Scores

Final

Georgia Tech 38

(8-3, 5-3 ACC)

Duke 31

(3-8, 1-6 ACC)

12:30 PM ET, November 19, 2011

Wallace Wade Stadium, DURHAM, NC

1 2 3 4 T
GT 14 14 3 738
DUKE 7 7 3 1431

Top Performers

Passing: S. Renfree (DUKE) - 250 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Washington (GT) - 17 CAR, 136 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Vernon (DUKE) - 9 REC, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Tevin Washington's late TD helps Ga. Tech survive

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- David Sims rushed for two touchdowns, quarterback Tevin Washington added 136 yards rushing and a long, late scoring run, and Georgia Tech held on to beat Duke 38-31 Saturday.

Washington finished 6 of 13 for 185 yards passing and ran 39 yards for a late touchdown for the Yellow Jackets (8-3, 5-3 ACC).

They rolled up 549 total yards, scored on four straight possessions and held off Duke's late charge to win for just the second time in 1 1/2 months.

Sean Renfree matched a career high with four touchdown passes for the Blue Devils (3-8, 1-6). His 10-yard TD to Cooper Helfet -- his second of the day to the tight end -- pulled Duke within seven points with 6:37 left.

Duke forced a fumble from Charles Perkins and took over at its 34 with 3:44 left. Renfree's deep pass for Helfet was intercepted by Jamea Thomas with 2:20 left.

Washington and Georgia Tech then ran out the clock to seal their eighth straight win in the series.

Renfree finished 26 of 42 for 250 yards with touchdown passes covering 15 yards to Conner Vernon, 12 yards to Donovan Varner and 3 yards to Helfet for Duke, which lost its sixth straight.

Washington showed once again just how capable he is of coming up with big plays both with his feet and his arm. He broke a pair of tackles during his long scoring run, which came 3 minutes after Duke had pulled within 31-24. Four of his completions covered at least 29 yards.

Sims had scoring runs of 4 yards and 1 yard, while Roddy Jones and Embry Peeples had 1-yard touchdown runs for the Yellow Jackets, who entered having lost three of four -- including an 11-point loss to Virginia Tech that took them out of the Coastal Division race.

Georgia Tech looked to have taken control of this one by scoring on its final four possessions of the first half. None of those drives took longer than 5 1/2 minutes.

Sims powered in from 4 yards out to tie it at 7. One series later, Washington hit Tyler Melton for 31 yards and raced 21 yards to set up Jones' short scoring run that put the Yellow Jackets ahead to stay.

Washington's 46-yard pass to Embry Peeples then set up Sims' second TD run to make it 21-7 barely 3 minutes into the second quarter. After Duke pulled within a touchdown, Washington lofted a 56-yard pass to Stephen Hill that set up Peeples' TD on the final play of the half to make it 28-14.

Duke wasted no time jumping out to a 7-0 lead, with receiver Donovan Varner taking a sweep 39 yards through the Georgia Tech defense to the 20. Three plays later, Renfree found Vernon over the middle for the receiver's sixth TD this season. His touchdown pass to Varner on fourth-and-3 pulled the Blue Devils to 21-14 with 5:24 left before halftime.

Will Snyderwine kicked a 35-yard field goal 5 1/2 minutes into the third quarter to make it 28-17. Justin Moore countered with a 25-yard field goal with just under 2 minutes left in the third to put the Yellow Jackets back up by 14.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GT
DUKE
1st Downs2221
Total Yards549351
Passing185250
Rushing364101
Penalties7-595-46
3rd Down Conversions6-105-13
4th Down Conversions1-13-3
Turnovers21
Possession32:1027:50

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Washington6/1318514.200
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renfree26/422506.041

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington171368.0139
Sims13665.1218
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Varner24221.0039
Scott10272.7015

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hill15656.0056
Melton35418.0031
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Vernon99210.2117
Braxton35418.0041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTDUKE
TD12:48Conner Vernon 15 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine Kick) 07
TD06:36David Sims 4 Yd Run (Justin Moore Kick) 77
TD03:22Roddy Jones 1 Yd Run (Justin Moore Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERGTDUKE
TD11:55David Sims 1 Yd Run (Justin Moore Kick) 217
TD05:24Donovan Varner 12 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine Kick) 2114
TD00:00Embry Peeples 1 Yd Run (Justin Moore Kick) 2814
THIRD QUARTERGTDUKE
FG09:38Will Snyderwine 35 Yd 2817
FG01:56Justin Moore 25 Yd 3117
FOURTH QUARTERGTDUKE
TD12:29Cooper Helfet 3 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine Kick) 3124
TD09:31Tevin Washington 39 Yd Run (Justin Moore Kick) 3824
TD06:37Cooper Helfet 10 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine Kick) 3831