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Blue Devils Post First Shutout Since 1989
DURHAM, N.C. (GoDuke.com) -- Duke outgained North Carolina Central 488-184 to run away with a 45-0 victory over the Eagles to kick off the 2013 football season. The shutout was the first for the Blue Devils since Nov. 18, 1989 against North Carolina.
Saturday’s season opener featured a balanced offensive effort for the Blue Devils with six different players scoring touchdowns. Overall, Duke gained 257 yards on the ground with sophomore Jela Duncan and redshirt junior Josh Sneadleading the way with 76 and 53 yards, respectively.
Redshirt junior quarterback Anthony Boone, in his second career start, connected on 16-of-20 passes for 176 yards while adding a rushing touchdown. Backup quarterback Brandon Connette threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another, with Duncan, junior Jamison Crowder and redshirt junior Issac Blakeney rounding out the scoring group.
Redshirt junior Braxton Deaver and Connette teamed up to tally the first points of the 2013 campaign with 5:09 left in the first quarter. After a 25-yard punt return from Crowder put the Blue Devils in N.C. Central territory, Duke used a balance of passing and running to get to the Eagles’ 5-yard line. Connette took over from there, moving the ball to the three on his own and capping the drive with a three-yard toss to Deaver in the left corner of the end zone.
Duke continued to dominate defensively, allowing just one first down before the Eagles were forced to punt for the second straight time. Fresh off of his 25-yard scamper on the previous punt, Crowder took the second 76 yards all the way back to the house. The 76-yard return marked the seventh longest in Duke history and was the junior’s first career punt return for a touchdown.