Duke 45, North Carolina Central 0

Date - Saturday, August 31, 2013 4:00 PM
Location - Wallace Wade Stadium
Attendance - 22521

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
North Carolina Central 0 0 0 0 0
Duke 14 14 14 3 45

Recap


Duke 45, North Carolina Central 0:
Brandon Connette passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Blue Devils posted their first shutout since 1989 in the season-opening contest between the two Durham-based programs.

Ross Martin missed a 38-yard field goal attempt on the opening drive, but the Blue Devils went on to score touchdowns on their next four possessions. Connette, the second-team quarterback behind Anthony Boone, started the onslaught with a 3-yard scoring pass to tight end Braxton Deaver.

Connette capped off Duke's 72-yard, second-quarter drive with a 1-yard scoring run and hit Issac Blakeney for a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Boone completed 16 of 20 passes for 176 yards in the contest and also ran for a 1-yard score that gave the Blue Devils a 28-0 halftime lead.  

The Duke defense forced North Carolina Central to punt 10 times and limited quarterback Jordan Reid to 11-of-22 completions and 87 passing yards. The Eagles threatened to end the shutout in the second quarter when Tazmon Foster picked up an Anthony Nash fumble and returned it for a touchdown, but the call was overturned by an official review and ruled an incomplete pass.  

Jamison Crowder returned a punt for a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter and also caught six passes for 62 yards. Jela Duncan rushed 11 times for 76 yards, including a 3-yard score in the third quarter.  

GAME NOTEBOOK:  Duke's last shutout was a 41-0 defeat of North Carolina on Nov. 18, 1989 when Steve Spurrier was the Blue Devils' head coach.  ... The contest was the debut for North Carolina Central interim head coach Dwayne Foster, who took the reins of the program when Henry Frazier III was terminated last week because of a domestic violence arrest. ... Martin nailed 39-yard field goal in fourth quarter, redeeming his first-quarter miss.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 5:09
Duke   TD  Duke 7 - North Carolina Central 0
1st Quarter - 0:18
Duke   TD  Duke 14 - North Carolina Central 0
2nd Quarter - 10:05
Duke   TD  Duke 21 - North Carolina Central 0
2nd Quarter - 4:09
Duke   TD  Duke 28 - North Carolina Central 0
3rd Quarter - 4:59
Duke   TD  Duke 35 - North Carolina Central 0
3rd Quarter - 0:37
Duke   TD  Duke 42 - North Carolina Central 0
4th Quarter - 6:31
Duke   FG  Duke 45 - North Carolina Central 0
TEAMS

Team Records

  North Carolina Central Duke
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  North Carolina Central Duke
Score 0 45
First Downs 9 27
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-19
32%
7-for-13
54%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 184 488
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 29-81 49-257
Average/Rush 2.8 5.2
Passing
Comp-Att 14-32 21-28
Passing Yards 103 231
Average/Pass Play 3.0 8.2
Penalties-Yards 5-25 7-57
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 27:36 32:24

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Reid 11/22 87 0 0
M. Bell 3/10 16 0 1
Duke (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Boone 16/20 176 0 0
B. Connette 5/8 55 2 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
I. Augustus 9 50 5.6 0
M. Bell 2 13 6.5 0
A. Clarke 5 7 1.4 0
D. Wright 3 7 2.3 0
J. Reid 10 4 0.4 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Duncan 11 76 6.9 1
J. Snead 8 53 6.6 0
S. Powell 9 47 5.2 0
J. Thompson 6 30 5.0 0
A. Boone 6 24 4.0 1
B. Connette 5 22 4.4 1
E. Adams 3 7 2.3 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Poole 4 27 6.8 0
L. Scruggs 1 24 24.0 0
D. Johnson 1 17 17.0 0
A. Wilkins 2 15 7.5 0
T. Tate 1 10 10.0 0
T. Harris 1 9 9.0 0
P. Barren 2 6 3.0 0
N. Scruggs 1 5 5.0 0
D. Tucker 1 -10 -10.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Crowder 6 62 10.3 0
B. Braxton 4 43 10.8 0
R. Smith 1 39 39.0 0
M. McCaffrey 3 25 8.3 0
J. Barnes 1 21 21.0 0
I. Blakeney 1 19 19.0 1
B. Deaver 3 16 5.3 1
N. Sink 1 11 11.0 0
J. Thompson 1 -5 -5.0 0