Of the six teams to win with four turnovers and an opposition punt return for touchdown, none gave up fewer than 17 points and only won by more than one possession – Duke, which beat N.C. State 38-20 in 2013. The Blue Devils went on to play for the ACC championship.
“The defense played great,” quarterback TaQuon Marshall said. “If it weren’t for the defense, I don’t think we would have won the game, honestly.”
In Tech’s recent history, it was the rare victory in which the defense repeatedly bailed out the offense for mistakes, when it has often been the opposite, although it should be noted the offense still ran for 436 yards.
“It feels great,” defensive end Anree Saint-Amour said. “We’re a team, so when one fall, we all fall. We all swarm together. If they’re messing up, they depend on us to do great. If we’re messing up, we depend on them.”