Duke Game Summaries

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    Duke Game Summaries

    Duke - 27 ECU - 21

    Blue Devils Stage Thrilling Comeback in Final Quarter.​


    Duke rallied from fifteen points down entering the fourth quarter to pull off the home upset of visiting ECU. A defensive unit which had been shredded for most of the day stepped up big time when it counted, picking off a couple of passes, taking one to the house, and completely blanking the Pirates throughout.

    Already in week one, this team has showed the kind of determination and resiliency needed to perform in the clutch. They overcame plenty of adversity in this first game. Trailing 7-3 in the second quarter, the Devils were stopped on fourth and goal at the one -- and then proceeded to let ECU march all the way to the end zone after taking over at that spot. Down 14-3 at that point, and with momentum favoring the other team, Thaddeus Lewis was lost for the game with an injury. Even the comeback attempt stalled at first, as Pinkney's first interception of the day was answered by an interception thrown in the end zone. Scoring a TD on their next position put the score at 21-12, where it would stay after a failed two point attempt. But, the defense continued to make plays, and that seemed to spread throughout the team until they managed two big scoring drives to snatch the game away in the final minutes.

    Key Stat: 2 interceptions for ECU, one of them being a pick-six. These would ultimately end up costing them the game.

    Player of the game: FS Carton Gainey. With his team trailing 21-12 midway through the fourth quarter, he picked off a pass from Patrick Pinkney and took it back the other way for a huge touchdown.

    Up Next: @ Washington. Duke will head out to the Northwest and play against the Washington Huskies in an early battle of 1-0 teams trying to improve.
     
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    Duke wins again in comeback fashion against Washington. They trailed by a touchdown or more for most of this game, but the Huskies were unable to shut the door when they had the chance. A missed FG would end up being critical, as would a decision to punt of fourth and one when on the Devils' side of the field. The duo of QB Thaddeus Lewis and WR Josh Trezvant came up big in this one. This was a tough, hard fought game of college football. Kudos go to both teams and coaches for the way the competed, and, the sportsmanship shown in doing so.

    Key Stat: Turnovers. Duke committed only one, while Washington had a couple of costly interceptions which in part helped to spur the comeback.

    Player of the game: Thaddeus Lewis, 24-33 for 308 yards, and 4 touchdowns.

    Next Week: It doesn't get any easier for the Blue Devils, as they head out on the road to play #22 Kansas.
     
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    Duke Does it Again!!

    Duke vs Kansas

    [​IMG] - Thad Lewis has lifted the team with his play this season.​

    Another week, another upset for the Duke Blue Devils as they go into Lawrence and steal one from the Kansas Jayhawks, 19-18. Once again the Lewis to Trezvant connection yielded great results to the tune of 9 catches, 152 yards and couple of critical touchdowns. Of Trezvant, Lewis said after the game, "It's great to see him stepping up and performing. We all have seen the way he's prepared each and every week." Lewis himself was 24 of 37 for 267 and those two aforementioned catches by Trezvant. He was poised out there, and again led his team to a win. But, perhaps even more impressive was the play of the defense. While the total yards given up may hint at another bad performance, this unit picked off Todd Reesing three times, and sacked/hit/pressured him all day. It's a testament to Reesing's skill that he still had such gaudy numbers. Their play early on allowed the offense to go out and build up a lead, while late in the game they made all the big stops to preserve the one point lead late. In particular, the coach was pleased to see them answer the call, as some will question his decision to punt with just under a minute left to an offense that had been moving the ball at will in the final quarter with only a point separating the teams. However, that one point difference came because of a failed two point conversion by the Jayhawks, a decision that will surely be questioned also.

    Key Stat: 3 Interceptions for the defense.

    Player of the game: I'm giving it to the D this week. Trezvant and Lewis had their usual numbers, but this unit showed more with their play. They did give up a bunch of yards because Kansas was throwing for most of the day, but they made a stop each and every time they needed to, and finally showed an ability to create havoc and force turnovers.

