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Post Game Notes

Oct. 1, 2016

Virginia Postgame Notes

Virginia 34, Duke 20

Virginia at UConn

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Wallace Wade Stadium

Team Notes

• UVA is now 35-33 all-time against Duke.

• UVA is now 13-19 all-time against Duke in Durham.

• UVA is now 24-39 all-time in ACC openers.

• UVA snaps a four-game losing streak at Duke. UVA’s last win at Wallace Wade Stadium came in 2006.

• UVA wins its ACC opener for second time in three seasons (2014 vs. Louisville).

• Virginia notched five interceptions against Duke, tying a program record. It was the 10th time in program history UVA made five interceptions and the first since 2010 against Miami.

• UVA forced six turnovers, the most since forcing seven vs. Richmond in 2014

• UVA forced four interceptions in the first half. The last time UVA forced four turnovers in a half was against Richmond in 2014, forcing four in the second half against the Spiders.

• UVA snapped its 17-game road losing streak. Before today, UVA’s last road win came in 2012 at NC State.

• Eleven Cavaliers caught at least one pass against the Blue Devils.

• Collegiate debuts: Sam Hayward (PK)

Player Notes

• CB Juan Thornhill recorded his second career interception with his second pick of the year in the first quarter. He followed up with his second interception of the day to put a stamp on the game in the fourth quarter.

• WR David Eldridge’s 28-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was his first career touchdown.



• Eldridge pulled down a career-long 84-yard reception in the second quarter that set up UVA’s second touchdown.

• Eldridge finished the game with two catches and 112 receiving yards, a career high. The two receptions matched a career high

• The 84-yard Kurt Benkert’s pass to Eldridge is tied for the 12th-longest pass in school history.

• The pass is second-longest non-scoring pass and reception in program history.

• Benkert is the first UVA quarterback to throw passes of 80 yards or more in consecutive games. He connected on an 82-yard touchdown pass last week vs. Central Michigan.

• Benkert finished with 336 passing yards, the first time a UVA quarterback threw for at least 300 yards in back-to-back games since Michael Rocco in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl and the 2012 season opener against Richmond.

• Only once before has UVA had two passes completed of 80-yards or more in the same season (1983).

• CB Bryce Hall recorded his first career interception in the second quarter.

• Hall made his second interception of the game in the second quarter, becoming the first Cavalier to have a multi-interception game since Anthony Harris against Georgia Tech in 2013.

• FS Quin Blanding made his first interception of the game in the second quarter and the fifth of his career.

• PK Sam Hayward, a former UVA soccer player, scored his first career points after connecting on four PATs.

• With three receptions, TB Taquan Mizzell moves into second place all-time at UVA with 164 career receptions, passing Kris Burd (162).

• Mizzell extended his streak of games with a reception to 38, which was tied for the third-longest active streak in the country entering the day.

• Richard Burney’s three-yard touchdown reception from Benkert in the third quarter was his first career reception and touchdown.

• ILB Micah Kiser recorded a career-high 18 tackles, breaking his previous best of 17 last year against Duke.

• In the last two games against Duke, Kiser has 35 tackles.


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