2007 Homecoming: Duke Hosts Virginia Tech
The Duke football team will host Virginia Tech on Saturday, October 13 at 12 noon for the 2007 edition of Homecoming. The game will be televised live by Lincoln Financial Sports with Steve Martin (play-by-play), Rick “Doc” Walker (analyst) and Mike Hogewood (sideline) calling the game. Last week, the Blue Devils’ second half comeback attempt fell short against Wake Forest in a 41-36 setback. Virginia Tech is coming off a 41-23 victory at Clemson to improve to 2-0 in ACC play.
The Duke-Virginia Tech Series
Duke and Virginia Tech have met 14 times on the gridiron, with the series deadlocked at 7-7. The series dates back to a 25-0 Blue Devil win in 1937 and Duke won six in a row and seven of the first eight meetings to start the series between the two schools. Through the first six games, the Blue Devils held an impressive 207-19 scoring advantage.
Year, Result, Location
1937 Duke 25, Virginia Tech 0 Greensboro
1938 Duke 18, Virginia Tech 0 Greensboro
1948 Duke 7, Virginia Tech 0 Roanoke
1949 Duke 55, Virginia Tech 7 Durham
1950 Duke 47, Virginia Tech 6 Winston-Salem
1951 Duke 55, Virginia Tech 6 Norfolk
1969 Virginia Tech 48, Duke 12 Norfolk
1981 Duke 14, Virginia Tech 7 Durham
1982 Virginia Tech 22, Duke 21 Durham
1983 Virginia Tech 27, Duke 14 Blacksburg
1984 Virginia Tech 27, Duke 0 Blacksburg
2004 Virginia Tech 41, Duke 17 Blacksburg
2005 Virginia Tech 45, Duke 0 Durham
2006 Virginia Tech 36, Duke 0 Blacksburg
Virginia Tech Scouting Report
The Hokies enter this weekend’s contest with a 5-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the ACC as they have won four straight games since suffering a loss at LSU in the second week of the season. Virginia Tech is led by its special teams and defensive units which have tallied six total touchdowns this season. Eddie Royal owns two punt returns for scores while Victor Harris has a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. On defense, Harris, Brandon Flowers and D.J. Parker have each returned interceptions for touchdowns.
More Duke-Virginia Tech Series Notes
• In Duke’s 18-0 victory over the Hokies in 1938, Robert O’Mara rushed 20 times for 180 yards. The yardage total ranks 15th on Duke’s individual single game chart. At the time of the game, O’Mara’s performance ranked second-best at Duke behind Jack Alexander’s 193-yard outing against North Carolina in 1935.
• On October 20, 1951 against Virginia Tech, left halfback Charlie Smith took a pitch from quarterback Jerry Barger and raced 85 yards — untouched — to establish the longest rushing play from scrimmage in Duke gridiron history. Interestingly enough, the same game included a 75-yard run from scrimmage by Duke’s Piney Field — a dash that matches the 12th-longest run in Blue Devil football history.
• Virginia Tech’s 469 rushing yards in the Hokies’ 48-12 win over Duke in 1969 rank as the third-highest single game total allowed by the Blue Devils. The total stands as Virginia Tech’s second-best single-game total behind a 500-yard effort versus Pittsburgh in 1993.
• In a wild finish at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke’s Dennis Tabron intercepted a Steve Casey pass and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown with just 56 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Blue Devils to a 14-7 victory on October 10, 1981. Cyrus Lawrence paced the Hokie attack with 177 rushing yards while Duke’s Cedric Jones caught five passes for 58 yards and a TD.
• On October 8, 1982 in Durham, the Hokies rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat Duke, 22-21. Duke QB Ben Bennett threw two TD passes to Chris Castor and Joel Blunk scored on a one-yard run to give the Blue Devils a three-touchdown advantage in the second period. Tech answered with a touchdown in each of the second, third and fourth quarters, and Todd Greenwood hooked up with Mike Shaw for a game-winning two-point conversion with just 33 seconds left in the contest. Bennett finished the day with 20 completions in 29 attempts for 290 yards while Greenwood threw for 218 yards.
• On October 13, 1984 in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech blanked Duke, 27-0, as the Hokie defense held the Blue Devils to minus-4 rushing yards. Hokie quarterback Mike Cox threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns while Duke managed just 68 total yards on the day.
• On September 18, 2004 in Blacksburg, the Hokies played their first ACC football game against Duke, defeating the Blue Devils by a 41-17 count on their way to winning the league championship.
High School Graduates
Duke’s Alfred Williams and the Hokies’ Mario Edwards both graduated from Westlake H.S. (Georgia). Duke’s Andrew Holoman and Virginia Tech’s Ed Wang both graduated from Stone Bridge H.S. in Ashburn, Va.