WINSTON-SALEM — Duke coach David Cutcliffe said he intended to try an onside kick in the second half at Wake Forest because he thought the Blue Devils could make something happen on the Demon Deacons.
It didn't work. Wake Forest ended up with the ball at the Duke 26, after Duke was called for interference on the play, and took a 22-20 lead at the end of the third quarter on a Shane Popham field goal.
"I don't like digging fox holes but I thought there was something there," Cutcliffe said after the 33-30 overtime loss. "We did but it kind of blew up on us. But I’m OK with that. We went out there and held Wake to a field goal. I told the defense we were doing it. They knew, at worst, they had to hold them to a field goal. So they did their job."
It blew up on Duke because the Blue Devils were called for an interference penalty for going after the ball. It did not appear that Wake Forest did go for the ball after it bounced off the field. Cutcliffe said after the game that he was anxious to see the tape, to see "how close it was."
"He has a right to the ball and we have a right to the ball if he's not in position to catch it," Cutcliffe said."We executed it pretty darn well. I'm sure [the ACC officials] got the call right but I'm going to look at it pretty closely. They said they thought the guy was in position to make the catch and I said I thought the guy was moving.
"But I thought, he thought, it's over with now. Games aren’t won on Sunday or Monday looking at calls. We do the other things we're capable of doing and we win going away."