Virginia blindsides Duke to snap road losing streak, 34-20

UVa's Jordan Mack blindsides Duke's Daniel Jones leading to a fumble recovery touchdown for the Virginia Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter in Durham, N.C. (Courtesy: WCAV)
UVa's Jordan Mack blindsides Duke's Daniel Jones leading to a fumble recovery touchdown for the Virginia Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter in Durham, N.C. (Courtesy: WCAV)

DURHAM, N.C. (WRIC) — The Cavaliers have waited four long years, but finally, Virginia was victorious away from Scott Stadium after coming up short 17 times in a row.

Virginia (2-3), needed six forced turnovers on defense Saturday to defeat the Duke Blue Devils 34-20. The sixth turnover a forced fumble in the Blue Devils end zone. Cavs’ Jordan Mack came around the edge and blindsided Duke freshman quarterback Daniel Jones, leading to the game-sealing defensive touchdown for UVa.

The Hoos picked off Jones five times to tie a school record (2010).

Offensively, Virginia’s Kurt Benkert continued to rule the air throwing for 336 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in school history to post back-to-back 80+ passing yard performances.

The win over the Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium is the first for the Cavaliers since 2006, and gives Virginia a win in the ACC to open conference play (1-0).

Bronco Mendenhall and the Hoos are off this week, then return to Scott Stadium on October 15th to host Coastal division rival Pittsburgh.