Monday Takeaways: Duke 45, Virginia Tech 43

Duke became bowl eligible for a fourth consecutive season with a thrilling win on Saturday. Here's a look back on the game and what we learned.


Duke 45
VT 43

Offensive Player of the Game

QB - Thomas Sirk

Thomas had a very good overall game against the Hokies.  He completed 19-39 passes for 270 yards and 4 touchdowns while rushing for a team high 109 yards on 18 carries.   This all around performance provided a balanced attack for Duke against VT creating multiple scoring opportunities.  

Honorable Mention 

WR - Max McCaffrey

Max McCaffrey caught 6 passes for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns in what Coach Cut would call a “great game’’ for him.  McCaffrey was able to hold onto the ball on passes where he was hit immediately upon the ball’s arrival.  He also made a few catches where he had to adjust mid route to make a spectacular grab.

Co-Defensive Players of the Game

DeVon Edwards and Jeremy Cash

Duke’s leaders on defense in this game made stop after stop for the Blue Devils.  Edwards led the team with 15 total tackles and 1 pass break up.  Cash had 13 total tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss including a sack for a loss of 10.  Cash made many critical stops on third down to bring out VT’s punter.

Honorable Mention

DT - Mike Ramsay

Redshirt Sophomore DT Mike Ramsay contributed to strong collective play by the Duke defensive line against the Hokies.  Ramsay had 7 total tackles including 2 for loss and a sack for a 10 yard loss.

Play of the Game

Sirk’s 25 yard touchdown pass to Schneider on Duke’s first play of the 4th overtime came immediately after VT had taken a 6 point lead.  VT had failed the 2 point conversion and only needed to stop Duke from scoring a TD to secure the win.  With the pass immediately to the end zone, Duke grabbed the momentum of the game back, in time for Sirk to convert the game winning 2 point conversion to seal the win.

Next Week

The Duke Blue Devils will return home next week to take on Coastal Division rival the Miami Hurricanes.   The Hurricanes and Blue Devils enter the game experiencing the total opposite results from the previous week.  The Hurricanes will arrive in Durham coming off a 58-0 loss to Clemson and new interim head coach Larry Scott will coach his first game in place of Al Golden.  The game is set to start at 7 pm next Saturday night, as Duke continues its quest to return to the ACC championship game.

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