Duke’s tale of two halves continued Saturday in Raleigh.Despite the pledge displayed by the Blue Devils at particular points throughout their in-state face-off with N.C. State, completion result was unfortunately par for the course in what has been a frustrating 2020 campaign. 3 interceptions by Chase Brice, an inability to get the run game going on a consistent basis and a missed field goal by Charlie Ham were all negative advancements in the 31-20 loss, but one sequence sticks out above the rest. With 12:55 remaining in the third quarter and Duke ahead 20-14, a fumble
recovery by defensive end Drew Jordan gave heaven Devils the ball on the N.C. State 40-yard-line. After Chase Brice moved the chains with his legs on two different celebrations, Duke found itself in a goal-to-go circumstance with a chance to extend its result in double-digits. However, the next 4 offending snaps resulted in simply three backyards, handing the Wolfpack possession, and some life. The inability of heaven Devils to punch it in during that sequence was a microcosm of whatever that went wrong Saturday, and it provided N.C. State the jolt it required to take the lead and eventually round off its 4th win of the season.”That was a huge play– definitely drew some of the energy out of the team, especially with them driving down and scoring
,”junior receiver Jake Bobo said.”We have to put those in to be able to distance that lead and take a little pressure off the defense and Chase too.”Duke had issues all afternoon in regards to getting the ground game going, with Deon Jackson and Mataeo Durant combining for 43 backyards on 27 carries, a plain
contrast from the duo’s 332 yards last week. On initially, 2nd and 3rd below inside the five-yard-line on that series early in the 3rd quarter, Jackson was repressed near the line of scrimmage each time. While those play calls made up just 11 percent of the rushing efforts by Duke’s backfield on the day, it was quite a sign of how little room Durant and Jackson had to deal with. After the turnover on downs, the Blue Devils were outscored 17-0 the rest of the method. Powered by its own running back duo of Ricky Individual Jr. and Zonovan Knight, N.C. State cruised offensively despite seeing beginning quarterback Devin Leary go down with a gut-wrenching ankle injury.Most would believe that the loss of downs served as an energy-depleter for Duke. However redshirt junior defensive end Chris Rumph II didn’t believe that was the problem at all, simply responding that he and his teammates on the protective line might’ve done a much better task of putting pressure on Leary and his ultimate replacement, Bailey Hockman.” I seem like I had more energy in the second half than the very first. Our job is to put pressure on the quarterback, make him feel unpleasant,”Rumph stated.” We do not constantly have to make sacks to impact the game or effect the quarterback, us being around him and
simply hassling him and him always thinking of us [has an effect]”Duke’s offense, on the other hand, was not able to get back into the red zone for the remainder of the afternoon after the turnover on downs. Brice threw multiple gruelling interceptions when it looked like heaven Devils were on the verge of something special, something that will lead lots of to require backup Gunnar Holmberg to receive an audition under center. But the reality of the matter is that Brice, in spite of his problems throughout the video game in the turnover column, helped Duke get its halftime lead in the very first location. Additionally, Saturday’s loss reveals that opportunities to construct a lead on the roadway should
not be wasted, particularly considering the obstacles that this group has actually had with putting points on the board. The choice to go all out on fourth-and-short in that previously mentioned series made sense from a statistical viewpoint, and clearly head coach David Cutcliffe seemed like he had the right play called up. Nevertheless, N.C. State blew the play up before it could even emerge, shifting
the momentum of the contest.Get Overtime, all Duke athletics Signup for our editorially curated, weekly newsletter. Cancel at any time.”It’s constantly a challenge of momentum, “Cutcliffe said.”When you score touchdowns inside the red zone, that constructs momentum obviously and it is a challenge, it’s one that you have to attend to.
That’s part of your task as a coach, when the
game or breaks break you, you don’t slow down, you have to place on more steam.”Undoubtedly, Duke’s first-half efficiency was not best by any methods, but the Blue Devils remained in position to snag a critical roadway success in front of 4,000 booing N.C. State fans as halftime arrived. A goal after the Jordan fumble healing would have been a sign that Duke was ready to catch a second straight victory, however
now heaven Devils are left to question what could have been.