No. 12 Hokies cruise to 43-14 defeat of Duke
Glennon steps up in relief of Taylor
October 13, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. - A brilliant performance by quarterback Sean Glennon, two touchdown receptions by Josh Morgan, and a dominating defensive effort helped the No. 12 Virginia Tech football team to a 43-14 ACC win over the Duke Blue Devils Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.

"We made some big plays," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "We got the game going in our direction with those big plays. Sean Glennon certainly stepped up, and Brett Warren came in and played really well for us. That's when you know you have a good team coming together, when guys get called upon and they come in and answer the bell. I'm encouraged right now - this is a really good win for this football program."

Glennon took over for an injured Tyrod Taylor in the second quarter, and completed 16-of-21 passes for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns to improve the Hokies to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. Duke fell to 1-6 overall, and 0-4 in conference play.

"I thought it was fantastic," Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring said of Glennon's performance. "He took control and we went straight to the air, and he threw some really nice balls. He went out and ran the offense, and it's a credit to him as a person and as football player to be ready when called upon."

Glennon was aided by some great receiving performances, as Sam Wheeler (four catches for 94 yards), Eddie Royal (six for 90), Josh Morgan (four for 68) and Justin Harper (five for 62) turned in a balanced effort to account for much of Tech's 445 yards of total offense.

Tech's defense also had a good performance, allowing just 194 yards of offense, and no one stepped up more than the aforementioned Warren, who filled in at linebacker for the injured Vince Hall. Warren made a career-high 11 tackles, including three for a loss and a sack, and an interception that he returned 23 yards.

"I'm happy for Brett," Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "He's a heck of football player, but unfortunately, he's been behind a heck of a football player in Vince. But linebacker is a spot where you can't rotate guys in an as much, because they need to get a feel for the game. I'm really pleased and I'm proud of him, and I think he'll continue to develop into a good one."

The Hokies scored on their first three possessions of the game, with the special teams getting into the act on all three. Place-kicker Jud Dunlevy hit a 42-yarder at the 9:43 mark, and then added a 44-yarder with 6:48 on the clock.

On the ensuing kickoff, Duke's deep-man muffed the return and Tech's Dorian Porch recovered the fumble at the 24-yard line - one of two fumble recoveries on the day for him. Four plays later, Taylor found Morgan in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Dunlevy's PAT at 5:36 gave the Hokies' a 13-0 lead.

The Blue Devils responded with a touchdown of their own with 56 seconds remaining in the first when quarterback Thaddeus Lewis capped a 11-play, 71-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Nick Maggio's PAT kept Duke in the game by making the score 13-7.

Tech's former starter, Glennon, entered the game with 11:51 remaining in the second quarter after Taylor suffered a high-ankle sprain at the end of the previous series. Glennon promptly engineered a masterful drive, completing 4-of-4 passes to four different receivers for 69 yards before handing off to Kenny Lewis, Jr., for a 5-yard touchdown run. It was the fourth score of the season for Lewis, and a Dunlevy PAT at 9:25 put the Hokies up 20-7.

Tech took over on the Duke 48 on its next possession, and Glennon led the Hokies to the end zone once again, this time tossing a 25-yard score to Eddie Royal, who jab-stepped to the inside before fading his route to the sideline for a diving catch. It was Royal's first receiving touchdown of the year, and Dunlevy's PAT at 6:40 made it a 27-7 score.

The Hokies continued the onslaught less than a minute later, when after holding Duke to a three-and-out, sophomore Stephan Virgil rushed untouched to block Kevin Jones' punt. It was Tech's first blocked kick of the year, and after the ball went out of bounds at the Duke 2, Tech tailback Branden Ore took the next play into the end zone for a 2-yard score, his sixth touchdown of the season. Dunlevy added the PAT at 5:42 to give the Hokies' a 34-7 lead, which they took into halftime.

Tech opened the second half with another scoring drive, going eight plays and 53 yards before Dunlevy's third field goal of the day, this one a 29-yarder that extended Tech's lead to 37-7.

Morgan hauled in his second touchdown reception of the day with 7:17 remaining in the third quarter, only this time it came from Glennon on a 40-yard pass. Morgan made the difficult catch despite losing a shoe on his route and being interfered with on the play, but Dunlevy shanked the PAT and Tech led 43-7. It was Dunlevy's first missed PAT of the season, and he also missed his first field goal of the season earlier in the day, a 42-yard attempt in the second quarter.

Duke added a touchdown on a 19-yard scoring pass from Lewis to Brandon King early in the fourth quarter, and Maggio's PAT set the final score of 43-14, but Tech was well on its way to its seventh consecutive defeat of the Blue Devils.

Tech is off next weekend before playing host to No. 4 Boston College in a Thursday night ESPN game at Lane Stadium on Oct. 25th.