Duke and Virginia had a defensive tussle in Charlottesville Saturday punctuated by periods of coherent offense, but Virginia pulled the win off 28-21.
The first half in Charlottesville was almost all defense. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones started 1-10 and was picked off twice early in an echo of last year’s five INT performance.
Virginia’s Quin Blanding took the second one back 58 yards for a touchdown.
Duke’s Jeremy McDuffie then picked off Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert for a 42 yard pick six of his own - Duke’s fourth of the season.
Duke put together a solid, methodical drive to score including 45 rushing yards by Jones who threaded the needle for a seven-yard pass to Davis Koppenhaver for the touchdown.
Virginia scored again before the half to tie the game 14-14, helped by several penalties on Duke, including two straight on McDuffie.
Duke at this point had four pass interference calls, something coach David Cutcliffe has little tolerance for.
Virginia took a 21-14 lead on a Benkert pass to Doni Dowling, who dove into the end zone, resulting in a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Virginia took that lead took into the fourth.
Duke’s Shaun Wilson struck back for a 75 yard return on the kickoff and Duke scored soon after on a Quentin Harris run to cut the lead to 28-21.
Virginia took over but Duke forced a 58 yard punt and took a fair catch with 5:13 left.
Unfortunately the Blue Devils couldn’t put together a drive and were forced to punt with 4:50 left.
Virginia couldn’t get a first down to kill enough clock though and had to punt again with 3:14 left.
Duke got to midfield in a hurry but Virginia sacked Daniel Jones for the first time to put Duke in a hole at 2nd and 18.
But Jones connected with Jonathan Lloyd for a 20 yard gain to keep the drive alive.
Jones then connected with Scott Bracey for a 12 yard pass to the Virginia 34 for another first down and followed that with a four-yard pass to Brittain Brown to the UVA 30.
His next attempt to Lloyd was incomplete though and on 3rd down, Charles Snowden sacked him for a 10 yard loss setting Duke up with 4th and 16 and a pass from Jones to T.J. Rahming was incomplete.
Virginia took over with 1:08 to go and ran out the clock.
Duke showed a lot of heart in the fourth - something we’ve gotten accustomed to in David Cutcliffe’s teams - but penalties, mistakes and an inability to protect Jones basically cost Duke the game.
Duke’s next game is Saturday against Florida State in Wallace Wade.
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