The Virginia Cavaliers forced 7 turnovers Saturday to destroy the Duke Blue Devils in Charlottesville. Let’s be honest, Chase Brice, who transferred from Clemson, definitely didn’t belong at Clemson. Hell, he might not even belong at Duke after throwing 4 interceptions Saturday. Let’s not take any credit away from the Hoos though. In addition to forcing 7 turnovers, let me say that again, SEVEN, the Hoos held Duke to a measly 56 rushing yards. Zane Zandier shined in the game racking up 15 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 pass deflection, and 1 ACC linebacker of the Week honor. They were on Duke’s tail like back pockets the whole night. The pass rush shined in addition to the stellar secondary. This defensive can play football.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the RED ROCKET. Brennan Armstrong may have added another nickname to his collection Saturday – LEGstrong. Although he only ran 10 times, Armstrong flashed a strong running ability that many knew he possessed. Bronco Mendenhall should look at getting him a few more attempts in upcoming games. Passing wise, the lefty looked shaky at times. He made a few bad decisions and bad throws. However, he looked great at times. He showed unbelievable poise leading the Hoos back when they were down. The Red Rocket had a above average takeoff. It’s going to get better.
Leonard Johnson… YOU GOT MOSSED. Um Calvin Johnson, is that you?! Wow, Lavel Davis Jr. is going to be a PROBLEM. The 6’7 freshman racked up 101 yards, 4 receptions, and 2 touchdowns in a debut that earned him ACC rookie and Wide Receiver of the Week honors. It looks like this kid may have the playmaking abilities to replace a little of what UVa lost in Joe Reed and Hasise Dubois. Just throw it up to him and he’ll catch it. The Hoos were able to take the lead on an 18-yard jump ball from Armstrong to Davis in the 4thQuarter. I mean he just embarrassed the defender, Leonard Johnson. That play better be on Randy Moss’s next segment of “You Got Mossed” if he ever does them again. Billy Kemp IV looked solid as a rock handling some short and intermediate routes finishing with 7 receptions for 70 yards. Wayne Taulapapa also shined with 2 touchdowns behind a strong offensive line. This offense just needs some time together to create chemistry. The makings of a good offense are there.