Virginia Tech struggles, but holds off Duke

Durham, NC (WWBT)- Virginia Tech appeared to be picking up steam since its only loss of the season to Clemson, entering Saturday with three straight wins and a 7-1 record.  Add the fact that the Hokies were playing a team with four total conference wins in the last four seasons, and things looked pretty good for the squad to get its fourth straight win.  Duke, however, had upset on its mind.

Virginia Tech did not score in the second half, but still survived the Blue Devils, escaping Durham with a 14-10 win.  The Hokies struck first in the first, as David Wilson broke off a 39 yard run that set them up in the redzone, then Logan Thomas found Eric Martin for a two yard touchdown play with 4:14 remaining in the quarter, giving Virginia Tech a 7-0 lead.  Duke, however, kept pace.  Desmond Scott found the endzone from two yards out to tie the game at seven in the second.  Tech would answer back with Josh Oglesby, who carried a 31 yard rush down to the five yard line, then punched it in from a yard out to give the Hokies the 14-7 halftime lead.

The only points of the second half would end up being a Will Snyderwine 26 yard field goal for Duke, which would eventually cap off the scoring at 14-10.  Snyderwine, however, would struggle on the day, missing three of his four field goal attempts, including a 29 yard attempt in the fourth quarter.  The Blue Devils would have one final chance in the fourth quarter, but Barquell Rivers intercepted a Sean Renfree pass to clinch the victory for Virginia Tech.

Wilson continued to excel for Virginia Tech, rushing for 148 yards on 23 carries.

The Hokies improve to 8-1, 4-1 in ACC play, and will have an open date next Saturday, before heading to Georgia Tech on Thursday, November 10.

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