4:00 PM ET, November 9, 2013
Wallace Wade Stadium, DURHAM, NC
North Carolina State vs Duke Highlight
DURHAM, N.C. -- DeVon Edwards scored three touchdowns, two on interception returns in a span of 16 seconds to help Duke beat North Carolina State 38-20 on Saturday, securing the Blue Devils' first winning season in nearly two decades.
Edwards also had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter for the Blue Devils (7-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who went from trailing in a close game to winning in a romp with a stunning flurry of late-game touchdowns.
Brandon Connette put Duke up for good with a 5-yard keeper with 3:31 left for a 24-20 lead. Edwards took care of the rest, returning interceptions 25 yards and 45 yards on consecutive plays to blow the game open.
The Blue Devils are guaranteed of their first winning season since going 8-4 in 1994, while N.C. State (3-6, 0-6) has its worst league record since going 0-6 in 1959.
Neither team looked particularly sharp offensively in this one, combining for six interceptions and eight turnovers. In the end, Edwards' one-man show finally gave the Blue Devils the push they needed.
The Wolfpack, struggling badly in coach Dave Doeren's first year, got a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown from Rashard Smith to take a third-quarter lead then an 80-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Mitchell to Quintin Payton for a 20-17 lead with 6:37 left.
On Payton's touchdown, Edwards had the last chance to bring Payton down, but the receiver broke free around the 10 and ran into the end zone.
Edwards got that one back, following Connette's keeper with a terrific individual effort to tip Mitchell's desperation pass into the air, haul it in and run it back for the 25-yard score that gave Duke a 31-20 lead. And his 45-yard return seconds later after Pete Thomas' interception ensured that the Blue Devils weren't going to let this one get away.
When it was over, Duke's players jogged to the student section of Wallace Wade Stadium to celebrate while the Wolfpack walked dejectedly back to the locker room after a fifth-straight loss.
Mitchell threw for 148 yards on 7-for-18 passing with two interceptions for N.C. State, while Shadrach Thornton ran for 103 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-18||3-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-1|
|TD||11:07||Anthony Boone 4 Yd Run (Ross Martin Kick) |
|FG||08:14||Ross Martin 36 Yd |
|FG||08:46||Niklas Sade 29 Yd |
|TD||07:17||Rashard Smith 73 Yd Punt Return (Niklas Sade Kick) |
|FG||03:58||Niklas Sade 24 Yd |
|TD||03:45||DeVon Edwards 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Ross Martin Kick) |
|TD||06:37||Quintin Payton 80 Yd Pass From Brandon Mitchell (Niklas Sade Kick) |
|TD||03:31||Brandon Connette 5 Yd Run (Ross Martin Kick) |
|TD||03:21||DeVon Edwards 25 Yd Interception Return (Ross Martin Kick) |
|TD||03:05||DeVon Edwards 45 Yd Interception Return (Ross Martin Kick) |
With their 38-20 win over NC State on Saturday, Duke recorded their first win in a November game since Nov. 6, 2010, when they beat Virginia in Durham, 55-48. The Blue Devils had lost 10 straight November games since that 2010 win prior to Saturday's victory.
Duke's DeVon Edwards scored three touchdowns today - on two interception returns and a kickoff return. He is the only FBS player in the last 10 seasons with three non-offensive touchdowns in one game.
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