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Duke Cruises Past N.C. Central 60-7
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/03/2017
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DURHAM, N.C.—Duke redshirt sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a third, while Brittain Brown chipped in 120 yards on the ground to lead the Blue Devils to a 60-7 victory over N.C. Central in Saturday night football action on Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.

The 60 points are the most by a Duke team since the Blue Devils’ 67 in the season-opening win over Richmond in 1949. Duke moves to 1-0 on 2017, while N.C. Central falls to 0-1.

Jones’ 213 yards pushed his career total to 3,049 yards, making him the 16th quarterback in Duke history to amass over 3,000 yards.

Shaun Wilson ran for 59 yards on nine carries and one touchdown and Aaron Young led the receiving corps with five catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Seven different Blue Devils in all found the end zone.

Wilson opened the scoring for the Blue Devils, capping a seven-play 51-yard drive, with a one-yard plunge into the end zone. Wilson accounted for 45 of the yards on the drive, rushing for 41 and making one catch for four more.

Bryon Fields Jr. added a defensive touchdown five seconds later, intercepting a short N.C. Central pass and running it back 28 yards untouched to give the Blue Devils the 14-0 lead just 3:39 into the contest.

The Blue Devils’ offense and defense continued to fire on all cylinders through the next 11 minutes, with Brown registering his first career touchdown on his second career carry. Defensively, Duke held the Eagles to 42 yards and only one first down in the opening quarter.

Jones dashed for his first rushing touchdown of 2017 just 34 seconds into the second period and Young caught a 54-yards strike from Jones to give Duke the commanding 40-0 advantage midway through the frame.

N.C. Central responded one play later with an 81-yard run from Isaiah Totten down the right side and into the end zone to put the Eagles on the board.

Redshirt freshman running back Quentin Harris capped the first-half scoring with a three-yard scamper to send the Blue Devils into the half up 47-7. Overall, Duke amassed 344 yards of offense in the first half with 188 coming on the ground and 156 through the air.

Johnathan Lloyd and Noah Gray added touchdowns in the second half and the Blue Devil defense held N.C. Central to just 24 yards of offense in the final 30 minutes en route to the 60-7 victory.

Joe Giles-Harris led the defensive charge with eight tackles, including four solo stops. Dylan Singleton and Tre Hornbuckle had six tackles apiece with Hornbuckle adding in a forced fumble. On special teams, Austin Parker kicked seven extra points and a 32-yard field goal.

Duke is back at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade September 9, hosting Northwestern at 12 p.m.

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