Va. Tech-Duke Odds
The sixth-ranked Hokies look for their ninth consecutive victory over Duke on Saturday when the teams meet at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made
"It's a fact that you didn't hear a lot about Virginia Tech this week," coach Frank Beamer said. "You heard a lot about
"I'm proud of what we're all about here at Virginia Tech."
The Hokies sacked Harris three times and forced him into two fumbles, one coming on the game's fifth play on senior cornerback Dorian Porch's sack.
Virginia Tech scored three plays later on a two-yard run by freshman Ryan Williams.
Hokies opponents rushed for an average of 200.3 yards in the first three games, but Virginia Tech held
"That's just a compliment to our kids," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "They know what our tradition is here. They responded to what we demanded and what we challenged them with this week."
Duke freshman running back Desmond Scott will present Foster's defense with a new challenge. Scott rushed 16 times for 100 yards and a touchdown in his college debut en route to a 49-14 win over North Carolina Central last week.
Scott helped the Blue Devils (2-2, 0-0) pile up 223 rushing yards, their most since they had 235 in a 40-14 victory over VMI on Sept. 17, 2005.
"Coach (David) Cutcliffe always tells us to be ready no matter what string you are, first, second, third, fourth, you got to be ready," sophomore running back Patrick Kurunwune told the school's official Web site after rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown. "Desmond came out today and stepped up. We are just real happy that we are deep at running back."
Virginia Tech is just as pleased with its own star freshman back. The 19-year-old Williams rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns against the Hurricanes to win his third ACC rookie of the week award.
Williams is sixth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 123.0 rushing yards per game and tied for third with eight touchdowns.
"I'm impressed with that guy," Beamer told the school's official Web site. "He runs hard. He can make a guy miss. He's got speed, and he hurts those guys when he's running. I like watching him."
Junior quarterback Tyrod Taylor looks for another solid performance after going 4 of 9 for 98 yards and a touchdown, and rushing for 75 yards on 10 carries versus
Duke senior Thaddeus Lewis went 17 of 25 for 189 yards last week and threw two touchdowns to sophomore Donovan Varner, who caught six passes for 76 yards. Lewis also ran for a score.
The Blue Devils have been outscored 101-7 in their last two home games against top 10 teams - the most recent a 45-0 loss to then-No. 7
Virginia Tech is 18-0 in conference road openers under Beamer.
Posted: 9/29/09 4:39PM ET