BOSTON — It’s been two weeks since Duke’s team took the field for its annual football game against Virginia Tech, and it’s clear the Blue Devils are on top of the ACC.
The Blue Devils (10-1, 4-1 ACC) are now 3-0 in ACC games this season.
The game against the Hokies (8-4, 3-2) was the first ACC road game since September, and the Blue Devil defense and quarterback Baker Mayfield showed a lot of growth in their first two ACC games.
The Blue Devils defense also had a tough game against Georgia Tech, with the Yellow Jackets holding Duke to a field goal in the first half and not giving up a touchdown until the third quarter.
The Yellow Jackets, who are 4-2, have lost five straight games against Duke and are looking to bounce back from a home loss to Virginia Tech.
Mayfield threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Josh Dobbs and sophomore tight end David Njoku.
Njku had four catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets have allowed just 15 touchdowns in seven ACC games, but the Blue Noses defense is allowing a league-high 32 points per game.
“I think we just kept playing, and I think we had a lot more success, which is great,” Mayfield said.
“We did some good things, especially with our special teams.
I think it was just the right mix of things.”
Mayfield’s touchdown pass to Dobbs was his first since December, but Dobbs returned a punt 46 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
May, who is now 5-4 with a 2.96 ERA, threw two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Blue Jackets’ 38-16 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
“We were really pleased with the performance, just being able to go out there and play hard, but also being able put it in the back of the net,” May said.
May also threw for two touchdowns to go with a 71-yard TD run in the third period that helped Duke rally for the victory.
The loss to Georgia Tech left Duke with a 7-5 record in ACC play.
The Hokies lost for the second time this season in Charlottesville.
The Hokies are the latest team to drop a game in Virginia, where the Blue Dons have won five of the last six matchups.
The teams have a combined 11-0 record in Charlottesville, with Mayfield throwing for a team-record 5,007 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Virginia Tech’s loss left the Blue Demon defense on the outside looking in, and Mayfield has a knack for putting up big numbers against the Yellow Devils.
Mayfield is 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA in ACC starts against the Jackets.
Virginia is 5.5-point favorites in this one, with Tech winning the last meeting of the season in 2012.
The ACC season opener is Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.