.
Momentum Killers: The Jackets at several points throughout the first half allowed Duke to keep the game close. A fumbled punt led to a turnover and a Duke TD an interception from Sims before the half let Duke drawback within two. Then in the second half after going up 34-26 a costly fumble halted the momentum all over again. Both teams shot themselves in the foot at multiple points throughout the game.
Jordan Dominick: Number 42 will live in Chase Brice’s nightmares tonight as the defensive end lived in his facemask all night long. It was Domineck who was responsible for the strip-sack in the first half that helped GT keep the lead in the first half. In total on the night he finished with five tackles and two sacks and a forced fumble.
The defense overall forced five total turnovers and I am likely not giving the defense the credit that it deserves in this post. Overall a good night for the Jackets and for their fans. Next stop will be at NC State at a time that has yet to be announced.