Hokies hammered by Duke in worst home conference loss in 69 years

Posted at 12:03 AM, Sep 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-28 00:29:40-04

Quarterback Quentin Harris #18 of the Duke Blue Devils. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Friday night lights exposed Virginia Tech.

Duke football scored 31-straight points to throttle Virginia Tech in its home stadium, 45-10, Friday evening. It’s the Hokies’ worst home conference loss since 1950 – a 54-0 drubbing by then-fellow Southern Conference member William & Mary.

Friday’s blowout is also Tech’s worst loss since joining the ACC in 2004. The Hokies are 2-and-2 overall and 0-and-2 in ACC play.

After managing just five yards in the first quarter, the Blue Devils scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-3 lead into the halftime locker room. Duke’s redshirt senior quarterback Quentin Harris finished 20-of-27 for 163 yards and two passing scores. Harris added another 100 yards and one touchdown rushing.

Running back Deshawn McClease #33 of the Virginia Tech Hokies is tackled. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

The Hokies scored their lone touchdown on a 72-yard connection from Ryan Willis to Damon Hazleton after they fell behind 31-3.

Next weekend, Virginia Tech hits the road for the first time since its season opener when Tech travels to Coral Gables, Florida to take on Miami.  Tech will be looking to end its recent struggles against the ‘Canes, as it has lost two straight and four of the past five. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m.