Duke Gridiron Monday starts your work week with a beyond-the-numbers look at Blue Devil football with photos, social media, recaps, #DukeInTheNFL updates and more.
SATURDAY REWIND: Duke 21, Northwestern 7
Quarterback Daniel Jones threw three touchdown passes and the Duke defense held Northwestern scoreless over the final three quarters as the Blue Devils earned a 21-7 road win over the Wildcats.
Duke (2-0) won for the fifth straight game dating back to last year while, in the process, snapping Northwestern’s nine-game winning streak, which entered the week as the longest among Power 5 schools.
Jones hit on 16-of-22 passes for 192 yards before leaving the game late in the third quarter with a fractured clavicle. His touchdown strikes went to T.J. Rahming (nine yards), Johnathan Lloyd (52) and Davis Koppenhaver (seven). Lloyd had a career-high 94 receiving yards on five catches.
Northwestern (1-1) posted 381 total yards of offense, 80 more than Duke, but never scored after opening the drive with a two-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Larkin. Larkin finished with 121 yards on 24 carries.
"It’s exciting to see the next guy up step up and make plays. Every day, we’re going to have depth on depth on depth, and it doesn’t matter who it is. These guys who are on the field are going to have to make plays. We flew around, we were the more physical team today."
-- Duke LB Ben Humphreys
JONES NOW ONE OF FOUR
Against Northwestern, all three of Daniel Jones’ scoring passes came in the second period as the Charlotte, N.C., native became the fourth QB in school history to throw 3+ TD passes in a quarter, joining David Green (4 vs. GT, 1997), Ben Bennett (3 vs. Navy, 1982) and Dave Brown (3 vs. NCSU, 1989).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Duke allowed a total of 21 points in the first two games of the season against Army West Point & Northwestern, marking the lowest combined total to open a campaign against FBS competition since 1971, when the Blue Devils held Florida (6) and South Carolina (12) to 18 combined points.
THIS WEEK IN DUKE FOOTBALL HISTORY
September 10, 1988 – Duke 31, Tennessee 26
College Football Hall of Fame member Clarkston Hines caught eight passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns to lead Duke to the win in front of 93,144 fans in Knoxville, Tenn. The Blue Devils led 31-7 after three quarters, but Tennessee came storming back in the fourth quarter. Duke secured the win by recovering the Volunteers’ onside kick with 1:03 remaining in the game.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Duke tight end Davis Koppenhaver hauled in a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter.
DUKE FOOTBALL TRIVIA
What is the Duke record for longest pass completion?
EYE ON THE OPPONENT
This week’s foe, Baylor, is 2-0 with wins over Abilene Christian (55-27) and UTSA (37-20).
TWEETS OF THE DAY
Duke has been very impressive through six quarters this season— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 8, 2018
How good has @DavidCutcliffe been? He's trying to lead @DukeFOOTBALL to what would be a 5th winning season in the last 6 years. Prior to his arrival in 2008, Duke had suffered through 13 straight losing seasons, winning more than 3 games in a season only twice during that span.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) September 8, 2018
Week 2 Takeaways cont’d. Iowa’s win sets up a key @bigten West showdown with Wiscy in 2 weeks. @CycloneFB defense remains one of the best in @Big12Conference but they gotta get their O-Line to mature quickly. @DukeFOOTBALL another huge W over @NUFBFamily &ASU’s Herm Edwards fits.— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) September 9, 2018
Chris Pollard (@coachchris14) September 9, 2018
- Matt Skura got the start at center for the Baltimore Ravens in a 47-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills. Skura helped the Ravens roll to 369 total yards, 252 passing yards and three passing touchdowns.
- Laken Tomlinson started at left guard for the San Francisco 49ers, which dropped a 24-16 decision to the Minnesota Vikings.
- Shaun Wilson made his NFL debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returning a kickoff 29 yards and rushing once for six yards. The Buccaneers held on to defeat the New Orleans Saints, 48-40.
- Thomas Hennessy and the New York Jets face off against the Detroit Lions on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 7:10 p.m.
CONTINENTAL TIRE DRVIE AROUND THE ACC
Last week’s results:
(2) Clemson 28, Texas A&M 26)
(12) Virginia Tech 62, William & Mary 17
(13) Penn State 51, Pittsburgh 6
(22) Miami 77, Savannah State 0
Duke 21, Northwestern 7
South Florida 49, Georgia Tech 38
Wake Forest 51, Towson 20
N.C. State 41, Georgia State 7
Boston College 62, Holy Cross 14
East Carolina 41, North Carolina 19
Syracuse 62, Wagner 10
Louisville 31, Indiana State 7
Florida State 36, Samford 26
Indiana 20, Virginia 16
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Boston College at Wake Forest
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Georgia Southern at Clemson
Florida State at Syracuse
Western Kentucky at Louisville
West Virginia at N.C. State
Duke at Baylor
Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh
Miami at Toledo
Central Florida at North Carolina
Ohio at Virginia
East Carolina at Virginia Tech
THIS WEEK’S GAME
Duke (2-0) at Baylor (2-0)
Kickoff: 3:30 pm ET
TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER
99 yards (Sean Renfree to Jamison Crowder vs. Miami, 2012)