11:27 p.m update
DURHAM -- Throughout the week, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said the only way Duke could truly put its loss at Stanford in the past was to get back to work.
Saturday night, the Blue Devils saw all their efforts during the week pay off, as they never trailed and rolled to a 54-17 win over N.C. Central. Duke also scored on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since 2004.
The 37-point victory over the Eagles, a second-year FCS program, was Duke’s largest victory of Cutcliffe’s five-year tenure, eclipsing the 35-point victory during previous meeting of the two teams in 2009.
“To get better was important,” Cutcliffe said. “We’re not where we want to be, our team has some personal changes and some things we need to correct, but we did get better.”