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Virginia defeats Blue Devils, 37-0

Posted Sunday, October 1, 2006

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Durham, NC - Virginia spoiled Duke’s 2006 edition of Homecoming by defeating the Blue Devils, 37-0, at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers scored on each of their first three offensive possessions and added a defensive touchdown in the third quarter.

Virginia got on the scoreboard just over three minutes into the first quarter when WR Emmanuel Byers tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to fellow wideout Fontel Mines. The drive was set up by a 22-yard punt return by Mike Brown. After stopping Duke on fourth down and one yard to go at the Blue Devils’ 29 yard line, the Cavaliers went ahead 10-0 on a 31-yard field goal by K Chris Gould.

A blocked punt by Virginia’s Josh Zidenberg led to a one-yard rushing touchdown by RB Jason Snelling with 6:07 remaining in the opening period. Just prior to halftime, the Cavaliers took advantage of Duke’s third turnover when DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald scooped up a fumble and darted 23 yards for a touchdown, sending the teams to intermission with a 24-0 Virginia lead.

Fitzgerald intercepted a Duke pass deep in Blue Devil territory on the final play of the third quarter, setting up a 12-yard scoring strike from QB Jameel Sewell to TE Tom Santi. RB Mikell Simpson’s two-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left accounted for the final margin.

For the afternoon, Virginia had four scoring drives of 27 yards or less in addition to the touchdown produced by the defense. The Cavaliers held Duke to minus-21 net yards rushing on the day, totalling eight sacks for minus-56 yards.

Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis completed 11-of-25 passes for 121 yards but suffered the first three interceptions of his young career. Marcus Jones and Raphael Chestnut each had four receptions for 42 and 34 yards, respectively. After missing two straight games due to injury, Ronnie Drummer returned to the field, rushing three times for four yards and catching one pass for 12 yards.

The Blue Devil defense limited Virginia to 253 yards of total offense as DE Patrick Bailey and SS Glenn Williams had eight tackles apiece. Duke, which entered the game with three sacks in three games for the season, posted five sacks on the day.

  • Duke returned home for the first time since Sept. 2 on Saturday. After its trip to Alabama next week, Duke will play four consecutive games at Wallace Wade Stadium vs. Florida State, Miami, Vanderbilt and Navy.
  • Including Saturday’s loss, Duke now has a 27-31 record in the series vs. Virginia. Duke still leads the series, 14-12, in games played in Durham.
  • Duke drops to 35-46-1 in Homecoming contests, including a 1-5 vs. Virginia.
  • The Blue Devils’ captains on Saturday were Eli Nichols, Deonto McCormick and Codey Lowe.
  • Duke junior RB Ronnie Drummer returned to action on Saturday after missing the previous two games with an injury suffered in the Richmond game on Sept. 2.
  • Sophomore Marcus Jones started at WR. He made starts at WR for Duke in 2005. He had a career-high four receptions today for 42 yards.
  • Sophomore Adrian Aye-Darko made his first career sack for Duke. He had a career-best seven tackles on Saturday.
  • Duke’s defense registered three QB sacks in the first three games. On Saturday the Blue Devils had five sacks vs. Virginia, including a team-best 1.5 by Aye-Darko.
  • Sophomore LB Michael Tauiliili has now had at least one tackle for loss in each of the first four games this season. He had two vs. Virginia and six this season. He now has at least one TFL in 12 of his 15 career games.
  • Sophomore SS Glenn Williams career-high eight tackles vs. the Cavaliers.
  • Duke returns to action next week at Alabama. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM ET (6:00 PM local time) in Tuscaloosa.
 
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A blocked punt by Virginia’s Josh Zidenberg.
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