DURHAM, N.C. -- Bryce Perkins rushed for two scores and threw for another as visiting Virginia defeated Duke 28-14 Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Perkins scored the game’s first two touchdowns on the ground and his 16-yard pass to Evan Butts helped seal the victory as the Cavaliers improved to 5-2 and 3-1 in the ACC. The Blue Devils fell to 5-2 and 1-2.
The Blue Devils trailed 14-0 at the break, but were right back in it on the first drive of the third quarter when Daniel Jones hit Chris Taylor on a slant, and the senior cruised 46 yards untouched for the touchdown. It was the first score of the season for Taylor and his third career receiving touchdown.
Taylor finished with a career-high 97 yards on six catches, while Jones was 22-of-40 passing for 240 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. Jones was Duke’s leading rusher with 15 carries for 64 yards.
Brian Delany booted a pair of third-quarter field goals to allow the Cavaliers to keep the Blue Devils at arm’s reach, but Duke used some trickery to pull within six early in the fourth.
Trailing 20-7 at the third-quarter break, the Blue Devils forced a punt and Jones did the heavy lifting on the ensuing drive to put Duke on the fringe of the red zone. Jones then handed off on an apparent end-around to T.J. Rahming, who tossed a 22-yard pass to Davis Koppenhaver to make it 20-14 with 10:46 remaining.
The senior QB was 4-for-5 on the scoring drive for 29 yards and also ran for eight yards.
The teams then traded punts before Virginia sealed its fourth straight win in the series with Butts’ touchdown catch. The Cavaliers capitalized on good field position following a 29-yard punt return from Tavares Kelly, and three plays later it was 28-14 with 3:58 to play.
Kelly racked up 72 yards on a pair of punt returns. Olamide Zaccheaus had 10 catches for 66 yards to lead Virginia, while Perkins was 20-of-32 passing for 189 yards.
Duke is back in action next Saturday in the Steel City when it battles Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.