Halftime: Virginia 14, Duke 14

November, 12, 2011
11/12/11
4:53
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Much of the focus in the Coastal Division race has been around Virginia Tech, but don't forget: Virginia can win the division if it wins out. First, though, it has to get past Duke, which has won three straight in this series and is once again pushing the Cavaliers to their limit.

Duke relies on its passing game, and quarterback Sean Renfree's 64-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Varner in the second quarter is exactly the kind of play Virginia's defense can't allow. Both teams have struggled on third downs, but two factors could be the difference in the second half: Turnovers and Virginia's ability to run the ball. Perry Jones is averaging 5.9 yards per carry, and he's also got three catches for 30 yards. Virginia has already lost a fumble, but neither quarterback has thrown an interception. Yet.

If Virginia is going to snap this three-game losing streak to the Blue Devils, it's going to need to counter Duke's passing game in the second half, win the turnover battle, and continue to run the ball well.

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