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Benkert's 3 TD passes lead Virginia past Duke, 28-21

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) There was adversity aplenty for Virginia in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Duke.

Kurt Benkert threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in a miserable first quarter for him. The Cavaliers' offense couldn't get going against an aggressive defensive front for the Blue Devils. And Duke went ahead late in the second quarter, 14-7.

But unlike recent Virginia teams, the Cavaliers bounced back. Benkert threw three touchdown passes as they reeled of 21 straight points, the defense held Duke to 255 yards and made a stand in the closing minutes to finish off their third consecutive victory Saturday.

''Our offense made timely plays, we made timely stops,'' senior linebacker Micah Kiser said. ''That's why we won it.''

Sophomore wide receiver Joe Reed, whose first season ended with a 2-10 record, was a bit more excited.

''We feel like we have the whole season in front of us,'' he said. ''We feel like nobody can beat us, just positivity all around.''

Benkert settled down after Jeremy McDuffie intercepted him and returned it 42 yards. A big part of why was that Virginia, whose offensive line was not giving the quarterback time against an aggressive and effective pass rush, went to a short passing game.

''I think it helps a lot when we get the ball out quick because it tires those guys down,'' he said of the defense.

The Cavaliers (4-1, 1-0) also continued their best start since the 2007 team started 7-1.

Duke's Daniel Jones, meanwhile, had his second consecutive brutal effort against the Cavaliers for Duke (4-2, 0-2). The quarterback, who threw five interceptions and fumbled once in a 34-20 loss last year, completed 14 of 42 passes for 124 yards and two more interceptions.

''I think it comes down to us, and us being able to execute,'' Jones, who also rushed for 36 yards on nine tries, said. ''It shouldn't be about the (opposing) defense, and that is not to say that I don't give them credit, but we have got to do a better job of executing.''

Quin Blanding returned Jones' first interception, off a deflection, 58 yards for a touchdown, the first of his career. It gave Virginia a 7-0 lead after just 4:52, but McDuffie's pick-6 11 minutes later drew Duke even in a first quarter in which the teams combined for 37 yards.

''The story was pretty simple,'' Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. ''We have issues in the passing game. It has somewhat disappeared. When we are open, we are missing them. When we hit them, there are some dropped. It's just malfunctioning.''

Benkert finished 24 of 43 for 182 yards. He hit Olamide Zaccheaus for an 11-yard score 45 seconds before halftime to make it 14-14, and gave the Cavaliers a 28-14 lead with touchdown passes of 5 and 17 yards to Doni Dowling, the latter with 7:08 remaining.

The Blue Devils drove into Virginia territory on their final possession with Jones completing four consecutive passes, but sacks by Chris Peace early in the drive and freshman linebacker Chris Snowden - on only his second play in the game - slowed the drive, and two incompletions turned the ball back to Virginia.

THE TAKEAWAY

Duke: The Blue Devils' defensive front gave Virginia's line fits all day, and the defensive backs generally ran right with the Cavaliers on deep passes. The line seemed to wear down as Virginia went with a short passing game. The Blue Devils started the day sharing the ACC lead in sacks, but managed just one on the day.

Virginia: With a running game that hasn't yet proven reliable, Benkert's accuracy becomes critical. He was way off early in the game, throwing two interceptions and fumbling once as both teams struggled, but once the short passing game started working, his confidence seemed to return and he carried the day.

SOMERSAULTING

Doni Dowling made a tearful apology to the team after drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for somersaulting into the end zone on Virginia's final touchdown, giving them a 28-14 lead, but said the tears had nothing to do with sadness.

''I was just so proud. There's a lot, man, just a lot of different emotions. Some I can't even put into words,'' he said. ''I was just really proud. All the stuff we've been thought. Last year. My time here. Injuries. Different stuff like that.''

Dowling described the act as ''selfish,'' but said of the victory: ''I hope that's a message to the ACC that we're here.''

UP NEXT

Duke returns home and plays Florida State.

