Duke Plays Final Road Game At Virginia Tech
The Duke Blue Devils (4-6, 1-5 ACC) will take to the road for the final time in 2008 when they head to Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (6-4, 3-3 ACC) at 5:30 p.m. in Lane Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPNU with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play), Larry Coker (analysis) and Melissa Knowles (sideline) calling the action. The game can also be heard on the Duke Radio Network with Bob Harris (play-by-play), Wes Chesson (analysis) and Anthony Dilweg (sideline) announcing the game. Duke has lost three straight, including a 31-7 road loss at Clemson last weekend while Virginia Tech last played on Thursday, Nov. 13, losing on the road to Miami, 16-14.
2007: Hokies Down Blue Devils, 43-14
Virginia Tech QB Sean Glennon came off the bench to throw for 258 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-14 win over Duke in Wallace Wade Stadium. The Hokies came out strong with 34 points in the first half. Virginia Tech took a 27-7 lead on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Glennon to Eddie Royal. Following a blocked punt, the Hokies’ Brandon Ore made it 34-7 at the half with a two-yard touchdown run. The Blue Devils held Virginia Tech to nine points in the second half. Duke added one more touchdown on a 19-yard scoring strike from Thaddeus Lewis to Brandon King in the fourth quarter. The Hokies held a 445-194 advantage in total offense. Virginia Tech racked up 346 passing yards in the win.
The Duke-Virginia Tech Series
Duke and Virginia Tech have met 15 times on the gridiron, with the Hokies taking an 8-7 lead in the series following last year’s victory. 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. Virginia Tech has won the last seven contests between the two schools.
Overall Virginia Tech, 8-7
First Meeting Duke, 25-0 in 1937
Last Meeting Virginia Tech, 43-14 in 2007
Duke’s Highest Scoring 55, two times
Duke’s Lowest Scoring 0, three times
Va. Tech’s Highest Scoring 48 in 1969
Va. Tech’s Lowest Scoring 0, three times
Current Streak Virginia Tech, W7
Largest Duke Margin of Victory 49, 1951, 55-6
Largest Va. Tech Margin of Victory 45, 2005, 45-0
Duke’s Last Win in Blacksburg None
Va. Tech’s Last Win in Blacksburg 2006 (36-0)
Virginia Tech Scouting Report
The Hokies are led by running back Darren Evans and quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Evans has 179 carries for 815 yards and nine touchdowns while Taylor has 96 carries for 485 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia Tech is led by cornerback Victor Harris who has four interceptions with one return for a touchdown. Orion Martin leads the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks on the season.
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 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.
Duke’s Andrew Holoman and Virginia Tech’s Jeron Gouveia-Winslow each graduated from Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Va. The Blue Devils’ Randez James and Garrett Utt each attended Hargrave Military Academy along with the Hokies’ Leon Mackey, Quillie Odom and Kendrick Pressley.