Blog: Duke sinks Navy, 35-7
Posted October 12, 2013
Durham, N.C. — FINAL: Duke 35, Navy 7: The Duke Blue Devils (4-2, 0-2 ACC) dominated Navy Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium, forcing three turnovers, out-gaining the Midshipmen 420-319 and winning the game, 35-7.
12:36 4th; Duke 35, Navy 7: After a fake field goal kept the Duke drive alive, Shaquille Powell scored is first career touchdown on a 7-yard run around the left end and the Blue Devils now lead 35-7.
End of 3; Duke 28, Navy 7: After three quarters, Duke's defense has forced two turnovers, the offense is nearing 400 yards and the score is 28-7 in favor of the Blue Devils.
3:42 3rd; Duke 28, Navy 7: Jela Duncan saw his first action of the game and carried five times for 33 yards on a scoring drive that he finished off on a 5-yard power run up the middle. Duke now leads 28-7.
9:52 3rd; Duke 21, Navy 7: Anthony Boone and Issac Blakeney connected for the second time today, this time Blakeney took a short cross, made some moves downfield and got some blocks on an 18-yard score.
Boone has set a personal record already for pass yards with 233 on 23-of-29.
HALF: Duke 14, Navy 7: Duke's defense ensured they entered halftime with the lead as they forced a Keenan Reynolds fumble on the 7-yard line with 18 seconds to play before half. At half, it is 14-7 Blue Devils.
Navy entered today No. 1 in the NCAA at 2.25 penalties/game. They have 4 already in the 1st half.
4:35 2nd; Duke 14, Navy 7: Anthony Boone dropped in a fade to the back left pylon for Max McCaffrey and was rewarded with a 3-yard touchdown as Duke takes a 14-7 lead.
Boone is now 19-for-24 for 161 yards and 2 TDs in his return to the lineup.Duke is also 7-for-9 on 3rd down.
7:49 2nd; Duke 7, Navy 7: Navy responded to the Duke score with a quick, five-play scoring drive of their own. Darius Staten got the score on the drive highlighted by a 47-yard Marcus Thomas run.
9:35 2nd; Duke 7, Navy 0: Anthony Boone capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Issac Blakeney to break the scoreless tie and give Duke a 7-0 lead.
The TD pass was Boone's fist of the year. The TD reception was Blakeney's third on the year.
14:27 2nd; Duke 0, Navy 0: After a long Navy drive took them to the 6-yard line, a flag backed them up, Nick Sloan then missed a 29-yard field goal and the game remains scoreless.
End of 1: Duke 0, Navy 0: Duke held Navy off the board on their opening possession for just the second time all year, but were unable to capitalize on either of their two offensive drives. The game remains scoreless after one.
The teams combined for just 153 yards of offense in the first 15 minutes.
10:27 1st; Duke 0, Navy 0: Anthony Boone started out the opening drive 4-for-5 passing, but a failed 4th-and-short halted Duke's possession at the 19 yard line.
Boone connected on each of his two down-field passes. He was 2-for-3 on wide receiver screens.
15:00 1st; Duke vs. Navy: Duke quarterback Anthony Boone was on the field prior to the game making throws under the watchful eye of David Cuttcliffe. Moments before kickoff, he was announced as the starter, returning from a collar bone injury.
Duke will receive, giving Boone first cracks.
Weather-wise. it is overcast and drizzling on and off. Uniform-wise. Duke will wear black jerseys with white helmets and white pants. Navy will play in their standard white tops with blue pants and gold helmets.
The Duke Blue Devils close their four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon (12:30 p.m., WRAL-TV, 620 The Buzz) when they play host to the Navy Midshipmen in a nonconference clash at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Navy is off to an impressive start, winning three of its first four games, and the team is attempting to go 4-1 for the first time since 2006. The Midshipmen most recently downed visiting Air Force last weekend, 28-10, in the first leg of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy series, which they'll finish up against Army in the season finale on Dec. 14.
After beginning the season with triumphs over North Carolina Central (45-0) and Memphis (28-14), Duke squandered its momentum upon entering Atlantic Coast Conference action by losing at home to Georgia Tech (38-14) and Pittsburgh (58-55).
Luckily, the Blue Devils were able to halt the slide on Sept. 28 in a 38-31 non-conference victory over Troy to pull back above .500.
This bouts marks the 40th all-time matchup between these two programs, with Navy clinging to a 20-14-5 advantage. Duke has claimed two straight decisions, however, including a 34-31 win in October of 2010.
The Blue Devils fit right into the high-scoring ACC, ranking fourth in the conference in both scoring (36.0 points per game) and yardage (451.6 yards per game), and they are fresh off a 514-yard performance in their recent win over Troy.
After losing starting quarterback Anthony Boone just two games in with a broken collarbone, Brandon Connette has taken the reins and performed well. The junior has completed greater than 64 percent of his passes for 1,022 yards and 11 touchdowns, and has set a career high in passing yards in back-to-back games. Connette has been turnover prone, however, guilty of six interceptions.
Connette is also one of the team's most feared rushers, turning 61 totes into 224 yards and six touchdowns. Jela Duncan (247 yards, two TDs) and Josh Snead (245 yards) split the majority of the work load in the effective ground game.
Jamison Crowder has followed up his 1,074-yard season in 2012 with another outstanding campaign in 2013, and he ranks top-20 in the nation in both receptions (37) and yards (530) while scoring a pair of touchdowns. He is also a dynamic punt returner with 289 return yards (19.3 yard average) and two scores.
Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, they do not have a defense strong enough to support their high-octane offense, as they rank 12th in the league in both scoring defense (28.2 points per game) and total defense (400.0 yards per game) while forcing a modest six turnovers.
Jeremy Cash has been the unit's top playmaker with 51 tackles, 5.0 TFL, an interception and a forced fumble. Kenny Anunike has been active behind the line of scrimmage with 6.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks, while Jonathan Woodruff also has a pair of sacks.
The Navy offensive attack has run smoothly thus far, averaging 31.8 points per game and 403.5 yards per game, and like the other military academies, it does the majority of its damage on the ground, ranking eighth in the nation with 294.0 rushing yards per game.
Keenan Reynolds runs the show from under center, and call his own number more often than not. He is the team's leading rusher with 385 yards on 81 carries, plunging into the end zone seven times. He has also been effective in limited passing opportunities, going 20-of-31 for 378 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Chris Swain is the primary tailback, although it's taken him 45 carries to gain 140 yards (3.1 yards per carry). Darius Slaten, DeBrandon Sanders and Geoffrey Whiteside all average more than 10 yards per attempt on at least 10 carries.
Sanders leads the team in receiving yards with 98, doing so on just four receptions.
Navy's defense has been just as big a reason for its fast start. It allows less than 387 yards per contest and ranks 22nd in the nation, yielding only 17.8 points per game.
Chris Johnson is a difference-maker defending the pass, logging three interceptions to along with 26 tackles, while Cody Peterson leads the team in stops with 36. Despite the unit's impressive play, it has difficulty getting after the quarterback with only three sacks.