Tim Byerly

ACC Coastal anyone’s to take after Duke takes sting out of No. 22 Georgia Tech

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The SEC West may be the best division in college football, but the most confusing may be the ACC Coastal. Duke (5-1, 1-1 ACC) avoided falling behind the pack with a dominating victory in Atlanta against No. 22 Georgia Tech, winning by a final score of 31-25.

Duke held a 14-12 advantage at halftime, but the Blue Devils pulled away in the second half and had to hold on at the end. Josh Snead had a short touchdown run in the first five minutes of the second half and that was followed a few minutes later by a field goal by Ross Martin from 34 yards out. Anthony Boone completed 15 passes to six different players in the game. Anthony Boone completed 15 passes to six different players in the game. Duke’s defense also forced three turnovers, giving Duke a +3 turnover margin for the game. The Yellow Jackets somehow put up a late 89-yard touchdown drive ending with a touchdown run by Tim Byerly, his second in four minutes, but Georgia Tech was unable to recover the onside kick attempt.

With the result of the game, Virginia actually slides into first place in the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia is off this week but travels to Duke next weekend with first place on the line. Duke still has Virgina Tech and North Carolina to play later in the season as well. As far as the Coastal is concerned, we will step aside and let the rest of this month play out before focusing on potential tie breakers and schedules, but given everything that has been put on display to this point it just feels like this division is still waiting for one team to grab it by the horns and run away with it to face Florida State in the ACC Championship Game.

Georgia Tech will play on the road for its next two games. First up is a trip to Duke’s neighbor and rival, North Carolina. That will be followed by a trip to Pittsburgh before returning home to host Virginia on November 1.

Report: Georgia Tech QB Vad Lee to transfer

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Here’s a bit of a stunner. Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee is on his way out of the program. According to a report by Jackets Online Thursday night, Lee has played his final game for Georgia Tech.

The reason or reasons for the transfer are unknown at this time. Lee played all 13 games for Georgia Tech this season and was the team’s leading passer with 1,561 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also intercepted 10 times and the team’s third-leading rusher with 513 yards and eight touchdowns.

If Lee transfers to another FBS program he will have to sit out a season before being eligible to play again. Lee has already used a redshirt year at Georgia Tech, so he would actually lose a year of eligibility under typical NCAA transfer rules unless given an exemption. Lee could begin playing immediately in 2014 if he were to transfer to an FCS program.

This will likely leave the spring quarterback competition open for Justin Thomas, the team’s second leading passer in 2013, and Tim Byerly.