Defense Reigns In First Scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke defense forced five turnovers and recorded six quarterback sacks as the Blue Devils battled temperatures in the mid-90s and scrimmaged for 115 plays on Tuesday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.

"There was some good on both sides of the ball," said head coach Ted Roof. "The effort was good while the execution of the operation was improved. I'd say we're a little ahead right now on defense, but you should be at this time of the year. I thought both sides of the ball did a good job of responding to adversity today."

Offensively, quarterback Thaddeus Lewis completed 14-of-24 pass attempts for 117 yards and two touchdowns while tight end Nick Stefanow caught a scrimmage-best four passes for 48 yards. Wide receivers Eron Riley and Jomar Wright each hauled in scoring strikes from Lewis while Justin Boyle and Clifford Harris scored touchdowns on the ground.

Wright finished the afternoon with three catches for 45 yards while Ronnie Drummer paced the ground attack with four attempts for 29 yards.

Vince Oghobaase spearheaded Duke's defensive effort by causing and recovering a fumble and adding one sack. Jabari Marshall and Tony Jackson posted interceptions while Wesley Oglesby and Alfred Williams each recovered fumbles.

Duke opens the 2007 season at home against Connecticut on September 1 at 2 p.m.

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