Georgia Tech cornerback Mario Butler was named Monday the ACC’s defensive back of the week.
With a pair of big third-quarter plays, Butler helped Georgia Tech turn the momentum Saturday against Duke and come from behind for a 30-20 win that solidified the Yellow Jackets’ bowl hopes for a 14th consecutive season.
As the clock ticked away with about eight minutes left in the quarter, Butler broke into Duke’s backfield and stopped the Blue Devils’ Donovan Varner for a six-yard loss to set up a passing scenario on the next play.
During that next play, Butler read quarterback Brandon Connette’s eyes and jumped a route along the Blue Devils sideline. Stepping in front of the pass, he intercepted it, taking the ball 85 yards and into the end zone for a clutch score. It gave the Yellow Jackets a lead they would not relinquish.
The senior from Jacksonville, Fla., playing his final game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, also finished with three tackles.
His interception was his first of the season, and came after he being flagged for three pass interference penalties in the previous two games.