Scores

Final

N Carolina Cent 17

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Duke 54

(2-1, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 15, 2012

Wallace Wade Stadium, DURHAM, NC

1 2 3 4 T
NCCU 7 3 0 717
DUKE 17 10 14 1354

Top Performers

Passing: S. Renfree (DUKE) - 274 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: A. Clarke (NCCU) - 14 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Crowder (DUKE) - 7 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Sean Renfree tosses 3 TD passes in Duke's lopsided win

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Sean Renfree passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns to help Duke beat North Carolina Central 54-17 on Saturday night.

The Blue Devils scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since 2004. They improved to 2-1 for the first time since 2008, coach David Cutcliffe's first season.

Lee Butler notched Duke's first punt return for a touchdown since 2001 as the Blue Devils bounced back from a 50-13 loss at No. 21 Stanford last week.

Josh Snead rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass, becoming the first Duke player since 1999 to accomplish that feat in the same game.

Ross Cockrell intercepted two passes for the Blue Devils, returning the second for a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Reid passed for 218 yards and ran for a touchdown for N.C. Central (1-2).

The Eagles, in their second year of full FCS membership, dropped to 0-3 all time against teams from the FBS.

Duke led 27-10 at halftime despite getting outgained 200-198 in total yardage and going 0 of 6 in third down conversions.

Butler led the charge, returning three punts in the first quarter for a total of 106 yards. He set up Duke's first score, a 25-yard field goal by Ross Martin, with a 19-yard punt return.

When the Eagles punted on their next possession, Butler fielded the ball and ran left to elude a pair of defenders, circled back to his right - retreating 15 yards to change sides of the field. Butler then turned the corner, broke a tackle next to the sideline and sprinted the final 40 yards untouched for a 65-yard touchdown to give Duke a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Renfree added touchdown passes to Snead, Jamison Crowder and Issac Blakeney to help Duke pull away from its in-city foe. The schools, which squared off in football for just the second time, are separated by about five miles.

The Blue Devils received a lift before the game when wide receiver Blair Holliday returned to campus. Holliday participated in the pregame coin toss and led the team on the Devil Walk, a tradition in which Duke's players walk past cheering fans to enter the stadium.

Holliday was injured in a watercraft accident July 4, suffering a traumatic brain injury that left him in critical condition.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NCCU
DUKE
1st Downs1321
Total Yards337408
Passing239280
Rushing98128
Penalties10-702-10
3rd Down Conversions6-171-10
4th Down Conversions2-31-2
Turnovers30
Possession31:4728:13

Passing Leaders

NC CentralC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reid17/262188.402
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renfree24/342748.130

Rushing Leaders

NC CentralCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clarke14594.2115
Wilkins3289.3013
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Duncan6508.3020
Snead6213.5110

Receiving Leaders

NC CentralRECYDSAVGTDLG
Poole68313.8031
Roberts46215.5037
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Crowder78412.0133
Blakeney25728.5154

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNCCUDUKE
FG08:31Ross Martin 25 Yd 03
TD06:57Lee Butler 65 Yd Punt Return (Ross Martin Kick) 010
TD03:24Andre Clarke 1 Yd Run (Oleg Parent Kick) 710
TD01:21Jamison Crowder 33 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Ross Martin Kick) 717
SECOND QUARTERNCCUDUKE
FG09:14Ross Martin 30 Yd 720
TD03:10Josh Snead 18 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Ross Martin Kick) 727
FG00:04Oleg Parent 33 Yd 1027
THIRD QUARTERNCCUDUKE
TD06:49Josh Snead 5 Yd Run (Ross Martin Kick) 1034
TD01:34Issac Blakeney 54 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Ross Martin Kick) 1041
FOURTH QUARTERNCCUDUKE
TD11:54Jordan Reid 1 Yd Run (Oleg Parent Kick) 1741
TD07:38Ross Cockrell 32 Yd Interception Return (Ross Martin Kick) 1748
TD05:54Jack Wise 6 Yd Pass From Anthony Boone (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 1754