Senior kicker Ross Martin accounted for all of his team’s points by connecting on all three of his field goals as Duke held off Boston College 9-7 on Saturday afternoon.
It’s the second consecutive season head coach David Cutcliffe has guided his team to a 4-1 start, the first time the program has found as much early season success since the 1960s.
This latest win didn’t come easy, as the offense struggled to consistently produce against the nation’s top defensive unit. However, there were a number of positives for the Blue Devil offense led by Thomas Sirk. The junior completed 18-of-36 passes and endured several drops, but still managed 195 yards through the air to lead his team to a second straight conference victory.
That production was sorely needed as the Eagle defense proved every bit as good as their ranking, holding Duke to just 33 yards of rushing offense and a paltry 0.9 yards per attempt average.
It was just enough to win, though head coach David Cutcliffe told the media following the game that his offense “will get much better, trust me.”
While the Eagle defense was dominant, the Blue Devils were just as good and once again came up big when the game was on the line.
Boston College had two chances to take a 10-9 lead late in the game, but a 45 yard field goal was pushed wide left by Colton Lichtenberg and the the Blue Devils stopped Jeff Smith's fourth-down completion to David Dudeck at the Duke 43-yard line with 2:16 remaining in the game.
With the victory the Blue Devils moved to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play. Duke will travel to Army next week for the final non-conference game of the season.