Quarterback Anthony Boone returned after missing the last three games due to injury. He helped lead the Duke football team past Navy, 35-7. The victory improved the Blue Devils to 4-2 on the season.
The game was scoreless through the first quarter. The Blue Devils were the first onto the scoreboard as Boone connected on his first touchdown pass of the season, a 27 yarder to Isaac Blakeney with 9:35 to play in the first half. The Midshipmen would tie the game back up less than two minutes later.
Duke would take the lead for good with 4:35 to go in the half on another Boone TD pass, this one to Max McCaffrey on a three yard hook up. They would head into the locker room with a 14-7 lead.
The Blue Devils broke the game open in the third quarter with 14 total points. Boone connected with Blakeney again, this time for an 18 yard TD pass with 9:52 to go in the quarter. With 3:42 to play in the quarter, Jela Duncan ran the ball in from three yards out to increase the Duke lead to 28-7.
Duke’s final score came early in the fourth quarter when Shaquille Powell ran the ball in from seven yards out.
Duke finished with 435 total yards, while holding Navy to 319 yards. The Blue Devils did give up 230 yards rushing to the Midshipmen (which is what they are known for). However, the Duke defense forced two fumbles and an interception.
Boone completed 31-of-38 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Jamison Crowder was his favorite receiver, as they connected on ten passes for 88 yards. His longest was a 23 yard catch. Crowder also had two carries for ten yards. Blakeney finished with five catches for 55 yards.
Duncan ran for 45 yards on nine carries, with his longest run being 16 yards. Josh Sneed had seven carries for 35 yards. His longest was 15 yards.
Ross Martin was once again perfect, going 5-for-5 on extra points.
Duke looks to continue their winning ways, as they head to Virginia next Saturday for an ACC matchup.