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Duke 38, Virginia 17

By BOB SUTTON
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. - Riley Leonard ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and Duke snapped a 13-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak in beating Virginia 38-17.

Duke (4-1, 1-0 ACC) scored three touchdowns during an 11-minute span of the first half. The Blue Devils didn't win an ACC game last year as part of a conference drought that lasted nearly two full calendar years.

"Excited to get ACC win No. 1," first-year coach Mike Elko said. "But I just told (the players) the expectations around here are changing."

Leonard completed 18 of 24 passes for 129 yards and added 59 rushing yards. Jaylen Coleman picked up 97 rushing yards on 19 carries.

"That was one of the most dominant O-line performances that I've seen," Leonard said.

Duke's ground attack produced 248 yards. Elko said that alleviated pressure on Leonard

"It wasn't going to be just about him," Elko said. "We were going to have to run the ball. For us to play the game we wanted, we had to run the football and we did."

Brennan Armstrong threw for a touchdown and scrambled for a touchdown for Virginia (2-3, 0-2), which has lost all three road games this season and five in a row dating to last season.

"Go back to work," Virginia coach Tony Elliott said. "That's what we're going to do. We can't blame anybody else. You tip your hat to Duke, but we got to own what we just put on film."

The Blue Devils scored on their first possession of the second half when Leonard ran in from 1 yard out. They stretched the lead to 35-10 on Jaquez Moore's 59-yard run in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

In the first half, Leonard's 19-yard pass to Jalon Calhoun opened the scoring. Leonard ran 2 yards and Jordan Waters scored on a 1-yard plunge into the end zone to boost the lead to 21-0 with 10:25 to play in the second quarter.

Virginia got on the board with Armstrong's 11-yard pass to Perris Jones with 1:12 to go in the first half.

Duke snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series, avenging last year's 48-0 loss.

KEEP THE BALL

The Blue Devils had two takeaways from their defense without committing a turnover on offense even amid a game played in some rain.

For the season, Duke has been the recipient of 10 turnovers while giving the ball away just twice.

"They coach me up to be a protect-the-ball-first quarterback," Leonard said.

Elko said Leonard has received the proper message to avoid turnovers.

"I think he's scared to come (to) the sideline and see me if he does," Elko said.

PENALTY PROBLEMS

Virginia was assessed 87 yards on penalties on six infractions.

"I was irate," Elliott said, pointing to a lack of discipline. "If I continue to see it, I'm just not going to play guys."

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: The Cavaliers are putting too much pressure on their defense given that they've scored two first-half touchdowns in the last four games combined. By game's end, they had just 295 yards of total offense.

Duke: This was another notable step for the Blue Devils, who eclipsed their 2021 win total. Duke found the right formula by having three players with more than 50 rushing yards and holding Virginia to less than 100 yards on the ground.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UVaDuke
Duke TD 7:02 Jalon Calhoun 19 yd pass from Riley Leonard (Charlie Ham kick) 0 7
Duke TD 0:13 Riley Leonard 2 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 0 14
Second Quarter UVaDuke
Duke TD 10:25 Jordan Waters 1 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 0 21
UVa TD 1:12 Perris Jones 11 yd pass from Brennan Armstrong (Will Bettridge kick) 7 21
Third Quarter UVaDuke
Duke TD 11:13 Riley Leonard 1 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 7 28
UVa FG 1:08 Will Bettridge 34 yd FG 10 28
Fourth Quarter UVaDuke
Duke TD 14:03 Jaquez Moore 59 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 10 35
UVa TD 10:30 Brennan Armstrong 5 yd run (Will Bettridge kick) 17 35
Duke FG 3:00 Charlie Ham 34 yd FG 17 38
Team Stats
  Virginia Duke
First downs 19 26
  Rushing 8 14
  Passing 9 7
  Penalty 2 5
3rd Down Efficiency 8-14, 57% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 25-93 48-248
Passing Yards 202 129
Return Yards 98 136
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-37-1 18-24-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--11 1--4
Punts 5 3
Punts-Average 33.2 41
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 6-87 3-38
Time of Possession 23:30 36:30
Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Armstrong 19 37 202 1 1
Duke Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Leonard 18 24 129 1 0
Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. Jones 8 41 5.1 0
B. Armstrong 8 23 2.9 1
M. Hollins 3 14 4.7 0
K. Thompson 1 10 10.0 0
X. Brown 5 5 1.0 0
Duke Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Coleman 19 97 5.1 0
J. Moore 3 67 22.3 1
R. Leonard 9 59 6.6 2
J. Waters 13 33 2.5 1
T. Moore 2 6 3.0 0
J. Hubbard 1 -12 -12.0 0
Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Thompson 6 61 10.2 0
D. Wicks 4 51 12.8 0
L. Davis Jr. 1 34 34.0 0
P. Jones 2 20 10.0 1
G. Misch 3 19 6.3 0
S. Wood Jr. 1 9 9.0 0
B. Kemp IV 2 8 4.0 0
Duke Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Calhoun 6 65 10.8 1
N. Dalmolin 3 36 12.0 0
J. Moore 2 19 9.5 0
J. Waters 1 6 6.0 0
D. Harding Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
J. Robertson 1 3 3.0 0
S. Hagans 2 1 .5 0
E. Pancol 2 -6 -3.0 0
Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Duke Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Joiner 1 0
Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Sparks 3 140 46.7
B. Armstrong 1 26 26.0
Duke Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Wilson 3 123 41.0
Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Duke Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Calhoun 1 43 43.0
Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Hollins 2 46 23.0
D. Starling 1 38 38.0
P. Jones 1 14 14.0
Duke Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Stinson 3 69 23.0
J. Calhoun 1 24 24.0
Virginia Missed FG
Player Length
Duke Missed FG
Player Length




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