Duke Notes: Duke 35, Virginia 22
101st SEASON: Duke is in its 101st season of football and played its 991st game … Duke now holds an all-time record of 470-492-31
BIG PLAYS: Duke had six offensive plays of 20+ yards on the day … five of those plays came through the air, including touchdown strikes of 47 and 24 yards to Braxton Deaver … the Blue Devils have recorded at least three plays of 20+ yards in every game this season
DUKE BEATS VIRGINIA FOR FIFTH TIME IN SIX YEARS: Duke won its fifth game in the last six meetings with Virginia … for the second straight year, Duke outscored Virginia, 28-0, in the second half … in 2012, the Cavaliers led 17-14 before Duke scored 14 points in each of the final two periods for a 42-17 victory … in this year’s matchup, Duke scored 10 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth.
SECOND-HALF DEFENSE: Duke continued its trend of strong second-half defense, shutting out Virginia over the final two quarters … Duke has allowed an average of 7.4 points in the second half this season, compared to 16.9 in the first half … Duke has shut out three of its seven opponents in the second half this season … Duke held Virginia to 83 yards in the second half … Virginia advanced into Duke territory on just two of its six second-half drives and past Duke’s 30-yard line once, doing so on a drive that ended on a missed field goal from the 27-yard line
CONSECUTIVE POINTS: Duke trailed 22-0 but scored 35 unanswered points … that is the second most consecutive points by Duke this season, trailing the 45-0 shutout Duke posted against N.C. Central in the season opener
FOURTH-QUARTER VICTORIES: Duke put together its eighth fourth-quarter victory under head coach David Cutcliffe … Duke trailed 22-7 in the second half, matching the seventh largest second-half deficit overcome in Duke history … Duke trailed Virginia 22-17 entering the fourth quarter and took the lead on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Connette to Braxton Deaver … it was Duke’s second fourth-quarter victory this season, giving the Blue Devils two such wins in three consecutive seasons … Duke beat Memphis in the fourth quarter in week two this season, overcoming a 14-14 tie to win 28-14
RUNNING GAME: Duke rushed for 180 yards on 44 attempts (4.1 ypc) against Virginia, the fourth most in a game this season … for the ninth consecutive game, dating back to 2012, Duke rushed for at least 130 yards … the Blue Devils, who average 166.9 rushing yards per game this season, have eclipsed 150 yards rushing four times this season … Duke running backs accounted for 150 rushing yards, while quarterbacks accounted for 34
QB ANTHONY BOONE: Completed 21-of-39 passes (.539) for 245 yards, two touchdowns and one interception … added nine rushes for 25 yards … completed touchdown passes of six yards to Jamison Crowder and 24 yards to roommate Braxton Deaver ... became only the second quarterback in Duke history to win his first five starts, matching the previous 5-0 start by Worth Lutz during the 1951 and 1952 seasons … Boone defeated Virginia in 2012 in his first career start, and this season has started wins against N.C. Central, Memphis, Navy and Virginia … threw his fourth passing touchdown of the season, a 6-yard pass to Crowder in the second quarter
LB KELBY BROWN: Logged two tackles for loss, his seventh career game with multiple TFLs and second such game this season … his 16.5 career tackles for loss are the second most among active Duke players behind Kenny Anunike (20.5)
S JEREMY CASH: Caused his second fumble of the season … also logged eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup … increased his team-leading tackle total to 66, including 37 solo tackles
QB BRANDON CONNETTE: For the fourth time this season and sixth time in his career, threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown … converted three fourth downs, including a 47-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Braxton Deaver on 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter
WR JAMISON CROWDER: Caught nine passes for 113 yards and a touchdown … touchdown reception was third of the season and 12th of his career, the 12th most in school history … has caught six or more passes in all seven games this season … has a streak of nine consecutive games with six or more receptions, dating back to last fall … had catches of 24 and 42 yards for his team-leading 10th and 11th receptions of 20+ yards
TE BRAXTON DEAVER: Scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 47-yard reception from Brandon Connette on 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter … also scored on a 24-yard touchdown reception from Anthony Boone in the fourth quarter to increase Duke’s lead to two scores … finished with three receptions for a career-high 96 yards and two touchdowns … logged multiple catches for the seventh straight game
DE JORDAN DeWALT-ONDIJO: Logged a career-high 2.0 sacks, both of which came on third downs.
S DeVON EDWARDS: Took his only kickoff return back 40 yards for Duke’s longest kickoff return of the season.
LB DAVID HELTON: Led the team in tackles with nine, his team-high fourth game as Duke’s leading tackler … carded one tackle for loss
PK ROSS MARTIN: Hit both field goal attempts, scoring from 25 and 32 yards … booted the 25-yard field goal in the third quarter to cut Virginia’s lead to 22-10 … hit the 32-yarder with 20 seconds remaining to increase Duke’s lead to 35-22 … now ranks ninth in school history with 25 made field goals
S CORBIN McCARTHY: Logged his first career sack, taking down Virginia QB David Watford for a loss of 11 yards on 3rd-and-9 in the third quarter
RT PERRY SIMMONS: Started his 44th consecutive game … paved the way for a Duke offense that amassed 180 rushing yards and 292 passing yards while converting 4-of-4 fourth downs
RB JOSH SNEAD: Became the 41st player in Duke history and second this season (Juwan Thompson) to reach 1,000 career rushing yards … rushed seven times for a team-high 53 yards … currently sits in 41st place on Duke’s all-time list with 1,050 career rushing yards … put together a 30-yard rush for his team-leading third carry of 30+ yards this season