Blog: Edwards, Duke use big 4th quarter to top NC State, 38-20

Posted November 9, 2013

Duke Jamison Crowder (3) runs the ball. Pitt defeats Duke 58 to 55 at Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday September 21, 2013(photo by Jack Tarr 2013)

FINAL: Duke 38, NC State 20: Duke’s DeVon Edwards returned two interceptions for touchdowns and the Blue Devils scored three times in a 26 second span in the fourth quarter as they defeated NC State Saturday, 38-20. Edwards also had a 100-yard kick return for a TD in the Blue Devils’ win.

3:05 4th; Duke 38, NC State 20: Duke has scored 21 points in 26 seconds in large part to two interceptions returned for touchdowns by DeVon Edwards.

3:21 4th; Duke 31, NC State 20: Duke safety DeVon Edwards made an incredible interception off his own tip and went 27 yards the other way for a Duke TD. Edwards now has a kick return and an interception return for scores today.

3:31 4th; Duke 24, NC State 20: Duke responds to the NC State score with a quick, efficient 8-play, 79-yard drive and Brandon Connete finds the endzone from 5. Duke back in front 24-20, 3:31 to play.

6:37 4th; NC State 20, Duke 17: Brandon Mitchell connected with Quintin Payton on a 3rd and 10 for an 80-yard TD down the left side and the Wolfpack have taken the lead back on Duke, 20-17.

End of 3; Duke 17, NC State 13: Brandon Connette has replaced Anthony Boone at quarterback for Duke and on his first series, fumbled. The Wolfpack are trailing by four but driving as we start the fourth.

3:45 3rd; Duke 17, NC State 13: Duke's DeVon Edwards responds with a 100-yard kick return, the second longest in school history, and the Blue Devils are right back on top, 17-13.

3:56 3rd; NC State 13, Duke 10: Anthony Boone's 3rd interception of the game led to a short field and a field goal for NC State as the Wolfpack have their first lead of the day, 13-10.

7:17 3rd; Duke 10, NC State 10: After a Duke 3-and-out, NC State's Rashard Smith took the punt return down the left sideline for a 73-yard TD and the Wolfpack have tied the game at 10 early in the second half.

8:46 3rd; Duke 10, NC State 3: A big NC State pass play to Matt Dayes set up a goal-to-go, but Duke's Kelby Brown made a stop on 3rd down and the Wolfpack settled for a 29-yard Sade FG.

HALF: Duke 10, NC State 0: Anthony Boone's second INT of the day halted a final Duke charge and NC State followed with a 3-and-out as the game goes to half with the Blue Devils leading the Wolfpack, 10-0.

At the break, Duke has two turnovers, NC State has one turnover and a missed field goal. The total yards are nearly even at 161-155 in favor of Duke.

The Blue Devils defense has now held their opponents scoreless in four of the last six halves.

3:07 2nd; Duke 10, NC State 0: After another NC State drive stalled, Niklas Sade hit the upright on a 41-yard FG attempt and Duke's lead stands at 10-0 with three minutes to pay before half.

8:14 2nd; Duke 10, NC State 0: After starting at the plus-26, Duke settled for a 36-yard Ross Martin field goal and the Blue Devils lead NC State 10-0 midway through the 1st quarter.

9:42 2nd; Duke 7, NC State 0: NC State rolled the dice on a 4th and 1 from their own 26-yard line and were stopped. Duke will take over with a short field and a 7-0 lead.

12:26 2nd: Duke 7, NC State 0: After a nearly five minute drive, Kelby Brown forced a Brandon Mitchell fumble and Duke recovered, ending NC State's best threat of the game.

End of 1: Duke 7, NC State 0: After one quarter, Duke leads 7-0 on NC State, but the Wolfpack are driving following back-to-back first downs.

According to Duke, both Cockrell and Norman are available, but neither has seen the field yet. Breon Borders and Bryon Fields are playing in the secondary.

5:29 1st; Duke 7, NC State 0: NC State went 3-and out and were bending defensively before Robert Caldwell intercepted an Anthony Boone pass and the Wolfpack take over at the 33-yard line. Score remains 7-0.

11:07 1st; Duke 7, NC State 0: A 75-yard pass play to Jamison Crowder set up a 4-yard Anthony Boone TD run and Duke went 90 yards in five plays in just over a minute to take the early lead on NC State, 7-0.

12:35 1st; Duke 0, NC State 0: Neither Ross Cockrell or Dwayne Norman saw the field on the first defensive series for Duke as NC State drive into Blue Devils territory before they were forced to punt.

20:00 1st: Duke vs. NC State: Duke has won the toss and deferred. Wearing all black, they will kick to NC State right-to-left.

NC State will wear traditional white helmet and tops with red pants.

On the duke injury report WR Brandon Braxton and S Dwayne Norman, each listed as questionable, were working out on the field in pregame. DE Jordan DeWalt and CB Ross Cockrell were not on the field for warmups. Cockrell, however, was at midfield for the toss and looks like he will play.

For NC State, DT AJ Ferguson and DE Forrest West were each listed as doubtful. neither were seen during pregame.


Two Atlantic Coast Conference squads seemingly heading in opposite directions square off on Saturday afternoon, as the Duke Blue Devils play host to the NC State Wolfpack.

After qualifying for a bowl game in each of the past three seasons, NC State has faltered in 2013 under first-year head coach Dave Doeren, going 3-5 overall while remaining winless in the ACC at 0-5. The Wolfpack suffered their fourth consecutive setback last weekend, losing their Homecoming matchup to rival North Carolina, 27-19.

