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Jones leads Duke over Northern Illinois, 36-14

DETROIT (AP) In mid-November, after a loss at Army, the Duke Blue Devils were looking at spending a second straight holiday season at home.

That made Tuesday's success in the Quick Lane Bowl even sweeter.

After a six-game losing streak dropped them to 4-6, the Blue Devils (7-6) had to beat Georgia Tech and Wake Forest just to get bowl eligible. They managed that, got a bid to spend Christmas in Detroit, and salvaged the season with a 36-14 win over Northern Illinois.

''People ask me how we came back from 4-6, especially since we don't have a star player who we could turn to,'' Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. ''I tell them that we have a roster filled with great teammates. They decided they had to work together if we were going to come up with a decent finish.''

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones finished with 338 yards of offense, throwing two touchdown passes while running for a third score, and Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown added rushing touchdowns.

''We knew Northern Illinois had a lot of success rushing the passer this year, but our offensive line really controlled things,'' Jones said. ''That really opened things up for our offense.

''We were frustrated after losing to Army, but we were finally able to channel that into motivation.''

Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Childers threw for 234 yards and a score for Northern Illinois (8-5), while fellow redshirt freshman Tre Harbison ran for a touchdown.

''Marcus and I know that this offseason is crucial,'' Harbison said. ''If we work hard, we should have a special backfield next year.''

The Blue Devils took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, sandwiching rushing touchdowns around a failed Northern Illinois fake punt on 4th-and-18 from their own 11.

''They were being physical with our gunners, so we thought we could get a pass interference and a first down,'' Huskies coach Rod Carey said. ''They didn't bite, and we had a punter throwing to a defensive back.''

The Huskies had two first downs and 46 yards in the quarter, but tied the game with two scores in the first 2:38 of the second. Duke, though, moved back into a 26-14 lead with two touchdowns before halftime.

''We let up for a little while, and they took advantage of our mistakes,'' Duke linebacker Joe Giles-Harris said. ''We knew we had to get focused again, and we shut them out from there.''

Jones fumbled on the first possession of the second half, but Northern Illinois turned the ball back over after a failed fake field goal.

THE TAKEAWAY

Duke: Other than the start of the second quarter, where they lost defensive focus on back-to-back possessions, the Blue Devils were in complete control.

''They hit a couple big plays against us, and our offense stalled, so we made some adjustments,'' Cutcliffe said. ''We started passing the ball more, which is what we needed, and our defense started making plays.''

Northern Illinois: The Huskies recovered from the disastrous first-quarter fake punt to get back into the game, but couldn't stay with Duke on either side of the ball.

''We were flying around out there, trying to make plays, but we didn't execute our game plan,'' said safety Mycial Allen, who was playing in his hometown. ''Duke came up with the big plays and we didn't.''

STUNNING SPECIAL TEAMS MOVE

The Blue Devils were startled by Carey's decision to run a fake punt in such a tough spot, especially in the first quarter of a 7-0 game.

''That was a very risky move,'' Cutcliffe said. ''We're going to jam their gunners at the line, just like in press coverage, but we aren't going to hit them after that. That means you have to complete the pass to get a first down, and that's not easy to do.''

UP NEXT

Duke: By winning their final three games, including Cutcliffe's second bowl victory in 10 seasons at Duke, the Blue Devils take some momentum into the offseason.

Jones will be back as a junior next season, while Brown is expected to replace Wilson as the No. 1 running back.

''We showed a lot of mental toughness to finish this season with three wins instead of rolling over and losing the last two games,'' Jones said. ''This is an exciting way to go into the offseason.''

Northern Illinois: After winning at Nebraska, the Huskies thought they were on the verge of another big season. However, conference losses to Toledo and Central Michigan knocked them out of MAC title contention and they were overmatched against Duke.

''This is disappointing, but we're going to have a good group of players coming back next year,'' Carey said. ''We can build on this.''

