Virginia Tech overcomes early miscue, defeats Duke, 38-31

Khalil Herbert

Khalil Herbert scores on a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the game away for Virginia Tech. Photo courtesy Atlantic Coast Conference.

Duke led early on a Virginia Tech mistake, but the Hokies eventually took control in the fourth quarter, on their way to a 38-31 win on Saturday in Durham.

Blue Devils freshman Jaylen Stinson recovered a fumbled punt return in the endzone for the early 7-0 Duke advantage.

That would be the only time the Hokies (2-0) would trail on the day, though it would remain a game into the fourth quarter.

With Tech leading 31-28 with a little less than five minutes remaining, senior defensive end Victor Dimukeje picked up his third career fumble recovery to halt a potential scoring opportunity.

The Blue Devils (0-4) were unable to convert on the turnover, and Virginia Tech took back possession and extended the lead to 38-28 on a 60-yard rushing TD from Kansas transfer Khalil Herbert with 2:20 left.

Freshman kicker Charlie Ham closed out the scoring after he recorded a 39-yard field goal as time expired.

Tech QB Braxton Burmeister completed 9-of-24 pass attempts for 163 yards while also recording a touchdown and a pick in the win.


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