BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- The numbers suggested it was the same old Duke: 0-for-11 on third-down conversions, a 387 to 198 deficit in total offense, and a whopping 39:27 to 20:33 disadvantage in time of possession.
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The difference was that these Blue Devils won, stunning No. 14 Virginia Tech 13-10 on Saturday, and all but clinching what will be the first consecutive bowl appearances in program history.
"It is a historical victory and they should be proud of that," Duke coach David Cutcliffe, in his sixth season, said. "It is a distinct step in the right direction, and it is a big step."
That joy was not lost on his players, who rallied from a 22-0 deficit a week ago and beat Virginia 35-22, and ended a 12-game losing streak against the Hokies with their first victory in the series since 1981.
"Being a part of a change in the program is the most amazing feeling you can have," linebacker David Helton said after contributing 19 tackles and a key pass deflection. "It feels out of this world."
"This is the reason each one of these players came to Duke," left guard David Harding said. "We came to Duke when it wasn't the cool thing to do. ... There's no luck involved. Our playmakers made plays when they had to."
The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked team for the first time since they stopped No. 13 Virginia in 1994, and beat one on the road for the first time since Stanford in 1971.
"Two unreal field goals, our offense coming through at the end when we needed them," said linebacker Kelby Brown, whose interception with about 4½ minutes to go, and Brandon Connette's 3-yard run on fourth-and-1, allowed the Blue Devils to run out the clock. "We did everything we needed to do to win."
Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) had its six-game winning streak end as Logan Thomas threw four interceptions, the last on a deflection in the closing minutes with a packed stadium looking for a dramatic victory.
"There's a fine line between winning and losing and we've been walking that line," Hokies offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. "Today our kids learned how important the details are -- lining up correctly, not jumping offsides, the four turnovers. All these things will come back to bite you."
Virginia Tech had a touchdown called back when D.J. Coles was whistled for illegal motion just before catching a 2-yard scoring pass. On the next play, Ross Cockrell intercepted Thomas in the end zone.
Two flags and some shifty running by Boone helped Duke take a 13-0 lead in the third quarter.
Linebacker Jack Tyler was flagged for pass interference, and Kyshoen Jarrett for defensive holding two plays later, setting Duke up at the Hokies' 26. From there, Boone ran for six yards, for 11 yards and for the final nine on consecutive plays, and the Blue Devils were poised for their historic win.
Boone ran 11 times for 44 yards, and hit on just 7 of 25 passes for 107 yards.
Things looked even more bleak for Virginia Tech when Thomas threw his third interception on the Hokies' next series, a pass that was broken up by Helton and pulled in by Jeremy Cash, but the nation's No. 2 defense forced a three-and-out and Thomas and the offense finally came to life.
After a review, the ensuing punt was ruled downed at the 1, and with fans jeering the call, Thomas hit Demitri Knowles streaking down the left sideline for 56 yards on the first play. Thomas ran for 21 yards on two carries, hit Coles for 12 yards and ran it in with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
Thomas finished with 101 yards rushing on 24 carries, and hit 21 of 38 passes for 214 yards.
After another three-and-out for Duke, the Hokies drove to Cody Journell's 42-yard field goal that made it 13-10 with 9:23 left. When Boone threw deep for Jamison Crowder and freshman Kendall Fuller intercepted for the third time in the game moments later, the Hokies drove, but stalled at the Blue Devils' 23.
Journell had already missed once in the game, and five times in 12 tries on the season, and he did again, pulling a 40-yard try wide left to keep Duke in front as the crowd groaned in disbelief.
Brown's interception, and Duke's ability to hang onto the ball, finished the upset.
"I'm awfully glad we got an open date," Cutcliffe said. "I think everyone's a little bit on cloud nine now. They deserve to stay up there a few days."
Martin accounted for all the first-half scoring with field goals of 51 and 53 yards, the later a career-best on the final play of the first half.
Virginia Tech had numerous scoring chances, but Thomas' pass was broken up on a fourth-and-11 from the Blue Devils' 31 on the Hokies' first series, he threw an interception in the end zone from the 1 yard-line in the second quarter and Journell's 45-yard field goal hit the left upright late in the half.
