After a bit of a slow start, VirginiaACC put together a complete performance in all three phases with a dominating win over Duke at Scott Stadium Saturday to stay atop the Coastal Division standings with five games to go. The defense held the Blue Devilsin check all day and doubled its turnover output on the season with five takeaways, Bryce Perkins and Wayne Taulapapa combined to rush for five touchdowns, and Joe Reed totaled all-purpose yards returning, 45 receiving and minus-4 rushingincluding a yard score on a kick return. Hasise Dubois had a game-high 62 receiving yards, including a few for the highlight reel, while Taulapapa set a career high with 77 rushing yards. Defensively, junior safety Chris Moore led the Wahoos with 12 tackles 4 solowhile Joey Blount added 10 stops 3 solo and an interception. Third-year safety Brenton Nelson also had a pick, while senior linebacker Jordan Mack recorded his team-leading seventh sack of the season and forced a fumble, as did Noah Taylor.
Posted a. The outcome appears much less certain. Duke might even win. Two weeks ago, then unbeaten and nationally ranked Virginia led Notre Dame at halftime in South Bend, The Cavaliers began the second half with a perfectly executed onside kick.
Bryce Perkins took a sack. Mendenhall decided to punt. UVA actually got the ball back in even better field position on the next possession at the Notre Dame However, Perkins threw two incomplete passes, and then held the ball too long on third down.
The Irish rush overpowered him and he fumbled. In fact, Virginia has not scored a touchdown now in more than six quarters. What in the name of Olamide Zaccheaus is going on? Well, Virginia no longer has Zaccheaus, arguably one of the great third-down performers in ACC history.
He graduated. So did 1,yard rusher Jordan Ellis. Talapaupa is a tough Hawaiian.
Bronco and his staff always recruited Hawaii well when they were at Brigham Young. He has been sacked 20 times, and pressured countless others, leading to a league high 12 Virginia turnovers. To be sure, Virginia has a potent pass game.
Reed is also a huge deep threat when Perkins has time to find him. Alongside Reed we find Hasise Dubois. Perkins at times can pick a defense apart using all of his weapons in the pass game, especially against zone coverage.
Defensively, Virginia played well enough to win at Notre Dame — remember the Irish got 14 points off turnovers —and again at Miami. Hall underwent surgery Monday and will miss the rest of the season. With Duke next on the schedule, a team Hall has played extremely well against, replacing the injured senior is foremost on the mind of Mendenhall.
Without him now, someone else will have to do that. There isn't any more time. The Cavs are even tougher against the run, allowing just 77 yards per game. Virginia allows just yards overall; only Clemson stands above UVA in total defense. Duke defense vs. Heck, the Blue Devils sacked No. Duke has taken down opposing quarterbacks 17 times.
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Victor Dimukeje recorded three sacks last week all by himself. Duke must be careful, though, in putting heat on Perkins. He can escape and do great damage with his feet.
Perkins has netted almost yards rushing even counting all the yards he has lost on his 20 sacks. Miami at one point had Perkins surrounded on third and long. He still got the first down. The first objective in pressuring Perkins is to keep him in the pocket.
When he gets to the edge he is equally adept at running or throwing the pass on the move. Perkins can still hurt a defense from the pocket, though, passing to his army of receivers. Tight coverage, on Reed and Dubois especially, is a must.
The numbers speak for themselves. Reed averages six receptions and 59 yards per game. Dubois gets five catches and 71 yards per game. It goes without saying, Duke cannot allow the Cavs to establish a running game. Duke ranks third in the ACC in red zone defense, allowing just nine touchdowns in 16 red zone opportunities.
If the Blue Devils can force a turnover or two as Miami did, that improves the chance of victory. Above all, Duke has to limit Virginia to 21 points or less. The Cavs keep the ball 33 minutes per game and their defense is too good for the Blue Devils to give up any more than that and have a realistic chance at winning.
Duke offense vs. Virginia defense Miami drove for a touchdown on the opening drive. Then the Cavaliers adjusted. Over the next 47 minutes, the Hurricanes gained exactly yards.
Then Hall got hurt and the Canes put together a second touchdown drive.