When I looked at the Duke football score this afternoon and saw that they were losing 14-0 on the road, I cringed. That would be my luck, the Blue Devils get people excited for football and the program and then lose when they have a chance at heading to the ACC Championship.
However, the Blue Devils stormed back and beat rival Wake Forest, 28-21. Duke picked up their ninth win of the season, which is tied for most in program history. They are still atop the Coastal Division standings at 5-2 with rival North Carolina standing in their way of a divisional crown next Saturday.
The Demon Deacons took a 7-0 lead when a pass completion from Duke quarterback Anthony Boone was fumbled and Wake ran it back 59 yards for a touchdown.
Duke finally got on the board in the second quarter when Boone connected with Jamison Crowder for their first touchdown of the day (ten yards). With 1:11 to go before halftime, Boone connected with Max McCaffrey from four yards out to tie the game at 14-14.
Wake senior quarterback Tanner Price, playing in his last game in Winston-Salem, gave them the lead at 21-14 on a 12 yard run. About a minute later, Duke tied it right back up when Boone connected with Crowder again for a TD, this time a 58 yarder.
With 3:21 to go in the third quarter, Brandon Connette ran in a touchdown from three yards out to give Duke their first and only lead. He only rushed for a total of four yards on four carries on the day.
With 2:30 to go in the game, Price was intercepted and the game was over.
Boone was 24-of-29 for 256 yards. He also rushed for 57 yards. Crowder was his favorite receiver, collecting 121 yards on ten catches. Jela Duncan rushed for 36 yards on eight carries.