Virginia Tech Survives A Well-Coached Duke Team

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Virginia Tech football, Isaiah Ford
The Hokies celebrated another win in the state of North Carolina. (Ivan Morozov)

Over the course of a 12-game regular season, not every game is going to be pretty.  There are going to be peaks and valleys, and injuries and scheduling quirks can affect things quite a bit.  When I look at yesterday’s Duke game, I saw a tired Tech team that is battling a lot of injuries on defense, and that was playing its fourth road game since October 8.  I also saw a Duke defense whose coaching staff put it in a very good position to succeed against a hot Hokie offense.  Despite all of that, Virginia Tech escaped Durham with a 24-21 win, and they remain in control of the Coastal Division.

It’s not like the Hokies haven’t played close games at Duke in the past.  Check out some of these scores…

2014: 17-16 W
2011: 14-10 W
2009: 34-26 W

Tech hasn’t blown out Duke in Durham since 2007 when they beat the Blue Devils 43-14.  Close games in Wallace Wade Stadium have become the norm.

The important thing here is that the Hokies won.  Tech was blowing out teams earlier this season, but until the Pitt game we didn’t know how this team would respond when they needed to win a close game on the road.  Things didn’t go well at Syracuse, but when the Hokies needed to gut out victories on the road against Pitt and Duke to stay on top in the Coastal Division, they