Box Score: Va Tech-45, Duke-0
There was certainly no forward progress made on offense relatively or figuratively speaking as the Mike Schneider led Blue Devils tallied just 38 total yards on 53 plays on the afternoon. It didn't get much better defensively either as Virginia Tech ran all over the Blue Devils, behind quarterback Marcus Vick who threw for an effortless 172 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon.
Duke, which had hoped to rebound after a disappointing loss at East Carolina in week one, was beaten in every phase of the game on Saturday, a fact a beleaguered head coach Ted Roof lamented to the media.
"Right now I thought some of the young players did some good things," said Roof. "We just got beat in every phase of the game today. That is it. They are a much better football team than we are."
If there was any hope of a Duke moral victory, it quickly evaporated as the Hokies took the ball and drove 57 yards in seven plays, capped by a Vick touchdown toss to Jeff King after nearly four minutes. Virginia Tech would double their lead with under two minutes remaining in the first period when backup quarterback Curt Dukes was picked off allowing Roland Minor an easy 23 yard touchdown return.
From there Duke seemed to pack it in as Virginia Tech quickly poured on the offense with Vick tossing a 37 yard score to Josh Morgan, who beat prized Blue Devil defensive back John Talley badly for an easy walk into the back of the endzone. Not content with a 21-0 halftime lead, the Hokies would score twice more before the end of the third quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Vick followed by a three yard scoring run by George Bell to make it 35-0 by the half.
While no experts picked Duke to win this week, many had hoped the Blue Devils would take positive steps on both sides of the ball and give the Hokies a competitive game. That didn't happen, and questions from the Duke fan base regarding competitive football in 2005 from the Blue Devils are being asked.
"We all want [to build a competitive football program] done yesterday and nobody wants it done any faster than I do," said Roof. "You are right, some of our younger players are very talented. It is tough to be a great player early in your career. You have to learn the game. I expect those guys to get better, I expect our older players to get better and I expect all of us coaches to get better as well."
After two straight disappointments to open the season, the Blue Devils return to action next weekend in Wallace Wade to face VMI, a game many consider winnable by a fair margin. Roof, for one is advocating putting this week behind his young team and fast.
"Of course I am disappointed about the outcome of this football game but this isn't going to deter us from continuing to work and fighting hard to give our folks a win next week."