Devils Fall To Wake 14-13

Coming off a disappointing result in week one, there were several questions surrounding the Blue Devils. Most notably, how would the young Duke team respond against a Wake Forest team looking to pound them into the ground. Though the final score didn't show it, Ted Roof's team took a big step forward, outplaying the Demon Deacons for most of the afternoon before ultimately falling 14-13.

Winston Salem, N.C.- Freshman quarterback Thaddeus Lewis completed 21-of-32 passes for 305 yards and one touchdown as Duke fell to Wake Forest, 14-13, in ACC football action at Groves Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Blue Devils fall to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in league play while the Demon Deacons improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

Wake Forest received a two-yard touchdown plunge from Micah Andrews and Sam Swank's extra point put the Demon Deacons ahead, 14-13, with 1:28 remaining in the fourth period. Lewis then directed the Blue Devils down the field, with his 21-yard pass completion to Jomar Wright setting up first down and goal to go from the nine yard line with nine seconds left. One play later, Wake Forest blocked a potential game-winning field goal attempt by Joe Surgan to preserve the victory.

Duke took advantage of a Demon Deacon turnover to claim a 3-0 lead in the opening quarter Codey Lowe recovered a fumble caused by John Talley to give the Blue Devils possession in Wake Forest territory. Surgan's 27-yard field goal at the 3:19 mark capped the nine-play, 24-yard scoring drive.

With just under five minutes before halftime, Lewis hooked up with Jomar Wright on a 47-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to push the Duke lead to 10-0. The Blue Devils drove 66 yards on four snaps for the score following a missed 51-yard field goal by Wake Forest.

Wake Forest got on the scoreboard at the 9:08 mark of the third quarter when Riley Skinner fired a five-yard touchdown pass to John Tereshinski, cutting the Duke lead to 10-7. Duke responded by taking the ensuing kickoff and driving 46 yards on 11 plays for a 39-yard field goal by Surgan. The drive was highlighted by Jabari Marshall's 34-yard kickoff return and a 13-yard pass completion from Lewis to Raphael Chestnut on third-and-11 from the Duke 31 yard line.

On Wake Forest's next possession, a 58-yard pass from Skinner to Willie Idlette gave the Demon Deacons first and goal at the Duke one-yard line. On third down, Vince Oghobaase sacked Skinner to force a field goal attempt from 38 yards out, but the kick was wide right.

Patrick Bailey led the Duke defensive effort with nine tackles as the Blue Devils limited Wake Forest to 57 yards rushing. Duke outgained the Demon Deacons by a 367-292 count.

Duke remains on the road next Saturday by travelling to Blacksburg, Va., to face defending ACC Coastal Division champion Virginia Tech. Kickoff at Lane Stadium is set for 12 noon and the game will be televised live by Lincoln Financial Sports.

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