North Carolina Central at Duke

Duke earns 1st shutout since '89, routs NCCU 45-0

AP Sports Writer

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Brandon Connette threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Duke earned its first shutout in 24 years with a season-opening 45-0 rout of North Carolina Central on Saturday.

Jamison Crowder returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, starting QB Anthony Boone had a 1-yard touchdown run and Jela Duncan added a 3-yard scoring run.

Connette - his backup and short-yardage specialist - ran 1 yard for a touchdown, threw an early 3-yard TD pass to Braxton Deaver and added a late 19-yard scoring pass to Isaac Blakeney.

Duke led 28-0 before N.C. Central crossed midfield, scoring touchdowns four straight times it touched the ball while cruising to its most lopsided victory under sixth-year coach David Cutcliffe.

The Blue Devils outgained the Eagles 488-184 in their first shutout since Steve Spurrier's final Duke team blanked rival North Carolina 41-0 in 1989.

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Scoring Summary
DUKEBraxton Deaver 3 yd pass from Brandon Connette (Ross Martin kick)
DUKEJamison Crowder 76 yd punt return (Ross Martin kick)
DUKEBrandon Connette 1 yd run (Ross Martin kick)
DUKEAnthony Boone 1 yd run (Ross Martin kick)
DUKEJela Duncan 3 yd run (Ross Martin kick)
DUKEIssac Blakeney 19 yd pass from Brandon Connette (Ross Martin kick)
DUKERoss Martin 39 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs927
Third Down Efficiency6-197-13
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-1
Plays-Net Yards61-18477-488
Passing Yds103231
Kick Return Yds980
Punt Return Yds4113
Time of Poss.27:3632:24
Individual Stats
NCCEN: Idreis Augustus 9-50, Malcolm Bell 2-13, Andre Clarke 5-7, Deyonta Wright 3-7, Jordan Reid 10-4
DUKE: Jela Duncan 11-76, Josh Snead 8-53, Shaquille Powell 9-47, Juwan Thompson 6-30, Anthony Boone 6-24, Brandon Connette 5-22, Eric Adams 3-7, Team 1--2
NCCEN: Jordan Reid 11-22-87-0, Malcolm Bell 3-10-16-1
DUKE: Anthony Boone 16-20-176-0, Brandon Connette 5-8-55-1
NCCEN: Marvin Poole 4-27, Adrian Wilkins 2-15, Phillip Barren 2-6, Lamar Scruggs 1-24, DeMario Johnson 1-17, Tony Tate 1-10, Tyron Harris 1-9, Nathan Scruggs 1-5, Dequadis Tucker 1--10
DUKE: Jamison Crowder 6-62, Brandon Braxton 4-43, Max McCaffrey 3-25, Braxton Deaver 3-16, Ryan Smith 1-39, Johnell Barnes 1-21, Issac Blakeney 1-19, Nick Sink 1-11, Juwan Thompson 1--5

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