DURHAM It was a familiar sight: two offenses driving up and down the field at will, the touchdown-to-drive ratio much closer to one than zero. But then, in the second half, that stopped.
Duke’s defensive line started making plays.
Thanks to three sacks, two tipped passes and additional two tackles for loss, Duke was able to slow Troy enough to preserve a 38-31 victory Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium.
After surrendering 21 first-half points and a touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter, the Blue Devils’ defense held the Trojans to just a field goal for the rest of the game.
With just a four-point lead, a three-and-out for Duke’s offense with 7:26 left in the game looked potentially disastrous. But a holding penalty against Troy paired with a Kenny Anunike tackle for a loss of six yards forced the Trojans to punt, and the Blue Devils (3-2) sealed the win on the ensuing drive with a Ross Martin field goal.
Brandon Connette finished 20-for-28 for 324 yards and three touchdowns against one interception, and he also rushed 17 times for 55 yards and two more scores. Junior running back Josh Snead led Duke with 108 yards on the ground off 11 attempts. Jamison Crowder led Duke receivers with seven catches for 149 yards and a score.
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