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Oct. 23, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Tyrod Taylor threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns and No. 23 Virginia Tech rolled to a 44-7 victory over Duke on Saturday.
Taylor was 13 of 17 passing and finished with 327 yards of total offense, putting him less than 100 away from becoming the school's career leader. Virginia Tech won its sixth straight game overall and beat Duke (1-6, 0-4) for the 10th consecutive time.
Ryan Williams, a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference running back a year ago, returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury. He only played two series but scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter as the Hokies (6-2, 4-0) opened a 27-0 lead by halftime.
Duke's lone score came on Jay Hollingsworth's 6-yard run in the third quarter. The Blue Devils, who have lost six straight, finished with just 208 yards of total offense.
The Hokies were in control from the start, with Taylor leading them on a drive that he capped with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Andre Smith with 7:56 left in the first quarter.
Williams added his TD run a few minutes later, and Darren Evans made it 21-0 with 10:05 left in the second quarter when he scored from 2 yards out. Chris Hazley added two of his three field goals to put the Hokies up 27-0 by the break.
Virginia Tech added to its cushion right out of the break, taking less than 4 minutes to march down field. Taylor connected with Dyrell Roberts from 43 yards to make it 34-0.
Taylor's third touchdown pass covered 65 yards to David Wilson later in the quarter, making it 41-7, and Hazley added another field goal late in the third quarter for the final margin.
The victory keeps Virginia Tech in control of the ACC Coastal Division, where Georgia Tech was a game back in the loss column entering the day. The two teams meet a week from Thursday in a game that could help decide who plays in the conference championship game.