Jameel Sewell completed 15 of his 21 pass attempts for 111 yards while Jason Snelling carried the ball 17 times for 95 yards and a score to pace Virginia.
Virginia raced out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and never looked back behind a balanced offensive attack and a defense that embarrassed the Duke offensive unit. A Duke fumble was returned 23 yards by Jeffrey Fitzgerald just before halftime to make the margin 24-0 at intermission.
After pushing the lead to 30-0 on a 12 yard touchdown pass from Sewell to Tom Santi to start the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers added insult to injury with a two yard score by Mikell Simpson with just 38 seconds remaining to increase the final margin to 37.
The hapless Blue Devils mounted nothing in the way of a running attack throughout the afternoon as the four Duke backs combined for 19 carries and 43 yards. With the offensive line incapable of run blocking, the Devils turned to the passing game where true freshman Thaddeus Lewis had another rough afternoon, completing just 11 of 26 passes for 113 yards while being sacked twice and hurried several others. In all, Lewis accounted for a -44 yards rushing on the day.
One bright spot for the offense was the emergence of Marcus Jones in the passing game. The converted QB caught five balls for 36 yards while Raphael Chestnut hauled in four balls for 33 yards. Still, it wasn't enough as the anemic Duke offense totaled a paltry 112 total yards on 58 plays.
Defensively the Blue Devils held the Cavaliers to just 258 total yards, but five Duke turnovers helped push the score from respectable to a blow out.
After a disappointing showing this week in what was nearly a must win game, the Blue Devils now face three straight games against Florida State, Alabama, and Miami that could very well produce an 0-7 record heading into the final stages of the season.