Turnovers Doom Duke In Loss To Virginia

Just a week after earning what could have been the program’s biggest win under head coach David Cutcliffe, the Blue Devils put together a careless effort against Virginia.  Duke turned the ball over  six times in a 34-20 loss to the Cavaliers.

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones will want to forget Saturday afternoon as soon as possible after the redshirt freshman threw a career high five interceptions to go along with a fumble as Duke fell to Virginia 34-20.  

The was was the Cavaliers’ first on the road in the program’s last 17 games - a span of nearly four years.  

After the Blue Devils jumped out to a 7-0 lead, things quickly began to unravel for Duke as Jones was picked off four times including twice by Virginia freshman Bryce Hall.   And, as the Cavaliers got more chances on offense, quarterback Kurt Benkert began to settle in.  From there the UVa signal caller began picking apart the Duke secondary before gashing them with a number of long passes.

Virginia took a 20-10 lead into the locker room.

Duke seemed ready to reverse the their fortune early in third quarter after getting a big third down stop and then driving 70 yards.  However, the Blue Devils stalled inside the 10 yard line and were forced to settle for a field goal.

Whatever momentum those early series gained was squandered on the next Cavalier possession as Berkert drove his team down the field before finding TE Richard Burney in the end zone to make it 27-13.

After the Blue Devils pulled to within a touchdown, the defense stepped up again and forced another UVa punt.  However the Cavaliers downed the ball at the Duke 1 yard line.  From there a missed blocking assignment allowed Jordan Mack to streak through the line of scrimmage and smash into Jones, knocking the ball loose.  Virginia recovered the ball in the end zone to make it 34-20. 

The final drive would result in Jones’ fifth interception of the day.  

Duke will return to action next weekend by hosting Army at home.


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