NCAAF Game Recap - Duke at Virginia Tech
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Sep 27, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Duke (3-1)

0

21

10

14

45

Virginia Tech (2-2)

3

0

7

0

10

Harris, Duke put a hurting on Virginia Tech, 45-10
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:47 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) A first-quarter defensive battle left Duke and Virginia Tech looking for something to kick-start their offense.

The Blue Devils got the break they needed early in the second quarter, while the struggling Hokies never did.

Quentin Harris threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Duke beat Virginia Tech 45-10 on Friday night.

The Blue Devils managed 5 yards on offense in the first quarter but got their break when Hendon Hooker, on his second play at quarterback for the Hokies, tried to hand the ball to Keshawn King but it never got there. The fumble resulted in a 24-yard loss to the Hokies 16 and on the next play, Harris hit a wide-open Noah Gray for the touchdown.

"We really wanted to capitalize on that and get a score," Harris said. "I thought we had a great play call."

Hokies coach Justin Fuente downplayed the importance of the momentum swing because it came so early in the game and gave the Blue Devils just a 7-3 lead, but defensive coordinator Bud Foster was not as quick to dismiss it.

"It seemed like that turnover and then the next play took the wind right out of everything," he said.

Harris hit Gray from a yard out for the second score, and Duke (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) made it 21-3 on a 25-yard trick play on which Harris lateraled to Jalon Calhoun, who hit a wide-open Deon Jackson, capping a 91-yard drive just 39 seconds before halftime.

Harris added a 42-yard scoring run and Jackson had a 32-yarder early in the fourth quarter, sending fans pouring out of Lane Stadium.

"Obviously we're not ready," said Fuente, whose team, like Duke's was coming back from a bye week. "We're not at the point where we can compete and play and have a chance to win against that team we played tonight."

The Hokies (2-2, 0-2) got their only touchdown on a 72-yard connection from Ryan Willis to Damon Hazleton after they fell behind 31-3. The loss is their worst at home since a 49-12 defeat against Houston on Sept. 28, 1974, and was Fuente's first against the Blue Devils.

The start made it seem like a defensive struggle was in the offing. Virginia Tech managed just 60 yards in the opening quarter.

"I think we were really nervous a little to start," Harris said. "But I think we settled in and got back to what we do best - making good decisions, getting the ball in the right guys' hands."

On the trick play, Jackson was even more open than Gray had been when Calhoun hit him for the third score of the quarter.

Duke outgained the Hokies 422-259 and never let up. In the fourth quarter, facing a fourth-and-3 from midfield, Blue Devils punter Austin Parker took the snap, tucked it and went for 28 yards off the right side, drawing boos. Harris completed a 12-yard pass to Gray on fourth-and-7 from the Hokies 19 on the same drive, and backup quarterback Chris Katrenick ran it in from 8 yards out two plays later.

HAZLETON RETUNS

Hazleton's return for the Hokies was expected to boost their passing game, and did on the long touchdown pass, but his first impact wasn't what Fuente was expecting: the wide receiver was called for an illegal blindside block in the second quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Duke: The Blue Devils highlighted a continuing problem for the Hokies with 234 rushing yards, led by Harris' 100 on 17 carries. The total was more than Duke's 181-yard average and worsened Virginia's Tech's average. They had been yielding 174 yards per game.

Harris, who was missing receivers early, finished 20 for 27 for 163 yards and was not sacked.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies hardly looked like a team that spent their bye week making improvements. With a first-and-goal from the Duke 6, three running plays netted 4 yards. The switch from Ryan Willis to Hooker turned disastrous on the fumble leading to Duke's first score, and Fuente said both are battling injuries. He also defended Willis, who finished 7 for 18 for 112 yards with an interception.

"This certainly doesn't fall on Ryan Willis," he said.

UP NEXT

The Blue Devils open a two-game homestand with a night game against Pittsburgh.

The Hokies go on the road to face long-time rival Miami.

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Passing

Duke Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Q. Harris 27 20 74.1 2 163 18 0 113.7
J. Calhoun 1 1 100.0 1 25 25 0 158.3
VaTec Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. Willis 18 7 38.9 1 112 72 1 55.8
H. Hooker 2 1 50.0 0 8 8 0 60.4

Rushing

Duke Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Q. Harris 17 100 5.9 42 1
D. Jackson 9 55 6.1 32 1
VaTec Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. McClease 17 102 6.0 45 0
C. Steward 7 25 3.6 7 0

Receiving

Duke Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Durant 3 53 17.7 18 0
N. Gray 6 50 8.3 16 2
VaTec Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Hazelton 1 72 72.0 72 1
T. Robinson 4 25 6.3 12 0

Fumbles

VaTec F FL
H. Hooker 1 1

Returning

Duke KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Blackwell 0 - 0 0 1 20.0 0 20
VaTec KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Wheatley 4 19.8 0 25 0 - 0 0
C. Steward 1 4.0 0 4 0 - 0 0

Punting

Duke Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Parker 4 169 42.3 55
VaTec Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. Bradburn 5 206 41.2 53

Takeaways

Duke Int Yds InTD
L. Johnson 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Duke VaTec
Points For 45 10
Total Yards 422 259
Rushing Yards 234 139
Passing Yards 188 120
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/28 8/20
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 24 14
Penalties - Yards 8/62 5/52
Time Of Possession 14:14 46:46
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/14 4/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/42 5/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Duke VaTec
VaTec 14:33 FG Brian Johnson 20 yd FG 0 3
2nd Quarter Duke VaTec
Duke 3:40 TD Noah Gray 16 yd pass from Quentin Harris (AJ Reed kick) 7 3
Duke 8:17 TD Noah Gray 1 yd pass from Quentin Harris (AJ Reed kick) 14 3
Duke 14:21 TD Deon Jackson 25 yd pass from Jalon Calhoun (AJ Reed kick) 21 3
3rd Quarter Duke VaTec
Duke 9:04 FG AJ Reed 31 yd FG 24 3
Duke 11:30 TD Quentin Harris 42 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 31 3
VaTec 12:29 TD Damon Hazelton 72 yd pass from Ryan Willis (Brian Johnson kick) 31 10
4th Quarter Duke VaTec
Duke 2:35 TD Deon Jackson 32 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 38 10
Duke 11:23 TD Chris Katrenick 9 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 45 10

Game Information

Stadium: Lane Stadium/Worsham Field, Blacksburg, Virginia
Attendance: 59,537
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