MEMPHIS, Tenn.— There were several times it could have all unraveled for Duke. Starting quarterback Anthony Boone was knocked out in the second quarter with a broken right collarbone. The Blue Devils committed three turnovers, each with momentum-changing potential. And the Tigers tied the game late, as Duke was struggling to generate sustained offensive drives.
Despite all that, the Blue Devils managed a fourth-quarter comeback and beat Memphis 28-14 in front of an announced crowd of 44,237 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Duke is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1998. There is no timetable for Boone's return yet—he will undergo an MRI Monday.
“It was a very good win for our program,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “When things don’t go exceptionally well, often teams can crumble on the road, often when it’s their first game on the road, when you lose your starting quarterback. It seemed, when we came out and put one in the end zone, that it was going to be pretty easy on offense. Then it wasn’t.
“Fortunately, our defense played such good team defense. People everywhere they needed to be.”