ATLANTA (AP) -- P.J. Daniels rushed for 114 yards and threw the
first touchdown pass of his career, and Georgia Tech's defense
delivered another strong effort in a 24-7 win over Duke on
Daniels rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time this
season. Freshman Calvin Johnson caught two touchdown passes,
including one from Daniels, for Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-2 Atlantic
Johnson finished with six receptions for 92 yards.
Tailback Cedric Dargan started for Duke (1-5, 0-3) after missing
four games with a leg injury, but he was shut down as Tech's
defensive front dominated the line of scrimmage. Dargan, who rushed
for 114 yards in Duke's season-opening loss to Navy, was held to 31
yards on 20 carries.
Tech was slowed by three turnovers, including two interceptions
by Reggie Ball, who completed 10 of 20 passes for 134 yards and a
After holding Maryland to 81 yards of offense in a 20-7 win last
week, Georgia Tech's defense was again strong, recording five sacks
and holding Duke to 184 yards.
Tech's defense set up the Yellow Jackets' first touchdown. Eric
Henderson recovered a fumble by Dargan at the Duke 12. Two plays
later Daniels, running behind left tackle Leon Robinson and
fullback Jimmy Dixon, scored from the 7.
Tech pushed its lead to 14-0 in the second quarter on Ball's
20-yard touchdown pass to Johnson.
Travis Bell added a 47-yard field goal for Tech.
Duke was held scoreless until taking advantage of a Tech
turnover late in the first half. Daniels fumbled a handoff from
Ball with 1:16 left in the half when it appeared Ball held the ball
Linebacker Giuseppe Aguanno recovered for Duke at Tech's 36.
Mike Schneider completed passes of 14 yards to Ronnie Elliott and
16 yards to Jomar Wright, helping the Blue Devils move to a third
down at the Tech 1.
Schneider fumbled near the line on a third-down keeper, but
officials ruled he reached the ball over the line for the touchdown
Schneider was 9-of-20 passing for 81 yards.
There was another controversial play late in the third quarter
when Tech stopped Dargan for an apparent safety on a third-down
play. When the officials ruled Dargan was stopped at the 1, Tech
players argued, and cornerback Reuben Houston was called for an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Duke's Ronnie Drummer had a kickoff return for an apparent
touchdown to open the second half, but the play was negated by a
Daniels had five carries on the first seven plays of Tech's
first second-half possession, and Duke was expecting another run on
a second-down play from Blue Devils' 13. Daniels took the handoff
from Ball and rolled right before suddenly stopping and passing to
an open Johnson for the touchdown and a 24-7 lead.