“It all comes back to execution, lining up, putting your eyes where they need to be and executing,” he said. “We couldn’t get lined up or execute the defense.”
Duke’s offensive line played the physical style that Tech expected, using the read-option game to great effect. The Jackets, who had been somewhat effective defending the run this season, gave up 254 rushing yards on 37 carries. It was Duke’s season high for rushing yardage against an FBS opponent. Running back Shaun Wilson ran 10 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.
“I have no idea what’s the problem,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I’ll find out (Sunday).”
Johnson was not happy about mix-ups such as one that necessitated him calling a timeout when Duke lined up inside the Tech 5-yard line and the Jackets did not have anyone covering the Blue Devils’ wide receiver.
“I don’t know why they didn’t just snap it and throw it to him,” Johnson said.
Short fields were part of the problem. Duke started one touchdown drive on the Tech 45-yard line after the Jackets lost a fumble and then began the next one on the Tech 10-yard line when returner J.J. Green had the ball jarred loose on his runback.