September 16, 2006
Sunday report card
It's a day the Blue Devils would like to forget, but before we put the 36-0 loss to Virginia Tech to bed, Devils Illustrated issues the Sunday report card.
It was a short day for Thaddeus Lewis, who was knocked out of the game after taking three late hits from the Virginia Tech defense. For the short while that he was on the field, he clearly wasn't the same player he was last week, but then again the competition wasn't the same either. Though he certainly played with a lot of competitiveness, Virginia Tech's big, fast, and experienced defense hurried Lewis and forced him into making some innacurate throws that were probably fortunate not to be intercepted. Credit has to go to Marcus Jones for stepping in and playing as well as could be expected considering his biggest role in the game was supposed to be at wide receiver. Jones spent most of his time running for his life, but he managed to complete six of eight passes and made one terrific improvised play when he scooped up his own fumble and completed a pass on the run in the third quarter. The highlight of the day in the passing game was Jones' 38-yard pass to Eron Riley that set Duke up for its best scoring opportunity of the game. Jones held onto the ball too long on a couple of occasions that helped the Hokies add to their eight sack total. For the day, Lewis and Jones combined for just 81 yards passing, and while they can be credited for not throwing any interceptions, it was a nightmare day in the pocket for the Blue Devils.
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