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After going without any yards on its first drive of the second half, Virginia had to punt from its own 5-yard line. 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 Virginia’s 47-yard line on the Cavaliers’ ensuing possession.

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

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.