Blue Devils Score Thrilling Win Over VT

Thomas Sirk’s two-point conversion in the fourth overtime propelled Duke to a 45-43 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday evening in Blacksburg.  The win moved Duke to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in ACC play.

It’s the 12th time in the last 13 true road games that Duke has come away with a victory.  The Blue Devils have also won 14 of their last 17 conference games and 23 of the last 27 contests overall.  

In short, head coach David Cutcliffe’s program is rolling.  

And, perhaps, this latest victory will serve notice to the rest of the ACC and college football world at large that Duke is for real.  If nothing else, Saturday proved Duke was resilient. 

After holding the lead for the entire game, Duke saw Virginia Tech rally to tie the game at 24 with just over two minutes remaining.  The Blue Devils immediately drove to the Virginia Tech 28 yard line, but Ross Martin - who hadn’t missed a field goal or extra point attempt through the first six games  of the season - missed his second field goal of the day. 

The miss sent the game to overtime where the teams traded field goals and then touchdowns before trading field goals again.  

Virginia Tech then took the lead on a one yard touchdown run, but failed on the two-point conversion, giving Duke a chance to win the game with a touchdown and conversion.  

The touchdown came on the first play from scrimmage when Sirk found Erich Schneider streaking down the left sideline for the touchdown.  The junior quarterback would finish the game off on a quarterback draw that saw him shed two tacklers to fall into the end zone.  

"Coach said if there's nothing there, don't force the throw. Tuck it and run," said Sirk.

With the win Duke is assured of bowl eligibility for the fourth straight season.

“That’s always a good thing…” said Cutcliffe.  “I tell young coaches all the time, don’t ever, ever forget how to count to six.”

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