Johnson said that the team had a decent week of practice. The offense started well, scoring touchdowns on three of the first four possessions. The Jackets did not score in the second half, the first time this season that they have not scored in a half.
The Tech defense allowed Duke to score on its first seven possessions. A key segment of the game, he said, was the end of the first half and the start of the second, when Duke scored touchdowns to end the first half and start the second, changing the score from 20-13 in Tech’s favor to a 27-20 Duke lead.
“You get a 14-point swing without touching the ball, and then we went three-and-out (on the first drive of the second half),” he said. “I think we ran six plays in the third quarter. So by the time you get to the third series, you’re down 16.”
Johnson said that there were “a lot more (missed assignments) on defense than offense.” He also said that the number of efforts – demerits given for not giving full effort on a play – was higher than normal.
Quarterback TaQuon Marshall suggested that the team may have lacked focus in the game.
“It was frustrating, very disappointing, watching the film,” Marshall said. “I made some mistakes late in the game that probably cost us some scoring drives.”