Blue Devils Outlast Rice 27-24 in OT

Senior Brent Garber converted a 30-yard field goal attempt in the first overtime to lift Duke to a second consecutive victory, 27-24 over Rice at Wallace Wade Stadium.

In a game that featured ups and downs for both teams, Duke outlasted the Owls after squandering a 24-14 lead with just 6:20 remaining in the game. However Rice cut the lead to seven on a 46 yard field goal by kicker Brandon Skeen.

Duke would give up possession on a three and out on the next possession, giving Rice the chance to drive for the tying touchdown with 3:24 left. Converting three fourth downs, the Owls moved 75 yards in 15 plays to tie it on Greg Henderson's 9-yard pass to Andy Hall with 3 seconds to play.

The Blue Devils won the toss and elected to be on offense first in the overtime period, setting up Garber for the eventual winning kick. After the conversion, the Owls again set up Skeen who missed a 34-yard try, giving Duke the victory.

With the victory Duke improves to 5-1 all time against Rice, and 2-1 overall on the season.

Chris Douglas earned a second consecutive 100 yard rushing day, carrying the ball 18 times for 114 yards and one touchdown for the Blue Devils who gained a season high 410 yards of total offense.

While the offense was unusually efficient, the defense seemed shell shocked early on, before finally settling down as Rice racked up 201 of its 407 total yards in the first quarter.

The Blue Devils have won two straight for the first time since opening the 1998 season with a pair of wins, and will look for a third straight victory next week when Northwestern comes to town.

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