Virginia Hosts Duke As Season Closes With Two Home Games

Virginia Cavaliers Malik Washington
Malik Washington needs 5 receiving yards to become the all-time leader at Virginia. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/

And once again, Virginia football fans walk away from a game knowing their team let an opportunity slip away. UVA had a lead entering the fourth quarter and the offense was humming, but ultimately, 17 points from Louisville in the span of just eight minutes lead to another close loss, 31-24. The Hoos have five losses this season by a combined 17 points.

The main concern for most fans was Perris Jones and his injury. While he did suffer a spinal injury and will need extensive physical therapy, the surgery went well and the initial reports are promising. The Cavaliers will keep him in mind this weekend when they take the field against Duke.

The Blue Devils started this season off extremely hot, beating Clemson in the season opener before winning the next three games. Injuries to quarterback Riley Leonard have slowed the team down quite a bit as Duke currently sits at a record of 6-4. Coming off a double overtime loss to arch rival North Carolina, the Blue Devils could be looking to take out some anger this weekend at Scott Stadium.

Statistically, Virginia matches up well against Duke. The team as a whole has played much better over the last five weeks. The Cavaliers pulled off the upset at North Carolina and have lost some close games to tough road opponents in that span. The Hoos will have to scrub the disappointing Louisville loss from their minds and prepare for a two-game homestand to end the season.