Hokies find their stride at Duke's expense
Posted October 13, 2012
After Duke's 42-17 smashing of Virginia at Wallace Wade last weekend it seemed possible that the Blue Devils could steal one from Virginia Tech Saturday.
After Duke scored on their first three drives of the game and added a defensive pick-six, it seemed highly likely that Duke would in fact steal that win.
With quarterback Sean Renfree back in as the starter, the Blue Devils were highly effective passing the ball. The defense, lead by a big Kenny Anunike sac, was keeping Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas from moving the ball. Virginia Tech looked really bad and the Blue Devils looked really good.
We've been saying it, the Blue Devils have talented players and they've been winning. It would be great to see them grab bowl eligibility in Blacksburg, but it is still Duke football and it was hard to believe what was happening.
And while we were all trying to convince ourselves that Duke was in fact killing Virginia Tech, the Hokies woke up.
Somewhere between Jordon Byas' interception for a Duke touchdown and a Virginia Tech 7 play, 76 yard drive that resulted in their first points of the game, the Hokies started to roll.
A 20-0 Duke lead with 3:12 left in the first quarter started to disappear. On six of their next nine possessions Virginia Tech netted points. On five of Duke's remaining ten drives, they turned the ball over – two interceptions, a turnover on downs and two fumbles.
That resulted in Virginia Tech racking up 41 unanswered points.
Aside from the turnovers, Duke couldn't put together an effective rushing game whereas the Hokies were able to strike from the air and ground. Total rushing yards for Duke? 22. Virginia Tech? 269.
Virginia Tech, who had struggled all season, found their stride. And though Duke fell apart, they have proven the talent is there, and rebounded from a trouncing against Stanford quite well. The loss in Blacksburg shouldn't send the Blue Devils' season into a downward spiral but they have some serious regrouping to do.