CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.: Brennan Armstrong and Lavel Davis Jr. teamed up on a pair of early fourth-quarter landing passes and Virginia rallied previous Duke, 38-20, on Saturday night time.
Armstrong hit Davis, a freshman, on an 18-yard fade route within the left nook of the tip zone to offer the Cavaliers (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 24-20 lead. After Joey Blount’s interception, he hit him for 26 yards, with Davis pulling away from two Duke defenders about eight yards from the tip zone and powering his manner in.
The Blue Devils (0-3, 0-3), whose video games have all come within the season debut of their opponent, turned the ball over seven occasions after hurting their trigger with 5 turnovers final week in a loss to Boston College. Their begin is their worst for the reason that 2010 staff misplaced its first six video games.
Wayne Taulapapa ran for a pair of landing for the Cavaliers, together with a 10-yard burst with about 5 minutes left that put the sport away. It got here after Duke backup quarterback Gunnar Holmberg fumbled the ball on a fourth-and-1 play from the Blue Devils’ 29.
Armstrong completed 24 for 45 for 269 yards in his first profession begin with two interceptions. Taulapapa gained 95 yards, a career-high, on 16 carries.
The Cavaliers have now received six straight within the collection.
Duke: Quarterback Chase Brice had a tough day, throwing 4 interceptions, however made just a few clutch performs regardless of usually heavy strain. He linked with Jalon Calhoun for 34 yards on a third-and-10 play from his personal 16 on a drive that led to a area objective, and hit Darrell Harding Jr. for 31 yards on a third-and-9 play on a drive that ended with certainly one of his picks. He completed 16 for 36 for 246 yards with two touchdowns.
Virginia: Davis, who’s 6-foot-7, made fairly an impression, ending with 4 catches for 101 yards, and his finest catch was overturned. On the play, he caught a 27-yard cross over a defender, juggling the ball earlier than cradling it as he hit the bottom, however officers overruled the catch.
Duke is at house in opposition to Virginia Tech subsequent Saturday.
Virginia travels to No. 1 Clemson in a rematch of final yr’s ACC championship recreation.
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