Devils rout Eagles
Duke achieved something in its season opener Saturday that it hadn’t done since the Steve Spurrier era.
The Blue Devils blanked N.C. Central 45-0 in the Bull City Gridiron Classic at Wallace Wade Stadium, recording their first shutout since they defeated North Carolina in 1989 in Spurrier’s last regular-season game with Duke.
Quarterback Anthony Boone completed 16 of 20 passes for 176 yards and Jamison Crowder scored on a 76-yard punt return, the seventh-longest punt return in school history, as the Blue Devils outgained the Eagles 488-184.
Duke’s dominance spoiled the first game for NCCU interim head coach Dwayne Foster. The Eagles had a fumble return for a touchdown overturned by replay and also missed a 41-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
Earlier Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. State scored the first 24 points and rolled to a 40-14 win over Louisiana Tech in its first game under coach Dave Doeren.
Freshman Matt Dayes ran for 84 yards and three touchdowns against the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t a perfect debut for Doeren. Starting quarterback Brandon Mitchell, who broke a bone in his left foot, will have surgery today and could miss 4-6 weeks.