[Ed. Note: Bumped from FanPosts. Trevor has been giving us great FanPosts over the last few weeks. Thanks again Trevor for your work.]
I will start off by admitting I picked Duke to win today, in Lane Stadium, and gaining bowl eligibility courtesy of a win over Virginia Tech. I reasoned that because the defense has been more up and down than the humps on a camel, and the offense inability to run the football, it was Duke's game to lose.
Within the first few minutes of the first quarter, Duke made me look like a genius. Tony Gregory badly handled a screen pass from Logan Thomas, and it was picked by off by Duke for an easy touchdown. The score was 20-0.
Fans were restless. Fans were angry. I'm sure some of the fans thought about leaving Lane Stadium in the first quarter. Duke was poised to deliver the fatal blow in the first quarter. Then Michael Cole snatched the football out of the air because of a miscommunication between Duke's quarterback, Sean Renfree and his intended target, and somehow momentum swung.
The Hokies only scored 3 points off that turnover, but it gave a small spark. Eventually, that spark turned into an inferno, and Detrick Bonner intercepted a tipped Duke pass. That was the big momentum motivator. A few seconds later, Logan Thomas found a wide open Marcus Davis for a quick touchdown.
The rout was on.
By the end of the game, it was Virginia Tech making me the fool for picking Duke to win. J.C. Coleman had a monster of a game, carrying the ball 13 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns. The much beleaguered defensive line, led by Luther Maddy and James Gayle, began to turn up the heat on Sean Renfree.
It was the largest comeback in Virginia Tech history under Frank Beamer. It spoke of the character of the team. Most team in the FBS would have crawled into a hole, curled up in fetal position, and whimpered.
Not this Hokies squad. They like to eschew conventional wisdom. They like to prove doubters wrong. When the tough got going, they dug in, and found a way to turn the game around.
They will need every ounce of that determination. They will need that same defense. They will need that same chip on the shoulder of the offense.
Because next Saturday, they travel to take on a rising program in Clemson, in an aptly named Death Valley stadium.
Win in that game, it will give all the major boost they need for the tough November stretch.