High Tide In Durham

The nation's top team certainly looked the part in demolishing the Devils 62-13

DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke Blue Devils faced off against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday Sept. 18, in front of a capacity crowd of 39,042 at Wallace Wade Stadium, marking the highest attendance since 1991.

Alabama (3-0, 0-0 SEC) was led by quarterback Greg McElroy with 258 passing yards and three touchdowns and running back Mark Ingram, who rushed for 151 yards on nine carries. The Crimson Tide offense racked up 626 yards on offense, jumping out to a 28-0 lead en route to the 62-13 victory.

Duke (1-2, 0-1 ACC) quarterback Sean Renfree threw for 144 yards and a touchdown in the loss, while running back Josh Snead ran for 83 yards on the day. Snead finished the day with 187 all-purpose yards, ranking him eighth all-time among Duke freshmen. Receivers Donovan Varner and Austin Kelly combined for 11 catches and 101 yards to pace the Blue Devils.

Blue Devil freshman linebacker Kelby Brown made his collegiate debut, making an immediate impact with a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Junior Lee Butler made a highlight reel interception in the second quarter as Duke forced two turnovers for the third consecutive game. The interception was the second of Butler's career.

On the opening drive, Alabama rolled down the field as McElroy connected with wide receiver Darius Hanks for a nine-yard pass into the end zone. The Crimson Tide made it 14-0 with McElroy completing an 18-yard pass to wide receiver Julio Jones. Ingram added two more touchdowns for the Tide to push the Crimson Tide's lead to 28-0.

The Blue Devils put their first points on the board late in the first quarter on a 22-yard field goal by redshirt junior Will Snyderwine, but trailed 28-3 at the end of the period.

Alabama added to its lead six minutes into the second quarter as McElroy hit Preston Dial for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Duke responded with a seven-play drive capped by Snyderwine's 42-yard field goal with six minutes remaining in the first half, bringing the score to 35-6.

On the ensuing, Alabama running back Trent Richardson returned the ball for a 91-yard kick-off return.

Duke answered on its next drive, registering its first touchdown of the afternoon and the first against the Crimson Tide by a team this season. Led by five completions by Renfree for 50 yards and highlighted by a 19-yard pass to Varner that pushed Duke into Alabama territory. Eleven plays and 46 yards later, Renfree connected with Kelly for an 11-yard strike.

Alabama added a 44-yard field goal to enter halftime with a 45-13 advantage.

The Crimson Tide added two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half as Duke was unable to narrow the deficit any further.

The Blue Devil defense was led by Matt Daniels and Kenny Anunike with six tackles apiece. Daniels posted 1.5 tackles for loss and forced the fumble recovered by Brown in the third quarter.

The Blue Devils will host Army next weekend for homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m.

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