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Jackets' offense continues to roll

ATLANTA - Another home game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, another chance for a member of Georgia Tech's offense to write his name into the school record books with a big play.

This time, it was quarterback Jaybo Shaw and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in the Yellow Jackets' 27-0 win over Duke.

In addition to their single-game superlatives - 230 yards in the air, giving Shaw the most yards by a Tech quarterback in his first start and Thomas the second-most yards by a receiver in school history - the pair hooked up for an 88-yard touchdown pass that pretty much broke the game open in the fourth quarter.

The play was also the third-longest passing play in school history, trailing only Brandon Shaw's 96-yard strike to Charlie Rogers vs. Central Florida in 1996 and a 90-yard toss from Ted Peeples to Drew Hill against Duke in 1978.

Go fourth and prosper

Tech's confidence in fourth-down situations continued on its first drive Saturday as Jonathan Dwyer converted on fourth and 2 with a dynamic 10-yard gain in which he dragged two Duke defenders with him to keep the drive alive.

The Jackets came up short on their next two fourth-down plays in the second quarter, but their success rate is still an impressive 50 percent (4-for-8) for the season.

Two more attempts at a fourth-down conversion were cut short when Tech was penalized five yards for a false start each time, forcing the Jackets into a punt.

Third time's the charm

While the offense has been adept at picking up third- and fourth-down conversions all season long, the defense's ability to stop opponents on third down has been one of the few gripes coach Paul Johnson has had about Tech's defense.

He was considerably more pleased with that statistic after Saturday's game as the Duke converted just 2 of 12 times on third down (16.7 percent).

Tech came into the game with opponents converting 28 times in 64 attempts, good for 43.8 percent.

Trading places

Two players - one on each team - in Saturday's game who are very familiar to Gwinnett high school football fans have been involved in position switches fairly recently.

Duke sophomore and former Buford standout Matt Pridemore was moved from his original position in the Blue Devils' secondary on defense during spring practice to offense.

He now backs up at wide receiver, though it will be next year before he sees any action as injuries have forced him into a redshirt this season and he did not travel with the team to Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

Pridemore saw action in all 12 games for Duke as a freshman last year - most of it on special teams - making one solo tackle.

Meanwhile, the switch for Tech junior walk-on Jason Davis was more recent, and went the opposite direction - from offense to defense.

The Duluth graduate was moved from his A-Back position into the Jackets' secondary during the off week prior to Saturday's game.

Davis had seen action in just four games in his first three seasons in the Tech program, but scored a touchdown in last year's win over Samford.