Bombed In Blacksburg

Another season, another Virginia Tech blowout victory over the Duke Blue Devils. For the second straight season the Hokies didn't allow head coach Ted Roof's squad any points, en route to a 36-0 route in Blacksburg.

After he struggled early, freshman quarterback Thaddeus Lewis received a very rude welcome to ACC football as the Hokies finally succeeded in forcing the Duke signal caller to the sideline with an injury after a third late hit call on Aaron Rouse.

With Lewis done for the afternoon, it was up to sophomore Marcus Jones to return to his position under center where he threw for 71 yards while completing six of his eight pass attempts. Meanwhile, junior tailback Justin Boyle also returned from a week one injury to log 36 yards on 10 carries. In total, Duke managed just 139 yards of total offense.

On the other side, Virginia Tech had no trouble picking apart the Duke secondary -- picking directly on Duke's Deonto McCormick more than once on the afternoon. On the first play from scrimmage the Hokies' Sean Glennon connected with receiver David Clowney for a 60 yard pass. Soon after the Blue Devils were down 6-0 as Branden Ore converted the one yard score, but the Duke special teams blocked the extra point.

After holding the Hokies' offense for the remainder of the quarter, the Blue Devils surrendered a 58 yard punt return to junior Eddie Royal, which pushed the advantage to 13-0.

Soon after it was up to Tech's Glennon to put the contest out of reach. He did just that with a a 17-yard TD pass to Sam Wheeler in the second quarter and a 25-yard strike to Josh Morgan in the third.

Some of the top performances turned in for Duke included senior defensive back John Talley logging his first interception of the season, and 12th of his career. Meanwhile sophomore Mike Tauliili recorded his second double figure tackle game of the year, logging 11 stops. Senior linebacker Jeramy Edwards and junior safety Chris Davis each recorded seven tackles on the afternoon.

In the post game news conference, head coach Ted Roof was hopeful that Lewis would be able to play when the Blue Devils return to the field against Virginia on September 30th.

"That is a tough kid and he took some shots, but he'll bounce back and he'll be ready to go for Virginia," said Roof. "He got hit in the head in a head-to-head deal, and he was out of it for a little while but he's back and we'll get him healthy and get him ready to go."


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