Play Notes: Georgia Tech – Duke University


DURHAM – Duke hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium for the teams’ 89th all-time reunion.

Kick-off is at 12:30 p.m. and the match will be broadcast live on RSN.

Georgia Tech leads the all-time series between the two schools, 52-35-1. At the last meeting on November 28, 2020, Duke abandoned a 56-33 decision to the Yellow Jackets. The Blue Devils’ last victory over Georgia Tech came on October 12, 2019, when they scored 38 straight points in the first half to climb to a 41-23 victory at Brooks Field in Wallace Wade Stadium.

Saturday’s RSN show will feature Tom Werme, James Bates and Abby Labar on the call. The game can also be streamed on LEARFIELD’s Blue Devil Sports Network via the Varsity app or

Duke (3-2, 0-1 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2 ACC)

Saturday 9 October 2021 • 12:30 p.m.
Durham, North Carolina • Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium

RADIO • Blue Devils Sports Network of LEARFIELD
PLAY NOTES • Duke Notes (PDF) • Georgia Tech Notes


After five games, the senior running back Mateo Durant sits atop the league charts in many categories. Most notably, he ranks first for total number of touchdowns by a running back (9) and second for score (54 points), rushing touchdowns (8), rushing yards (636) and all yards. usage per game (160.60).

Mateo Durant continues to climb the rankings of the Blue Devils. His 114 yards against North Carolina propelled him to 10th place with 1,957 career yards. He is currently 43 yards from becoming the ninth player for Duke to amass 2,000 rushing yards in his career.

Junior Linebacker Redshirt Shaka Heyward has two double-digit tackling games this season and has led Duke in tackling in three of his five games. The Dacula, Ga. Native is currently third in the ACC with 48 tackles.

Junior wide receiver Milestone Calhoun recorded 103 yards of six catches last Saturday against North Carolina to become the 40th player in program history to exceed 1,000 career receiving yards (1094). He gained over 100 receiving yards for the first time since doing so against North Carolina A&T in 2019.

In his last outing, Duke recorded his third straight game with a 100-yard rusher (Mateo Durant, 114) and a 100 yard receiver (Milestone Calhoun, 103). The feat of having a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same game three times in a single season only happened on three other occasions in 2013 (3x), 1989 (5x) and 1970 (3x).

The three home wins over North Carolina A&T, Northwestern and Kansas marked the fifth time under the direction of the head coach David Cutcliffe as Duke recorded a three-game winning streak at home. The other years were in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. In each of those seasons, the Blue Devils went to a bowl game.

Senior Mateo Durant racked up 636 rushing yards on 106 attempts with eight touchdowns in Duke’s first four games. The Plum Branch, SC native is currently tied for sixth in the country in rushing touchdowns, tied for fourth in total runs (54 points), fourth for rushing yards and fifth for yards on ground per game (127.20).

With his 100+ yard rushing performance against North Carolina, Durant is one of six players in program history to have recorded at least eight career 100 yard rushing games. He is the first Blue Devil to reach the mark since Chris Douglas did so from 2001 to 2003.

1. Steve Jones 1970-72 13
2. Randy Cuthbert 1989-92 11
3. Mike Grayson 1980-83 10
Chris Douglas 2001-03 10
5. Art Gore 1974-76 8
Mateo Durant 2018-21 8

Graduate student quarterback Gunnar holmberg made her first college start against Charlotte earlier this year. In his first five games as a Duke starter, Holmberg completed 110 of 153 (0.719) passes for 1,324 yards with four touchdowns. The Wake Forest, NC native added 29 goals from over 15 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown connection throughout the season with Milestone Calhoun against North Carolina in Duke’s last outing.

Holmberg is fourth in the ACC in passing yards per game with a score of 264.80. Te is also fifth overall in offense with 1,476 yards (152 rushing, 1,324 assists) and seventh overall in offensive touchdowns with 10 (six rushing and four passing).

Against North Carolina, junior wide receiver Milestone Calhoun finished with a team-high 103 yards on six receptions to become the 40th player in program history to reach 1,000 career receiving yards (1094).

Eighty of those 103 yards were scored by a touchdown reception in first place in a scrum in the second period. The catch-and-score was the 10th longest landing in the history of the program and the longest touchdown since Daniel Jones connected with TJ Rahming for 85 yards against Temple in 2018.

Calhoun is seventh in the ACC with 25 catches this year, while his 325 receiving yards put him in eighth.

Duke is one of three ACC schools with two players with over 35 tackles this year, behind Georgia Tech and Virginia’s mark of three. Junior Linebacker Redshirt Shaka Heyward is third in the conference with 48 tackles over the year, while redshirt senior safety Lummie Young IV ranks 14th with 35.

Senior red shirt Lummie Young IV is second on the team in tackles with 35. The Anderson, SC native led the Blue Devils in tackles on two separate occasions in 2021, including a season-best performance with 10 tackles in Duke’s first match at Charlotte.

Against North Carolina in the Blue Devils’ last outing, Young IV had his second forced fumble of the year and earned his fifth pass break. In five games, Young IV added 1.0 TFL, a sack and an INT.

Redshirt second year RJ Oben pressured the North Carolina quarterback three times for the second-most QB presses in a single game in program tradition. It was the most since Victor Dimukeje recorded three against Pittsburgh in 2019. Oben leads the team with seven over the year.

Duke saw graduate students Josh blackwell and Scott Boylan both return punters in their first five games. Blackwell returned five punters from 51 yards for an average of 10.20 per return. Boylan, a transfer from Brown, totaled four returns over the year for 50 yards for an average of 12.50.

Second year Jaylen stinson recorded all 11 kickoff returns from Duke over the year. He gained 220 yards on those 11 returns for an average of 20.00. His kicking returns put him tied for first in the ACC with Hassan Hall of Louisville, while his kickoff return distance places him third in the conference behind Hall (256) and Trebor Pena. of Syracuse (248).



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