DURHAM, N.C. – Duke amassed 628 yards of total offense and Brittan Brown carried 13 times for 118 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as the Blue Devils cruised to a 55-13 victory over North Carolina Central Saturday at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. The victory improved Duke to 4-0 for the second consecutive season and the third time since 1994.
In the second start of his career, quarterback Quentin Harris was 15-of-27 passing for a career-high 202 yards and three touchdowns. The redshirt junior also ran for another score in place of injured starter Daniel Jones. He rushed five times for 34 yards.
Duke (4-0) outgained the Eagles (1-2) in total yardage, 628-187, and held the visitors to just 10 yards of total offense in the second half. The 628 yards for Duke were its most since rolling up 655 versus NCCU in 2015.
The Blue Devils scored on their first three drives, all in quick-strike fashion, to build an early 20-0 lead. Harris connected with Davis Koppenhaver for a 17-yard strike to cap a six-play, 80-yard opening drive in 2:14. Duke scored in just 83 seconds on its ensuing drive, going 50 yards in four plays which ended in a 15-yard rushing score from Harris. Brown notched the first receiving touchdown of his career on Duke’s third possession, hauling in a 44-yard pass from Harris.
Brown later scored on a 43-yard touchdown run, becoming just the fourth Duke player with a touchdown catch and rushing score of 40-yards or longer in the same game. The last to accomplish the feat was Buddy Mulligan versus Richmond in 1946.
The Eagles closed to 20-13 thanks to 20-yard rush by Isaiah Totten and a 55-yard fumble return by Jordan McRae. But Duke restored order with 2:13 left in the half as Harris hit Jonathan Lloyd for a 16-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-13 at the break. Totten finished the day with 88 yards rushing on 12 carries.
The Blue Devils scored four more times in the second half, including a second touchdown grab from Koppenhaver and the first career rushing touchdown for Nicoderm Pierre.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Katrenick saw action in the second half and was 5-of-12 for 54 yards and his first career touchdown pass.
The Blue Devils remain home to open ACC play next Saturday, welcoming No. 13 Virginia Tech. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU.