TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- John Parker Wilson threw two touchdown
passes and Alabama pulled away with two late scores to beat winless Duke 30-14 Saturday night.
Wilson's 9-yard scoring pass to Keith Brown put the Tide ahead for good at 16-14 late in the third quarter after Ramzee Robinson's interception gave 'Bama the ball at the Duke 40.
But the Tide (4-2) never got any breathing room against Duke
(0-5) until the waning minutes of the game, when Jimmy Johns capped
a nine-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and Lionel Mitchell
returned an interception 50 yards for another score.
Duke's losing streak extended to 13 games, second-longest in the
There was a bright spot for the Blue Devils, who have been shut
out three times: They scored more points in the first half they had
in an entire game all season, building a 14-10 lead at the half.
Trying to get his team going at back-to-back losses to Arkansas
and Florida, Wilson hit D.J. Hall for a 33-yard gain on Alabama's
first possession. The play gave Bama a first down at the Duke 8.
But in a sign of things to come, Alabama's offense stalled and
actually went backwards after a sack. There were scattered boos as
the Tide settled for a 37-yard field goal by Jamie Christensen.
Alabama punted on three of its next four possessions, and Duke
built its first-half lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Thaddeus
Lewis to Eron Riley and a 5-yard TD run by Lewis.
The Blue Devils held Alabama to 17 yards rushing in the first
half and gained 158 yards of their own.
Wilson finished 18-of-30 passing for 220 yards with an
interception, and Kenneth Darby led Tide runners with 115 yards on
Re'quan Boyette had 97 yards on nine rushes for Duke. Lewis was
7-for-18 for 74 yards with two interceptions, including the one
that set up the go-ahead score.
Packed houses are more the rule than an exception at
Bryant-Denny Stadium, but hundreds of seats were empty as some fans
took the day off.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday he has informed competing quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Shane Morris of his decision on a starter for the Wolverines' opener Thursday night at Utah.
Michigan State quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Connor Cook said he was disappointed his teammates didn't vote him among the team's three captains this season.
Former Oklahoma State return man and running back Ty Hill, who was dismissed from OSU's program after his arrest on domestic violence charges, has enrolled at West Alabama.
A months-old Facebook post has cost the Nebraska football stadium announcer his job one day after his hiring was announced.
UCLA junior cornerback Ishmael Adams has been suspended indefinitely following a robbery arrest early Sunday morning, coach Jim Mora said Tuesday.
No. 5 Michigan State will start redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland at one of its two cornerback spots Friday night at Western Michigan.