BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech used 41 unanswered points to post a 41-20 come-from-behind win over visiting Duke in front of 65,632 spectators on Saturday afternoon at sun-splashed Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va.
Duke scored the first 20 points of the game, but the Hokies rallied from the deficit to win for the 12th consecutive time in the series. The loss snaps Duke’s four-game winning streak and drops the Blue Devils to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in ACC play. Virginia Tech improves to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
The Blue Devils went on top 7-0 when Sean Renfree hooked up with Jamison Crowder for a 62-yard score less than three minutes into the contest. Following a Hokie punt, Duke’s second offensive possession yielded three points when Ross Martin booted a 40-yard field goal.
Martin pushed the Duke lead to 13-0 at the 4:05 mark of the first period with a 28-yard field goal. The field goal was Martin’s 10th of the season, establishing a school single-season record for freshmen. Duke’s defense created six points less than a minute later when Jordon Byas returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown. The score marked Duke’s fourth non-offensive touchdown of the season.
Virginia Tech got on the scoreboard with 41 seconds left in the first quarter when Martin Scales found the end zone from four yards out on the ground, trimming the Duke lead to 20-7. With 2:15 prior to halftime, Hokie kicker Cody Journell booted a 37-yard field goal to make the score 20-10. The teams went into the locker room with Duke ahead, 20-17, after the Hokies scored on a 42-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the second quarter.
Virginia Tech claimed a 24-20 lead on its first possession of the second half when J.C. Coleman darted 45 yards for a touchdown. Hokie quarterback Logan Thomas then tossed a 47-yard scoring pass to push the advantage to 31-20 with 6:55 to play in the third period. Journell’s 41-yard field goal with just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter made the score 34-20 in favor of the home team.
Coleman added an 86-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
Duke returns home next Saturday night to host North Carolina at 7 p.m.