Virginia Tech vowed never to take the Duke Blue Devils lightly after a late-game scare in Blacksburg last season. The No. 6 Hokies continued their winning ways in Durham 37-17 on the legs of true freshman tailback David Wilson.
Wilson and fellow tailback Ryan Williams split playing time in the first quarter with Williams scoring the first
touchdown. Williams left the game through the second quarter with a bruised elbow and never returned. Wilson took full advantage scoring two touchdowns of his own.
The surprise score of the game came in the second quarter when quarterback Tyrod Taylor found tight end Sam Wheeler. The catch marked Wheeler's first touchdown reception since the 2007 season opener against East Carolina.
The Hokies never relinquished the lead and continued to add to the score thanks to three field goals in the second half from senior Matt Waldron including a 53-yarder in the third quarter.
VT 7 14 10 6 37
DUKE 0 10 0 7 17
VT:TD 0:46 R. Williams, 5 Yd run (M. Waldron Kick)
VT:TD 3:46 S. Wheeler, 3 Yd pass from T. Taylor (M. Waldron Kick)
VT:TD 2:43 D. Wilson, 3 Yd run (M. Waldron Kick)
DUKE:TD 1:16 A. Kelly, 3 Yd pass from T. Lewis (N. Maggio Kick)
DUKE:FG 0:00 N. Maggio, 34 Yd FG
VT:FG 2:44 M. Waldron, 53 Yd FG
VT:TD 1:16 D. Wilson, 4 Yd run (M. Waldron Kick)
VT:FG 4:08 M. Waldron, 39 Yd FG
VT:FG 2:12 M. Waldron, 33 Yd FG
DUKE:TD 0:22 D. Varner, 3 Yd pass from T. Lewis (N. Maggio Kick)
First downs VT: 37 DUKE: 16
Total Offense VT:404 DUKE: 288
Turnovers VT: 1 FUM DUKE: 2 INT, 1 FUM
Virginia Tech Top Player Stats
Passing: T. Taylor 25-35 for 252 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: D. Wilson 22-for-78 yds, 2 TD
Receiving: D. Coale 8-for-98 yds, 1 TD
Defense: B. Rivers 5 TAK, 1 INT
Duke Top Player Stats
Passing: T. Lewis 18-32 for 212 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: R. Boyette 17-for-76 yds, 1 FUM
Receiving: D. Varner 6-for-54 yds, 1 TD
Defense: V. Rey 10 TAK