BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Duke did something only one other team had ever done against a Frank Beamer-coached Hokies squad: score 20 first-quarter points.
“We were firing on all cylinders, everyone was making great plays, just coming out very crisp,” offensive lineman Dave Harding said. “That’s a good feeling, but we knew that they were going to fight back, being the team that they are.”
Duke wasted no time getting on the board, marching 81 yards in the opening 2:44 of the game. On the fifth offensive play, Renfree found Jamison Crowder, who had Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller on him in man coverage, in the middle of field. Renfree put the ball where only Crowder could catch it, and Fuller failed to make the tackle as Crowder took the ball 62 yards for a 7-0 lead.