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NCAA Game Summary - Duke at Virginia Tech



(Saturday, October 23rd)

Final Score: (23) Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7

Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Tyrod Taylor threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns on 13-of-17 passing as 23rd-ranked Virginia Tech crushed Duke, 44-7, at Lane Stadium.

Dyrell Roberts, Andre Smith and David Wilson each registered a touchdown catch for the Hokies (6-2, 4-0 ACC), winners of six in a row since dropping their first two games of the season.

Darren Evans added a rushing score and Chris Hazley booted three field goals in the victory.

"I do think we've got things to work on, but when you play well and you have success, it builds confidence," Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "You can't talk your way into it. You've got to build it. The last couple of games, we've taken steps where we want to go."

Sean Renfree finished 12-of-32 for 116 yards and an interception for the Blue Devils (1-6, 0-4), who have dropped six in a row since opening the year by downing Elon.

Jay Hollingsworth's six-yard TD run was the lone score for Duke, which has dropped 10 in a row against Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech struck twice in the opening quarter. First, Taylor hit Smith for a 14-yard touchdown pass, and later Williams hit the end zone from a yard out on 4th-and-goal.

Evans rolled in from the two with just less than five minutes played in the second quarter, then Chris Hazley hit field goals of 37 and 44 yards to close out the half at 27-0 for the Hokies.

It was 34-0 for Virginia Tech on its first drive of the second half when Taylor aired it out again, and found Roberts for a 43-yard TD connection.

Duke finally hit the scoreboard on the ensuing drive, as Hollingsworth posted a six-yard run to paydirt, but Virginia Tech responded quickly to take a 41-7 advantage on Taylor's 65-yard strike to Wilson.

Hazley added a 22-yarder to cap the Hokies' next series, and the home defense only allowed one foray into its territory on three fourth-quarter Duke drives.

"I guess you could say that," Taylor said when asked if this was the offense's best performance of the season. "We're feeding off each other's energy. The defense played well and got us the ball back, and it's our job to put points on the board. That's what we did today."

Game Notes

Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 11-7...The Hokies racked up 491 yards of total offense to just 208 for the Blue Devils...Hollingsworth finished with 26 yards on the ground, but Brandon Connette led the visitors with 43 yards on eight carries...Taylor also rushed for 47 yards on six carries...Hokies wideout Marcus Davis posted six catches for 64 yards.

10/23 18:32:03 ET