What an incredible game. The Deacs marched into Durham and absolutely stomped the Blue Devils 59-7 to pick up their 6th win of the year and become bowl eligible for the 3rd straight year. The offense was hitting on all cylinders behind a big day from Cade Carney, and the defense forced 4 turnovers to allow Wake to run up the score and take home the W. Let’s check out all of the best plays.
The Deacs wasted no time, scoring on their first possession of the game with a 9 play, 74 yard drive that ended with a 5 yard Cade Carney TD run.
After a couple of punts, the Demon Deacon defense came up with a big fumble recovery to give the offense the ball on the Duke 17 yard line.
Demetrius Kemp got his helmet right on the ball to force the fumble, and Willie Yarbary was able to secure it to give the Deacs great field position.
3 plays later, Jamie Newman rifled a pass across the middle to Greg Dortch for the 15 yard touchdown.
Dortch finished the game with 10 catches for 124 yards and 1 TD.
The beat down continued on Wake’s next possession, as they traveled 80 yards in 12 plays and scored another touchdown to take a 21-0 lead in the 1st quarter.
This time Newman stood strong in the pocket against the all out blitz and delivered a perfect pass to Scotty Washington in the end-zone for 6. Newman had quite the day, finishing the game 18 of 23 for 177 yards and 4 TDs, all to different receivers.
The Blue Devils finally got on the board early in the 2nd quarter when Daniel Jones threw the swing pass to Deon Jackson for the 6 yard TD.
Major props to the defense, as this was literally the only highlight play of the day for Duke. Jones finished the game 17 of 36 for 145 yards, 1 TD and 1 int.
And that interception would be a costly one for the Devils, because Jones threw the ball straight to Nasir Greer, who took it 20 yards to the house.
The pick 6 and a field goal on the final possession of the half gave the Deacs a sizeable 31-7 lead going into the half. The 2nd half was just more of the same for Wake, and the Deacs continued to absolutely dominate the Blue Devils on both sides of the ball.
On their first drive of the 2nd half, Wake would once again find the end-zone. This time it was Newman to Alex Bachman for the 6 yard score.
Newman continued to spread the love, finding Sage Surratt in the end-zone on the Deacs’ next possession for a 9 yard score.
That touchdown gave Wake a 45-7 lead. Still not done.
In the 4th quarter, the Blue Devils turned the ball over for the 3rd time, as Mike Allen picked up the fumble at the Duke 36 yard line.
That led to a 12 yard touchdown run from Cade Carney to push the lead to 52-7.
This run capped off a monster game from the junior running back; Carney finished the game with 31 carries for 223 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns. There’s something about Wallace Wade that makes Carney become an unstoppable running machine.
Durham native Kendall Hinton would eventually be put into the game at quarterback, and he kept the scoring trend going as he found the end-zone on an 11 yard designed QB run.
That was the end of the scoring, as the Deacs trounced the Blue Devils 59-7 to become bowl eligible for the 3rd straight year.
What was your favorite play from the game?