Duke sophomore quarterback Anthony Boone made his first collegiate start and passed for 212 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils to a 42-17 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers today at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC.
Boone filled in for injured quarterback Sean Renfree who was a game time decision due to an elbow arm injury sustained last week. An MRI done earlier in the week indicated no structural damage.
Senior receiver Conner Vernon caught 7 passes for 93 yards and became the ACC’s all time leader for career pass receptions. Vernon came into the game with 232 catches, tied with former Clemson receiver Aaron Kelly.
The Virginia offense started the game hot with an 8 play scoring drive ending with a 7 yard touchdown run by Kevin Parks. Duke answered quickly with a 54 yard TD pass to wide receiver Jamison Crowder to tie the game at 7 – 7. The Blue Devils then capitalized on an interception by Tony Foster of a Phillip Sims pass. A scoring pass of 37 yards to Conner Vernon put Duke up by 14-7.
Virginia battled back to score the last 10 points of the first half, including a 39 yard field goal as time expired, to give Virginia a 17 -14 lead going into the locker room.
Duke’s defense came out strong in the second half and kept the Cavaliers off the scoreboard in the last 2 quarters. The defensive play of the game occurred early in the 3rd quarter when the Virginia coach elected to go for a 4th and 1 from their own 47. Duke safety Walt Canty came through the line untouched and smothered the Virginia running back for a 1 yard loss. From there the Duke offense rolled to an easy victory.
With the win, Duke improved to 5-1 (2-0 in ACC) and moved within 1 game of being eligible for its first bowl appearance since 1994. Next Saturday, October 13th, Duke travels to Blacksburg, VA. to take on a tough Virginia Tech team.