Duke 41, Northwestern 17: 3 Quick Game Thoughts
Check out 3 Quick Game Thoughts on Duke’s blowout win over Northwestern
Score: Duke 41, Northwestern 17
Prediction: Northwestern 27, Duke 23
Duke 41, Northwestern 17
1. That’s exactly what Daniel Jones is supposed to do. The Duke QB rose up and dominated, completing 29-of-45 passes for 305 yards and two scores, and ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns. The Blue Devils all but ended it immediately.
2. The Northwestern O line was destroyed. Duke played defense the way the Wildcats are supposed to under Pat Fitzgerald. Instead, NU was miserable on the ground – finishing with 22 yards – with Justin Jackson running for just 18 yards and a score, and with QB Clayton Thorson under pressure all game long.
3. Shocking, shocking, shocking. Northwestern is supposed to be a whole lot better than this, while Duke was nearly perfect, outgunning NU 538 yards to 191, owning the backfield, and forcing three takeaways. The Wildcats didn’t show up, but Duke made them look like that.