Scores

Final

VMI 14

(1-2, 0-1 away)

Duke 40

(1-2, 1-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 17, 2005

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
VMI 0 0 7 714
DUKE 7 14 12 740

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Asack (DUKE) - 38 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Boyle (DUKE) - 15 CAR, 113 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: Z. Burden (VMI) - 5 REC, 45 YDS

Duke 40, VMI 14

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Justin Boyle ran for a career-high 113 yards and two touchdowns, Zack Asack threw for another score in his Duke debut and the Blue Devils beat Division I-AA VMI 40-14 Saturday.

A week after getting embarrassed at home by Virginia Tech, they took out their frustration on the lowly Keydets (1-2), who have lost 14 of their 15 games. Duke (1-2) gained only 35 yards in a 45-0 loss to the Hokies but exceeded that total on its second possession in front of 10,126 fans, the smallest crowd at Wallace Wade Stadium since 1966.

VMI hasn't beaten a I-A opponent since a 6-0 shutout of Virginia Tech in 1981, its final game before moving down to the lower classification. Nat Jackson and Colby Hollingsworth ran for touchdowns in the second half for the Keydets, who surrendered at least 40 points for the second consecutive week.

Cedric Dargan had two TDs on the ground for Duke, and freshman Marcus Jones caught Asack's scoring toss before later taking his first snaps of the season at quarterback. The Blue Devils finished with 351 yards of offense, their highest total since gaining 397 last season against Division I-AA The Citadel.

The postgame celebration was a bit muted, but perhaps Duke should have enjoyed it more. After all, its next five opponents had a combined record of 43-17 in 2004, including four bowl victories. The daunting stretch begins next week against No. 25 Virginia and ends with No. 8 Florida State, a run that would challenge most programs.

The Keydets had three turnovers, the first of which was a fumble that led to the Blue Devils' first touchdown. Sean Mizzer broke free down the right sideline before getting hit by safety Brian Greene, and Deonto McCormick dove on the loose ball just before it headed out of bounds.

An review by the replay official upheld the call, and Ronnie Drummer got Duke started with a 13-yard reverse. Seven plays later, Boyle bulled his way in from the 3 to make it 7-0, and the rout was on.

On VMI's next drive, John Talley intercepted a pass from Jonathan Wilson and returned it 35 yards. A roughing the passer penalty later moved the ball to the 1, and Dargan ran in from there for a 14-0 lead. He added another TD on a 4-yard run before the Blue Devils blew a chance to increase the margin just before the half.

Ryan Radloff broke through to block a punt in the final 75 seconds, giving Duke possession at VMI's 14. Mike Schneider threw two incompletions before a third-down pass netted only 3 yards, and Randy DeSmyter pushed a 28-yard field wide right.

DeSmyter was playing in place of Joe Surgan, who was benched by coach Ted Roof.

Schneider was 8-of-17 for 69 yards before giving way to Asack.

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