What happened and what mattered in the Virginia 28-14 win over Duke?
Virginia 28, Duke 14
Virginia got two Bryce Perkins touchdown runs in the first half and two Brian Delaney field goals in the third quarter to get up early and stay there the whole way. Duke made it a fight with a Chris Taylor 46-yard touchdown catch and a trick play on a scoring pass in the fourth to pull within six. But Perkins came through with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Evan Butts late.
Perkins was terrific. He threw for 189 yards and the game-sealing scoring pass, and he led the team with 61 yards and two scores. But the Virginia defense had a little bit to do with it, too, holding the Blue Devils to 58 rushing yards. The Cavaliers weren’t sensational, but they dominated the game – they seemed like they always had the ball.
Duke got close, but the one time it needed a big stop late, it couldn’t get it. There was no running game, and while QB Daniel Jones was fine, this isn’t a team built for big, explosive comebacks, but it gave it a good shot.
The Blue Devils might be all but knocked out of the Coastal with this, but they’re going to get a sixth win against either North Carolina or Wake Forest. However, beating a rested Pitt next week would be nice with road trips to Miami and Clemson to deal with.
Does Virginia have control of the Coastal now? Sort of. It has the Miami win out of the way, and now it has three straight home games – one against Liberty – before going to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers control their own destiny, but it would be a big help if the Hokies could lose along the way.