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Cavaliers Can't Stop Duke on 4th Down

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UVa converted just 6 of 17 third downs UVa converted just 6 of 17 third downs

The Virginia football team lost its fourth game in a row Saturday, as the Wahoos allowed Duke to score 35-unanswered points in their come-from-behind 35-22 victory.  

The Cavaliers are now 2-5 overall, and 0-3 in the ACC.  

UVa has lost to the Blue Devils in five of the last six years.  

Duke dominated the final forty minutes, at one point holding the 'Hoos to five-straight three-and-outs.  

Virginia was 6-of-17 on third downs in the game.

The Blue Devils were 4-of-16, but did convert four times on 4th down, including a 47-yard go-ahead touchdown catch and run in the final quarter.  

Head coach Mike London says, "They extended drives, and we didn't.  They capitalized, and we didn't.  They were 4-for-4 on 4th down.  It was a 4th down play that ended up in an explosive play and a touchdown, that changed the course of the game."

Sophomore quarterback David Watford says, "Just not capitalizing on 3rd downs, and not converting those 3rd downs, that really hurts us.  Offensively, and just as a team.  If we're not able to convert on 3rd down, we're punting the ball, and we're giving them better field position than they need, or we're just giving them good field position, period."

The game started off well for UVa, with junior running back Kevin Parks scoring three 1st half touchdowns, including a leaping summersault into the endzone in the second quarter.  

But that was the end of their scoring.   Virginia punted after three plays on each of its next five possessions.

Parks led the team in receptions (6) and yards (88).  

No wide receiver had more than one catch.

"You could tell, when things started going wrong for us, a lot of guys were hanging their heads," says Watford.  "A lot of guys just didn't think we were in it, and that really affects us."

Senior center Luke Bowanko says, "Unfortunately, a lot of guys have been here before, but everyone in there wants to win.  Everyone is going to show up tomorrow ready to beat Georgia Tech.  It's an unfortunate reality that we've lost as many games in a row as we have, but guys aren't going to quit just because we lost two crappy games in a row."  

The Cavaliers have lost four-straight games.  

Virginia will be back at home again next week, as they host Georgia Tech Saturday at 12:30 PM.

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