Sophomore quarterback Mike Schneider completed 17 of his 24 pass attempts including two touchdown passes to Andy Roland as the Blue Devil offense racked up a season high 409 yards of total offense.
After starting the season 1-4, Duke will head into an off week armed with confidence before heading to Atlanta to face a struggling group of Yellow Jackets on the 15th of October.
After surrendering nearly 700 yards of total offense and 55 points to Maryland last week, the Blue Devils took revenge on the I-AA Bulldogs, holding the Citadel offense without a touchdown, and to just 279 yards of total offense while forcing a pair of interceptions from quarterback Justin Hardin.
Meanwhile the Blue Devil offense, which was woeful at best against the Terrapins, racked up a season high 397 yards of total offense including 190 yard through the air via Schneider. Also, after entering the game converting just 11-of-50 first down opportunities, the Devils managed successful conversions on 11 of 16 chances against the Bulldogs.
If that wasn't good enough, the Duke special teams also got involved, blocking a pair of Bulldog punts, including the first of the game when Daniel Charbonnet stuffed Mike Adams to give the Blue Devils the ball on the 1. Schneider sneaked in from there to make it 7-0.
After taking a 14-3 lead into the half, the Blue Devils fumbled the ball in the endzone, allowing the Bulldogs to draw within four early in the second half. The next Duke possession saw another fumble, giving the Bulldogs a chance to take the lead with the ball at the Blue Devil 20, but C.J. Woodard intercepted a pass by Hardin at the Duke five yard line to stop the drive.
This time the turnover would be converted to points as Schneider led the Duke offense 78 yards in 10 plays before finding Andy Roland on a 21-yard scoring strike that pushed the lead to 11.
With the game in hand, the Blue Devils tried to run down the clock before freshman Justin Boyle broke free for an 83-yard touchdown run to cap the scoring with under 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Boyle finished with 98 yards on eight carries, while fellow freshman Ronnie Drummer logged 45 yards on 15 carries as Roof's team logged a season high 191 yards on the ground against a beleaguered Citadel defense.
The win is the first for the Blue Devils since a season ending victory over North Carolina in November of 2003.