|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Virginia Tech Hokies started off strong with an upset win on the road against Ohio State earlier this year but had fallen to 4-5 heading into Saturday's game at Duke. The Hokies broke their three-game losing streak with a 17-16 win over the Blue Devils in Durham. This is the Hokies' second win against a nationally-ranked team; the Devils were #21 in the playoff rankings going into the game.
The Devils had a quick 10-0 lead within the first seven minutes of the game. Ross Martin had a field goal while Josh Snead had a short touchdown run following a three-and-out for the Hokies.
The Hokies started the second quarter on their own two-yard line but covered the field in about five minutes. Michael Brewer had a 46-yard pass to Isaiah Ford midway through the drive. They connected again for a 10-yard touchdown a little bit later. Still, the Devils were on top as the Hokies' Greg Stroman fumbled two punts; the Hokies recovered them both.
The Devils took a 13-7 lead early in the third from a 48-yard field goal by Martin. Martin had another field goal later in the quarter. In a little less than two minutes, the team exchanged interceptions with the Hokies coming out on top with a 35-yard field goal by Joey Slye at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter started with Duke's DeVon Edwards fumbling a kickoff and losing possession. The Hokies went 31 yards on the drive as Michael Brewer got a touchdown pass to Bucky Hodges. This led to the team exchanging punts for a good part of the quarter. Martin missed a 40-yard field goal for the Devils but the team had another shot for a win. However, Anthony Boone was sacked twice in the Devils' last possession.
The 5-5 Hokies were only 2-15 on third downs. However, the 8-2 Devils didn't get much out of them either as they were 5-18 on third downs. Anthony Boone only went 18-40 on the passing front with 181 yards.
The Blue Devils need to win their last two games and for Georgia Tech to lose to Georgia on November 29 to win the ACC Coastal title. The Hokies need one win to be eligible for a bowl.
Duke was the narrow favorite for the game; they had a -3.5 spread at home.