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Sept. 8, 2007

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Game Notes
Duke vs. Virginia

Today's was marked the the 600th victory in the history of Virginia football. UVa is now 600-521-48 all time. Enter the season only 29 Football Bowl Subdivision schools have won as many as 600 games. Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are the only ACC schools with at least 600 wins.

Today's loss was the 22nd consecutive by Duke.

Vic Hall 67-yard punt return in the first quarter marked the first runback of his career. It was the longest punt return by a Cavalier since Alvin Pearman ran back a punt 70 yards for a TD vs. Temple in 2004.

Hall's punt return is the 14th longest in UVa history and the fourth-longest non-scoring punt return.

Today's opening score by UVa marked the quickest the Cavaliers have recorded a TD since Wali Lundy scored at the 12:56 mark of the first quarter in UVs 27-17 victory against Georgia Tech in 2005.

Virginia's touchdown on its first possession of the game marks the eighth time in the last 18 meetings against Duke that the Cavaliers scored on their opening drive.

Senior tight end Tom Santi's TD catch in the first quarter was the fourth of his career. Santi has recorded a TD catch in each of the past three seasons against the Blue Devils. His TD reception in the fourth quarter marked the first time in his career he has scored twice in a single game.

Santi's two TD receptions today marks the first time a UVa TE has two receptions for scores in a game since Heath Miller did it in 2004 vs. Akron.

Jameel Sewell's first-quarter TD pass to Tom Santi marked the first time a UVa quarterback has throw a TD pass in seven games. Sewell's last TD pass prior to today was against Maryland (twice) on Oct. 14, 2006.

Cedric Peerman's 58-yard TD run in the first quarter was the longest run from scrimmage by a UVa player since Michael Johnson had a 70-yard TD run at Syracuse in the second game of the 2005 season.

Virginia gave up a safety for the first time since Florida State recorded one on Nov. 4, 2006 when the Seminoles sacked Sewell in the end zone for a safety.

Cedric Peerman rushed for 137 yards today, the most by a Cavalier back since Alvin Pearman dashed for 147 yards against Virginia Tech in 2004. Peerman had 120 yards on eight carries at halftime, eclipsing his previous best single-game effort of 69 yards vs. Western Michigan in 2005.

Chris Long had two sacks today for the second game in a row.

Long and fellow defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald shared the team lead with eight tackles.

UVa Firsts:

  • Jon Copper's interception in the third quarter was the first of his career.
  • Cavalier fullback Rashawn Jackson had his first career carry today, a seven-yard rush.
  • Tailback Keith Payne caught his first pass, a five-yarder for a first down.
  • Virginia freshman Ras-I Dowling became the fourth freshman to play for the Cavaliers this season. He started on special teams today.
  • Crutcher Reiss saw his first action at long snapper, replacing Danny Aiken.
  • Denzel Burrell recorded the first sack of his career.


    Duke Notes

    Pregame:

    Game captains: Duke - Ronnie Drummer, Adrian Aye-Darko, Zach Maurides, Chris Davis; Virginia - Branden Albert, Andrew Dewey, Tom Santi

    Duke won the coin toss and elects to receive. Virginia will defend the North endzone.

    Duke Game Starters: Offense - QB Thaddeus Lewis, FB Tielor Robinson, WR Jomar Wright, WR Raphael Chestnut, WR Eron Riley, TE Nick Stefanow, LT Cameron Goldberg, LG Zach Maurides, C Matt Rumsey, RG Rob Schirmann, RT Fred Roland; Defense - RUE Greg Akinbiyi, DT Vince Oghobaase, NG Ayanga Okpokowuruk, DT Kinney Rucker, RUE Patrick Bailey, MLB Michael Tauiliili, WLB Vincent Rey, CB Leon Wright, SS Chris Davis, FS Adrian Aye-Darko, CB Glenn Williams

    Virginia - 24, Duke - 13:

    Virginia leads the overall series between the two schools 32-27 after a 24-13 victory over the Blue Devils on Saturday. The Cavaliers have won eight straight meetings since 2000, the longest winning streak in the series. Virginia now has a 16-10 record in Charlottesville against Duke.

    Long snapper Casey Hales made his team-leading 36th consecutive start. Matt Rumsey extended his starts streak to 25 straight games, earning the start at center. Rush end Patrick Bailey has now started 22 consecutive games and Eron Riley earned his 15th straight starting nod. Junior Michael Tauiliili returned to the starting lineup after his 22-game starting streak was snapped in week one due to a violation of team rules. Fred Roland also makes his first start of the season after starting all 12 games last year but missing the opener due to an injury. Defensive lineman Kinney Rucker made his first career start against Virginia.

    Sophomore quarterback Thaddeus Lewis threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jomar Wright in the third quarter. The touchdown was Lewis' 13th career touchdown pass, moving him to within one of 10th on the all-time list at Duke. The touchdown is the fifth career receiving touchdown for Wright and first of the season. Lewis finished the game 14-of-30 for 137 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

    Senior fullback Tielor Robinson had a career-high nine carries in the game for 31 yards. He fell just shy of his career high for rushing yards as he tallied 32 yards on seven carries against Virginia Tech last season. Robinson also had a reception for a two-point conversion against Virginia on Saturday.

    True freshman wide receiver Austin Kelly hauled in his first career catch, a 16-yard grab for a first down in the first quarter.

    Vincent Rey blocked a field goal in the second quarter, his first career blocked kick. Rodney Ezzard returned the blocked field goal 60 yards. Later in the game Jomar Wright blocked a punt for his first career blocked kick. He blocked another punt attempt but Virginia's punter was ruled out-of-bounds on the play. The two blocks give Duke three on the season as Vince Oghobaase blocked an extra point in the season opener. Under Ted Roof Duke has blocked 16 kicks in just four seasons.

    Jabari Marshall recorded five kick returns for 124 yards in the game. He now has 1,258 career return yards, which moves into seventh on the all-time list at Duke. He passes Quinton McCracken and is 26 yards shy of Leroy Gallman for sixth.

    Redshirt freshman Kevin Jones kicked the longest punt of his career when he booted one 53 yards in the first quarter. He had four punts in the game of over 40 yards with two downed inside the 20-yard line. He finished the game with five punts for 214 yards, an average of 42.8 per punt. He averaged just 31 yards per punt in his first collegiate game.

    Wesley Oglesby recorded his first career forced fumble in the first quarter. Oglesby was playing in just his second career game. He posted five tackles as well.

    Michael Tauiliili tallied his fifth career forced fumble in the third quarter. Marcus Jones came away with the recovery on the play for Duke.

    True freshman Adam Banks forced and recovered a fumble in the third quarter, the first in his career for both.

    Junior safety Adrian Aye-Darko posted a career-high eight tackles against Virginia. His previous career high was seven, which he accomplished three times in 2006. Junior rush end Greg Akinbiyi also had a career high in tackles with seven as he saw the most playing time of his career.

    Patrick Bailey led the team with nine tackles, including two tackles for a loss. It is the eighth time in his career he has had eight or more tackles in a game.

    Duke outscored Virginia 11-0 in the third quarter, a 25-point turnaround from week one when they were outscored 14-0 by Connecticut.

    Duke will play its next game against Northwestern on Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. (ET) in Evanston, Ill. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.