First place in the ACC Coastal Division is on the line this afternoon in Durham, North Carolina. The defending division champions from Duke saw a 10-0 lead wiped away as Virginia came up with a huge drive at the end of the first half to tie things up, 10-10.
Duke quarterback Anthony Boone has been smart and accurate with his pass selection, completing 14 of 18 attempts for 119 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The lone touchdown pass was a short toss from the goal line to Erich Schneider midway through the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Coming into today Schneider had caught just two passes all season. This was his first career touchdown.
Virginia’s defense has not allowed Duke to run away with anything though. Thanks to the performance of the defense, Virginia has managed to keep the game easily within reach. A Matt Johns touchdown pass to Khalek Shepherd in the second quarter got the road team on the board, and gave the offense some life.
Virginia put together a huge drive at the end of the half, starting from its own 11-yard line and moving all the way down to the Duke four-yard line to set up a last-second field goal. Johns completed five passes on the drive, none bigger than a 38-yard gain to Miles Gooch from the Duke 42-yard line. Gooch was brought down with one second left on the clock, but Virginia had a timeout to use to allow for the game-tying field goal to be kicked.
Despite how that final drive ended the half, this game appears to be one that will be won by the defenses in the second half.