Ge­or­gia Tech top­ples Duke, 41-24

Choice runs for 170 yards and two TDs

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

DURHAM, N.C. — Tashard Choice picked up his sixth 100-yard game of the sea­son Satur­day, run­ning for 170 yards and two touch­downs to lead Ge­or­gia Tech to a 41-24 vic­tory over Duke in the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence.

Choice, who has 16 100yard games in his ca­reer, scored on runs of 1 and 16 yards de­spite play­ing with a sore ham­string. It was Choice’s first ac­tion since un­der­go­ing arthro­scopic knee surgery on Oct. 23. He suf­fered the in­jury in the first half of the Oct. 20th game against Army and missed just one game be­fore his re­turn against the Blue Devils.

On sev­eral runs, Choice broke into the open field but had to run out of bounds as his leg ap­peared to bother him. Yet, his per­for­mance put him over the 3,000-yard mark for his three-year ca­reer.

Travis Bell kicked field goals of 40 and 33 yards in the first half for Tech (6-4, 3-4 ACC).

Just two plays into the game, wide re­ceiver De­mary­ius Thomas re­cov­ered a fum­ble in the end zone by D.J. Don­ley, who was hit near the goal line af­ter catch­ing a pass from Tay­lor Ben­nett to give Ge­or­gia Tech a 7-0 lead.

But Duke tied it as Choice fum­bled on a hit by Greg Ak­in­biyi and cor­ner­back Leon Wright re­turned it 24 yards for the score.

Duke (1-9, 0-7 ACC) led 10-7 on a 40-yard field goal by Nick Mag­gio mid­way through the first quar­ter, but the Yel­low Jack­ets took the lead for good at 17-10 early in the sec­ond quar­ter on a 1-yard plunge by Ben­nett.

Ben­nett later hit wide re­ceiver Cor­rey Earls for a 38-yard score in the fourth quar­ter.

Duke quar­ter­back Thad­deus Lewis threw a 64-yard touch­down pass to wide re­ceiver Eron Ri­ley mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. Blue Devils’ run­ning back Re’Quan Boyette scored on an 11-yard run af­ter Duke blocked a punt in the third.

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