Duke beats ranked team for first time since 1994

The Duke football team upset 16th ranked Virginia Tech IN Blacksburg on Saturday afternoon with a 13-10 victory. It was their first win over a ranked opponent since 1994 and their first win over a ranked opponent on the road since 1971. It all happened without a third down conversion and with a two to one possession time deficit.

duke_football_helmetVirginia Tech had the ball for 39:27 and out-gained Duke, 387-198. The Hokies were also 4-of-6 on fourth down conversions. However, quarterback Logan Thomas threw four interceptions, the final one coming in the closing minutes that finally allowed Duke to run out the clock. Two of his interceptions came in the red zone.

It all happened in front of a Hokies crowd of 63,326.

The Blue Devils also became bowl eligible for the second straight season, as they improved to 6-2 on the season (2-2 in the ACC).

Duke quarterback Anthony Boone was just 7-of-25 with four interceptions. He did finish with 107 yards passing, 40 of those coming on a completed pass to Shaquille Powell. Boone however, used his legs to get the Blue Devils to victory. He ran three straight times after two VT penalties: for six yards, 11 yards, and then the nine yard touchdown run to give Duke the 13-0 lead in the third quarter.

Kicker Ross Martin was perfect yet again for the Blue Devils. He accounted for all of the scoring in the first half, making field goals of 51 and 53 yards. The 53 yarder was a career best for Martin and it came on the final play of the half.

 

Duke will look to continue their winning ways Saturday, November 9th as they return home to play NC State.

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