FACTS & STATS: Site: Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941) — Durham, North Carolina.
Television: ACC Network. Home Record: Virginia 4-1, Duke 3-0. Away Record:
Virginia 0-1, Duke 2-1. Neutral Record: Virginia 0-0, Duke 0-0. Conference
Record: Virginia 2-0, Duke 0-1. Series Record: Virginia leads, 33-32.
GAME NOTES: The Duke Blue Devils look to start another winning streak Saturday
when they host the streaking Virginia Cavaliers at Wallace Wade Stadium in a
key mid-season ACC matchup.
Duke is coming off a 31-25 win last weekend over then 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech
in Atlanta. The win moved the Blue Devils to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.
Josh Snead rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown, and Duke took advantage of
three second-half turnovers to knock off Georgia Tech a week after losing to
Miami. Anthony Boone completed 16-of-26 passes for 131 yards and a score,
while Thomas Sirk added a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Blue Devils, who
have been relying heavily on the running game this season.
Duke is averaging 228.5 yard per game on the ground this season and it’s a
balanced attack. Shaun Wilson averages 77 yards, while Snead runs at a 42.7
ypg clip. Four other players average more than 20 yards per game on the
ground, as the team has scored 16 of its 25 offensive touchdowns on the
Boone and Sirk have both been playing under center. Boone plays a majority of
time at QB, completing 57.6 percent of his passes for 197.7 yards per game. He
has eight TDs and three picks. Sirk has only thrown the ball 11 times this
season, but does have five rushing touchdowns on 25 carries.
Jamison Crowder leads Duke with 32 catches for 372 yards with two scores. Max
McCaffrey and Issac Blakeney lead the team with three TD catches each.
While the offense has been averaging 35.8 ppg, the defense is allowing just
15.5 ppg, surrendering 386.8 yards of offense. The Blue Devils have forced 12
turnovers on the year, an average of two per game.
David Helton is leading the team with 55 tackles. He also has a sack and 1.5
tackles for a loss on the campaign. Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo leads the team in
sacks with three.
Virginia, meanwhile, is coming off a bye week. The Cavaliers are 4-1 all-time
under head coach Mike London when playing a game following a bye week.
Last time out, Virginia beat Pittsburgh, 24-19. Kevin Parks rushed for 169
yards and a touchdown and Matt Johns threw for only 93 yards on 9-of-16
passing and had an interception to match a touchdown pass, as UVA improved to
4-2 overall and 2-0 in the ACC.
Parks led a rushing attack that went for over 200 yards in a second
consecutive game. If the Cavaliers top 200 yards rushing at Duke, it will be
the first time UVA has gone three straight games with 200 or more rushing
yards since a four-game span in 2004.
As a team, UVA is rushing for 177 ypg, while adding 220.7 ypg through the air.
The Cavaliers average 31.7 ppg. Parks is leading all rushers with 443 yards on
It’s unclear if starting quarterback Greyson Lambert will be back under center
for this game. He suffered an ankle injury a month ago against BYU and missed
the next two games.
For the year, Lambert has completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 564 yards
with two touchdowns and four picks in four games. Johns has stepped in and
completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 687 yards with seven scores and five
picks over six games (two starts).
On the defensive side, Virginia has forced 19 turnovers through six games,
making them the No. 2 team in the nation in that category. Additionally, UVA
is second in the nation with 10 fumble recoveries, seven of which have come on
Quin Blanding leads the team with 61 tackles, while Henry Coley has a team-
best six sacks. Eli Harold adds 5.5 sacks and Max Calles has five sacks for a
tough defensive front.
The Cavaliers own a 33-32 all-time lead in the Duke series, which dates back
to 1890. However, after UVA won eight games in a row in the series, Duke has
won five of the last six meetings. Mike London is 2-3 all-time against Duke.
He was 1-0 as the head coach at Richmond and 1-3 in his three meetings as
UVa’s head coach.
This should be an entertaining game. Both teams are able to force turnovers
and can run the ball. Expect both to try and win the game on the ground and
not expose themselves to turnovers. Duke is tough at home, so don’t expect it
to be easy for Virginia.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 28, Virginia 21