Saturday, November 12, 2011
Final: Virginia 31, Duke 21
By Heather Dinich
Virginia coach Mike London continues to build his case for the ACC's Coach of the Year.
With its 31-21 win over Duke, Virginia got another step closer to winning the Coastal Division title. Only two more teams -- Florida State and Virginia Tech -- stand in the Cavaliers' way. But those are two tough roadblocks. London did a great job, though, of keeping his team on task and not letting the players get wrapped up in becoming bowl eligible or looking past Duke.
Virginia's defense played a great game against the Blue Devils, and was a major factor in snapping a three-game losing streak in the series. With the exception of a pick-six, Duke quarterback Sean Renfree played well and was on-target in the second half, but there were too many drops. Once again, the duo of Kevin Parks and Perry Jones helped balance out the Cavaliers'offense, and quarterback Michael Rocco managed the game well. Virginia has now won three straight games heading into Tallahassee.