DURHAM, N.C. – For the second time in three seasons, Duke is a bowl champion. The Blue Devils capped the 2017 season with a 36-14 victory agianst Northern Illinois on Tuesday night inside Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
Quick Lane Bowl Most Valuable Player Daniel Jones finished with 338 yards of offense, throwing two touchdown passes while running for a third score, and Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown added rushing touchdowns.
Below are some of the highlighted comments from media outlets around the country and Blue Devils.
FINAL: Duke 36, NIU 14— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) December 27, 2017
Bringing home the 🏆 to Bull City 🔵😈 pic.twitter.com/h4El7UWKVI
"A decade later, that commitment from the Duke administration to its athletic department, and in turn, to the football program, has resulted in one of the most dramatic turnarounds in college sports history." Ron Morris examines the impact of hiring David Cutcliffe as Duke's head coach. Read the full story here: How the hiring of David Cutcliffe led to a dramatic turnaround for Duke football
Head coach David Cutcliffe of Duke gets the Gatorade bath after winning the Quick Lane Bowl, perfectly timed by 📷 Gregory Shamus pic.twitter.com/blgXo8JGZV— Getty Images Sport (@GettySport) December 27, 2017
“Nobody prepares with more focus than Willie Holmquist,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. Steve Wiseman covers how William Holmquist came up big for the Blue Devils in his final game at Duke. Read the full story here: How William Holmquist, born almost deaf, stepped in to help Duke win a bowl game
"While Duke kept grinding out first downs in key situations, the Blue Devils stuffed Northern Illinois on crucial downs. The Huskies were 1 of 12 on third down and 0 for 6 on fourth down." Wiseman's game recap of the Quick Lane Bowl is here: After a 6-game losing streak, Duke football ends up with a winning season
Bowl game champs 😎— Johnathan Lloyd (@j_lloyd5) December 27, 2017
"Wilson finished his senior year with a great going away party, rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries and a TD. He also scored on an 11-yard TD reception off a screen pass." Read the Detroit News' recap of Tuesday's game here: Duke rolls past Northern Illinois in Quick Lane Bowl
How good has @DavidCutcliffe been? Duke notches its 4th winning season in the last 5 years tonight. From 1975-2012, the Blue Devils had a total of 5 winning seasons. And in the 13 seasons prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival in 2008, Duke won 3 or fewer games in 11 of those seasons.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 27, 2017
2017 Quick Lane Bowl Champions! pic.twitter.com/gIat0cgLVX— Derek Jones (@dukecoachdj) December 27, 2017
Longest active streaks of allowing 25 points or less:— Crooked Halery (@DavidHaleESPN) December 27, 2017
Wyoming - 10 games
LSU, Purdue - 8 games
Duke - 7 games