DURHAM— It's been a day, folks. It started with basketball practice this morning at 10 a.m., and I'm wrapping up here at Wallace Wade at 9 p.m. So we'll go a little light on postgame thoughts and heavier on wrap-up stuff Sunday and through the open date next week.
The game story from Duke's 38-31 win over Troy, if you missed it. And just a few more thoughts...
***Duke quarterback Brandon Connette took a shot to his ribs on third down in the fourth quarter than left him crumpled on the ground. The medical staff assisted him to the sideline, and true freshman Parker Boehme began to warming up his arm. But after getting checked, Connette put his helmet back on and was back out on Duke’s next series.
“I got the wind knocked out of me,” Connette said. “Probably just bruised ribs or something like that. You’ve just got to get your breath back. I was kind of mad at myself that I wasn’t able to get back up a little bit quicker. It’s not very fun just laying on the field waiting for everybody.
“I’ve had big injuries before where right on the field I tell I was out, and it wasn’t one today where I felt like I was going to be out of the game.”
Had he been unable to return, Boehme, who has played zero snaps, would have had to burn his redshirt and enter the game.
***After beating Duke 58-55 last week, Pittsburgh played Virginia to a more pedestrian 14-3 win. When asked about it, Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe said he had seen the score and just shook his head.
“That’s football,” he said.