Scores

Final

(6) Virginia Tech 34

(4-1, 2-0 ACC)

Duke 26

(2-3, 0-1 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, October 3, 2009

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
#6VT 7 10 3 1434
DUKE 7 3 3 1326

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 359 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Oglesby (VT) - 6 CAR, 59 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Boykin (CLEM) - 6 REC, 144 YDS, 1 TD

Taylor helps sloppy Virginia Tech avoid letdown vs. Duke

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- With No. 6 Virginia Tech not at its best, Tyrod Taylor needed to be. He certainly was.

Taylor threw for a career-high 327 yards with two long touchdown passes to help the sometimes-sloppy Hokies dodge a letdown and beat Duke 34-26 Saturday.

Fast Facts

• Duke, which scored three points and passed for 20 yards in its 14-3 loss to Virginia Tech last season, was led by Thaddeus Lewis, who passed for 359 yards and two touchdowns.

• Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor was 17-for-22 for 327 yards and two touchdowns.

• Virginia Tech has won nine straight over Duke.

• The Hokies won their first ACC road game after dropping their last three in 2008.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Taylor was 17 for 22 with TD tosses of 36 yards to Danny Coale and 28 yards to Jarrett Boykin, and Josh Oglesby had two late touchdown runs once the rushing game opened up for Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

"I know we have a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball," Taylor said. "It's just my job to get the ball to them."

Playing one week after dominating then-No. 9 Miami, the Hokies were nowhere near that crisp this time. But they were good enough to claim their ninth straight victory against Duke.

"I don't think that's the old Duke football team," Tech coach Frank Beamer said.

Thaddeus Lewis was 22 for 40 for 359 yards with two touchdown passes, including a 4-yarder to Austin Kelly with 25 seconds left. But Lewis said the pesky Blue Devils (2-3, 0-1) too often settled for field goals, with Will Snyderline kicking four, including a 43-yarder that pulled the Blue Devils to 27-19 with 7 minutes left.

"We needed to get seven points, and we didn't do that," Lewis said. "But three points is better than no points."

The Blue Devils, 17-point underdogs, kept this one tight throughout, but were denied their first win over a top-10 opponent in two decades. Before last year's 14-3 loss in Blacksburg, Duke hadn't come within 24 points of the Hokies since they joined the ACC in 2004.

"We got close enough in the fourth quarter to go beat a great team," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "Once you taste that, you like it. I wouldn't say we spit it out -- it wasn't a choke -- but we just didn't finish."

Indeed, Tech spent much of this one looking ripe for an upset after routing the Hurricanes 31-7 to vault back into the top 10. By halftime, the Hokies had matched their season highs with seven penalties for 55 yards, and they finished with 12 flags for 105 yards.

"Too many penalties and too many long plays," Beamer said. "We weren't as sharp as we would like, but I don't think it was lack of effort. Part of it was Duke, and part of it was us. ... Sometimes I think you've just got to win some games that's not real pretty on the road, and this is probably one of those."

Ryan Williams, the nation's No. 6 rusher, was held to 83 yards on the ground, 40 fewer than his average. But he had 41 yards and a pair of third-down conversions during the drive that ended when Oglesby's 12-yard touchdown run made it 27-16 with 9 1/2 minutes left. Oglesby added a 19-yard score 7 minutes later that made it 34-19.

For much of the way, Duke keyed on stopping the ground game, and Taylor took advantage.

"When we needed to run the football, and we did, and got points, that was critical to this ball game," Beamer said. "They were going to take the run away, so you've got to be able to throw the ball."

Taylor led the Hokies to 17 points in a 9-minute stretch of the first half, then made just enough plays down the stretch to preserve their early lead. He directed three straight scoring drives to help the Hokies rally from an early 7-0 deficit, countering Duke's first touchdown pass with his touchdown to Coale.

Then, one series after Matt Waldron's 40-yard field goal put Tech ahead to stay, Taylor put the Hokies up 17-7 with his scoring pass to Boykin -- who wrestled Duke's Leon Wright for the ball and came down with it near the sideline in the end zone.

Later, Taylor connected with Boykin for 64 yards on third-and-34 to keep alive a drive that ended with a 33-yard field goal by Waldron to put Tech up 20-13.

"He told me, 'Just get the ball down the field, and if the guy makes an interception, you tell your wide receiver to make the tackle,'" Taylor said. "Jarrett kept the play alive, he went down there and I found him down the field and he made a great catch."

Taylor went on to surpass his previous best of 287 yards set two years ago in his first college start against Ohio.

Duke's only lead came late in the first quarter when Lewis faked a handoff and hit wide-open Brandon King in stride down the left side for a 48-yard score. Snyderwine added field goals of 29, 25 and 47 yards for Duke.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VT
DUKE
1st Downs2117
Total Yards477397
Passing327359
Rushing15038
Penalties12-1057-44
3rd Down Conversions8-127-19
4th Down Conversions0-03-3
Turnovers10
Possession29:2530:35

Passing Leaders

Virginia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taylor17/2232714.920
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis22/403599.020

Rushing Leaders

Virginia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams24833.5012
Oglesby6599.8219
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott7344.9014
King273.505

Receiving Leaders

Virginia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boykin614424.0162
Coale39431.3137
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Vernon412832.0074
Varner48721.8055

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVTDUKE
TD02:48Brandon King 48 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Will Snyderwine Kick) 07
TD00:49Danny Coale 36 Yd Pass From Tyrod Taylor (Matt Waldron Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERVTDUKE
FG10:41Matt Waldron 40 Yd 107
TD06:14Jarrett Boykin 28 Yd Pass From Tyrod Taylor (Matt Waldron Kick) 177
FG00:07Will Snyderwine 29 Yd 1710
THIRD QUARTERVTDUKE
FG12:43Will Snyderwine 25 Yd 1713
FG08:33Matt Waldron 33 Yd 2013
FOURTH QUARTERVTDUKE
FG13:51Will Snyderwine 47 Yd 2016
TD09:37Josh Oglesby 12 Yd Run (Matt Waldron Kick) 2716
FG07:08Will Snyderwine 43 Yd 2719
TD02:28Josh Oglesby 19 Yd Run (Matt Waldron Kick) 3419
TD00:25Austin Kelly 4 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Will Snyderwine Kick) 3426