2. Virginia Tech 31, Duke 14
That’s how you bounce back from a clunker.
Duke was unbeaten, it got back quarterback Daniel Jones, and it was going against a Virginia Tech team without star quarterback Josh Jackson. And all the Hokies did was take over from the start and show that it really is still a contender for the ACC title.
Kansas transfer Ryan Willis came up with something special completing 17-of-27 passes for 332 yards and three scores, but he had to – there wasn’t any running game.
Fortunately for Willis and the Hokies, the Virginia Tech defense came with an attitude, stuffed the Duke ground attack, and didn’t allow a thing that mattered after a first quarter touchdown.
The Hokies got into the backfield, kept the big pass plays from Jones to a minimum, and reestablished itself after the Old Dominion debacle.
The team played focused. And for that, the ODU loss might have been just the thing that could spark the team for the rest of the season. This was good, but rise up and beat Notre Dame …
Save that for next week. For now, Virginia Tech just showed up large.