Meanwhile, Duke continues to exceed most expectations. At 6-2 overall, it has become bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1988-89. The Blue Devils' latest victory came in upset fashion over nationally-ranked Virginia Tech on Oct. 26 (13-10), the team improving to 2-2 in conference, and it was their first win over a Top-25 foe on the road since 1971. One more victory will assure the squad of a winning record for the first time since 1994.

Duke leads the all-time series with NC State, 40-36-5. The teams last met in 2009, when the Blue Devils snapped an 11-game series losing streak with a 49-28 triumph.

Despite churning out a respectable 409.8 ypg, NC State's offense ranks just 10th in the league in scoring (23.0 ppg), and its output has been even worse in conference play, as it has scored 19 points or fewer in all five ACC bouts.

The quarterback play has been predictably underwhelming. Pete Thomas is throwing for less than 195 yards per game with only three touchdowns against eight interceptions. Brandon Mitchell has seen increased playing time in recent weeks, but has not performed any better (.517 completions, 351 yards, zero TDs, four INTs).

Shadrach Thornton, despite missing the first two games of the season, is piecing together a solid campaign with 447 yards and four touchdowns on 90 carries, with 263 of those yards coming in the past two games.

Bryan Underwood acts as the team's top receiving target, tallying 32 catches for 382 yards and a touchdown.

While the NC State defense has performed well (25.4 ppg, 390.2 ypg), the unit still ranks in the bottom half of the ACC and isn't strong enough to support the lackluster offense.

Robert Caldwell in the heartbeat of the defense, leading the way with 64 tackles and 8.5 TFL. Dontae Johnson has picked off three passes, while Thomas Teal (8.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks) and Art Norman (7.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, FF) have been solid along the defensive line.

Duke has found success this season behind a rock-solid offensive attack, as it ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring (32.9 ppg) and sixth in yardage (420.4 ypg).

Anthony Boone missed three games in September with a broken collarbone, but has since returned as the Blue Devils' starting quarterback. He is completing better than 62 percent of his passes for 922 yards with eight touchdowns (three rushing). He also has six interceptions, with four of those coming at Virginia Tech, nearly costing his team the upset victory. Brandon Connette (.644, 1,069 yards, 12 TDs, six INTs) proved to be a quality backup in Boone's stead, and he is still a factor in the rushing game (243 yards, seven TDs).

Jamison Crowder is a bona fide playmaker at receiver, ranking third in the ACC in receptions (60) and fourth in yardage (769), while catching three touchdowns. His talents aren't limited to just catching passes however, as he also has two punt returns for scores, as well as a rushing touchdown.

The running back-by-committee approach Duke utilizes is led by Jela Duncan, who has rushed for 372 yards and three touchdowns. Josh Snead (57 carries, 338 yards) also sees plenty of work but has yet to find the end zone.

The Blue Devils defense (22.5 ppg, 383.6 ppg) has played well for the most part this season. Minus a two-game hiccup in late September where the unit allowed 86 combined points, Duke has given up just 11.2 ppg in the six other games, and its four-turnover performance at Virginia Tech was arguably its best yet.

David Helton leads the team with 78 tackles. Jeremy Cash isn't far behind with 72 while also pitching in with 7.5 TFL, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Kenny Anunike generates a strong push up front with 10.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks and a blocked kick.

With Duke playing its best football of the season and NC State struggling to find its identity, there is no reason to believe that these trends won't continue, especially with the Blue Devils returning home to what is sure to be a rowdy crowd.


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  • bradford1959 Nov 10, 2013

    Agreed Duke teams of the Past had a glass Jaw.We know Duke can lose.however this team just keeps coming.9 and 3 would be great.10 and 2 would be even better.

  • asjdiw Nov 10, 2013

    >The big difference between this Duke team and those of recent years is that they are the better team in the fourth quarter. In the past, they would just run out of gas because their starters had to play so many snaps. That's also why they didn't finish seasons strong either. Can't say that now.

    Great point. They also have the confidence to believe they can win despite many turnovers.

    This also points out how long it takes to build a football program. State will get there.

  • GoDuke Nov 10, 2013

    Greatest 26 seconds in ACC football history?

  • Chatham Adam Nov 9, 2013

    Debbie Yow in 2012: "We're going to move to the Southeastern Conference because nobody in the ACC respects us!!!!"

    Debbie You in 2013: "We're going to move back to the Southern Conference because nobody in the ACC respects us."

  • Ken D. Nov 9, 2013

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    The big difference between this Duke team and those of recent years is that they are the better team in the fourth quarter. In the past, they would just run out of gas because their starters had to play so many snaps. That's also why they didn't finish seasons strong either. Can't say that now.

  • buster102007 Nov 9, 2013

    View quoted thread

    Where was that VA game? He might have been in Durham to watch

  • kheffn Nov 9, 2013

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    Remember that he was offered the Tennessee job a few years ago and turned it down. He loves being at Duke and doesn't need the SEC pressure.

  • buster102007 Nov 9, 2013

    I am so glad it is basketball season. We might not be that great but we will play with effort and heart, especially now that Leslie is not around.

  • ACC22 Nov 9, 2013

    but State looked so good against Clemson.....

  • evadbbat Nov 9, 2013

    State could end up 3-9. Somewhere coach Tom is smiling.




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