Saturday, September 12, 2009

Duke Army LiveBlog

As Undude said, it's a game pitting a school full of rich snobs against a school full of kids willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country - a game in which the fates will surely smile down upon Duke. Liveblog in the comments.

89 comments:

The Dude said...

Jason Sehorn is the color guy; and we find out Army runs the triple option. Terrific practice for Airborne in advance of its game against Georgia Tech.

The Dude said...

Boyette on the first carry - Duke apparently brought the rushing offense of last week with them to West Point.

The Dude said...

Duke catches a break with a late hit on Thad Lewis gives Airborne a first down near midfield after Connor Vernon had a case of the droppsies

The Dude said...

Uh oh - pressure swarms Duke O-Line on third down - and Duke is forced to punt; and a terrible one at that.

The Dude said...

great rush defense by Airborne on 1st down, giving up only 55 yards on an off-tackle run.

The Dude said...

and vast improvement on second down - giving up only 13 yards.

The Dude said...

the same counter play that sprang for 55 yards, gets Army down near the goalline for a 3rd and inches.

The Dude said...

QB Keeper for 6 - Duke's run defense looks absolutely confuzzled.

The Dude said...

a quick out and a nice run up the middle has Duke moving the ball - but 2 injuries to offensive lineman on the same play spells potential disaster for Airborne.

The Dude said...

apparently the other injury was to Hollingsworth.

The Dude said...

a false start by Holt - but great leadership by Thad Lewis, slapping him a high five after the play. Duke looking to move the pocket with the inexperienced line, getting Thad on a roll-out. On 3rd down - Lewis almost gets picked, forcing Duke to punt again.

The Dude said...

a halfback pitch goes nowhere as Leon Wright stays on the receiver; Duke does a better job defending the pitch, as even the cameraman got fooled on the handoff to the upback. 3rd and 16, and the QB gets buried - Army is not equipped to convert 3rd and longs.

The Dude said...

Lewis has time on second down, and has to scramble to get back to the line; another rollout on 3rd down, Thad underthrows Varner on 3rd down, and Duke has to punt again - another terrible punt from Duke, 25yds. Special teams is not exactly a strongsuit for Airborne.

The Dude said...

stingy run defense on 1st and 3d downs gets Duke another forced punt - looks like the D has settled down, now Thad must convert.

The Dude said...

a stuffed run on 1st down, a blown read option for Thad on second down, an offsides penalty on 3rd down gets Duke a do-over, which they convert thanks to a pass interference call.

The Dude said...

Then Thad fumbles on the option, giving army the ball in Duke territory.

The Dude said...

Our Heisman candidate is looking awful so far as the 1st quarter comes to a close.

The Dude said...

Duke holds and forces Army into a 43yd FG attempt, which is right through the uprights - why can't Airborne find kickers like that?

The Dude said...

A huge seam springs Connor Vernon for a huge return to the Army 30, sets up Thad with a short field.

The Dude said...

Jay Hollingsworth returns to the lineup and rumbles up the middle for 5 on 1st down.

The Dude said...

Hollingsworth then fumbles on 2nd down, and it certainly looks like he was down on replay however. And now we will pause for a replay challenge.

The Dude said...

ruling is upheld on the replay - disappointing.

The Dude said...

Duke gets the ball right back, forcing a fumble and getting the ball back on the 28!

The Dude said...

Requan Boyette rumbles up the middle to the 11. Haha! the PBP guy just mentioned people that made the trip up from Durham. Dubious. More like the transplants coming down from NYC.

The Dude said...

Duke tries to get cute with a pitch, Boyette reverses field and gets smothered - setting up a big third down.

The Dude said...

Thad throws it up in the corner, and it sails on him, setting up a 28 yd FG, which is wide left. Duke's special teams is absolutely atrocious.

The Dude said...

A huge screen play to Boyette, and then a fake WR screen + double move from Vernon gets Thad and Duke on the board for 6 and the PAT!

The Dude said...

It looks like Duke has made some plays on defense; and is turning things around on offense.

The Dude said...

silly facemask on Hatcher gives the Black Knights a first down. Duke is hoping to get one more stop before the half.

The Dude said...

Army moving the chains with some bread and butter triple option plays - doesn't look like Duke will have time to take the lead before the half - but must still stop the black knights.

The Dude said...

1st and 10 for Army at the Duke 14 - this will be a big possession here.

The Dude said...

QB Keeper to the 6 - looks like Army is going to be moving the chains again - and they get the ball 1st in the second half.

The Dude said...

a stuff on 2nd down brings up a huge 3d down and 4 or so. With Army out of time outs, this may be the last offensive play of the half for Army

The Dude said...

QB bootleg gets Steeleman only 2, and the middies have to go for a FG - which boinks off the right upright, no good.

The Dude said...

considering the way the half started - going into halftime down only 3 is a small victory for the Blue Devils - see you in the 2nd half!

The Dude said...

welcome back! decent return by Army sets up the middies around their 30.

The Dude said...

wow! straight up pass on 2nd down, play gets broken up, 3rd and long - where Airborne is hoping to keep Army all day long.

The Dude said...

A pitch goes nowhere as Army is forced to punt on its first possession

The Dude said...

WR screen on 1st down falls incomplete. Thad has not been accurate thus far today. Boyette trucks up the middle for 3 on 2nd down to set up a third and long.

The Dude said...

slant falls incomplete on third a long, and the team trade punts on their first possessions

The Dude said...

