DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Chris Douglas ran for a
career-high 218 yards and two touchdowns as Duke snapped its
30-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak with a 41-17
rout of Georgia Tech.
Duke (3-7, 1-5) notched its first league win since a 48-35
triumph over Wake Forest on November 13, 1999. The victory was
the Blue Devils' first under interim coach Ted Roof, who beat
his alma mater. Roof was promoted from defensive coordinator
when Carl Franks was fired on October 19.
Following the game, fans stormed the field and tore down the
Douglas recorded the third-highest single game rushing total in
Duke history and moved within 10 yards of the school career
The senior tailback is the first Blue Devil to rush for at least
200 yards since Robert Baldwin ran for school record 238 yards
in 1994 against Maryland. Duke ran for 253 yards against a
Yellow Jackets defense that came in allowing a league-best 94.8
rushing yards per game.
The Blue Devils also frustrated Georgia Tech's defense with an
game plan that rotated quarterbacks Mike Schneider and Chris
Dapolito throughout the contest. The tandem passed for a
combined 141 passing yards and a touchdown with just one
P.J. Daniels rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Yellow
Jackets, but freshman quarterback Reggie Ball committed two
second-half turnovers that led directly to Blue Devils
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Georgia Tech
(5-4, 3-3), which had won eight in a row against Duke. The Blue
Devils had not beaten Georgia Tech at home since 1989.
Duke opened a 10-0 lead after the first quarter as Cedric Dargan
capped a 62-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge and Brent Garber
kicked a 43-yard field goal.
Ball's one-yard keeper made it 10-7 at the start of the second
quarter, but Dapolito hit Andy Roland with a seven-yard TD
strike. The Yellow Jackets pulled within 17-10 at halftime on
Dan Burnett's 42-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the
However, Matt Brooks kicked a 30-yard field goal for Duke early
in the third quarter and Douglas had a 12-yard TD run with 4:02
remaining in the period for a 27-10 lead.