DURHAM, N.C. -- On a day when much of the ACC looked ordinary, Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC) looked anything but in a 38-14 win over Duke (2-1, 0-1 ACC).
The Blue Devils prepared and did all what they needed to do to get ready for the option offense -- but ultimately, the Yellow Jackets are who we thought they were. And that's a pretty dangerous team.
This says more about where Georgia Tech is right now than it does about Duke, a team missing its starting quarterback but much-improved in some key areas.
1. Duke just couldnt take advantage of early opportunities.
Facing a team like Georgia Tech gives you almost no margin for error. Well, Duke punter Will Monday -- normally one of the best in the league-- shanked his first punt for just 22 yards, giving Georgia Tech the ball at midfield (they would hit a field goal). And Duke would commit two more penalties (one on a punt, one on a kickoff) that killed them from a field-position standpoint. Again, small things - but important.