Hokies Demolish Devils
By Ashleigh Lanza
October 23, 2010
A sold out Lane Stadium saw the Hokies take on the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon for the 18th matchup between the teams, resulting in a 44-7 Hokie win. This is the 10th consecutive time that Virginia Tech has beaten Duke, with the last five games combined score of 216-50.
Virginia Tech has now won six straight after losing their first two games to No. 3 Boise State and James Madison University in September. Virginia Tech, now 6-2 (4-0 in the ACC) has a tough schedule for the next three weeks, facing Georgia Tech, UNC, and Miami in the coming month.
"Being a threat is a great feeling and our objective is to score every single time we step into the redzone," said r-Senior Andre Smith.
Virginia Tech opened the game with a sack by Antoine Hopkins, which ended the Duke Drive after only 25 yards. Virginia Tech took the turnover to their advantage with a 2.42 minute drive that ended with a TD pass by QB Tyrod Taylor to Andre Smith, for fourteen yards, accounting for Smith's fourth TD of the season, all in the first eight minutes of the game. This number is more than any tight end has caught in the past three years combined.
"In the last couple of games, I think we've taken steps towards where we want to go," said Head Coach Frank Beamer. "Our quarterback is playing well and gives us a chance."
Tyrod Taylor proved to be yet again the star of the game, completing 7-13 passes for 280 yards and three TD's. 313
However, Taylor is not the only person who put up impressive figures for today. Marcus Davis had 6 catches and 64 yards on the game, with Danny Coale, Dyrell Roberts, and Jarrett Boykin each having two catches and 51, 49, and 48 yards respectively.
"We have a lot of talented receivers and all I just have to get the ball into their hands," said QB Taylor. "Receivers are doing a good job as far as rushing and continuing to try to get open."
Chris Hazley added three field goals to the Virginia Tech scoreboard today, totaling twelve straight for the r-Senior place kicker.
"A few people have mentioned it, said Hazley when asked if anyone has mentioned the FGs. "But I don't believe in [being] jinxed."
VTech soon came back after a 6 play, 18 yard drive by Duke to have Ryan Williams rush up the middle for a one yard touchdown. This was the first TD Williams has made since September 18th against East Carolina, when he pulled his hamstring and was taken out of the game late in the first quarter.
Virginia Tech managed to score three more TDs and two FGs before allowing Duke to score their lone TD, made by Jay Hollingsworth in the middle of the third quarter, to raise the score 34-7.
Duke, who started their season with a 41-27 win over Elon, has lost every game since, leaving them at 6-1 (0-4 in the ACC).
Sean Renfree has had a rough start as the Blue Devil's r-SO starting QB, who was taken out late in the first after an incomplete pass. He was replaced with freshman Brandon Connette, who went 0-4 with attempted passes, as well as giving cornerback Jayron Hosley his fifth pick of the season in the second quarter, before Renfree was returned in the game.
Virginia Tech will face Georgia Tech on November 4 to continue with their season. Georgia Tech, who is one of very few teams in the nation to use option offense, will give the Hokies a game as VTech learns to defend against this offense used by few other teams, including recently ranked Air Force Academy.
"I like the way we are mixing things up and keeping people off balance," Beamer concluded. "I think overall we are a much better, overall team."