Virginia Falls to Duke in ACC Opener

September 27, 2008

Coming into today's game, the Virginia football team had won its last eight games against Duke. The Blue Devils had lost 25 consecutive ACC games. Both of those streaks are now over.

There wasn't much offense for either team in the first half. The Cavaliers got on the board first after Yannick Reyering capped a 10 play, 68 yard drive with a 34 yard field goal. Virginia would hold onto that lead for most of the first half, but the Blue Devils added a field goal of their own near the end of the half to tie it up at 3.

The second half belonged to Duke. The Blue Devils took the lead on a 10 yard touchdown pass from Thaddeus Lewis to Jay Hollingsworth. After a Marc Verica interception, Duke would capitalize on the ensuing offensive possession. Lewis hit Eron Riley for a 30 yard touchdown, giving the Blue Devils a 17-3 lead heading into the 4th quarter.

Duke would put it away early in the 4th. Jabari Marshall picked off a Verica pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. The Blue Devils would add a Tielor Robinson rushing touchdown near the end of the game. Overall, the Cavaliers were outscored 28-0 in the second half.

Virginia will continue ACC play next Saturday against Maryland. Kickoff is set for 7 pm from Scott Stadium.

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