Scores

Final

Virginia 3

(1-3, 0-1 ACC)

Duke 31

(3-1, 1-0 ACC)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, September 27, 2008

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
UVA 3 0 0 03
DUKE 0 3 14 1431

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 160 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Hollingsworth (DUKE) - 15 CAR, 59 YDS

Receiving: E. Riley (DUKE) - 3 REC, 36 YDS, 1 TD

Duke capitalizes on five second-half turnovers in rout

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke took advantage of five second-half turnovers to beat Virginia 31-3 on Saturday and end a 25-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak.

Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis completed nine of his first 10 pass attempts after halftime, and the Blue Devils scored three touchdowns in a 10-minute span.

Fast Facts

• Duke is outscoring its opponents 76-17 in the second half this season.

• Duke's 31-3 win over Virginia was the Blue Devils' largest margin of victory in an ACC game since a 49-16 win over Maryland on Sept. 3, 1994. That was the last season Duke went to a bowl game.

• The win over Virginia is Duke's largest margin of victory against anybody since beating Northwestern 44-10 on Sept. 12, 1998.

• Duke beat Virginia for its first ACC win since Nov. 13, 2004 (vs. Clemson). The win snaps a 25-game conference losing streak.

-- ESPN research

Duke intercepted Virginia's Marc Verica four times in the second half. Jabari Marshall returned the third interception 42 yards for a touchdown for Duke (3-1, 1-0 ACC), off to its best start since the 1994 team started 7-0.

Duke's last ACC victory before Saturday was Nov. 13, 2004, a 16-13 home victory over Clemson.

This one also seemed headed toward a last-second ending. The teams were locked in a 3-3 defensive battle at halftime, and Virginia had locked down Duke's passing game.

Freshman Jay Hollingsworth took a screen pass 10 yards for his first touchdown to give Duke a 10-3 lead. Then Duke relied on its defense, getting an interception from Leon Wright to set up Eron Riley's 30-yard touchdown reception.

Riley, Duke's top receiver, was held without a catch in the first half, but he had three for 36 yards in the third quarter, including his sixth touchdown of the season and 20th of his career.

Marshall snared a tipped pass off the hands of Virginia tight end John Phillips and dashed 42 yards for a touchdown and a 24-3 lead.

Virginia (1-3, 0-1) has been outscored 128-36 this season.

Though Virginia moved the ball at times in the first half, it couldn't finish drives. The Cavaliers failed to pick up a first down on their first nine third downs.

Each team struggled offensively in the first half. Duke had two turnovers and botched a fake punt in Virginia territory and got only Nick Maggio's 20-yard field goal with one second left in the half.

Ras-I Dowling had two first-half interceptions for the Cavaliers. His first, on the first play from scrimmage, ended Lewis' school-record streak of 206 attempts without an interception.

Lewis finished 18-for-32 for 160 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UVA
DUKE
1st Downs1716
Total Yards304258
Passing194174
Rushing11084
Penalties6-413-35
3rd Down Conversions5-158-17
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers62
Possession28:5831:02

Passing Leaders

VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Verica19/421944.604
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis18/321605.022

Rushing Leaders

VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson8435.4022
Payne5367.2012
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hollingsworth15593.9012
Harris9283.1010

Receiving Leaders

VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Phillips55911.8018
Ogletree33612.0015
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Riley33612.0130
Kelly4348.5010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUVADUKE
FG04:36Yannick Reyering 33 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERUVADUKE
FG00:01Nick Maggio 20 Yd 33
THIRD QUARTERUVADUKE
TD07:25Jay Hollingsworth 10 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick) 310
TD03:37Eron Riley 30 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick) 317
FOURTH QUARTERUVADUKE
TD13:08Jabari Marshall 42 Yd Interception Return (Nick Maggio Kick) 324
TD01:41Tielor Robinson 1 Yd Run (Nick Maggio Kick) 331