DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The streak is over.Duke
ended a 23-game losing streak with a 23-16 victory over East
Carolina as linebacker Brendan Dewan scored on a 28-yard
interception return and Alex Wade slogged through the rain for
The Blue Devils (1-0) recorded their first win since defeating
Wake Forest in November 1999. As time wound down, fans poured
onto the field and tore down both sets of goalposts at Wallace
Duke avoided the longest losing streak in Division I-A history,
a 34-game slide by Northwestern from 1979-82.
Brent Garber kicked three field goals, including a 56-yarder in
the second quarter, as the Blue Devils raced to a 20-0 lead.
Quarterback Chris Dapolito, a Rutgers transfer, capped a 52-yard
drive with a four-yard keeper and and Dewan's interception
return built the lead to 20 points 6:16 before halftime.
East Carolina, a team coming off three straight bowl
appearances, halved the deficit before halftime on a two-yard
run by fullback Art Brown and a 31-yard field goal by Kevin
Paul Troth's 33-yard touchdown pass to Torey Morris got the
Pirates within 20-16 heading into the final period, but Garber
capped the scoring with a 41-yard field goal.
East Carolina managed just 25 rushing yards while Wade helped
Duke pile up 155 yards. Neither Dapolito nor fellow sophomore
Adam Smith has much success in the air, combining for 10
completions and 86 yards.
Troth was 13-of-31 for 130 yards with three interceptions.
Appalachian St. rolls past Middle Tenn. in N.O. Bowl, 45-13
Appalachian State receiver Malik Williams passed for two touchdowns on trick plays, quarterback Zac Thomas caught a scoring pass and threw for three more, and the Mountaineers routed Middle Tennessee 45-13 in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night.
Middle Tennessee's Blackenship lays out for INT
Zac Thomas throws deep and Reed Blackenship flies in after the ball is tipped in the air for the interception.
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Thomas connects with Sutton for 17-yard TD
Zac Smith threads the needle to Corey Sutton for a 17-yard Appalachian State touchdown.
Appalachian QB catches TD off double reverse
Malik Williams takes the reverse handoff and finds QB Zac Thomas wide open for an 8-yard touchdown.
Appalachian State trick play results in 30-yard TD
Zac Thomas throws a backwards pass to Malik Williams who finds Thomas Hennigan wide open for a 30-yard touchdown.