NCF Nation: Embry Peeples

Halftime: Georgia Tech 28, Duke 14

November, 19, 2011
It's not much of a surprise that Georgia Tech got off to a slow start at Wallace Wade, as it's a tough place for teams to get excited to play in because of the lack of a crowd. Georgia Tech has also been eliminated from the Coastal Division race already, and they played like it early on.

The Yellow Jackets and had a few three and outs, but they have since gotten into a bit of a rhythm and have taken advantage of some mismatches with their receivers. Duke's defense has allowed two too many big plays, particularly in the passing game, but Georgia Tech's offense has been a group effort. Receiver Stephen Hill had one catch for 56 yards, and Embry Peeples had one catch for 46 yards.

Even with Orwin Smith sidelined with an injury for this game, the Yellow Jackets have found plenty of other options. Both teams have struggled on third downs, and Duke could do a better job protecting quarterback Sean Renfree. Georgia Tech's defense, though, could also use some adjustments in the second half. Duke's running game has improved recently, and they're gaining about six yards per carry on Georgia Tech. There's no reason for Georgia Tech to squander this lead, but there's also no sign of Duke letting up in the second half.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia Tech is coming up big on third and fourth-downs, but like Michael Johnson said, it's also possible for the Yellow Jackets to beat themselves. They had the ball on Duke's eight-yard line when they fumbled it away.

Ball security is one thing Paul Johnson has preached since he arrived in Atlanta, and a lack of it will get you beat against anyone -- Duke included. The Blue Devils are holding their own up front against Tech's defensive line, and Thaddeus Lewis has had time to throw, albeit sometimes barely. They'll need to run the ball more, though, as the game progresses.

Johnson was also right on another point -- Jonathan Dwyer is a heck of a back, I don't care what offense he's playing in. Dwyer missed a few plays while he had to fix his contact lens, but this guy doesn't see anything but the end zone.

Injury note for the Yellow Jackets -- backup A-back Embry Peeples has suffered an ankle injury and is unlikely to return.