Recapping Duke-Bama.

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Just like Tennessee in 2003, Duke traveled to a SEC powerhouse as a huge underdog and gave the home team a legitimate scare. This time, however, the Devils really had a genuine opportunity to pull this game out. The 30-14 final score was as misleading as a final score can be. The Devils were down 16-14 with 5 minutes remaining when the Tide scored the winning touchdown against an exhausted defense. Duke then threw an interception which was returned for a TD to account for the final score.

The question in many peoples’ mind is, how did a team that has been shut out in 3 of its first 4 games score 14 first half points against a good Alabama defense? The answer lies in the much improved play of the offensive line. The hogs up front opened running lanes for the backs, and the ball carriers were able to use their blocking to rush for over 150 yards by halftime. Another byproduct of the improved line play was the time which they gave the QB to throw the ball. Granted, Lewis had to improvise and elude pressure at times. Still, Alabama only recorded one sack, which are almost 4 less than Duke usually allows per game. The Duke offense more than doubled their season point total and the main reason why was the offensive line. Of course, 14 points is not enough to win a game against an SEC power like Alabama. At some point, Duke will need to find a way to get more points on the board.

You can follow this link to GoDuke’s post-game quotes from head coach Ted Roof and players Re’quann Boyette, Clifford Harris and Codey Lowe.