The Duke football team made the long trip out to California to face the 25th ranked Stanford Cardinal. It didn’t go the way some had hoped, as the Blue Devils lost 50-13.
The Blue Devils didn’t pick up a first down until their third drive of the game, while Stanford already had a 13-0 lead. Stanford scored their first touchdown when Drew Terrell returned a punt 76 yards.
Even though Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes wasn’t very efficient with his passes (9-for-21), he led them to a 23-3 halftime lead. He passed for 162 yards and threw quite a few deep passes. Overall, six Cardinal receivers averaged more than 13 yards a reception.
Despite the fact that Duke put up ten points in the third quarter, they allowed 20 points. Duke quarterback Sean Renfree was picked off late in the third quarter by Ed Reynolds and he returned it 70 yards for the touchdown.
Renfree had a tough game, completing 28 of 40 passes for 198 yards. He averaged just five yards a pass and did not throw a touchdown.
It was a tough day for the Duke rushing game. They carried the ball 23 times but picked up just 29 yards. Brandon Connette was the top rusher with just ten yards and a TD.
Jamison Crowder was the Blue Devils leading receiver with 111 yards on ten receptions. Desmond Scott caught 11 passes for 80 yards while Conner Vernon made six catches for 51 yards.
Duke will return home before playing NC Central next Saturday at 7pm ET.