Duke takes a big step forward by kneeling — three times

PHOTO (Duke Athletics) Duke celebrates win over Northwestern. VIsit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN DURHAM – Duke’s rebuilding football program went into a victory formation to finish of Northwestern 30-23 Saturday night at Wallace Wade Stadium. Actually, three straight kneel-down snaps to expire the clock. That has been considered the most convincing sign yet that Duke can end a two-year bowl drought after a dismal 2-9 season. Duke led 27-0 in the second quarter and eventually…

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David Cutcliffe’s education of a Duke quarterback

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): Gunnar Holmberg scans the field for an open receiver against A&T. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN ACC Network analyst Eric Mac Lain offered more than a routine break down of the conference’s top five quarterbacks through the first two weeks of the season. He was invited on Tuesday morning's Packer and Durham Show to list them in order. Returning starters, naturally, topped his list. He named Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong, North Carolina’s Sam…

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Duke jump starts season with two gutsy calls

Photo (Duke Athletics): Right tackle John Gelotte blocks for Gunnar Holmberg. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN DURHAM – Duke football needed something to jump start its home opener. Heck, Blue Devils needed a jump start to their season against a second straight pesky non-Power 5 opponent. First there was an onside kick that the quarterback Gunnar Holmberg converted into a second straight touchdown drive for a 14-7 lead. The recovery and score sparked a 45-17…

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