BLACKSBURG, Va. — Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked two long field goals and Duke ended a long history of losing to ranked teams with a 13-10 victory against No. 16 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked team for the first time since they stopped No. 13 Virginia in 1994, and beat one on the road for the first time since Stanford in 1971. And they did it without a third-down conversion all game, and a 2-to-1 time of possession deficit.
Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) had its six-game winning streak end as Logan Thomas threw four interceptions, the last on a deflected pass in the closing minutes that allowed Duke to finally run out the clock. The Hokies held the ball for 39:27 and outgained Duke 387-198, but still lost.
Two flags against Virginia Tech and some shifty running by Boone helped Duke take a 13-0 lead in the third quarter.
Linebacker Jack Tyler was flagged for pass interference, and Kyshoen Jarrett for defensive holding, setting up Duke at the Hokies’ 26. From there, Boone ran for six yards, for 11 yards and for the final 9 on consecutive plays, and the Blue Devils were poised for a historic win.
Things looked bleak for Virginia Tech when Thomas threw his third interception on the Hokies’ next series, a pass that was broken up by David Helton and intercepted by Jeremy Cash, but the defense forced a three-and-out and Thomas and the offense finally came to life.
After a review, the ensuing punt was ruled downed at the 1, and with fans jeering the call, Thomas hit Demitri Knowles streaking down the left sideline for 56 yards on the first play. Thomas ran for 21 yards on two carries, hit D.J. Coles for 12 yards and ran it in with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
After another three-and-out for Duke, the Hokies drove to Cody Journell’s 42-yard field goal that made it 13-10, and when Boone threw deep for Jamison Crowder and freshman Kendall Fuller intercepted for the third time in the game, the Hokies drove stalled at the Blue Devils’ 23.
Journell had already missed once in the game, and he did again, pulling a 40-yard try wide left to keep Duke in front.
A pass deflection and Kelby Brown’s interception, Thomas’ fourth of the game, sealed it.
Martin accounted for all the first-half scoring with field goals of 51 and 53 yards, the later a career-best on the final play of the first half.
Virginia Tech had numerous scoring chances, but Thomas’ pass was broken up on a fourth-and-11 from the Blue Devils’ 31 on the Hokies’ first series, he threw an interception in the end zone from the 1 yard-line in the second quarter and Journell’s 45-yard field goal hit the left upright late in the half.
The Blue Devils also were turned away with nothing twice in Hokies territory. Fuller’s second interception of the day came after Duke drove to the Virginia Tech 18, and Tariq Edwards tipped a ball that Dadi Nicolas intercepted at the Duke 17 after the Blue Devils reached the Virginia Tech 12 yard-line.