The Blue Devils were turned away with nothing twice in Hokies territory. Fuller's second interception of the day came after Duke drove to the Virginia Tech 18, and Tariq Edwards tipped a ball that Dadi Nicolas intercepted at the Duke 17 after the Blue Devils reached the Virginia Tech 12 yard-line.
• Before Duke's win over No. 14 Virginia Tech on Saturday, Duke had not beaten an AP Top-25 opponent since 1994 (Virginia)
• Duke had lost 47 straight games against ranked opponents since 1994.
• Duke had not beaten a ranked opponent on the road since 1971 at Stanford.
• Duke kicker Ross Martin is the first FBS kicker this season with two 50-yard field goals in the same game.
• Tech's 39:27 time of possession is the 3rd-highest ever under Beamer. The 9 others in top 10, the Hokies all won.
• Duke didn't complete a pass in the second half and finished the game 0-11 on third downs.
• It was Duke's first win on the road against a ranked opponent since 1971.
• Duke was previously 0-9 against Tech in the ACC and had never beaten Tech inside Lane Stadium.
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Virginia Tech Postgame Notes (courtesy Virginia Tech Athletics Communications)
• Tech's permanent captains for the year are Jack Tyler, Kyle Fuller, Andrew Miller and Logan Thomas.
• Kyle Fuller (groin) saw his 34-game start streak end today when he wasn't on the field for the opening defensive play of the game. The last game the senior didn't start was the 2011 Orange Bowl against Stanford. He did play on special teams.
• Freshman Chuck Clark got his first start of his career, coming as a nickel back in Tech's defensive formation. Kendall Fuller slid to one cornerback spot and Antone Exum made his 2013 debut, starting opposite Fuller, after suffering a knee injury in January.
• Dadi Nicolas made his first collegiate start, coming in place of J.R. Collins.
• Darius Redman made his first collegiate start, coming at tight end.
• True freshman Kendall Fuller had a career-high three interceptions in the game to give him a Tech freshman-record five for the season. Tech's true freshman combo of Fuller (5) and Brandon Facyson (4) have combined for nine interceptions this year. Fuller passed Eric Green (2000) and Facyson (2013), who previously held the freshman record with four.
• Defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins saw one play at fullback in the first half, the first offensive snaps of his career.
• Dadi Nicolas recorded his first career interception, coming toward the end of the first half. Tech now has a nation-leading 17 interceptions on the season.
• The last time Tech was held scoreless in the first half was last year's Russell Athletic Bowl against Rutgers. The Hokies trailed 10-0 but won 13-10 in overtime.
• Logan Thomas set a new Tech quarterback career record with his 24th rushing touchdown in the third quarter, breaking a tie with Tyrod Taylor.
• With Tech's first score, the Hokies extended their scoring streak to 238 games, the 13th-longest in NCAA Division I history. Five of the 12 streaks ahead of Tech's are active streaks. It marked just the 11th time during the streak Tech has had to go into the second have to extend the streak. It marked just the 13th time during the streak Tech has failed to score 13 or more points.
• Tech went 4-for-6 on fourth-down conversions. Tech converted four tries against West Virginia in 1997, a 30-17 loss, the most under Beamer. The only other time Tech tried six fourth-down conversions under Beamer was in that West Virginia game, as well as against Southern Miss in 1994.
• The last time the Hokies had a 99-yard touchdown drive was in its 2005 game against Maryland. It was the only other 99-yard drive under Beamer before today.
• The last time a Tech player had three interceptions in a game was Jayron Hosley in 2010 against Russell Wilson and NC State. Kendall Fuller became the 13th Tech player in modern history to record three picks in a game.
• The last time Tech's defense recorded four or more interceptions in a game and the Hokies lost was in 1992 when Rutgers threw five picks, but still won 50-49.
• The last time Tech's defense intercepted four passes in a game was against North Carolina in 2010. The last time the Hokies threw four interceptions in a game was against Miami in 2001.
• The loss to unranked Duke broke a 20-game home winning streak against unranked teams. The last loss was to JMU in 2010.
• Defensive tackle Luther Maddy recorded a career-high eight tackles in the game. His previous high was seven against Marshall earlier this season.