With a 10-0 halftime lead, it did not seem like the Duke football team would need a comeback victory. However, their defense was a little shaky in the second half, as they trailed 20-17 in the fourth quarter (6:37 to go). The Blue Devils then scored 21 straight points (in a 26 second span) for the 38-20 home win over NC State. NC State had won six in a row in Durham.
The Wolfpack are still looking for their first ACC victory, while Duke guarantees itself its first winning season since 1994. The win came in front of over 32,000 pumped Duke fans at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The Blue Devils scored 35+ points for the fifth time this season and have won five in a row.
The game was all about redshirt freshman safety DeVon Edwards. He contributed three touchdowns, the first TDs of his career. He scored his first touchdown towards the end of the third quarter, as Duke retook the lead. He had a 100 yard kickoff return (the second longest in the program’s history). In the fourth quarter, Edwards returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Those came within a 16 second span.
Edwards finished the night with 218 yards, which is second all-time by a Duke freshman.
The Wolfpack finished with more yards (412-321) and both teams had four turnovers, but the Wolfpack had 50 yards of penalties (to Duke’s 13). NC State also had a tough time trying to decide who the best quarterback option was.
Duke got on the board first, as quarterback Anthony Boone connected with Jamison Crowder for a 75 yard completion. It was the longest pass of his career. That led to Boone‘s four yard TD run. Boone finished with 139 passing yards (13-of-21), but threw three interceptions.
Brandon Connette finished the game as the quarterback and went 7-for-13 with 59 passing yards. He also rushed for 40 yards. Crowder led Duke with 134 yards receiving.
Ross Martin was once again perfect in his kicks. He had a field goal and was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points.
The Blue Devils hope to keep the wins coming, but they will have a tough test next Saturday. They will welcome top 25 Miami to Durham, who is currently losing to Virginia Tech (that would be their second loss in a row).