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Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7: What They're Saying

To sum up everyone's sentiments: Yeah, the Hokies are playing lights-out, but they're last three opponents have been horrible and their schedule is about to get much tougher. But I'll let everyone put that into their own words:

Face the Nation

The (morning after the) Morning After: ACC Week 8 (D1scourse)
"The Hokies are doing what a top-10 or top-15 team should do --- hammer overmatched opponents. With a three-headed backfield (David Wilson contributed a touchdown reception on Saturday) and Tyrod Taylor still rolling the Hokies have a real chance to be 6-0 in the ACC entering a Nov. 20 showdown at Miami."

Final: Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7 (Annette)
"Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor continued to build his case for ACC Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns and finished with 327 yards of total offense. Taylor alone was too much for Duke's defense."

ACC Football Power Rankings, Oct. 25 (ACC Sports Journal)
"It looks easy to assume Virginia Tech (4-0) is cruising toward a Coastal Division title until you glance at the Hokies’ schedule, which includes a home gig with Georgia Tech and consecutive contests at UNC and Miami. The Hokies can’t be thinking about magic numbers just yet."

Virginia Tech Bloggers

Fun and Games (The A-Line)
"That needs to be remedied and a fitting tribute given the outstanding coach so instrumental in bringing Hoo football to its current exalted stature. Frank & co would have had a much more difficult task this last decade were it not for the major assist given by algroh infuriating high school players and coaches alike, paving the way for Tech to continue the fine job of dominating state football begun in the last days of George. The importance of algroh to Tech’s ongoing success is not to be minimized."

The Touchdowns (The Key Play)
"Tyrod was "dead on balls accurate" with the football (13/17 280 yards 3 TDs) against Duke. He read the defense well and only threw one bad ball (Andre Smith trailing in the back of the end zone on 3rd and Goal). I really believe that it takes the passing game a longer time to gel than the rest of the offense. It looks like we are hitting our stride at just the right time."

Taylor proves he’s one of nation’s best (VT Campus Blog)
"With the wealth of talent at running back, Tech can easily rely on Darren Evans, David Wilson, and a now-healthy Ryan Williams to carry much of the burden. Instead, Taylor forces opponents to center their gameplan around stopping Taylor, because he’s so efficient when the Hokies do choose to pass, yet he’s even more dangerous if he gets into the open field as a runner."

Virginia Tech Beats Duke 44-7, Gets Ready For Strech Run (VT Fan)
"For many of us who predicted (Marcus) Davis to be our breakout player for this season, Saturday’s game was certainly refreshing. If you attended any of the preseason scrimmages you knew that the Ocean Lakes star had the potential to be perhaps the Hokies best receiver but to this date he just hasn’t blossomed like the coaches and many of the fans thought he would. Hopefully this performance will help Davis turn a corner and become one of Tech biggest weapons out wide."

Hokies Steamroll Duke in Final Warmup Before Critical Stretch (Tech Sideline)
"Starting free safety Eddie Whitley missed this game with an injury, which put Antone Exum into the starting role at free safety and true freshman Kyle Fuller into the role of the nickel back. Fuller played very well in his second time seeing extensive action this season."

Virginia Tech Beat Writers

Time for Tech to get down to business (Norm Wood)
"At the very least, Virginia Tech achieved some critical goals in the Central Michigan, Wake Forest and Duke walkovers: get some backups in the game and rest starters, get Ryan Williams back on the field and get through the soft stretch relatively injury-free."

Thoughts (mine and theirs) on VT's 44-7 win (Kyle Tucker)
"Also notable: second-string linebackers Jack Tyler and Tariq Edwards, who coordinator Bud Foster really wanted to take a good look at, both played heavily. Each had four tackles and Edwards forced a fumble. It appeared Duke kept its starting offense in the game until late and the No. 2 Hokies defense pretty well shut the Devils down. That’s a good sign."

Thoughts on Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7 (Darryl Slater)
"But none of their past three opponents—Central Michigan, Wake, Duke—could match their talent. Their next three – Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Miami – all have the potential to. The good news for the Hokies: They couldn’t ask for a better performance than today’s as they enter their off week."

Williams's injury worse than most thought (Mark Giannotto)
"Williams said he tried to come back for the Hokies 45-21 win over Central Michigan two weeks ago, but tweaked his hamstring during the Monday practice leading into the game. He declared himself "80 or 85 percent" healthy right now."

Tech now gears up for critical November stretch (Bill Roth)
"Each member of this Coastal quartet has churned out an unexpected tune. But nothing ever goes as planned. Even pharaohs turn to sand (Styx, 1981). Yet despite the various missteps, meltdowns and gaffes, one of those teams is going to win the Coastal Division and play in the ACC championship game on December 4 in Charlotte. Virginia Tech and Miami control its own destinies: win out and the division is yours."