Virginia goes on the road for just the second time and plays at North Carolina.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:14
42-A.Parker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 6:14
18-Q.Harris runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
17
yds
00:41
pos
20
28
Point After TD 7:08
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 7:08
6-K.Benkert complete to 5-D.Dowling. 5-D.Dowling runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
80
yds
06:05
pos
14
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:30
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 10:30
6-K.Benkert complete to 5-D.Dowling. 5-D.Dowling runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
106
yds
03:40
pos
14
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:45
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 0:45
6-K.Benkert complete to 4-O.Zaccheaus. 4-O.Zaccheaus runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
103
yds
02:19
pos
14
13
Point After TD 5:21
42-A.Parker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 5:21
17-D.Jones complete to 81-D.Koppenhaver. 81-D.Koppenhaver runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
88
yds
06:55
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:15
42-A.Parker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 1:25
6-K.Benkert incomplete. Intended for 22-D.Hamm INTERCEPTED by 9-J.McDuffie at UVA 42. 9-J.McDuffie runs 42 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
42
yds
0:00
pos
6
7
Point After TD 12:08
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:20
17-D.Jones incomplete. Intended for 3-T.Rahming INTERCEPTED by 3-Q.Blanding at UVA 42. 3-Q.Blanding runs 58 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
48
yds
00:59
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 21
Rushing 7 8
Passing 8 8
Penalty 2 5
3rd Down Conv 5-17 8-18
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-2
Total Net Yards 237 303
Total Plays 74 81
Avg Gain 3.2 3.7
Net Yards Rushing 131 128
Rush Attempts 32 38
Avg Rush Yards 4.1 3.4
Net Yards Passing 106 175
Comp. - Att. 14-42 24-43
Yards Per Pass 2.5 4.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-18 1-7
Penalties - Yards 7-68 7-67
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 3
Other 1 1
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 10-43.3 8-50.8
Return Yards 139 154
Punts - Returns 1-14 4-11
Kickoffs - Returns 1-76 3-81
Int. - Returns 2-49 2-62
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Duke 4-2 770721
Virginia 4-1 777728
106 PASS YDS 175
131 RUSH YDS 128
237 TOTAL YDS 303
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Jones 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 124 1 2 56.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.5% 1194 6 5 104.1
D. Jones 14/42 124 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Brown 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 427 2
B. Brown 10 54 0 11
D. Jones 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
69 208 3
D. Jones 9 36 0 24
S. Wilson 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 440 5
S. Wilson 7 28 0 16
Q. Harris 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 60 2
Q. Harris 3 8 1 4
D. Jackson 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 72 0
D. Jackson 3 5 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Rahming 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 314 0
T. Rahming 2 39 0 30
S. Bracey 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 56 0
S. Bracey 2 26 0 14
J. Lloyd 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 236 1
J. Lloyd 1 20 0 20
Q. Chambers 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 69 0
Q. Chambers 3 17 0 6
D. Helm 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 67 0
D. Helm 2 15 0 8
D. Koppenhaver 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 58 3
D. Koppenhaver 1 7 1 7
B. Brown 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 88 0
B. Brown 1 4 0 4
A. Young 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 132 1
A. Young 0 0 0 0
C. Taylor 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 121 1
C. Taylor 0 0 0 0
S. Wilson 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 64 0
S. Wilson 2 -4 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Giles-Harris 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 1 1.0
J. Giles-Harris 11-4 1.0 0
J. Hayes 13 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
J. Hayes 8-1 0.0 0
M. Gilbert 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 3 0.0
M. Gilbert 7-1 0.0 1
A. Saxton II 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 0.0
A. Saxton II 6-1 0.0 0
B. Humphreys 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 1 0.0
B. Humphreys 5-4 0.0 0
J. McDuffie 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 2 0.0
J. McDuffie 4-4 0.0 1
V. Dimukeje 51 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
V. Dimukeje 3-0 0.0 0
T. McSwain 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.5
T. McSwain 3-2 0.0 0
B. Fields Jr. 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 3 0.0
B. Fields Jr. 3-2 0.0 0
E. Cerenord 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
E. Cerenord 2-1 0.0 0
K. Quansah 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
K. Quansah 1-1 0.0 0
