NCAA Game Summary - Duke at Wake Forest|
(Saturday, November 23rd)
Final Score: (25) Duke 28, Wake Forest 21
Winston-Salem, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Boone threw three touchdown
passes, and the 25th-ranked Duke Blue Devils moved closer to securing a spot
in the ACC Championship Game with a 28-21 win over the Wake Forest Demon
Boone had 256 yards on 24-of-29 passing and added 57 yards rushing for Duke
(9-2, 5-2 ACC), which tied the school record for wins in a season, last
accomplished in 1941.
If the Blue Devils, who have won seven straight games for the first time since
the 1994 squad opened 7-0, close out the regular season with a victory over
North Carolina next week, they'll lock up the Coastal Division crown and play
Florida State in the conference title game.
"This will be our greatest challenge of the year coming forward," said Duke
head coach David Cutcliffe. "Who knows what's going to happen. I think it's
great for our program to be challenged the way we've been challenged with
another big game. By winning we create another big game and I think it's a
real growth process for our program."
Jamison Crowder was Boone's favorite target, hauling in 10 passes for 121
yards and two scores.
Tanner Price had a touchdown pass and ran for another score in Wake Forest's
(4-7, 2-6) fourth straight loss.
The Demon Deacons turned the ball over on both of their final two possessions
trailing only a touchdown. Josh Harris fumbled near midfield and after Duke's
Ross Martin missed a 48-yard field goal, Ross Cockrell intercepted a pass
thrown by Price.
"I thought we still had a great shot there at the end with two timeouts and
over three minutes to go in pretty good field position," said Wake Forest head
coach Jim Grobe. "We turned the ball over and you just can't do that."
Duke ran off the remaining 2:30.
The Demon Deacons' offense was stagnant for much of the second quarter after
Spencer Bishop caught a 6-yard touchdown pass.
Wake Forest failed to get a first down on each of its final four drives of the
first half while Duke erased a 14-0 deficit.
The Demon Deacons made adjustments to begin the third quarter and regained the
lead when Price capped a 9-play, 75-yard sequence by sprinting up the middle
for a 12-yard touchdown on a QB keeper.
Duke, which had its own offensive struggles earlier in the game, quickly tied
the score on Boone's 58-yard strike to Crowder.
Price converted a third down on the next Wake Forest drive, but was unable to
convert a second, resulting in a punt.
Starting from his own 30, Boone led the Blue Devils down the field before
giving way to short-yardage specialist Brandon Connette. The quarterback
rushed in for a 3-yard TD to give Duke the lead with 3:21 left in the third.
The Demon Deacons, looking to respond, were driving to open the fourth
quarter. However, Kenny Anunike sacked Price on consecutive plays for a
combined loss of 20 yards to knock Wake Forest out of field goal range.
The Wake Forest defense forced four three-and-outs on the first five Duke
drives and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Boone threw a short pass on third down to Issac Blakeney and Kevin Johnson
dislodged the ball as Blakeney fought for the first down. Thomas Brown scooped
up the ball and raced 59 yards to the end zone with 5:02 remaining in the
It appeared Blakeney's knee was down before he lost possession. The touchdown
went to review and was upheld.
Later in the first, a poor punt by Will Monday gave Wake Forest excellent
The Demon Deacons began the second quarter inside the Duke 10. Facing a 4th-
and-1 from the 7, Harris took a direct snap and moved the chains before Price
hit Bishop for a touchdown on the next play.
After the early struggles on offense, Boone threw touchdown passes of 10 yards
and four yards to Crowder and Max McCaffrey, respectively, on consecutive
drives to tie the score at 14-all prior to halftime.
This game marked Duke's first as a ranked team since a loss to Wisconsin in
the Hall of Fame Bowl on Jan. 2, 1995 ... Crowder (1,077) posted his second
consecutive 1,000-yard season. He became only the second Duke player to reach
1,000 receiving yards multiple times, joining Clarkston Hines (1987-89) ...
Connette tied the school single-season record of 26 total TDs set by Anthony
Dilweg in 1988 ... Duke has won four road games in a single season for the
first time since 1988 ... Wake Forest lost its ninth straight game to a ranked
opponent ... Duke snapped a 12-game losing streak to Wake Forest last
year ... Price completed 12-of-27 passes for 124 yards ... Harris had 67 yards
on 19 carries.
11/23 17:13:52 ET