Blue Dev­ils im­prove to 4-0 with win over NC Cen­tral

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Football - BY JONAS POPE IV [email protected]­ald­sun.com

With the 55-13 win over N.C. Cen­tral on Sat­ur­day at Wal­lace Wade Sta­dium, Duke im­proved to 4-0 for the sec­ond straight sea­son. It was the Blue Dev­ils’ sev­enth con­sec­u­tive win over the Ea­gles. Duke racked up 628 yards of of­fense. Con­trol­ling the clock 4Q , 7:51: Ni­co­dem Pierre be­came the fourth Duke player to score a rush­ing touch­down against the Ea­gles, scor­ing his first ca­reer touch­down late in the fourth quar­ter. Duke now has 346 rush­ing yards. Brown makes his­tory 4Q , 15:00: Duke led NCCU 48-13 head­ing into the fourth quar­ter. The Blue Dev­ils have racked up 529 yards of to­tal of­fense to just 177 from the Ea­gles. Duke run­ning back Brit­tain Brown be­came the fourth Blue Dev­ils player to have a rush­ing touch­down of 40 or more

yards and a re­ceiv­ing touch­down of 40 or more yards in the same game. Brown caught one pass for a 44-yard score in the open­ing quar­ter, and rushed for a 43-yard score in the third quar­ter.

No Har­ris, no prob­lem

3Q , 2:23: Chris Ka­trenick led Duke on two scor­ing drives af­ter tak­ing over for Quentin Har­ris, who left the game with a lower leg in­jury mid­way through the third quar­ter. Ka­trenick threw for a touch­down pass on his first drive, then led the of­fense on a nine-play, 52-yard scor­ing drive, putting Duke up 48-13. Har­ris goes down in third quar­ter

3Q , 9:51: Duke quar­ter­back Quentin Har­ris, who started two straight games in place of Daniel Jones, went down in the third quar­ter af­ter a player rolled on his left leg. Har­ris slowly walked off the field and was re­placed by red­shirt fresh­man Chris Ka­trenick. Har­ris had 202 yards pass­ing and three touch­downs at the time of

the in­jury. Ka­trenick led the Blue Dev­ils to a score, throw­ing to Davis Kop­pen­haver for a three-yard score, putting Duke ahead 40-13. Start­ing the sec­ond half strong

3Q , 13:18: N.C. Cen­tral goes three-and-out on its open­ing drive of the sec­ond half and it takes Duke just two plays to score. Brit­tain Brown went in from 43-yards out to give

him 112 yards and two scores. It’s his first 100yard game of the sea­son. Duke takes ad­van­tage of penalty

2Q , 47: Dis­ci­pline has been an is­sue for NCCU for a while and it caught up with the Ea­gles at a cru­cial time. Down 20-13, NCCU punted back to Duke. The short punt went out of bounds, but Jerome Fos­ter was called for a late hit, giv­ing the Blue Dev­ils the ball at the 17. It took Quentin Har­ris two plays to find Jonathan Lloyd for a 16-yard score. Duke led 27-13 at the break.

Fourth down not kind to Duke

2Q , 4:09: N.C. Cen­tral stopped Duke four times on fourth down, in­clud­ing two goal line stands, the sec­ond from the 1-yard line.

De­fense gets into scor­ing act

2Q , 12:26: On fourt­hand-1, Duke went for it around mid­field. Quar­ter­back Quentin Har­ris couldn’t han­dle the snap for Duke and NCCU de­fen­sive back Jor­dan McRae re­turned it 55yards for the score. Duke led 20-13 af­ter the score.

Leap­ing the shield penalty ... is that new?

1Q , 35: Isa­iah Tot­ten brings his best against Duke. Last sea­son the NCCU run­ning back scored on an 81-yard touch­down run. To­day he scored on a 20-yard run with 35 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first quar­ter. The drive was kept alive when the Blue Dev­ils were called for leap­ing the punt shield on a fourth-down punt at­tempt. Two plays later, Tot­ten took it in for the score. Missed op­por­tu­nity leads my Ea­gles leads to more points for Blue Dev­ils 1Q , 6:10: NCCU

moved into scor­ing ter­ri­tory af­ter a 59-yard by sopho­more Isa­iah Tot­ten on their first gain, but the Ea­gles went back­wards af­ter that play. NCCU was flagged for a de­lay of game on the next play, then Tot­ten was dropped for a loss of six two plays later and the Ea­gles were forced to punt.

Again, Duke was able to take ad­van­tage, scor­ing in seven plays, capped off when Har­ris found Brit­tain Brown for a 44-yard touch­down, giv­ing the Blue Dev­ils an early 20-0 lead. Spe­cial teams are spe­cial

1Q , 11:21: Af­ter Duke went up 6-0, the Blue Dev­ils went into their bag of spe­cial teams’ tricks. Duke at­tempted and suc­cess­fully re­cov­ered an on­side kick at the 50.

It took the Blue Dev­ils four plays to strike pay dirt, this time on a 15-yard run by Har­ris.

Quick strike of­fense Q1, 12:46: Duke only needed six plays to find pay­dirt, driv­ing 80 yards and tak­ing 2:14 off the clock be­fore Quentin Har­ris found Davis Kop­pen­haver all alone for a 17yard score. The ex­tra point was no good, but the Blue Dev­ils take an early 6-0. Duke had per­fect bal­ance on the drive, with three passes and three runs.

BEN MCKE­OWN AP

Duke wide re­ceiver Chris Tay­lor avoids a tackle at­tempt by North Carolina Cen­tral line­backer King Ki­aku dur­ing the first half Sat­ur­day in Durham, N.C.

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