PBP guy wonders how punter Kevin Jones (austin, tx) got away from Mack Brown at UT - ugh - i have a suggestion.

The Dude said...

and coack K is in the booth! and starts blabbering about leadership.

The Dude said...

and his microphone doesn't appear to be fully functioning.

The Dude said...

and Krzysewski says he's rooting for Duke basketball when asked who he's rooting for in this game. Nice try Mike - get on Airborne's bandwagon.

The Dude said...

Johnny Williams took a shot on the punt return, but looks to be okay.

The Dude said...

Boyette scampers up the middle for a 1st down as K continues to yak it up in the booth. Thad airs it out for the 1st time, and overthrows Vernon on the sidelines

The Dude said...

Lewis gets hit hard on 2nd down and throws incomplete, sets up a third down as Duke's woes on the O-line continues.

The Dude said...

Lewis rifles one over the middle and it is dropped by Vernon - who's slow to get up.

The Dude said...

big fumble by Army on a missed exchange gives it up to Duke deep in Army territory! time to make hay!

The Dude said...

Shawn Renfree replaces Thad at QB!! Wow!

The Dude said...

Renfree finds TE Brett Huffman on a reverse rollout for a TD!!! and the Devils take the lead!

The Dude said...

Thad Lewis is 5-16 so far - not sure what Cutfliffe is doing - but Renfree has an incredible QB rating right now. 1-1 for about 18 yds and a TD.

The Dude said...

Army passes!! 21 yd gain over the middle.

The Dude said...

wow - Army has a 6-10 guy at WR who was an OT last season. nice flexibility.

The Dude said...

another fumble by Army! but they recover!

The Dude said...

32 yarder on QB Keeper sets up Army deep in Duke territory - need a stop here.

The Dude said...

2 well disciplined stuffs and 1st and 2nd down well set up a huge 3rd down.

The Dude said...

Duke forces incomplete pass on 3rd down, and the Black Knights settle for a FG attempt - and it is right through the middle.

The Dude said...

Renfree stays in at QB, and finds Austin Kelly on a slant for 20. Interesting moves by Cutcliffe - as it doesn't appear that Thad is hurt.

The Dude said...

Renfree finds Boyette again on the screen, but the big gain is wiped out in part by a block in the back, setting up a second and seven.

The Dude said...

Renfree finds Williams on a big third down out for a big conversion - are we seeing a changing of the guard?

The Dude said...

after an incomplete on a route mix-up, Renfree finds Kelly again on a hook. move those chains!

The Dude said...

Wow! Lightning strikes at Michie Stadium as Shawn Renfree finds Varner again wide open for a TD down the sidelines!

The Dude said...

21-13 at the start of the 4th quarter - the defense has been solid - and it must persevere for one more quarter!

The Dude said...

Army is now moving the chains methodically - they would need a score and a deuce to tie this up - with their offense, they won't have too many more chances.

The Dude said...

an incomplete pass on third down sets up a punt for Army - now a chance for Duke to run some clock. Will Renfree or Lewis come out under center?

The Dude said...

Renfree back in the game to try to kill some clock.

The Dude said...

And 2 runs going nowhere up the middle - let's see if Renfree can make a big completion

The Dude said...

Renfree on the rollout, complete the first short of the 1st down - and Duke punts after taking a couple of minutes off the clock

The Dude said...

Huge run stuffs on 1st and 2nd down and things are looking up for Duke as clock winds down under 6 minutes.

The Dude said...

Boom! Oghobaase brings the hammer on 3d and long against Steeleman!

The Dude said...

Army tries a fake punt run on a 4th and wicked long!! and Duke will get it with a short field - time to seal the game fellas.

The Dude said...

2 short runs on 1st and 2nd down, sets up another third and long for Duke as the clock nears 4 minutes with an 8 point lead.

The Dude said...

Boyette trucks up the middle for 3, sets up a 4th and 5 at the 35, and Duke will probably punt here.

The Dude said...

terrible punt by Jones as it sails straight into the end zone. Now Army brings in its passing QB.

The Dude said...

deep pass by Army's Williams, and the fans wanted an interference call as the pass falls incomplete. Big completion on a comeback route for a first down.

The Dude said...

Another pass downfield with a controversial non-pass interference call. Sets up a 2nd and 10.

The Dude said...

3rd and 10 - obvious 4 down territory for Army here.

The Dude said...

incomplete on third down - brings up the first chance for Duke to seal the game.

The Dude said...

Leon Wright with the pick 6!! This game's over!!! Duke goes to 1-0 against Division 1A teams.

The Dude said...

Now the question becomes - who will start for Duke next week at Kansas.

The Dude said...

Lightning strikes twice as Leon Wright with another pick 6!!

The Dude said...

The final score will be deceptive - as Duke prevails easily in a game that was close deep into the 4th quarter.

The Dude said...

Army is putting together a nice 2 minute drive, has the ball inside the Duke 10 as we line up for the final play!

The Dude said...

the fade to the 6-10 WR falls incomplete, and we NOW line-up for the final play.

The Dude said...

TD! as the 6-10 WR hauls it in at the buzzer!! Final Score - Duke 35, Army 19.

Big Daddy said...

Thanks Dude for the one man liveblog. I being poor (but also away) didn't get a chance to see the game but felt like I was right there with the excellent running commentary and PBP.

Head Dude said...

Wonderful job Dude!
Humor and insight.
And what to make of this Sean Renfree situation. Who is Sean Renfree?
The world awaits a response from the Undude.

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