BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Sean Glennon knew when he went to bed on
Friday night that the first play he would call against Duke was
likely a home run throw.
"I replayed that about 10 times in my head," the Virginia Tech
quarterback said of the deep ball offensive coordinator Brian
Stinespring said he would call.
The Hokies, after all, had been very conservative in their first
two games, giving the sophomore Glennon, three new linemen and a
new backfield a chance to learn.
Glennon hit David Clowney for 60 yards on the first play and the
14th-ranked Hokies were on their way to a 36-0 victory over Duke
36-0 on Saturday.
Glennon finished 15-for-25 for 301 yards with an interception
and two touchdowns -- a 17-yarder to Sam Wheeler in the second
quarter and 25-yarder to Josh Morgan in the third.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer also found plenty to be
The Hokies (3-0) have won their games by a combined 109-10, but
remain virtually untested after beating Division I-AA Northeastern,
North Carolina and now Duke.
"There was some good stuff out there, but some stuff we have to
work on," Beamer said, listing three 15-yard penalties and two
blocked extra points among them.
The offense also was inconsistent early before Glennon started
Glennon, who passed for just 66 yards last week at North
Carolina, felt like he'd answered his critics the best way he
"I can make those throws," he said of the intermediate and
deep passes. "A lot of people have been saying that I can't, but I
hadn't even thrown them yet."
He didn't have to, either, because of the defense, which was
brilliant again. It limited Duke to 139 yards -- just 58 in 41
rushing attempts -- and 12 first downs.
"To come out and allow one touchdown in three games says a lot
about our defense, and hopefully gives our offense confidence to go
out and play with confidence because they know they have a good
defense on their side," rover Aaron Rouse said.
Rouse was called for two of the three 15-yard flags, including
one when he leveled Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, knocking him
from the game with a concussion.
Rouse said he didn't think the hit was late, but replays showed
"I take full responsibility for my actions," he said. "I hope
he's all right."
In all, Duke quarterbacks were 8-for-14 for 81 yards and were
sacked eight times.
"I'm lucky to come out in one piece," backup QB Marcus Jones
Even with their big opening play, the Hokies need four plays --
and a first down on a penalty -- to punch the ball the last five
yards, Brenden Ore finally carrying it in from a yard out. But then
they stalled on their next three offensive series, getting only a
field goal, before Glennon hit Wheeler down the middle from 17
When Glennon added the scoring throw to Morgan in the third
quarter, it gave Virginia Tech a 30-0 lead and more points that
Duke had total yards -- 25.
Eddie Royal also scored for the Hokies, returning a punt 58
yards, and backup tailback Kenny Lewis added a 2-yard TD run in the
John Talley had his 12th career interception for the Blue
Devils, but the team that has already lost to I-AA Richmond and
Wake Forest was overmatched in every way.
"They've got, I think, as good a group of skill athletes as
maybe anybody in the country," coach Ted Roof said. "When they
get the ball in space, we had a tough time corralling them. They
had some big plays, but you have to tackle better."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Branden Ore scored from the 1-yard line to give the Hokies a 6-0 lead with 58:30 remaining in the game.
Gameball goes to... Eddie Royal. The Hokies punt returner had five returns 127 yards (25.4 avg.) -- including a 36-yard TD.
Stat of the game... 149: Duke was limited to just 149 total yards by the Virginia Tech defense.