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Live Blog: Duke vs Boston College Wednesday January 13th

Just got underway here in Cameron. Duke and BC all knotted up at four closing in on the first TV timeout.

Kyle Singler hit the floor hard in pursuit of a loose ball and the Blue Devil faithful erupted in support of its team’s star. Hopefully that will give Singler the boost he needs to get going tonight.

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Duke v. Virginia Tech: Live Blog

By Harrison Comfort

15:00 1st Quarter (0-0): It is a beautiful day. Virginia Tech wins the toss and is set to receive.

12:45 1st Quarter: (0-0): Duke forces a punt after Virginia Tech gains only 5 yards of offense after its first possession.

6:20 1st Quarter (0-0): Two straight offsides penalties by Virginia Tech. Thaddeus Lewis is very tricky.

2:48 1st Quarter (7-0 Duke): Thaddeus Lewis 48 yard touchdown pass to TE Brandon King. 9 plays 79 yard drive and the Blue Devils are on top.

0:49 1st Quarter (7-7): Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor 36 yard touchdown pass to Danny Coale. Extra Point good.

15:00 2nd Quarter (7-7): Score still tied. Blue Devils have the ball on their own 18 yard line facing a 2nd and 16. Shotgun formation is in effect. It does not prove effective as Duke has its first three and out.

10:41 2nd Quarter (10-7 Virginia Tech): 40 Yard field goal by Matt Waldron good. 10 straight points by the Hokies, the Blue Devils need a good drive to regain momentum.

9:32 2nd Quarter (10-7 Virginia Tech): Another three and out for Duke. They really need a big play.

6:14 2nd Quarter (17-7 Virginia Tech): VT touchdown on a 30 yard pass from Taylor to Jarrett Boykin. The Blue Devils really need some momentum before the game gets out of hand.

4:28 2nd Quarter (17-7 Virginia Tech): Desmond Scott is in the game and has gotten the ball three straight plays. A 5 yard run, a 24 yard reception and another 7 yard rush. In the midst of writing this post, Scott just broke a tackle and scampered for another 14 yards. We are all witnesses.

0:42 2nd Quarter (17-7 Virginia Tech): Thaddeus Lewis fumbles the ball on a 8 yard run up the middle but Duke recovers. 3rd and 1 on the Hokies’ 10 and Kurunwune just got stuffed running a trap.

0:07 2nd Quarter (17-10 VT): Snyderwine 29 yard field goal good capping off a 11 play 69 yard drive. Definitely a much needed score before halftime.

0:00 2nd Quarter (17-10 VT): It’s halftime and the band is performing. After this spectacular showing, some local high schools have performances of their own.

13:11 3rd Quarter (17-10 VT): Thaddeus Lewis completes a 74 yard pass to Conner Vernon. Austin Kelly laid on two Hokie defenders on Vernon’s run to the three yard line.

12:45 3rd Quarter (17-13 VT): Duke is unable to put the ball on the end zone from the three yard line. Snyderwine 22 yard field goal good. The Blue Devils need to take advantage of these opportunities in the red zone.

10:34 3rd Quarter (17-13 VT): VT just converted on a 3rd and 34. Prior to that play, the Blue Devils accepted a personal foul penalty rather than just declining it and leaving the Hokies with a 4th and 9. What were the Blue Devils thinking?

8:33 3rd Quarter (20-13 VT): VT kicked a field goal, but Duke dodged a bullet after allowing the Hokies to convert on 3rd and 34. The Blue Devils are still just a touchdown and an extra point from tying the game.

4:45 3rd Quarter (20-13 VT): Matt Daniels forces a fumble after a VT completion. He is everywhere. Duke recovers. LETS GO!

0:44 3rd Quarter (20-13 VT): Duke converts on a 3rd and 24 after a personal foul penalty on the Hokies. The Blue Devils need to get on the board here.

14:30 4th Quarter (20-13 VT): Duke has the ball on the Hokies’ 33 yard line. It’s 4th and 4 and the Blue Devils covert a fake punk. 1st down Duke.

13:51 4th Quarter (20-16 VT): Synderwine hits a career-long 47 yard field goal. More than enough distance and right through the uprights.

9:37 4th Quarter (27-16 VT): Hokies’ running back Josh Oglesby scores a touchdown on a 12 yard run. He was untouched.

7:08 4th Quarter (27-19 VT): Duke is unable to score a touchdown after another trip inside the Hokies’ 20 yard line. Snyderwine his 4th field goal of the game for 43 yards.

2:28 4th Quarter (34-19 VT): Another VT TD. The Cameron Crazies are fleeing Wallace Wade Stadium.

0:25 4th Quarter (34-26 VT):  Austin Kelly TD reception on a slant. Pass from Thaddeus Lewis. The on-side kick squad will be coming on soon.

0:25 4th Quarter (34-26 VT): VT recovers onside kick.

0:00 Final (34-26 VT): VT wins. Game over.

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Thaddeus Lewis, Jacory Harris To Renew Old Friendship

When Miami comes to Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday, Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris and Blue Devil signal-caller Thaddeus Lewis won’t just be looking to improve their teams’ ACC records. The two have a bit of shared history from their time as high school quarterbacks in Miami-Dade County, Fla.

Harris, a freshman who splits time with Robert Marve, and Lewis, now a junior and the solidified starter, grew up about 20 miles away from each other in South Florida.

After Miami’s 20-14 win Saturday against UCF, Harris was asked about playing Duke, and said he was excited to take on Lewis. In high school, the two occasionally worked out together in Opa Locka, close to Lewis’ hometown of Hialeah Lakes, and in the interview with radio station 560 WQAM, Harris credited his rival with “getting him into playing quarterback.”

Harris took the starting job at Northwestern High School in 2006, when Lewis was already getting settled in Durham, so the two never met on the gridiron in Florida. Nonetheless, Harris could have chosen to play another position or another sport altogether in 2004 and 2005, but stuck with quarterbacks thanks in part to Lewis’ guidance.

Lewis earned team MVP honors in his last three seasons at unheralded Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School, a school with no district championships since 1990. Harris, meanwhile, quarterbacked powerhouse Northwestern to state championships in 2006 and 2007; last season the Bulls also defeated Southlake Carroll High, one of the best teams in Texas and the school that produced Missouri star Chase Daniel, en route to an unofficial ranking as the nation’s best team.

For comparisons of the two schools’ pedigrees, just check out their records from last year. Northwestern went 15-0, including a 63-0 thrashing of Lewis’ alma mater, and a whopping seven Bulls received scholarships to Miami; in contrast, Hialeah-Miami Lakes went just 1-10 in 2007.

The recent differences between Miami and Duke are vast, but nowhere near as oceanic as that.

–by Gabe Starosta

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