Scores

Final

Virginia 17

(2-4, 0-2 ACC)

Duke 42

(5-1, 2-0 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:00 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
UVA 14 3 0 017
DUKE 14 0 14 1442

Top Performers

Passing: A. Boone (DUKE) - 212 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: P. Jones (UVA) - 19 CAR, 100 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Vernon (DUKE) - 7 REC, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Conner Vernon sets ACC receptions mark as Duke routs Virginia

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Conner Vernon caught two touchdown passes and set the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career receptions, and Anthony Boone threw four TD passes in his first start, helping Duke crush Virginia 42-17 on Saturday.

With his seven catches for 93 yards, Vernon now has 239 receptions in his career. Vernon surpassed Clemson's Aaron Kelly as the ACC's all-time leader in career receptions when he made a catch for minus-2 yards in the first quarter. The senior also hauled in a 37-yard touchdown on the Blue Devils' second drive, and his 45-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter put Duke up 18 points.

Duke starting quarterback Sean Renfree missed the game with an injured right elbow, and Boone threw for 212 yards without an interception in relief.

The victory gave Duke (5-1, 2-0) its best start to the season since the 1994 team won its first seven games.

After gaining 321 yards of total offense in the first half, Virginia (2-4, 0-2) only could muster five first downs after halftime.

The key stretch of the game came early in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers had a 17-14 halftime lead on the strength of a first half where they averaged 7.1 yards per rush and totaled 184 yards on the ground.

After going without any yards on its first drive of the second half, Virginia had to punt from its own 5. Vernon returned the punt all the way to the Cavaliers 22, and a holding penalty that was added on to the punt return gave Duke the ball at Virginia's 12.

Boone then lofted a swing pass to a wide-open Juwan Thompson for a touchdown on the Blue Devils' first play of the drive, giving Duke a 21-17 advantage.

The Blue Devils defense then stopped Kevin Parks on a fourth-and-1 from the Virginia 47 on the Cavaliers' ensuing possession.

Duke took advantage of its optimal field position, gaining 45 yards in four plays. Jela Duncan finished the drive with a powerful 11-yard touchdown run to go up by 11 points.

Virginia's offense continued to sputter the rest of the quarter. After its powerful first half, the Cavaliers only had 14 yards rushing in the third quarter.

The only scoring of the fourth quarter came when Vernon caught a 45-yard high-arcing pass from Boone and when Thompson had a 34-yard touchdown rush for the final margin.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UVA
DUKE
1st Downs2320
Total Yards461394
Passing275212
Rushing186182
Penalties5-604-30
3rd Down Conversions4-163-14
4th Down Conversions0-30-0
Turnovers20
Possession31:1328:47

Passing Leaders

VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sims21/422686.402
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Boone18/312126.840

Rushing Leaders

VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones191005.3117
Parks9748.2130
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson77110.1134
Duncan10414.1113

Receiving Leaders

VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Scott59819.6030
Terrell34615.3038
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Vernon79313.3245
Crowder48421.0154

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUVADUKE
TD11:44Kevin Parks 7 Yd Run (Drew Jarrett Kick) 70
TD10:50Jamison Crowder 54 Yd Pass From Anthony Boone (Ross Martin Kick) 77
TD08:09Conner Vernon 37 Yd Pass From Anthony Boone (Ross Martin Kick) 714
TD00:40Perry Jones 1 Yd Run (Drew Jarrett Kick) 1414
SECOND QUARTERUVADUKE
FG00:00Drew Jarrett 39 Yd 1714
THIRD QUARTERUVADUKE
TD11:46Juwan Thompson 12 Yd Pass From Anthony Boone (Ross Martin Kick) 1721
TD07:30Jela Duncan 11 Yd Run (Ross Martin Kick) 1728
FOURTH QUARTERUVADUKE
TD14:12Conner Vernon 45 Yd Pass From Anthony Boone (Ross Martin Kick) 1735
TD02:48Juwan Thompson 34 Yd Run (Ross Martin Kick) 1742