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Let me start off by saying and crediting the Duke Football team whom I didn't give any real chance of beating Virginia Tech. I figured after a loss last week in a game Duke should have won that they'd fold up. But they didn't do any of that and played an excellent game for the most part though they came up short again.
Once again it was the Blue Devils failure to execute what seemed to be basic plays that cost them in this game losing 14-10 and dropping them to 3-5 (1-3 ACC).
Kicker Will Snyderwine missed four field goals. Though one was from 59 yards at the end of the first half, three of them were well within his range and one just clanked off the post and fell to the ground symbolizing the kind of day it was for Snyderwine.
But while many will point the finger at him, David Cutcliffe said it best when he said in his post game press conference that the Blue Devils should have converted those redzone opportunities into touchdowns and won the game by three scores.
The main reason Duke was even in the game was the inspiring play of the defense led by Kelby Brown and Matt Daniels who both had 13 tackles apiece. Daniels also had two interceptions and the Blue Devils defense held Virginia Tech to zero second half points.
But yet again Duke's offense seemed lost in the redzone and the shuffling of quarterbacks didn't do much to help.
The Blue Devils just could not find a way to punch the ball in the endzone once they got inside the 30 or closer. Only once did they get into the endzone on a short Desmond Scott run.
Duke has to find a way to make plays in the redzone and score touchdowns and for whatever reason they are just not getting it done. Field goals are nice when the kicker can make them and two more made attempts would have won the game but touchdowns are better.
It was another rough day for quarterback Sean Renfree who threw three interceptions and was hit hard a few times. Another nice game from Conner Vernon but other than him no other Duke receiver seemed to be in the game at times.
The Blue Devils have a lot to be happy with from this game though much is clouded by the loss. It is easy to be frustrated as a fan but take heart in the fact this is a young team and they are close, though after another disappointing loss it still seems like they are so far away.
We'll take a closer look at the good and bad of this game later.
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