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Duke Vs. Virginia Tech 2012: Hokies overcome early deficit, defeat Blue Devils 41-20

After falling behind 20-0 in the first quarter, the Virginia Tech Hokies rallied back in a big way to trounce the Duke Blue Devils, 41-20, in Blacksburg.

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Hokies rolling in the second half, lead 34-20

Virginia Tech has taken complete control against Duke, pouring it on in the third quarter to take a 34-20 lead. The Hokies reeled off 34 unanswered points after an ugly first quarter against the Blue Devils.

Virginia Tech swung the momentum in the final minute of the first half, as Logan Thomas hit Marcus Davis for a 42-yard touchdown. The Hokies were getting the kick to start the second, and the offense needed to keep the pressure on and go for their first lead of the game. Well, it didn't take long to carry over that momentum, as freshman running back J.C. Coleman broke off a 45-yarder to give the Hokies a 24-20 lead just over a minute into the half.

Bud Forster's defense has also stepped up after yielding points on Duke's first three possessions. The Hokies forced two straight three-and-outs to not give the Devils any life in the third.

And Thomas and the offense would keep it humming, adding another quick touchdown on their second possession of the half. It was Davis again with the big play, as the massive wideout hauled in a 47-yard touchdown in the left corner of the end zone. Thomas simply lofted it over the defense and the ball split two defenders, hitting Davis right in the stomach for his second touchdown of the day. Davis has five catches for 144 yards through the first three quarters.

Tech added another Cody Journell field goal on its third possession, making it a two-touchdown lead. With the defense swarming, that could be more than enough over the final 15 minutes.


Hokies storm back in 2nd quarter to take momentum

The Duke Blue Devils lead Virginia Tech, 20-17, after one half in Blacksburg. The Devils jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Hokie defense joined the game in the second quarter to keep it at 20.

The half was largely dominated by Duke, but a dramatic turn in the final minute put the Hokies right in it as the teams went to the locker room. Duke was driving into VT territory for what looked like a field goal attempt in the final minute. But a Sean Renfree pass went off the hands of Conner Vernon, and Detrick Bonner was there to pick it off and take it the other way into Duke territory. One play later, quarterback Logan Thomas hit Marcus Davis over the top down the right sideline for a 42-yard touchdown that cut the Duke lead to three.

Prior to the last-minute touchdown, the Hokies added a second-quarter field goal with just over two minutes remaining in the half, which cut the lead to 10. Thomas moved the offense to the doorstep of the red zone, but the drive stalled out there and Cody Journell came on to hit a 37-yard field goal. Thomas did most of the work on the ground during the possession.

The biggest second quarter development for Duke was an injury to quarterback Sean Renfree. Virginia Tech middle linebacker Bruce Taylor leveled Renfree when the quarterback went to slide for a first down early in the quarter. Renfree was down on the field for an extended period of time before walking off under his own power. Mike Hogewood of the ACC Network spoke to the Duke training staff, and they said Renfree sustained a shoulder injury. When asked if he would return, the response was "probably not." But Renfree did return for Duke's final series before the half, moving the Devils before the Bonner interception.

With all the momentum on their side, the Hokies will receive the second half kickoff, looking to take their first lead of the game.


Duke offense paces Devils to early 20-7 lead

The Duke Blue Devils picked up points on their first three possessions Saturday against Virginia Tech, taking a 20-7 lead after one quarter at Lane Stadium.

Leading 13-0 with just over three minutes remaining, the Duke defense decided to get in on the act, taking a pick-six back to make it 20-0. It was a bit of a fluke play, as Logan Thomas whipped a swing pass out to the right to Tony Gregory. The back bobbled the ball as he turned up field, however, and Duke's Jordan Byas was right there to take the bobbled ball in for a 19-yard score. The turnover further deflated a Lane Stadium crowd that witnessed the Hokies fall into a quick 13-0 hole.

It didn't take long for the Blue Devils to strike, with Sean Renfree connecting on a 62-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder. It was just the fifth play of the game, as Hokie defensive back Kyle Fuller fell down and allowed Crowder to get behind him for the quick strike score.

The Blue Devils added three more points on their second possession, marching 43 yards in just over three minutes. The drive was aided by back-to-back pass interference and roughing the passer penalties on Bud Foster's defense. A career-long for freshman kicker Ross Martin, who snuck it just inside the left upright, made it 10-0 at the mid-point of the quarter.

The Devils continued to add to the their lead on their third possession of the game. This time, it was Anthony Boone under center, and he quickly hit a 39 yarder down the left sideline to Conner Vernon. The big gain set up the second Martin field goal of the game.

The quarter was redeemed slightly in the final minute, with the Hokies finally getting on the board to cut the lead. Thomas hit massive wideout Marcus Davis on a high floater to pick up 40 yards and move VT inside the five. Martin Scales punched it in off left tackle on the very next play to make it 20-7.

Now, the defense just needs to figure out how to keep Duke off the board, something they failed to do on the Devils first three possessions.


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