Devils Romp Over JMU In Opener

DURHAM, N.C. – It took an extra hour and 27 minutes, but the David Cutcliffe era finally got underway Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. After a delay due to inclement weather in the area, the game was delayed until 8:31 p.m.

Both defenses forced three and out's in each team's first series of the game.

Duke struck paydirt first. Starting on their own 34-yard line, the Blue Devils took their second drive of the game 66 yards in 11 plays capped off by a one-yard touchdown plunge by Clifford Harris. Lewis completed 4-of-5 passes on the drive and added a 14-yard run up the middle to put the Blue Devils at the JMU one yard line.

The Dukes, led by quarterback Rodney Landers, responded at the 4:31 mark of the first period with a touchdown drive of their own. They moved the ball 79 yards on five plays, all runs, scoring on a 47-yard touchdown dash by Landers.

The Blue Devil defense made big stops on the Dukes' next two drives. After James Madison moved the ball 54 yards, Michael Tauiliili and Marcus Jones came up and stuffed Landers on a fourth and one try giving the ball back to Duke on downs at their own 34 yard line. After working the ball 32 yards into James Madison territory, Tony Jackson fumbled the ball away while trying to maneuver through defenders, but the defense came up big once again with Greg Akinbiyi and Vincent Rey stopping Landers on a third and two option keeper, forcing a punt.

At the 6:03 mark of the second quarter, Duke took the ball at their 33 yard line and marched 67 yard over 14 plays, taking 5:57 off the game clock. Lewis rolled to the right to complete a 7-yard touchdown pass to Eron Riley with five seconds left in the half to put the Blue Devils up 14-7. On the drive Lewis completed 4-of-6 passes for 23 yards. Jackson redeemed himself on the drive rushing for 25 yards on three carries.

James Madison's Scotty McGee returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter all the way to the Duke 34, but on second down and eight, Landers floated a pass down the field that was intercepted by Jabari Marshall and returned all the way to the Dukes 22. Six plays later Harris took the handoff and dove over the pile for the 1-yard score putting Duke up 21-7.

On James Madison's next play under center, Wesley Oglesby forced a fumble from Landers that was recovered by Akinbiyi at the JMU 34. At the 8:56 mark of the third quarter, Lewis found Riley down the middle of the field for a 20 yard touchdown, the pair's second hook up of the game, putting the Blue Devils up 28-7. Lewis hooked up with freshman Johnny Williams for seven yards earlier in the six play 34-yard drive.

The Blue Devils next drive started at the JMU 46 yard line, following a 27 yard punt by Jason Pritchard. Nick Maggio booted a 27 yard field goal at the 3:11 mark of the third quarter to increase the Blue Devil lead to 31-7. The drive featured a heavy dose of freshman Jay Hollingsworth, who carried the ball five times on the 11 play 38 yard drive.

James Madison took their first drive of the fourth quarter down the field inside the Blue Devil 10 yard line but a fumble by Landers, recovered by Greg Akinbiyi, put the damper on the Dukes final scoring threat. Duke milked five minutes off the clock on their next drive and then on a 4th-and-11 on the Dukes final drive, Ayanga Okpokowuruk sacked JMU's back-up QB Drew Dudzik and then allowed the Duke offense to run out the last 4:32 of the game.

Duke will next host Northwestern next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium.

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