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2013 Virginia Tech Football: What To Watch Vs. Duke

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Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1) vs. Duke Blue Devils (5-2)

Virginia Tech Offense vs. Duke Defense

  • As I said in the Game Guide:
  • Defensively, the Blue Devils play out of the 4-2-5.
  • Defensively, the Blue Devils are giving up 383.1 yards per game, good for No. 54 nationally. They also are No. 50 in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 24.3 points per game.
  • In rushing defense, Duke is No. 70 nationally, allowing only 166.9 yards per game. Through the air, they've allowed 216.3 yards per game, good for a No. 45 ranking in the nation.
  • After seven games, the Hokies rank No. 110 in the nation in total offense with 328.4 yards per game
  • The Hokies rank No. 106 nationally in rushing with 117.6 yards on the ground per game.
  • Virginia Tech currently ranks No. 83 in the nation with 210.9 passing yards per game.
  • The Hokies rank No.95 in the country in scoring offense with 23.1 points per game.

Virginia Tech Defense vs. Duke Offense

  • As I said in the Game Guide:
  • Duke runs a multiple offense
  • The Blue Devils rank No. 40 nationally in total offense with 452.1 yards per game. They are also scoring 35.7 points per game, which ranks No. 31 nationally.
  • Duke ranks No. 41 in passing offense with 269.4 yards per game through the air.
  • The Blue Devils rank No. 52 nationally with 182.7 yards per game on the ground.
  • Anthony Boone has passed for 815 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions so far this season, though has missed a couple of games. Brandon Connette, his backup, has thrown for 1,069 yards and 12 touchdowns with 6 interceptions.
  • Running backs Jela DuncanJosh SneadJuwan Thompson and Shaquille Powell have split the carries so far this season, and have combined for 955 yards and 5 TD's.
  • Jamison Crowder is far and away Duke's leading-receiver this year. He has 56 receptions for 731 yards and 3 touchdowns so far this year.
  • The Hokies are ranked No. 6 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 91 yards per game.
  • Virginia Tech ranks No. 3 in the nation in passing defense, allowing only 165 yards passing per game.
  • The Hokies rank No. 2 nationally in total defense, allowing 256 yards per game.
  • Virginia Tech is ranked for No. 5 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15 points per game (though 21 of those points were not allowed by the defense).

Watch the Box Score

  • Turnovers
  • Duke rushing yardage
  • Virginia Tech sacks
  • Rushing yardage by Virginia Tech's running backs

Virginia Tech Players to Watch

Duke Players to Watch

  • 84 - Kenny Anunike, r-Sr., DE
  • 3 - Jamison Crowder, Jr., WR
  • 7 - Anthony Boone, r-Jr., QB OR 18 - Brandon Connette, r-Jr., QB
  • 25 - Jela Duncan, S0., RB OR 9 - Josh Snead, r-Jr., RB

Final Score

Virginia Tech 31, Duke 14