    Next Week: Duke has Northern Illinois at home. Conventional wisdom would suggest that the Devils would be able to take this game, considering the three teams they've played and beaten so far. But, this is a skilled team from the MAC coming in at 2-0 themselves. Also, there's the potential for a letdown - It's been three straight weeks of thrilling upsets, and you have to wonder if this group can keep the momentum going. Plus, there are expectations now. This team has a chance to enter conference play at 4-0 going into next week with #5 Virginia Tech coming to town. It'll be up to the coaching staff to make sure the squad is well prepared so that they can take care of business THIS week.
     
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    4-0!​


    Duke vs Northern Illinois

    Lewis connects with Trezvant for two scores, Devils win fourth straight.

    Duke finished off a string of non-conference match ups undefeated by taking down the Huskies by a final of 24-6. It was a physical, defensive battle all day with yards and points coming at a premium. Offensive struggles continued again this week, as in something of a surprise, the opposing team held the Devils offense in check for much of the day. Unfortunately for them, however, Duke's defense was also stout, giving their offense good field position - which was quickly turned into points. The Lewis and Trezvant connection hooked up for another two scores in this one, lifting the team to an important victory early in the season.

    While the result is certainly nice, there still were some unsettling signs of potential weakness on the field. Northern Illinois actually out gained the Blue Devils, 278-208 in total yardage. The lack of an effective or even adequate running game is making this offense one dimensional, and that weakness may well be exposed as soon as next week when the #5 Hokies come calling.

    Key Stat: 1. As in 1 turnover to none for the Huskies. Their costly interception gave the Devils' defense momentum and set the tone for the rest of the way.

    Player of the game: Josh Trezvant. He had only four catches for 83 yards, but, half of those were in the endzone. Not a bad ratio.

    Next Week: #5 Virginia Tech. Duke has exceeded early season expectations, going undefeated in four straight out of conference games to start the year. They're already just two wins away from becoming bowl eligible, a goal many experts doubted was even possible. Now, comes a real test. A top ten team in conference coming to play at their house in a nationally televised affair. How will the defense hold up against Tyrod Taylor and co? Will Duke finally be able to get some kind of running game going? Can Thad Lewis and Trezvant continue to make up for the running game if they can't? A good showing or even win will certainly bold well for the rest of the season.

    Prediction: One dimensional offenses don't stand a chance, especially not against one as talented as Tech's. Duke's own defense is playing well enough now to make this interesting. However, unless Thad and Trezvant have monster games, the running game gets going, or both, it's hard to see Duke scoring enough to win this one. VT wins it in a tough battle, 24-13.
     
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    Wow!!

    Blue Devils win their fifth straight in surprising fashion.


    Duke - 24 vs Virginia Tech - 21

    The coach and AD had dubbed this week's match up against Virginia Tech, "The biggest game in the history of Duke football", and everyone in Durham seemed to buy in. It was a nationally televised game at home against the number 5-ranked team in the nation, and a big chance to put Duke football on the map as one of the up and coming programs in the FBS. The notoriously quiet crowd came in hyped for this one, filling the stands with blue to match their teams all-blue look. Thanks to another stellar performance from the Lewis and Trezvant connection, they would not go home disappointed.

    First Quarter- The game was very physical from the start, with both defenses controlling the action until Tyrod Taylor got hot. He completed pass after pass, and on third and goal, Freshman sensation Ryan Williams ran in for a touchdown to give his team the lead after one.

    Second Quarter- Action quickly started heating up during the second frame. Trailing by a touchdown, Duke was able to get the run going enough to move into field goal range, and the converted a field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3. With crowd becoming a factor, a keyed-up defense forced a three and out, before the offense came back and moved down the field. Thad Lewis finished it by running into the end zone on the option to give duke the lead. Virginia Tech struck right back, racing down the field in a drive that ended with a 23 yard TD pass from Tyrod to Jarret Boykin. However, Duke would still manage to go into half time with the lead after a three yard TD pass from Lewis to Trezvant. 17-14 at half.

