CFN Reviews Duke v. Tulane

The experts at review the game against Tulane.

Duke 47, Tulane 13
September 20, 2014

And You Care Because …

Keyed by an opportunistic defense, Duke blew open a game that got as close as 26-13 midway through the third quarter. The Blue Devils created five turnovers, including a pair of pick-sixes to close out the scoring in the final quarter. The Green Wave actually had more first downs and led in time of possession, couldn’t overcome a flood of mistakes on both sides of the ball.

What Else?

How sloppy was Tulane? Besides the five turnovers, the Green Wave committed 13 penalties and was just 6-of-24 on third and fourth-down attempts.

- It was a huge game for the Duke defense. Yeah, there were the four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns, but the Blue Devils also generated eight stops for loss, three sacks and six pass breakups.

- Tanner Lee is struggling badly as the Tulane quarterback. He got a lot of help from RB Lazedrick Thompson and the ground game, yet still went 14-of-35 for 160 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.

- Thomas Sirk is the new Brandon Connette in Durham. The running complement to starting QB Anthony Boone, Sirk rushed for a team-high 94 yards and a score on just five carries Saturday.

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