Offense Picks It Up
Unlike past games this season the Virginia offense proved to be very efficient at times, and did not have a slow start.
- In the first quarter the Cavs accumulated 21 points, the most in the first quarter since 2007, when UVA put up 27 points against Pittsburgh.
- The Virginia defense had three takeaways on Saturday, and the offense capitalized on each one, scoring 21 points.
Closing Games Out
The one thing UVA did struggle with was closing the game out. Although the Cavs won, the 'Hoos almost self destructed at the end of the game. Virginia allowed Duke to score 14 points in the fourth quarter, and allowed the Blue Devils to have the ball in the red zone with seconds to go in the game.
Things that went wrong in the second half:
Penalties remain a killer for the Wahoos. In the first half the 'Hoos had 2 penalties for 25 yards, while in the second half UVA had 6 penalties for 80 yards. Two of those penalties were back-to-back in the fourth quarter for 15-yards a piece. Those penalties moved Duke from inside their own area to past midfield. That drive ended with a Blue Devils touchdown.
The'Hoos only amassed 158 yards of total offense in the second half, while having 344 yards of total offense in the first.
UVA did not punt in the first half, however, was forced to punt four times in the second half and failed to convert on a fourth down conversion in field goal range in the fourth quarter.
Plenty of Wahoos had a career-day in the win over Duke on Saturday.
Olamide Zaccheaus was everywhere in the win over the Blue Devils. He ha 89 receiving yards, a career high, 15 passing yards (a touchdown) and 20 yards rushing. His 50-yard touchdown haul was his first-career touchdown reception and the longest reception of his career. the true freshman running back, who wears the number 33, is often compared to former Wahoo Perry Jones, and on Saturday he did something no other Virginia player has done since Jones. Zaccheaus is the first non-quarterback to threw a touchdown since Jones, and he was the first player to throw and catch a touchdown in the game game since Jones.
Quarterback Matt Johns threw for a career-high 344 yards. It was his second 300-yard passing game; the last time he threw over 300-yards was against Duke last season, where he finished with 325 yards.
Taquan Mizzell also had another career-day. Mizzell's five receptions on Saturday gives him 68 receptions in 2015 which is now third in ACC history among running backs. It also is the most catches by a UVA running back in a single season in program history. Saturday's game also marked the first time Mizzell had three touchdowns in one game.
Micah Kiser continues to prove himself at linebacker. The red-shirt sophomore had a career-high 17 tackles.