Va Tech Cruises Past Duke, 43-14

Early mistakes put the Hokies too far out in front of the Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon as Virginia Tech jumped out to a 34-7 halftime advantage before cruising through for a 43-14 victory.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke never got on track offensively against No. 12 Virginia Tech on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium and the Blue Devils fell, 43-14, in front of 23,691 fans in its annual Homecoming contest.

The Hokies improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in ACC action while the Blue Devils fall to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the league.

Virginia Tech built a 13-0 lead after a pair of Jud Dunlevy field goals and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to Josh Morgan with 5:36 remaining in the first quarter.

Duke responded when quarterback Thaddeus Lewis scored on a one-yard run that made it 13-7 with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. Lewis' scoring play capped an impressive 11-play, 71-yard drive in 4:34, with the key play being a 28-yard completion to Austin Kelly on first down to spot the ball at the Virginia Tech 14-yard line. Four plays later, Lewis scored his second touchdown on the ground this year.

Utilizing quarterbacks Taylor and Sean Glennon, the Hokies registered 289 total yards at half and ended the game with 445 yards. Following the Hokies' two second-half scoring drives, the Blue Devil defense allowed just 19 yards on 10 plays covering five possessions the rest of the way.

The Hokies opened the second half with an eight-play, 53-yard drive that ended in a Dunlevy 29-yard field goal, his third of the afternoon. Virginia Tech extended its lead to 43-7 after Glennon hit Morgan, who got free down the left sideline, on a 40-yard scoring play. Morgan ended the day with four catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

On the Hokies' first offensive play of the fourth quarter, Michael Tauiliili intercepted Cory Holt and the Blue Devils took over at the Virginia Tech 37-yard line. On a three-play drive helped by a Virginia Tech personal foul penalty, Duke scored on a 19-yard pass from a scrambling Lewis to Brandon King, who caught his third scoring pass of the season. The extra point made it 43-14 Virginia Tech with 13:33 left on the clock.

On the next possession, Tauiliili struck again, recovering a fumble at the Virginia Tech 39-yard line. Duke, however, could not turn the miscue into points, and turned the ball back over after Lewis was intercepted by linebacker Brett Warren.

An active Tauiliili led the way with 13 tackles for Duke, including 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage. Fellow linebacker Vincent Rey had seven stops for the Blue Devils.

For Virginia Tech, Glennon hit on 16-of-21 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wideout Eddie Royal led the Hokies with 90 reception yards on six catches. He also hauled in a 25-yard TD pass from Glennon in the second quarter.

Duke will enjoy its only open week of the season on Oct. 20 before returning to action at Florida State on Oct. 27.

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