Duke pulled off its first upset over a ranked team on the road since 1971 this past Saturday and, as a result, was honored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl as its National Team of the Week.
The Blue Devils went on the road to beat No. 16 Virginia Tech, 13-10, ending a 12-game losing streak to the Hokies dating back to 1981. It was Duke’s first win in 21 tries in Blacksburg.
The win was also Duke’s first over a ranked opponent since 1994. Duke, which has never played in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons, is now bowl-eligible for a second straight year
“Being a part of a change in the program is the most amazing feeling you can have,” said Duke linebacker David Helton, who had 19 tackles and a pass breakup in the game. “It feels out of this world.”
If the Blue Devils find a way to win three of their next five games, they’d have nine wins in season for the first time since 1941. The coach that year was Wallace Wade, for whom Duke’s football stadium is named.