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Duke falls to Navy 28-21

Posted Sunday, October 2, 2005

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DURHAM, N.C. – Lamar Owens ran for 106 yards and threw for 87 as Navy defeated Duke 28-21 on Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke falls to 1-4 on the season while Navy improves to 1-2 after a three week layoff.

Navy threatened on its opening possession, driving to the Duke five yard line. On third-and-goal from the 15, Midshipmen quarterback Lamar Owens’ pass was intercepted by John Talley at the five yard line and returned out to the 38. The interception for Talley is his third of the year and the ninth of his career – tops among active players in the ACC.

The Blue Devils went on top 7-0 with just over two minutes left in the opening quarter when tailback Justin Boyle capped a seven play, 41-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run. On the drive, Duke converted a third down-and-12 situation with a 26-yard pass from Zack Asack to Jomar Wright.

Owens’ 33-yard scoring strike to Tyree Barnes on the final play of the first period knotted the game at 7-7. In the second quarter, Duke twice moved the ball inside the Navy 25 yard line, but an interception and missed field goal ended the drives.

The Mids took the kickoff to start the second half and drove for a 47-yard field goal attempt by Joey Bullen, but the kick was short. Duke responded by marching 45 yards on 10 plays for a 43-yard field goal by Joe Surgan, taking a 10-7 advantage with 7:58 left in the third quarter.

Navy claimed a 14-10 lead at the 5:17 mark of the third period when Karlos Whittaker scored on a five-yard run to end an eight play, 85-yard drive. Following a Blue Devil punt, Navy’s Matt Hall darted 47 yards for a touchdown, increasing the margin to 21-10. Duke capitalized on a Navy turnover when Brendan Dewan’s fumble recovery at the Midshipman 15 yard line led to a 40-yard field goal by Surgan, cutting the lead to 21-13 with 14:12 left in the fourth quarter.

Asack marched the Blue Devils 66 yards in 17 plays, and scored on a six-yard run with 3:20 left in the game. His two-point toss to Eron Riley knotted the game at 21-21.

Owens then broke off a 52-yard run on the first play of the next drive for Navy and the Midshipmen scored three plays later to go up 28-21.

Mike Schneider came in to quarterback the last drive for Duke and completed a pass to Ben Patrick on fourth-and-four for a first down and then from midfield, hit Adams on a 26 yard strike with less than 10 seconds left. Schneider’s last pass attempt to Adams was broken up by a Navy defender.

The Blue Devils travel to face Miami next Saturday at the Orange Bowl. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPNU. Navy returns home to entertain Air Force at 1:30 p.m.

Game notes
# Today marked the 35th meeting between the Blue Devils and the Midshipmen. Navy now leads the all-time series, 18-12-5, including a 6-5-1mark in Durham.
# Duke dropped to 35-45-1 in Homecoming games. Today marked the third time that Navy has been Duke’s Homecoming opponent. The Midshipmen have won two of those three contests.
# Duke’s offense held the football for a season-best 39:02 minutes this afernoon. The Blue Devils’ 179 total rushing yards were their second-highest output of the year.
# In games played on Oct. 1, Duke fell to 10-2 all-time.
# Zack Asack became the first true freshman QB to start at Duke since Steve Slayden did it vs. Army on Sept. 29, 1984. Asack established career highs in passing attempts (16), completions (12), passing yards (111), rushing attempts (17) and rushing yards (58). He had his first career rushing touchdown with a six-yard scramble with 3:20 remaining in the fourth quarter.
# Sophomore TB Justin Boyle recorded his fifth rushing touchdown of the season and seventh of his career this afternoon. He ended the afternoon with 64 yards rushing on 16 carries.
# Junior CB John Talley recorded his third interception of the season today and the ninth of his career (that is an ACC high among active players). With his 33-yard interception return in the opening quarter today, he moved into second place among Duke’s career interception return yard leaders with 240 yards. Immediately ahead in first place is Fred Folger with 283 yards.
# Freshman K Joe Surgan connected on his first career field goal today, a 43-yarder with 7:58 left in the third quarter. He added a 40 -yarder in with 14:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.
# Although it does not count as a reception statistically, freshman WR Eron Riley recorded his first career catch on a two-point conversion to tie the game at 21-21 with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter.
# Junior WR Deon Adams had a career-high four receptions for 48 yards today.
# Freshman WR Ryan Wood had his first career reception this afternoon. He ended the game with three catches for 20 yards.
# Duke travels to Miami next week to face the Hurricanes. Kickoff on Oct. 8 is set for 3:30 PM in the Orange Bowl. Following that contest, Duke has three consecutive home games at Wallace Wade Stadium against Georgia Tech, Florida State and Wake Forest.

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