Jones, Duke offense roll past Temple in Independence Bowl
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Temple was making big special-teams plays, returning interceptions for touchdowns and looking like a team that might crush Duke for a big postseason win.
But the Owls had one problem that couldn't be overcome: Coach David Cutcliffe doesn't lose in Shreveport.
Daniel Jones threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns, T.J. Rahming caught 12 passes for 240 yards and two scores, and Duke recovered from a slow start to blow past Temple 56-27 in the Independence Bowl on Thursday.
Role reversal: Wake Forest visits Duke chasing bowl berth
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke and Wake Forest have reversed roles from last year.
The Demon Deacons (5-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) need to beat their instate rivals Saturday to qualify for their third straight bowl.
A year ago, the Blue Devils were the ones who needed a victory in the season-ending Interstate 40 rivalry to earn a spot in the postseason — and got it, rallying from an early two-touchdown deficit to win 31-23.
Duke hosts NC Central with Virginia Tech matchup looming
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke is off to another fast start, on the verge of cracking the national rankings and with a huge home game looming next week.
Nothing would kill that buzz quite like a loss to North Carolina Central.
The Blue Devils (3-0) vow to keep the focus on their crosstown counterparts from the FCS — and not a possible spot in the AP Top 25 or their upcoming visit from No. 13 Virginia Tech — on Saturday when the Eagles visit.