Georgia Tech topples Duke, 41-24
Choice runs for 170 yards and two TDs
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.