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November 16, 2012

Duke, Georgia Tech trying to remain in ACC chase

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ATLANTA —

Cutcliffe looked at the film anyway. Bad idea.

"Well, you just don't sleep after you watch that," Cutcliffe said. "You go to the store and try to talk to the pharmacist out of some Ambien is about all you can do."

Lee's threat as a passer adds difficulty to the challenge of defending the spread option. With Washington, who has 17 rushing touchdowns, it's a run-first attack. With Lee, the secondary must give the Yellow Jackets' receivers more respect.

"It's pretty nightmarish," Cutcliffe said. "I think the thing that you have to do is just be consistent and like any time if you're playing a good offense, if you don't tackle well and you don't play good technique, you have no chance."

Duke senior Sean Renfree has passed for 2,125 yards with 12 touchdowns. Sophomore Jamison Crowder and senior Conner Vernon each has more than 800 yards receiving. The two have combined for 11 touchdown receptions.

Cutcliffe said he wasn't offended by the suggestion that Duke is proof there's not an elite team in the Coastal Division or the league is down this year.

"I chuckle at it, I do, myself and we kind of find that a little bit of fun," Cutcliffe said. "This business is hard so you might as well make it fun and it does make me chuckle.

"We have a good football team, but we are not great football team just yet. ... We are a work-in-progress, and as I said, we are just very proud and happy to be part of something in November that's meaningful."

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