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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Georgia Tech keeps Coastal chances alive

By Andrea Adelson

Then there were two Coastal contenders left for the ACC championship game.

Georgia Tech ended Duke's chances at the division crown on Saturday with an impressive 42-24 victory in Atlanta. So the race comes down to Durham next week, where Miami plays Duke.

The Hurricanes go to the ACC championship game with a win over the Blue Devils.

The Jackets go to the ACC championship game with a Hurricanes loss to the Blue Devils.

If Miami decides to self-impose a postseason ban, then Georgia Tech is in.

Even typing that sentence has to be a triumph for the Jackets (6-5, 5-3), who have posted an improbable comeback to clinch at least a share of the Coastal Division following a 2-4 start to the season. The Jackets are now bowl eligible for the 16th straight season and have benefited from the mess that is the Coastal division with their recent hot streak.

Where Vad Lee had a terrific game last week, Tevin Washington was simply outstanding this week on senior day. Washington threw three touchdown passes -- including two in the fourth quarter to essentially seal the victory for the Jackets. He also ran for another to set the new school and ACC record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 36.

Duke (6-5, 4-3) had its chances in this game, but the Blue Devils always seemed to be playing catch up. They closed the gap to 28-24 late in the third quarter, but Georgia Tech mounted a killer touchdown drive -- taking 17 plays, lasting over 8 minutes and ending with Washington's first touchdown pass to Robert Godhigh of the fourth quarter.

The Blue Devils ended their final three possessions of the game in this way: Jeremiah Attaochu came up with a huge sack; Will Monday came up short on the fake punt; and Sean Renfree threw an interception.

Duke came into the game with its best opportunity to get to the ACC championship game. All the Blue Devils had to do was win their last two games. But it was not meant to be. If anybody is looking for the bright side, Duke still has outdone itself this year, with one final regular-season game left to finish better than .500, with a bowl game awaiting.