Scores

Final

Duke 28

(5-3, 3-1 ACC)

Virginia 17

(3-5, 2-2 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, October 31, 2009

Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA

1 2 3 4 T
DUKE 6 3 0 1928
UVA 0 3 7 717

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 343 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Jackson (UVA) - 16 CAR, 83 YDS

Receiving: C. Vernon (DUKE) - 7 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Lewis throws for 343 yards as Duke grabs third straight ACC win

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Thaddeus Lewis hit Conner Vernon on a 42-yard touchdown pass with 3:45 remaining and Duke rallied to beat Virginia 28-17 on Saturday.

Will Snyderwine made five field goals for the Blue Devils (5-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who added a touchdown when Charlie Hatcher recovered a fumble by Jameel Sewell with 3:22 left to clinch it. The victory is Duke's third in a row -- all in ACC play -- the first time since 1989.

The victory also kept Duke in the thick of the ACC Coastal Division race. The Blue Devils and No. 11 Georgia Tech each have one loss in league play, and their meeting on Nov. 14 in Durham, N.C., could be decisive.

Virginia (3-5, 2-2) lost its second in a row as its pass defense, ranked fifth in the nation coming in, was unable to slow the Lewis-led sixth-best passing attack in the country.

Lewis was 24 for 40 for 343 yards, despite being sacked six times.

Before he and Varner hooked up for the big play down the middle of the field, the Cavaliers looked like they might pull of a somewhat dramatic victory of their own.

Trailing 12-10, Virginia drove to the Blue Devils 40, where Sewell rolled left and hit Joe Torchia for a 19-yard completion on fourth-and-1. On the next play, they teamed up again, Sewell rifling a pass to Torchia down the middle of the field to put Virginia up 17-12.

The Cavaliers' chances improved when Chase Minnifield made a diving interception in the end zone to stop another Duke drive, but Virginia went conservative on offense and had to quickly punt. The Blue Devils took over at their 33, and five plays later, Lewis found Varner in one-on-one coverage in the middle of the field and he pulled in the go-ahead pass.

Until then, Virginia had allowed Lewis to move up and down the field with a possession passing game, but forced Duke to settle for field goals of 44, 28, 34 and 25 yards.

The Cavaliers came into the game having scored a total of two offensive touchdowns in three ACC games, and managed just 81 yards of offense and trailed 9-3 at the end of the half.

But Sewell led a 66-yard drive to his 1-yard dive with the first possession of the third quarter, giving the Cavaliers their first lead, and then gave them the lead again later.

The Blue Devils added a late touchdown and field goal after the go-ahead touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DUKE
UVA
1st Downs2214
Total Yards424196
Passing343107
Rushing8189
Penalties5-545-50
3rd Down Conversions9-204-16
4th Down Conversions0-01-3
Turnovers12
Possession35:2624:34

Passing Leaders

DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis24/403438.611
VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sewell8/22863.911

Rushing Leaders

DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hollingsworth12393.3010
Scott7263.707
VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson16835.2016
Simpson5214.209

Receiving Leaders

DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Varner711316.1040
Vernon710314.7142
VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Torchia34414.7121
Burd11414.0014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDUKEUVA
FG09:27Will Snyderwine 44 Yd 30
FG02:56Will Snyderwine 28 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERDUKEUVA
FG14:55Will Snyderwine 34 Yd 90
FG11:51Robert Randolph 33 Yd 93
THIRD QUARTERDUKEUVA
TD11:38Jameel Sewell 1 Yd Run (Drew Jarrett Kick) 910
FOURTH QUARTERDUKEUVA
FG13:50Will Snyderwine 25 Yd 1210
TD11:17Joe Torchia 19 Yd Pass From Jameel Sewell (Drew Jarrett Kick) 1217
TD03:45Conner Vernon 42 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1817
TD03:22Charlie Hatcher 7 Yd Fumble Return (Will Snyderwine Kick) 2517
FG01:05Will Snyderwine 43 Yd 2817