Lead changes. Excitement. A potentially controversial ending. It was a fitting end to a wild and crazy season for these Blue Devils as Duke beat Indiana 44-41 to win the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday night in Yankee Stadium.
The Blue Devils overcame a tough Indiana squad to win 44-41 in an overtime thriller on Saturday night in Yankee Stadium, snapping a 54 year post season winless streak.
Indiana had several chances to win, but Hoosier kicker Griffin Oaks missed a 56 yard field goal at the end of regulation and then missed an opportunity to send the game into a second overtime by missing a 37 yard attempt. As the kick sailed just wide right the entire Duke program seemed to pour onto the field to celebrate.
Sophomore running back Shaun Wilson recorded a season high 282 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns while quarterback Thomas Sirk tallied 318 all-purpose yards and three scores to pace the Bleu Devils. The pair split MVP honors after Sirk was injured on Duke’ final drive in overtime.
After Indiana took a 41-34 lead with just over four minutes remaining, Sirk orchestrated a 13 play, 78 yard drive that ended with the Duke quarterback diving into the end zone from five yards out to knot the game at 41 with 42 seconds remaining.
After driving to the Duke 39 yard line the Hoosiers had a chance to win on the final play, but Oaks’ 56 yard attempt sailed wide left.
The Bleu Devils began overtime by moving the ball seven yards in two plays, but Sirk was hit in the knee on that second run and was forced to the sideline with a sprained MCL. Parker Boehem’s pass on third down was knocked down before kicker Ross Martin knocked home a 36 yard field goal to give Duke a three point lead.