T. Lucas 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Lucas 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Parker 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
9/11 22/23
A. Parker 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Parker 42 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
10 43.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
35 40.2 1
A. Parker 10 43.3 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Wilson 29 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 76.0 76 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 26.5 76 0
S. Wilson 1 76.0 76 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Rahming 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 6.0 14 0
T. Rahming 1 14.0 14 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Benkert 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.8% 182 3 2 105.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.1% 1431 13 3 136.5
K. Benkert 24/43 182 3 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Ellis 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 96 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 408 5
J. Ellis 25 96 0 17
K. Benkert 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 16 0
K. Benkert 5 17 0 15
O. Zaccheaus 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 117 1
O. Zaccheaus 3 6 0 4
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 74 1
D. Hamm 1 5 0 5
C. Sharp 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
C. Sharp 1 5 0 5
J. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
J. Reed 1 4 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
O. Zaccheaus 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 69 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 348 3
O. Zaccheaus 8 69 1 16
D. Dowling 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 52 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 327 4
D. Dowling 5 52 2 17
A. Levrone 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 377 4
A. Levrone 2 29 0 25
H. Dubois 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 57 0
H. Dubois 3 20 0 18
E. Butts 46 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 111 0
E. Butts 1 5 0 5
J. Ellis 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 30 1
J. Ellis 1 5 0 5
J. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 72 1
J. Reed 2 2 0 5
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 18 0
D. Hamm 2 0 0 1
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Kiser 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
M. Kiser 8-2 0.0 0
Q. Blanding 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
Q. Blanding 7-1 0.0 1
J. Mack 37 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
J. Mack 7-3 0.0 0
C. Peace 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 1.0
C. Peace 4-2 1.0 0
J. Thornhill 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
J. Thornhill 4-0 0.0 1
B. Nelson 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 2 0.0
B. Nelson 3-2 0.0 0
C. Moore 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
C. Moore 2-2 0.0 0
E. Hanback 58 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Hanback 2-0 0.0 0
A. Brown 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Brown 2-0 0.0 0
J. Moye 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Moye 1-0 0.0 0
C. Snowden 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Snowden 1-0 1.0 0
B. Hall 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
B. Hall 1-2 0.0 0
R. Nelson 54 OL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Nelson 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Mejia 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
2/3 21/21
A. Mejia 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Coleman 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 50.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
27 43.6 3
L. Coleman 8 50.8 3 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 27.0 40 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 24.4 40 0
J. Reed 3 27.0 40 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 2.8 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 6.1 10 0
D. Hamm 4 2.8 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:19 DUKE 50 0:59 3 48 INT
12:08 DUKE 35 0:44 3 2 Punt
9:17 DUKE 10 1:16 4 16 Punt
7:40 UVA 44 0:44 4 2 Punt
2:54 DUKE 34 1:24 5 10 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:17 DUKE 22 0:51 4 3 Punt
12:16 DUKE 12 6:55 15 88 TD
3:45 DUKE 25 0:33 3 -2 Punt
0:39 DUKE 25 0:00 1 0 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DUKE 25 0:49 5 15 Punt
10:30 DUKE 25 2:05 6 26 Punt
7:23 DUKE 35 1:21 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:58 DUKE 33 1:45 6 32 Punt
6:55 UVA 12 0:41 4 12 TD
5:03 DUKE 18 0:06 3 0 Punt
3:04 DUKE 20 1:49 9 60 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 UVA 41 1:20 4 9 Downs
11:22 UVA 23 1:57 3 5 Punt
7:53 UVA 41 0:06 2 15 INT
6:49 UVA 13 3:46 10 31 Punt
1:25 UVA 44 0:00 1 56 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:08 UVA 30 0:40 3 0 Punt
13:22 UVA 29 0:54 3 7 Punt
5:15 UVA 25 1:15 3 3 Punt
3:04 UVA 31 2:19 9 59 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:10 UVA 21 3:40 11 79 TD
8:22 UVA 20 0:48 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:44 UVA 20 5:23 13 47 Downs
13:13 UVA 20 6:05 15 80 TD
6:14 UVA 25 0:56 3 5 Punt
4:55 UVA 29 1:34 4 17 Punt
1:05 UVA 40 0:30 2 -5 Game