Sport Notes: Virginia Tech – Duke College

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DURHAM – Duke travels to Blacksburg, Virginia for his final regular season road test against Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium.

Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network.

Virginia Tech leads the all-time series between the two schools, 18-10. At the last meeting on October 3, 2020, the Blue Devils dropped a 38-31 decision to the Hokies at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke’s last win over Virginia Tech came on September 27, 2019, when it scored 31 straight points to defeat Virginia Tech, 45-10, in the ACC opener at Lane Stadium.

On Saturday’s ACCN show, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich and Jalyn Johnson will be featured. The game can also be heard on LEARFIELD’s Blue Devil Sports Network via the Varsity app or

Duke (3-6, 0-5 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3 ACC)

Saturday, November 13th 2021 • 3:30 p.m.
Blacksburg, Virginia • Lane Stadium

RADIO • Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD
PLAY INSTRUCTIONS • Duke Notes (PDF) • Virginia Tech Notes


After nine games, senior running back Mataeo Durant can be found at the top of the league charts in numerous categories. Above all, he took first place in rushing attempts (210), second in rushing yards (1,062) and third place both in total touchdowns by a running back (9) and in the all-purpose yards pro Game (142.67).

Durant continues to climb the Blue Devils’ all-time season and career rushing charts. Thanks to his 89 yards against Pittsburgh, Durant was only the fifth Blue Devil to record more than 1,000 yards in one season. This is the first since Chris Douglas reached the mark in 2003 (1,138). He is currently number four on Duke’s single-season charts at 1,062 and is 174 yards away from matching Steve Jones‘Program recording. On Duke’s all-time career list, Durant ranks sixth at 2,383 yards and is 58 away from making the top five.

Redshirt Junior Linebacker Shaka Heyward is currently fifth in the ACC with 75 tackles. He’s had two double-digit tackle games this year and was one of Duke’s top two tacklers in seven of nine games this season.


Saturday’s competition marks the fourth time the Blue Devils and Hokies will compete under their head coach in November David Cutcliffe. Of the other 10 meetings, two took place in September and eight in October. As a program, Duke competed against Virginia Tech seven times in September, 16 times in October and five times in November.


Duke is one of three ACC schools with multiple players and over 600 reception areas. Jake Bobo (628) and Jalon Calhoun (609) join Virginias Dontayvion Wicks (972) and Keytaon Thompson (663) as well as Wake Forests Jaquarii Roberson (848) and AT Perry (845). The pair become the 13th duo to reach over 600 yards in the same season. You’re the first two since TJ Rahming (811) and Johnathan Lloyd (604) did this in 2018.


Senior Mataeo Durant has amassed 1,062 rushing yards on 210 attempts with nine touchdowns in Duke’s nine games. Nationally, the native Plum Branch, SC, is second on rushing attempts, fifth on rushing yards per game (118.00), sixth on rushing yards, and 22nd place on rushing touchdowns.


Senior Mataeo Durant has stormed over 50 yards in 19 career games, negotiated the 100-yard plateau on the ground 10 times, and completed 22 rush attempts of over 20 yards, including a career-long 64-yard TD foray against Florida State in 2020. He ranks with 2,383 yards ranked sixth on Duke’s career rushing chart. He has recorded consecutive seasons over 800 yards to become the second ever Blue Devil to storm over 800 yards in consecutive seasons Steve Jones (1970-854, 1971-861, 1972-1,236).

During Duke’s last outing, Durant surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark of the season, becoming the fifth Blue Devil to hit that mark, and the first since then Chris Douglas did so in 2003 (1,138). Durant currently has 1,063 rushing yards a year, placing him fourth in program history for a single season.


Duke is one of five multi-player schools in the ACC with over 60 tackles a year joining Georgia Tech (four), Virginia Tech (three), Virginia (two), and NC State (two). Redshirt Junior Linebacker Shaka Heyward ranks fifth in the conference with 75 tackles per year, while Redshirt is Senior Safety Lummie Young IV is in 16th place at 60.


Red shirt senior Lummie Young IV At 60, the native Anderson, SC, is in second place on the team.


Duke has 20 sacks a year from 11 different players – second semester Dorian Mausi, Aeneas Peebles, Michael Reese and Gary Smith III, Redshirt students DeWayne Carter, RJ Above and Caleb Oppan, Red shirt junior Shaka Heyward and Nate Thompson, red shirt senior Lummie Young IV and PhD student Ben Frye.

Carter (4.5), Above (4.0), Heyward (3.0), Frye (2.0), Peebles (2.0) and all have multiple sacks a year and six players have double digit sack yards during the season.


Duke saw graduate students Josh Blackwell and Scott Boylan both return punts during his nine games in 2021. Blackwell has returned six punts 51 yards for an average of 8.50 per return. Boylan, a transfer from Brown, has made eight returns for 73 yards a year ago averaging 9.13.

Second year Jaylen Stinson has received 26 of 31 kickoff returns for Duke this year. He earned 556 yards on those 26 returns, averaging 21.38. His kick returns and kick return average have him first in the ACC (at least 17 returns).

His seven returns and 195 return yards against Pittsburgh were the most in the league that season. He also became one of three players to kick off a touchdown that year, joining Travis Levy of Boston College and Ja’Sir Taylor of Wake Forest. For his efforts against the Panthers, Stinson was named ACC Specialist of the Week on Monday.

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