    Third Quarter- After the explosion of offenses in the second, the game again became a defensive struggle in the second half. Duke struggled mightily on offense in this quarter, and Virginia Tech took the lead going into the fourth thanks to Ryan William's second TD run of the day.

    Fourth Quarter- The offense continued to struggle in the final quarter, and it seemed as though time would run out on the Blue Devils. But, the defense stepped up in the clutch as they have all year to this point, forcing the critical stop that would give the offense the ball back with around two and a half minutes left. Thad Lewis then proceeded to lead one of the greatest drives in Duke history, guiding his team down the field and hitting Trezvant again for the game winning TD pass with just 12 seconds remaining. Tyrod Taylor would try to pull off a miracle, but was picked off by Lee Butler as time expired to finish an exciting, 24-21 win for the home team.

    Key Stat: It was difficult to find one in a game this even, but, this week it would have to be the 106 yards Duke gained on the ground. While that still is not tremendous production by any means, it was still more than twice their average yardage per game on the ground, and enough to give the offense balance, which ultimately won them the game.

    Player of the game: Thad Lewis, with Trezvant getting an honorable mention. Seems like one or both of these guys are gonna end up here every week! Lewis was 15-23 for 163 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, while running in a third to give him another solid day.

    Next Week: @ Nc State. Duke will have another challenge facing them this week, as the game against the Wolfpack could be more difficult than this week's showdown against V Tech. For one, it's on the road in conference. Secondly, Nc State is hot right now themselves having won three in a row, including a victory against Pitt last week. The young Blue Devils will have to avoid the let down in what should be a good, early ACC match up.
     
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    Nice W, VT is tough. Good game summaries. (y)
     
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    Thanks. And yeah, they definitely are. It's been fun writing these, and playing the games in this dynasty. Probably the most enjoyable one I've had so far with NCAA 10.
     
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    Statement Made

    Lewis goes down, Duke hammers NC State in Raleigh.

    The Duke Blue Devils kept their winning streak going by taking down the NC State Wolfpack in an ACC match up, the final score being 33-13. For the first time all season, they managed to rush for over 100 yards as a team, with Re'Quan Boyette carried the load and turned in his best performance so far this year. Once again, the defense was dominant when they needed to be, as the overachieving Devils move to 2-0 in conference play. Unfortunately for them, however, Thad Lewis went down with an injury early on, and is slated to miss the next three weeks - Including the Maryland game.

    Player of the week: Re'Quan Boyette, who finally broke the 100 yard threshold against NC State.

    Up next: Duke has a bye before going into another ACC showdown with undefeated Maryland.

    (Duke also receives their first commit of 2009/10.)
     
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    Maryland comes in and humbles duke, 35-14.

    Not really much to say about this one. Against the CPU, smoke and mirrors can win games but not against another user. The difference in talent on the field was clear from the start. Our offensive line needs work, and defensively, we just could not stop that option attack. Can't hang our heads though. We get Thad Lewis back, which definitely helps since he is fast and can scramble - which is something you need to be able to do behind this crappy O-line. We still control our own destiny on our side of the ACC, and could end up meeting with Maryland in a rematch in the conference championship game if we win out. Of course, that will be difficult to do, but it will be fun to try.
     
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    Duke bounces back, wins 21-3 at Virginia.

    Coming off the blowout loss to Maryland, the Blue Devils managed to win a tough game on the road against Virginia. Despite their 2-5 record entering the game, the Cavaliers came out inspired, especially on defense. Thad Lewis returned the starting spot, but struggled, throwing a couple of picks early on in the game. That's to be expected coming off injury and playing on the road in a hostile environment. He played well as the game went on, connecting with Trezvant, who now has 11 TD receptions on the season with four games still left to play.

