DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Justin Boyle ran for a career-high 113 yards
and two touchdowns, Zack Asack threw for another score in his Duke
debut and the Blue Devils beat Division I-AA VMI 40-14 Saturday.
A week after getting embarrassed at home by Virginia Tech, they
took out their frustration on the lowly Keydets (1-2), who have
lost 14 of their 15 games. Duke (1-2) gained only 35 yards in a
45-0 loss to the Hokies but exceeded that total on its second
possession in front of 10,126 fans, the smallest crowd at Wallace
Wade Stadium since 1966.
VMI hasn't beaten a I-A opponent since a 6-0 shutout of Virginia
Tech in 1981, its final game before moving down to the lower
classification. Nat Jackson and Colby Hollingsworth ran for
touchdowns in the second half for the Keydets, who surrendered at
least 40 points for the second consecutive week.
Cedric Dargan had two TDs on the ground for Duke, and freshman
Marcus Jones caught Asack's scoring toss before later taking his
first snaps of the season at quarterback. The Blue Devils finished
with 351 yards of offense, their highest total since gaining 397
last season against Division I-AA The Citadel.
The postgame celebration was a bit muted, but perhaps Duke
should have enjoyed it more. After all, its next five opponents had
a combined record of 43-17 in 2004, including four bowl victories.
The daunting stretch begins next week against No. 25 Virginia and
ends with No. 8 Florida State, a run that would challenge most
The Keydets had three turnovers, the first of which was a fumble
that led to the Blue Devils' first touchdown. Sean Mizzer broke
free down the right sideline before getting hit by safety Brian
Greene, and Deonto McCormick dove on the loose ball just before it
headed out of bounds.
An review by the replay official upheld the call, and Ronnie
Drummer got Duke started with a 13-yard reverse. Seven plays later,
Boyle bulled his way in from the 3 to make it 7-0, and the rout was
On VMI's next drive, John Talley intercepted a pass from
Jonathan Wilson and returned it 35 yards. A roughing the passer
penalty later moved the ball to the 1, and Dargan ran in from there
for a 14-0 lead. He added another TD on a 4-yard run before the
Blue Devils blew a chance to increase the margin just before the
Ryan Radloff broke through to block a punt in the final 75
seconds, giving Duke possession at VMI's 14. Mike Schneider threw
two incompletions before a third-down pass netted only 3 yards, and
Randy DeSmyter pushed a 28-yard field wide right.
DeSmyter was playing in place of Joe Surgan, who was benched by
coach Ted Roof.
Schneider was 8-of-17 for 69 yards before giving way to Asack.
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