Blue Devils Dominate UVa, 31-3

After a slow start in the first quarter, the Duke Blue Devils improve to 3-1 (1-0 in the ACC) on the season with an impressive 31-3 win over the Virginia Cavaliers (1-3, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Michael Tauiliili set the pace defensively for the Blue Devils. He recorded 16 tackles and was in on three of the six turnovers. He had one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery and also added one quarterback hurry.

The Blue Devils forced six turnovers and held the Cavaliers to just one score in three red zone attempts. Thaddeus Lewis three two touchdowns after throwing a pair of interceptions early in the game, one to Eron Riley and one to Jay Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth led the Blue Devils in rushing while Tielor Robinson scored on a one-yard plunge.

Lewis's streak of consecutive passes without throwing an interception ended after 206 pass attempts. Lewis under threw Raphael Chestnut deep down the sideline on the game's first play. Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling made the interception at the Cavalier's 24-yard line.

After moving the football to the Blue Devils 32-yard line, a couple of penalties pushed the Cavaliers back to a third and long from the Duke 41. Greg Akinbiyi rushed off the right edge sacking Marc Verica for a 6-yard loss.

After a Blue Devil three-and-out, the Cavaliers put together 10-play 68-yard drive ending with a 33-yard field goal from Yannick Reyering. Rashawn Jackson ran the ball four times for 34 yards on the scoring drive.

The Cavaliers started their next possession inside Duke territory, but stuffed Mikell Simpson on a fourth and one play. Tauiliili, who ended the quarter with eight tackles, came up to make the stop on the play.

The Blue Devils started moving the ball a little on their fourth possession of the game. Lewis completed a 16 yard pass to Johnny Williams followed by an 11 yard rush by Hollingsworth, in which the freshman broke three tackles and dragged the fourth Cavalier defender along with him for the final two yards. Lewis then connected with Austin Kelly for 9 yards followed by a 10-yard run on a quarterback draw. Lewis then tried to find Williams in the end zone for a long touchdown, but the pass was picked off for the second time by Dowling.

Continuing to come up big, the Duke defense forced the Cavaliers into two straight punts and then forced their first turnover of the game. Over those three possessions the defense allowed only 15 yards. Recovering the fumble for the Duke was Tauiliili who ended the half with 10 tackles. Others making stops for the Blue Devils were Vincent Rey, Lee Butler, Glenn Williams, Jabari Marshall and Patrick Egboh.

The Blue Devils orchestrated a scoring drive right before the half for the second game in a row. Nick Maggio connected on a 20-yard field goal with a second left in the half to tie the game at 3-3. Duke started the drive at the Virgina 42. Lewis completed passes to Clifford Harris, Robinson, Chestnut and Kelly on the 9-play 42-yard drive.

Both defense forced three and out on each team's first possessions of the second half.

Featuring a heavy dose of Hollingsworth, the Blue Devils punched it into the end zone for the first time of the day at the 7:25 mark of the third quarter taking a 10-2 lead. Hollingsworth caught the ball in the flat from Lewis rumbling forward for the 10-yard touchdown, the first of his career. Hollingsworth carried the ball on seven of the 10 plays gaining 37 yards. Lewis completed two other passes on the drive to Riley and Robinson.

Following an interception by Leon Wright, his first of the year and fifth of his career, the offense struck pay dirt again this time off of a quick pass from Lewis to an uncovered Riley, who dashed up the field for the 30-yard touchdown going up 17-3. Lewis completed all four of his passes on the drive hooking up with Sheldon Bell twice and Kelly once.

The touchdown gave Riley his ACC leading sixth touchdown of the game, 20th of his career and 12th of 20 yards or more.

With the backs against the wall after the Cavaliers had moved the ball into the red zone, Tauiliili forced his second turnover of the game this time intercepting a pass from Verica at the 14-yard line returning it 14 yards.

Following a punt by the Blue Devils, Jabari Marshall intercepted a pass from Verica that was intended for Jon Phillips, returned the pick 42 yards for the touchdown putting Duke comfortably ahead 24-3. The interception is Marshall's second of the season and third of his career. Verica was intercepted on consecutive passes.

Tauiliili added a forced fumble to his stat line in the fourth quarter. Verica completed a pass to Phillips over the middle with Tauiliili applying the hit and Catron Gainey falling on the football forcing their fourth turnover of the second half.

Virgina would give the ball right back to the Blue Devils, with Glenn Williams making his first career interception giving Duke the ball at the Virginia 25. Zack Asack entered the ball game leading the Blue Devils to their final scoring drive of the game putting Duke up 31-3. Asack completed a pass to Danny Parker for his first career reception. Robinson punched it in from the 1-yard line for his second touchdown of the season.

Next up for the Blue Devils is a trip to Georgia Tech in a 12 noon kickoff at Bobby Dodd Stadium on ESPNU.

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