Georgia Tech, Duke looking to secure bowl trips

Georgia Tech running back KirVonte Benson (30) tries to break out of a tackle by Virginia Tech linebacker Anthony Shegog (24) during the second half of Saturday’s game in Atlanta. (Photo: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

All Georgia Tech needs to become eligible for a bowl game is one more win.

This Saturday just might present the easier opportunity.

Georgia Tech (5-4, 4-3 ACC) travels to Duke for a 3:30 p.m. contest that will be televised on Fox Sports South. A win by the Yellow Jackets this week sends them to their 45th bowl game, their 20th in 21 seasons.

A loss forces the Yellow Jackets to beat their rival, seventh-ranked Georgia, next week in order to wrap up a bowl berth. There’s also a chance that Georgia Tech could go to a bowl as a 5-7 team, based on Academic Progress Rate should bowl bids remain after all 6-6 teams are placed.

Duke (4-6, 1-5) needs wins in both of its final two games to become eligible for a bowl game. Its regular-season finale is next week at Wake Forest.

Georgia Tech comes in fresh off a 28-22 upset of No. 17 Virginia Tech that snapped a two-game skid. The Yellow Jackets recorded 401 yards of total offense against the Hokies while yielding 258.

Saturday’s top storylines, as provided by the Georgia Tech athletics communications and public relations department:

• Georgia Tech hopes that the triumph over Virginia Tech sparks a late-season winning streak similar to last season. A year ago, a 30-20 victory over the 18th-ranked Hokies was the first of four-consecutive wins to close the season for the Jackets.

• The Yellow Jackets are looking for their first win of the season away from home. Georgia Tech is 0-4 in games played away from Bobby Dodd Stadium in 2017, although its average margin of defeat is just five points.

• In three of its four losses this year, Georgia Tech’s opponent scored the winning points in the final 1:22 of regulation or in overtime.

• All three of Georgia Tech’s true road games this season (Oct. 14 at Miami, Oct. 28 at Clemson, Nov. 4 at Virginia) have been played in driving rainstorms. In their past 12 outdoor contests, the Yellow Jackets are 9-0 when it doesn’t rain and 0-3 when it does.

• Georgia Tech set a program record last Saturday by averaging 70 yards per completion in the win over Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets completed two passes in the victory — a 60-yard touchdown from TaQuon Marshall to Brad Stewart in the third quarter and the game-winning 80-yard touchdown from Marshall to Ricky Jeune with 6:30 to go in the ballgame.

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