Duke Blue Devils Roll Tulane Green Wave 47-13


Something just did not seem right at first. Quarterback Anthony Boone was sailing passes over people’s heads and threw his first interception of the year. Throughout the first half Duke was producing and yet it did not seem that Tulane was out of it. The 19-7 halftime score was not as distant as it might have appeared. In the second half it was the Duke running game that put the game out of reach and the defense who turned it into a runaway. Duke had four interceptions on the day, with two of them returned for touchdowns. Four different runners scored to get to the 47-13 score.

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Play of the Game

Tulane needed a drive in the second quarter to make up the difference in a 16-7 game. After pounding the ball the whole drive, Tanner Lee dropped back and threw the ball…straight to Duke freshman linebacker Zavier Carmichael. Carmichael had been there for run support but dropped back when no run play occurred. Carmichael’s pick stopped a promising Tulane drive, and Duke would end kick a field goal to extend their lead to 19-7.

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Reserve running back Joseph Ajeibe intercepted a pass from Tulane linebacker Rae Juan Marbley, who had recovered a bad punt snap and attempted to do something with it by throwing it down the field. I doubt the positions in that sentence will make any sense.

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    Ross Martin K

    More a lifetime achievement award than one given to mark this particular game. Martin became Duke’s all time leading scoring when he kicked the field goal in the second quarter. Long may he hold that mark.

    Final Thoughts

    Duke has started 4-0 and appears to be ready for conference play. There will be a big step up next week as no one Duke has faced will be the equal of Miami. That game holds extra significance as teams are jockeying for position in the Coastal Division. Virginia already has a conference win, and Georgia Tech beat Virginia Tech on the road. The real work for Duke starts this week.