    The score might hint at a more lopsided game, but we only led 7-3 going into the fourth. It was a rare, smash mouth type of football game on NCAA 10. This offensive line just isn't very good. I think Virginia had like three sacks in the first half alone, and Thad is a pretty fast QB. Couldn't get any kind of run going early, but we stuck with it and that eventually won us the game as we were able to wear them down in the fourth. Scored early to make it 14-3, and then forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Boyette ran it in again, and that would pretty much seal the deal. Defensively, the guys played well, but this could have been a lot more interesting if the cpu would have ran the ball more. Maryland destroyed us last week with the option, and they were getting some big runs when they used it this week.

    Key stat: Time of possession, and I'm reaching here. It just was a very ugly game, and the stats aren't pretty.

    Player of the game: Boyette. I think he had like 82 yards on 24 carries. Not overly impressive, but he got well over half of his yards in the second half, and would have probably gained 100 on the ground were it not for the random injury that took him out of the game.

    Next Week: @ #12 UNC. This is it. A showdown against Duke's arch rival. There were three main goals set for the team during training camp: 1. Become bowl eligible. 2. Beat VT. 3. Beat UNC. They've already taken care of 1 and 2, but the game next week at Chapel Hill promises to be their toughest challenge yet. A win is a must for both teams if they want to remain in the ACC title picture.
     
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    Trezvant has big day, Duke beats rival UNC, 27-17

    The Blue Devils go to Chapel Hill and notch a big victory against arch-rival North Carolina. It was a battle of top 15 teams, with both participants still in the thick of the ACC Coastal Division race. Duke overcame two costly pick-sixes thanks a to a resilient Thaddeus Lewis, key runs light by Boyette, and, a ball-hawking secondary that picked off three Tarheel passes themselves. Two of those picks came as UNC looked certain to score and make the game closer. As they have repeatedly this season, this team overcame plenty of adversity, and a 17-10 deficit after a second interception was returned for a touchdown. But, Thad Lewis was solid from that point on, connecting with Trezvant, who caught 12 balls for nearly 150 yards and two touchdowns. In the second half, Duke was able to control and ice the game by running it at a tired, Tarheel defense. The win moves Duke to 8-1 on the season, and keeps them in the driver seat for the division title. With just three games remaining, the Blue Devils still control their own destiny.

    Key stat: Time of possession and total yardage tell the tale in this one. Not counting the two interceptions, Duke was able to successfully control the game with their offensive production.

    Player of the game: Josh Trezvant - 12 receptions, 146 yards, and two TD catches.

    Up Next: Home against Georgia Tech. Some might look at the 4-5 record of the other team and scoff, but, the last time Duke faced an option attack, they were absolutely shredded by Maryland. The defense will have to be stout against the run.
     
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    Duke takes advantage of miscues in 27-3 win.

    The #12 Blue Devils move to 9-1 on the season by beating Georgia Tech at home in the snow. Thad Lewis connected with Josh Trezvant five more times for two touchdowns, and the defense created turnovers to help seal the win. Despite the lopsided score, this game was fairly close and very physical. The Yellow Jackets were effective at times on offense, though almost all of those occasions ended in turnovers. Duke scored 17 points off of turnovers, with a touchdown coming on an intercepted option pitch by FS Catron Gainey. The win is Duke's third in a row since the drubbing at the hands of Maryland, and sets up an essential ACC Coastal Championship game next week against the Hurricanes.

    Key Stat: Three. Three as in three turnovers by Georgia Tech which cost them the game.

    Player of the game: Josh Trezvant, with 5 catches, 52 yards, and 2 TDs.

    Next Week: @ #17 Miami. This game will decide who comes out of the ACC Coastal division to face Maryland in the conference championship game. Ironically enough, the Terps helped Duke out this week by beating Virginia Tech and giving them a second loss. It's a win and they're in situation, while their at large BCS chances also stand to improve greatly if they can win out the rest of the way.
     

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