Sep 15, 2012
Durham, N.C. — FINAL: Duke 54, NC Central 17
Fourth Quarter: Following a fumble on the kickoff, Duke offense went back to work. The Blue Devils capitalized on a Boone-to-Wise connection to bring the ledger to 54-17.
Duke 54-10 5:54 4Q
Duke's Ross Cockrell nabs another interception and returns it 32 yards for a TD, Duke goes up 48-17.
Duke 48-10 7:38 4Q
NC Central not down down without a fight got a TD run from Jordan Reid on a keeper to bring the score to 41-17.
Duke 41-10 11:48 4Q
Third Quarter: A Sean Renfree completion to Issac Blakeney for 54 yards padded the Duke lead 41-10.
Duke 41-10 :51 3Q
Duke extended their lead on a Josh Snead 5-yard run set up by a big play from Des Scott.
Duke 34-10 4:52 3Q
Second Quarter: NC Central drove down to the Duke nine before calling a timeout on fourth down with 18 seconds in the second. A field goal closed the gap to 27-10 befor the break.
Duke 27-10 :04 2Q
Josh Snead danced, spun, fought and fell his way across the goal line on an 18-yard pass from Sean Renfree to give Duke a 27-2 lead before halftime.
Duke 27-7 3:10 2Q
A great diving deflection by Ryan Smith in the endzone kept Duke's Connor Vernon from making a TD catch, Duke field goal unit connects from 31.
Duke 20-7, 9:12 2nd Q
First Quarter: Duke responds with Crowder wide open for a 33-yard TD pass from Renfree. Late hit a series before costs the Eagles.
Duke 17-7, 1:21 1st Q
Andre Clark with the 2-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles on the board with 3:24 remaining in the first.
Duke 10-7, 3:24 1st Q
NCCU went 3-and-out next possession and Duke got a great return by Lee Butler of 65 yards where he shifted direction three times and got to the sideline for a touchdown.
Duke 10-0, 6:57 1st Q
Desmond Scott had a big catch down the sideline for 31 yards to put Duke in the Redzone at the 13. David Reeves then dropped a 3rd down bullet from Renfree and Duke has to settle for 3.
Duke 3-0, 8:311st Q
Duke is looking forward to playing crosstown rival North Carolina Central more frequently — and not just because it's one game the Blue Devils should win.
Duke looks to bounce back from an embarrassingly lopsided loss at Stanford on Saturday night when the Blue Devils play host to the Eagles of the Championship Subdivision.
It's just the second meeting between schools located roughly 5 miles apart in what's called the "Bull City Gridiron Classic." Earlier this week, they announced they will play four more times between 2013-17.
"I think this is a game that the community really does take to heart," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.
He expects his football team to do the same — if only because of what happened last week in California.
The Blue Devils (1-1) were outplayed in virtually every aspect of the game in a 50-13 loss to the then-No. 25 Cardinal. That result was surprising because it marked a step back following a season-opening win over Florida International.
"I am happy that our team is taking (N.C. Central) serious," Cutcliffe said. "We talked about not forgetting what happened out west and why. I do believe that our team has taken it seriously on the practice field. So I think we've gone about our business to get better. Rome wasn't built in a day. We can't correct everything we did poorly from a blocking and tackling standpoint, but I do like our intensity and focus."
The schools certainly seem closer geographically than they are competitively.
Duke may have the longest bowl drought among FBS schools, but the Blue Devils still appear a few steps ahead of N.C. Central (1-1), which is in the second year of full membership in the FCS after making the move from Division II. The Eagles were midway through their transition when Duke routed them 49-14 in 2009, the only other meeting between Durham's two Division I programs.
N.C. Central is coming off an equally discouraging performance against Elon. The Eagles, who opened with a win over Division II Fayetteville State, had four turnovers and just 115 total yards in a 34-14 loss to the same Phoenix team that a week earlier was routed 62-0 by North Carolina.
No doubt, the Eagles will need to be much improved if they are to claim their first victory over a team from the FBS.
"I think from an offensive standpoint, we didn't show up at all," N.C. Central coach Henry Frazier III said.