Christopher Smith

Duke Bowl-Eligible After Upsetting VT

Created on Oct. 27, 2013 12:55 AM EST

Welcome to Bank of America Stadium for the 2013 ACC championship! Today's game will feature the undefeated Florida State Seminoles and... the Duke Blue Devils!

That's no longer a laugher. Duke became bowl-eligible (on Oct. 26?!) by upsetting No. 16 Virginia Tech, 13-10, on Saturday despite failing to convert a third down.

Cody Journell missed a 40-yard field goal and Logan Thomas threw an interception on the Hokies' final two drives, and Duke (6-2, 2-2) ran out the clock.

The Blue Devils went 18 years between bowl games before David Cutcliffe led the team to a 6-7 record, including a loss in the Belk Bowl — played at Bank of America Stadium. Duke never has been to a bowl in back-to-back seasons.

In terms of an ACC championship appearance and a shot at a BCS bowl, Cutcliffe and company have work to do. Miami (3-0), Virginia Tech (3-1) and Georgia Tech (4-2) each have a better shot to land the Coastal Division title. But Duke hosts Miami on Nov. 16 in what could be a surprise marquee game, and its other three opponents have a combined nine wins.

Miami travels to Florida State next weekend and hosts Virginia Tech on Nov. 9. If those games follow the Vegas odds, Duke may have a real shot to play for control of the division in three weeks.

Duke hasn't won more than eight games since 1941 and has reached that total just twice in the last 62 years ('89, '94).

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