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Last Time: Duke 20, Virginia 34. Last season the Cavaliers came to Durham and intercepted Daniel Jones 5 times on their way to victory. Duke came into the game with some momentum after upsetting Notre Dame, but it all disappeared quickly that afternoon. The Blue Devils outpaced Virginia in most statistical categories, including total yards, first downs, and penalties, but couldn’t get out of their own way. Jones lost a fumble in addition to the 5 interceptions. Jones still ended up topping 300 passing yards, as Anthony Nash, Quay Chambers, and TJ Rahming all had strong games. The Blue Devils never could get much of a run game going, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry as a team. Duke pulled within 7 points early in the fourth quarter, both teams traded a couple possessions before Daniel Jones was sacked at the goal line and fumbled, a Cavalier recovery for a touchdown effectively ended the game.
Daniel Jones must be better. During the teams four game win streak the talented sophomore amassed more than 900 passing yards and 10 total touchdowns. Consequently, the Blue Devils averaged over 40 points a game and were near the top of the ACC in total offense. But against Miami, Jones managed just 166 yards while completing just half of his attempts in a game in which the Blue Devils failed to score a touchdown. Jones must take care of the ball and make accurate throws against an improved Cavalier defense that turned him over five times last year in Durham. Including a game clinching fourth quarter sack that resulted in a fumble recovery in the end zone.
As Benkert has developed chemistry with his weapons, he has used his experience to try and push the ball downfield more—several of his big plays against Boise State came on deep connections. The quarterback is only as good as his offensive line, however, and the Cavalier pass-blockers excelled at dominating the line of scrimmage, allowing Benkert to go through his progressions. This was best demonstrated when he connected on a 64-yard touchdown pass to Andre Levrone in the third quarter.