Duke Opens Road & ACC Play At Virginia
The Duke football team will take to the road for the first time in 2007 and begin ACC play with a 12 noon contest against Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday, Sept. 8. The game will be televised live by Lincoln Financial Sports with Steve Martin (play-by-play), Rick “Doc” Walker (analyst) and Mike Hogewood (sideline) calling the game. The Blue Devils are coming off a 45-14 loss in their season-opener to Connecticut. Virginia will play its first home game of the year as they traveled to Wyoming and fell, 23-3, last Saturday.
The Duke-Virginia Series
Saturday’s contest in Charlottesville will mark the 59th meeting between Duke and Virginia, with the Cavaliers holding a 31-27 series advantage. Duke and Virginia first met in 1890, a 10-4 Cavalier victory. Virginia has won seven in a row and 16 of the last 18 meetings over the Blue Devils. Duke enjoyed success against the Cavaliers in the 1960s and 70s, winning 14-of-17 games from 161-78.
Series Record Virginia leads, 31-27
Record in Charlottesville Virginia leads, 15-10
Last Duke Win in Charlottesville 1999, 24-17 (OT)
Last Virginia Win in Charlottesville 2005, 38-7
Record in Durham Duke leads, 14-12
Last Duke Win in Durham 1998, 28-25
Last Virginia Win in Durham 2006, 37-0
Current Winning Streak Virginia, 7
Last 10 Games Virginia, 9-1
Longest Duke Winning Streak 6, 1961-67
Largest Duke Margin of Victory 49, 1943, 49-0
Longest Virginia Winning Streak 7, (current)
Largest Virginia Margin of Victory 59, 1990, 59-0
Duke head coach Ted Roof went 2-1-1 against Virginia during his playing days at Georgia Tech (1982-85) and was 4-0 versus Al Groh’s Wake Forest clubs during that stretch. Virginia head coach Al Groh spent six seasons (1981-86) as the head coach at Wake Forest, going 2-4 versus Duke. Duke linebacker Andrew Holoman’s father, Bryan, lettered in football at Virginia from 1978-81. Duke offensive tackle Jarrod Holt’s brother, Joe, played at Virginia in the early 2000’s.
More Duke-Virginia Series Notes
1891: Duke closes out a perfect 3-0 season with a 20-0 win over Virginia.The Blue Devils had beaten Furman (96-0) and North Carolina (6-4) previously in the season.
1943: In the first meeting since 1930, Duke upends Virginia, 49-0, on its way to an 8-1 record.
1961: Duke wins 42-0 to post its second largest victory margin in an ACC game.
1982: In Duke’s 51-17 win, the Blue Devils compile 621 yards of total offense, the fifth highest single-game total in school history.
1988: Duke’s Anthony Dilweg throws for 391 yards and three touchdowns and Duke holds on for a 38-34 win after building a 31-7 halftime lead.
1992: Virginia’s Terry Kirby rushes for 207 yards as the Cavaliers win in Durham, 55-28.
1994: In Duke’s last win over a nationally-ranked team, the 23rd-ranked Blue Devils down 13th-ranked Virginia, 28-25. Spence Fischer throws for 236 yards and the Duke defense intercepts three passes in the win.
1995: Current offensive coordinator Mike Groh passes for 346 yards and four TDs in the Cavaliers’ 44-30 win.
1999: Duke’s Carl Franks gains his first head coaching win with a 24-17 overtime decision in Charlottesville. Spencer Romine tosses a touchdown pass in overtime and Lamar Grant seals the victory with an interception.
2002: Despite being held to just two net rushing yards, Virginia edges Duke, 27-22, as Matt Schaub throws for 315 yards.
Duke-Virginia State Ties
Redshirt freshman linebacker Andrew Holoman is the only player on the Duke roster from the state of Virginia. He is from Ashburn, Va., and attended Stone Bridge High School, the same school as Cavalier senior defensive end Pete Bladel. Virginia has six players on its roster from North Carolina, including two graduates of Southern Durham High School junior wide receiver Maurice Covington and sophomore safety Brandon Woods.
The Blue Devils open ACC play this weekend with the venture to Charlottesville. Duke is 130-316-6 all-time in ACC action, and the Blue Devils earned conference championships in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965 and 1989. In last year’s ACC opener, Duke suffered a 14-13 loss at Wake Forest in the second game of the season.