It was a great homecoming for Duke fans and the team alike, in that the Blue Devils ran roughshod over the Tulane. When the dust cleared the scoreboard read Duke 48, Tulane 27 but it wasn’t that close. In fact, Tulane had two late scores in the fourth quarter against Duke back ups to make the game look closer that it actually was.
Another great day for Sean Renfree
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree put together another solid outing, save an early interception for a touchdown. Renfree went 21 of 30 for 278 yards and one passing touchdown. But it was Renfree’s legs that allowed him to score two rushing touchdowns. I just happened to be on the field for both and each one was right in front of me. Renfree toughed his way in on the first one, a two yard run and the second he went pretty much untouched right up the middle.
Juwan Thompson carrying the load
Juwan Thompson averaged 4,9 yards per carry for 69 yards and two scores. Thomspon was a chief component in Duke controlling the clock to the tune of 36 minutes to just 23 for Tulane. It is also worth noting that Thompson has been forced into carrying the load while Josh Snead and Desmond Scott heal from injuries.
Duke defense shines
The Blue Devils went five straight quarters without letting up a touchdown and the two late Green Wave scores came against a bevy of back ups. The early Tulane touchdown was an interception return. A 122 yards of the Green Waves 318 yards of offense came on the last two drives, again, against the Duke subs.
Kenny Anunike was lost for the season. Anunike was enjoying a fabulous season, leading the ACC sacks, and will be greatly missed moving forward. BDN wishes him a speedy recovery.
Red Zone prowess
The Blue Devils were a perfect 7 for 7 in the red zone which helped them to 48 points, a season high. The last time Duke scored more was November 6th against Virginia last season. Duke also got a26 yard field goal from Jeffrey Ijjas. Coach Cut said that it was a confidence builder in case Will Snyderwine got hurt again. Actually, Snyderwine is still on the mend but did kick some of the extra points for the Blue Devils.
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