LAST WORD

''A month ago, no one thought we had a chance at a bowl game, so this was a great way to finish the season,'' said Giles-Harris, who was named First-Team All-ACC as a sophomore.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:37
91-W.Holmquist 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
16
plays
64
yds
00:00
pos
36
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:58
91-W.Holmquist extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
33
14
Touchdown 6:58
22-B.Brown runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
67
yds
03:52
pos
32
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 1:33
extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
26
14
Touchdown 1:33
17-D.Jones complete to 29-S.Wilson. 29-S.Wilson runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
64
yds
02:32
pos
26
14
Missed Point After Touchdown 6:09
91-W.Holmquist extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
19
14
Touchdown 6:09
17-D.Jones complete to 3-T.Rahming. 3-T.Rahming runs 33 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
80
yds
02:53
pos
20
14
Point After TD 12:22
34-C.Hagan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 12:22
15-M.Childers complete to 9-J.Wesley. 9-J.Wesley runs 67 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
69
yds
00:37
pos
14
13
Point After TD 14:21
34-C.Hagan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 14:21
22-T.Harbison runs 25 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
68
yds
00:28
pos
14
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:17
91-W.Holmquist extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 3:17
29-S.Wilson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
17
yds
01:15
pos
13
0
Point After TD 6:00
91-W.Holmquist extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 6:00
17-D.Jones runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
58
yds
03:28
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 13
Rushing 14 5
Passing 13 6
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 10-19 1-12
4th Down Conv 2-3 0-6
Total Net Yards 458 281
Total Plays 92 57
Avg Gain 5.0 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 213 65
Rush Attempts 52 29
Avg Rush Yards 4.1 2.2
Net Yards Passing 245 216
Comp. - Att. 27-40 15-28
Yards Per Pass 6.1 7.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-7 2-18
Penalties - Yards 2-30 3-11
Touchdowns 5 2
Rushing TDs 3 1
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 5-35.4 5-41.6
Return Yards 22 140
Punts - Returns 1-3 1-6
Kickoffs - Returns 2-19 7-134
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/5 2/2
Extra Points 3/4 2/2
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Duke 7-6 14127336
N. Illinois 8-5 0140014
245 PASS YDS 216
213 RUSH YDS 65
458 TOTAL YDS 281
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Jones 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.5% 252 2 0 136.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.6% 2943 16 11 114.0
D. Jones 27/40 252 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Jones 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 86 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
177 604 8
D. Jones 16 86 1 16
S. Wilson 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 75 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
178 893 7
S. Wilson 16 75 1 31
B. Brown 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 41 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
143 742 8
B. Brown 13 41 1 9
Q. Harris 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 78 2
Q. Harris 2 7 0 4
D. Jackson 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 103 0
D. Jackson 4 6 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Helm 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 73 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 334 2
D. Helm 5 73 0 20
T. Rahming 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 62 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
69 857 3
T. Rahming 4 62 1 33
C. Taylor 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 380 1
C. Taylor 5 48 0 12
D. Koppenhaver 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 189 3
D. Koppenhaver 4 35 0 20
S. Wilson 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 22 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 285 5
S. Wilson 4 22 1 11
A. Young 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 225 1
A. Young 1 6 0 6
B. Brown 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 164 0
B. Brown 2 3 0 2
J. Lloyd 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 370 1
J. Lloyd 2 3 0 2
T. Lee 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
T. Lee 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. McSwain 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. McSwain 1-0 1.0 0
D. Tangelo 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Tangelo 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Holmquist 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/4
SEASON FG XP
2/2 7/9
W. Holmquist 1/1 24 3/4 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Holmquist 91 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 35.4 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 35.4 2
W. Holmquist 5 35.4 2 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Wilson 29 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.5 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 22.4 15 0
S. Wilson 2 9.5 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Rahming 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 6.7 3 0
T. Rahming 1 3.0 3 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Childers 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.7% 234 1 0 146.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.4% 1908 17 5 128.3
M. Childers 15/26 234 1 0
C. Blake 4 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 23 0 0 78.6
C. Blake 0/1 0 0 0
M. Ference 36 P
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
M. Ference 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Harbison 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 59 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 349 4
T. Harbison 13 59 1 25
M. Childers 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
154 492 5
M. Childers 11 19 0 14
M. Jones 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 353 3
M. Jones 1 3 0 3
S. Tears 14 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -7 0
S. Tears 1 -2 0 -2
C. Blake 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 55 0
C. Blake 2 -3 0 1
J. Orne 25 K
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -22 0
J. Orne 1 -11 0 -11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Wesley 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 109 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 359 3
J. Wesley 2 109 1 67
S. Tears 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 67 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
47 595 4
S. Tears 4 67 0 43
C. Blake 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
44 470 4
C. Blake 3 28 0 18
DJ. Brown 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
46 388 3
DJ. Brown 4 23 0 20
M. Jones 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 82 0
M. Jones 1 4 0 4
T. Harbison 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 60 0
T. Harbison 1 3 0 3
D. Crawford 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 48 0
D. Crawford 0 0 0 0
T. Foster 11 S
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Foster 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Johnson 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 5 1.0
J. Johnson 2-0 1.0 0
B. Jones IV 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
B. Jones IV 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Hagan 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
9/16 51/51
C. Hagan 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Ference 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.6 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
88 41.2 0
M. Ference 5 41.6 0 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
DJ. Brown 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
7 19.1 41 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 19.4 41 0
DJ. Brown 7 19.1 41 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Embry 3 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 2.4 6 0
J. Embry 1 6.0 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 DUKE 31 2:45 8 24 Punt
9:28 DUKE 42 3:28 10 58 TD
4:32 NILL 11 1:15 4 5 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:36 DUKE 42 0:35 3 2 Punt
14:15 DUKE 22 1:04 3 8 Punt
12:22 DUKE 25 1:50 3 8 Punt
9:02 DUKE 20 2:53 8 80 TD
4:05 DUKE 36 2:32 7 64 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:58 DUKE 22 0:57 5 7 Fumble
10:50 DUKE 33 3:52 11 67 TD
5:16 DUKE 33 2:32 6 13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:15 DUKE 30 0:00 16 64 FG
6:35 NILL 40 4:31 8 -41 Downs
1:14 NILL 38 0:48 2 3
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 NILL 19 0:41 3 4 Punt
11:14 NILL 9 1:36 3 7 Punt
5:53 NILL 19 1:16 4 -8 Downs
3:12 NILL 15 2:30 7 43 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 NILL 32 0:28 2 68 TD
12:59 NILL 31 0:37 2 69 TD
10:23 NILL 43 1:13 3 2 Punt
6:02 NILL 20 1:49 3 5 Punt
1:27 NILL 12 1:24 5 21 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:51 NILL 29 2:56 7 38 Downs
6:50 NILL 45 1:28 5 7 Downs
2:31 NILL 6 2:10 6 21 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:30 NILL 27 0:50 5 33 Downs
2:00 NILL 19 0:41 6 19 Downs