Virginia Tech 14, Duke 3; 1:23: That will do it. Asack’s first pass of the drive was intercepted by Virginia Tech cornerback “Macho” Harris, who returned it 23 yards for a game-sealing pick six. Duke’s bowl hopes are now officially dead and it can only hope to end a four-game losing streak next weekend against rival North Carolina (who also lost today against N.C. State). That’ll do it for us, as we head down to the postgame press conferences for Cutcliffe’s thoughts on the contest.
Virginia Tech 7, Duke 3; 1:45: Aye-Darko just kept Duke’s slim hopes alive. Virginia Tech ran the same running play it had run so effectively all day—out of the shotgun, Glennon rolled left, then handed off to Evans, who cut back right into usually open space. This time, however, Aye-Dark stopped him short of the first down and the Blue Devils will have one more shot, albeit an incredibly slim one.
Virginia Tech 7, Duke 3; 1:52: So far, so good. Duke’s stopped two consecutive runs by Darren Evans and will have to do so one more time if it wants any hope for a victory.
Virginia Tech 7, Duke 3; 2:05: Virginia Tech just took a timeout to avoid getting a delay of game penalty, and it’s now up to the Duke defense to stop the Hokies one more time and set up a miraculous comeback. Since Virginia Tech has 1st-and-10, the Blue Devils would likely have about 1:40 left if they stop the Hokies on three straight plays and call timeout after each one.
Virginia Tech 7, Duke 3; 3:23: And that might just do it. Asack went deep to receiver Johnny Williams, but the freshman was double-covered and Stephan Virgil picked it off for the Hokies. Virginia Tech will try to kill the clock, but Duke does have all three timeouts remaining.
Virginia Tech 7, Duke 3; 4:30 4th quarter: A good start for Duke as Tielor Robinson runs up the gut for 15 yards. The ball is at the Blue Devils’ 35-yard line.
Virginia Tech 7, Duke 3; 5:04 4th quarter: Virginia Tech must really want Duke to stay bowl eligible. It’s the only explanation for what just happened. Glennon dropped back on 3rd-and-9 but had no one open. He scrambled right for yards and was in a foot race for the first down with safety Adrian Aye-Darko. Darko nailed Glennon out-of-bounds a yard short, but tight end Andre Smith left the Hokies with only one choice on fourth down as he committed a dead-ball, unnecessary roughness penalty. This is probably Duke’s last chance to win this game when it gets the ball back after the punt.
Virginia Tech 7, Duke 3; 8:56 4th quarter: Hold everything. We have our first completed pass of the day from Duke’s offense as Asack connects with tight end Brett Huffman for four yards.. But, alas, it’s short of the first down. Duke punts and Virginia Tech will take over at its own 33-yard line.
Virginia Tech 7, Duke 3; 10:48 4th quarter: Duke’s defense continues to come up with crucial drive-stopping plays, forcing Glennon into an intentional grounding on a third down. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, the Hokies still had good enough field position to punt the ball into the end zone for a touchback. Asking this offense to establish an 80-yard drive may well be asking the impossible, but with Asack’s speed, anything is certainly possible. Continue reading