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Week 2 Takeaways: Northwestern 19, Duke 10

A look back at Duke's first loss of the season, a nine point defeat at the hands of Northwestern.


Duke 10
Northwestern 19

Offensive Player of the Game

RB - Shaquille Powell

Powell ran the ball 9 times for a total of 71 yards.  He also had 7 receptions for 39 yards.  Powell runs hard every time he touches the ball and provides a level of consistency that the offense will rely on this season.  During the second half he was one of the few Blue Devils capable of generating forward progress it seemed.

Honorable Mention 

WR - Max McCaffrey

Max McCaffrey only had 3 receptions for 34 yards but one of his receptions provided a glimpse at what is possible in the future.   After receving the ball over the middle and being held in the process (a penalty that was declined), McCaffrey took a big hit from the Northwestern safety before taking another 15 yards on the ground.  It was the kind of toughness Duke will need from the upperclassmen going forward.

Defensive Player of the Game

S - Jeremy Cash

Jeremy Cash keys Duke’s defense.  He’s a captain for the team and his play inspires his teammates.  Against Northwestern, Cash totaled 11 tackles with 7 unassisted and he was credited with 3.5 tackles for loss.

Honorable Mention

CB - Alonzo Saxton II

Alonzo had 3 solo tackles in the game and one quarterback hurry.  Most importantly he caught his first interception for his career.  To this point in the season he has filled in well for the injured CB Bryon Fields.

Play of the Game

Defensive End Dean Lowry of Northwestern made a play in the 2nd Quarter that changed the direction of the game.  Thomas Sirk had completed a 32 yard pass to Max McCaffrey and a 15 yard pass to Shaun Wilson.   On the following play, Lowry read a Sirk pass attempt on the 18 yard line, tipping the ball then intercepting it.  This play stopped Duke from possibly going up two scores in the 2nd quarter.  Duke was deep in Northwestern territory and seemingly in control of the game until the Wildcat veteran made a big play.

Next Week 

The Duke Blue Devils will host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to see who will take a big step forward in the ACC Coastal Division.  Duke will enter the contest with a 2-1 record while Georgia Tech will arrive in Durham with a  2-1 mark.  Duke and Georgia Tech both own a victory over Tulane and a loss to a team from the state of Illinois.  The game is set for a noon kickoff on ESPN2.

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