Boone, Duke beat Wake Forest 41-21

The Blue Devils conclude the 2014 regular season with a 9-3 overall record and 5-3 ACC mark.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Boone ran for one touchdown and threw for another, and Duke beat Wake Forest 41-21 on Saturday night.

Boone was 19 of 31 for 275 yards with a 7-yard touchdown run and a 52-yard scoring pass to Jamison Crowder.

Duke (9-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed, took control with two touchdowns in 9 seconds in the first quarter, then used a late 6-minute drive capped by Thomas Sirk's 18-yard TD pass to David Reeves with 6:02 left.

Shaun Wilson ran 8 yards for a touchdown and offensive lineman Casey Blaser recovered a fumble in the end zone for another TD. The teams combined for 744 total yards.

Freshman John Wolford was 24 of 36 for 251 yards with a season-best three touchdowns — covering 27 yards to Jared Crump, 17 to Cam Serigne and 40 to Brandon Terry for the Demon Deacons (3-9, 1-7).

They wrapped up Dave Clawson's first season with one of their most productive offensive performances of the year: Wake Forest entered with the worst offense in the Bowl Subdivision, averaging just 207 total yards per game. Their point total and 315 yards were their most since a September win over Army.

Wolford made things interesting by picking apart a Duke defense that allowed 591 total yards in last week's 45-20 loss to rival North Carolina that eliminated the Blue Devils from Coastal contention.

Wolford's long pass to Terry on the Demon Deacons' first series of the second half pulled them to 27-21.

Duke then went 78 yards and went back up by two scores on a strange play: Sirk, the short-yardage specialist, fumbled as he dove into the end zone and Blaser recovered it in the end zone for the touchdown that made it 34-21 with 6:46 left in the third.

The Blue Devils iced it midway through the fourth by going 77 yards in 6:06, capped by Sirk's jump-pass to Reeves that made it a 20-point game. That sealed Duke's first three-game winning streak in the series since 1993-95.

Issac Blakeney had seven catches for 107 yards and Crowder added 102 yards receiving on eight receptions for the Blue Devils, who looked like they were headed for a rout with a series of big plays in the first quarter.

First, Crump was drilled as he fielded a punt and C.J. France recovered for Duke at the Wake Forest 26. Wilson scored five plays later to make it 14-7 and put them ahead to stay.

Then, the Blue Devils dialed up an onside kick and kicker Jack Willoughby recovered at the Duke 48. On the first play, Boone fired deep for Crowder and the receiver broke free down the right sideline for the touchdown that made it 21-7.

Ross Martin added a 45-yard field goal on Duke's next possession to make it 24-7.


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