HALFTIME: Duke 19, Georgia Tech 10 After a half of play, it would seem as though the Blue Devils have bounced back from last week’s 19-10 loss to Northwestern.Duke leads No. 20 Georgia Tech 19-10. Redshirt junior quarterback Thomas Sirk has completed 11 of his 16 passes and the Blue Devils have outgained the Yellow Jackets 204-179 yards to take control through the opening 30 minutes.On Duke’s first drive, the offense was in rhythm until Georgia Tech recovered a Shaun Wilson fumble at midfield. The Yellow Jackets quickly turned the turnover into points, converting a 52-yard field goal.But when quarterback Thomas Sirk and the Blue Devils began their second drive, the offense continued to click. A four-yard touchdown run by running back Shaquille Powell capped off a 12 play, 75 yard drive that gave the Blue Devils a 7-3 lead. Duke took what the Yellow Jacket defense gave them, relying on short passes and quick throws to move down the field.After a bad snap on a Georgia Tech punt gave the Blue Devils possession at the Yellow Jacket 48-yard line, Duke’s offense went back to work. Sirk completed a 32-yard pass to senior receiver Max McCaffrey and then delivered an 11-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver T.J. Rahming.The Blue Devils then extended their lead to 20-3, thanks to a 69-yard punt return from Ryan Smith and a one-yard rushing touchdown by Powell.Duke’s defense has held its ground against Georgia Tech’s lethal triple-option attack. After surrendering the field goal, the defense held the Yellow Jackets to consecutive three-and-outs. Duke’s defenders—led by linebacker Dwayne Norman and safety Jeremy Cash—held their gaps and shifted well to shut down Georgia Tech’s B-back and quarterback Justin Thomas on the outside.Toward the end of the first half, Georgia Tech’s offense began to gain steam. Thomas capped a 12-play, 74-yard drive by hitting Ricky Jeuene over the middle to close the gap to 19-10.Here are some observations from the first half: Near the end of the second quarter, redshirt freshman receiver Chris Taylor was open down field. However, Sirk waited to feed him the ball, which allowed a Georgia Tech defensive to close in on Taylor and resulted in a incompletion.The Georgia Tech offense has been efficient in the air. Thomas has completed four of his six passes for 92 yards.Duke attempted an onside kick following its first touchdown. The Yellow Jackets recovered in good field position at their 44-yard line. After losing the special teams battle last week against Northwestern, Duke’s special teams have rebounded against the Yellow Jackets.Redshirt junior running back Jela Duncan—who missed the first three games with a torn pectoral muscle and last season due to suspension—has gained 17 yards on two rushes.