Starting quarterback Thomas Sirk continued his sting of steady play, throwing for 197 yards and a touchdown, while Jela Duncan and Parker Boehme each scored a pair of touchdowns as Duke beat Army in convincing fashion on Saturday.
The 44-3 victory boosted Duke’s overall record to 5-1 overall (2-0 in the ACC) and leaves head coach David Cutcliffe’s program at a staggering 11-1 in the last 12 road games. Additionally, the 5-1 start matches last year’s record through six games and is the first time in more than 60 years the Duke program has started so well in back to back seasons.
Winning, of course, is now expected in Durham and the Blue Devils are judged as much on how they get to victory as if they get there. On Saturday it was a complete effort.
Duke led 27-0 at halftime and was so dominant that Army - a team that entered the game averaging nearly 290 yards per game on the ground, never crossed midfield. A lot of that had to do with the Blue Devil defense, which has been among the best in the ACC and the country this season.
In all the Blue Devils forced seven fumbles and recovered two while also picking off one of the six passes thrown by the Black Knights on the afternoon. The end result was Army accounting for just 168 yards of total offense on the day.
Offensively Duke followed the lead of Sirk who accounted for 250 yards of total offense before handing over some of the responsibilities to backup Parker Boehme who completed all three of his pass attempts for a 46 yards and added another 27 yards on the ground including a pair of touchdowns.
In the backfield the Blue Devils leaned heavily on a three headed running attack of Jela Duncan, Shaquille Powell, and Shaun Wilson. The trio accounted for 128 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns - both by Duncan.
The passing game overcame the loss of electric freshman receiver T.J. Rahming with a strong performance from Anthony Nash who led the Bleu Devils with five catches for 57 yards.
Duke will enjoy a bye week next Saturday before facing Virginia Tech in a crucial ACC Coastal Division showdown on October 24th.