Tech doesn’t want to end Duke’s los­ing streak again

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Charles Odum

AT­LANTA — Ge­or­gia Tech’s loss to Vir­ginia Tech last week dropped the Yel­low Jack­ets one spot above last place in the ACC’s Coastal Di­vi­sion, where sits a re­minder that things could be worse.

The loss to Vir­ginia Tech was bad. On Satur­day Ge­or­gia Tech will visit last-place Duke, which has lost 23 straight At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence games.

No­body at Ge­or­gia Tech even wants to spec­u­late about what a loss to lowly Duke would do to the Yel­low Jack­ets’ sea­son.

“That would be very bad,” said re­ceiver James John­son on Tues­day. “We don’t even want to go to that level.”

Ge­or­gia Tech al­ready has been there. Duke ended its last long los­ing streak by beat­ing the Yel­low Jack­ets only four years ago.

The Blue Devils lost 30 straight ACC games be­fore rout­ing Ge­or­gia Tech 41-17 in Durham in 2003.

Tech se­nior cen­ter Kevin Tu­minello, who was held out as a red­shirt in 2003, watched the loss from the side­line.

“It just goes to show you in the ACC you have to play ev­ery game as hard as you can,” Tu­minello said. “Any team you play in this con­fer­ence you can lose to.”

Duke has strug­gled to prove Tu­minello’s the­ory.

Duke (1-8 over­all, 0-6 ACC) hasn’t won a con­fer­ence game since beat­ing Clem­son in 2004.

Ge­or­gia Tech (5-4, 2-4) was forced to re­fo­cus on new goals fol­low­ing its 27-3 loss to Vir­ginia Tech on Thurs­day night. The loss ended the Yel­low Jack­ets’ slim hopes of re­turn­ing to the ACC cham­pi­onship game.

The Yel­low Jack­ets have games left against Duke, North Carolina and No. 10 Ge­or­gia.

Coach Chan Gai­ley said he talked with his play­ers about new goals, which in­clude fin­ish­ing .500 or bet­ter in the ACC for a 12th straight year.

“Oh, sure. You need to re­mind ev­ery­body, but I do that ev­ery week,” Gai­ley said. “I re­mind them where we are, where we want to be, and what it’s go­ing to take to get there.”

Ge­or­gia Tech would fin­ish .500 in the ACC by beat­ing Duke and North Carolina.

Tech’s sea­son — and, most likely, its stand­ing in the bowl peck­ing or­der — then would be de­fined by a home game against Ge­or­gia.

“We still have an op­por­tu­nity

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