Scores

Final

Duke 14

(0-5, 0-3 ACC)

Alabama 30

(4-2, 1-2 SEC)

7:07 PM ET, October 7, 2006

Bryant-Denny Stadium, TUSCALOOSA, AL

1 2 3 4 T
DUKE 0 14 0 014
ALA 3 7 6 1430

Top Performers

Passing: J. Wilson (ALA) - 220 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Darby (ALA) - 18 CAR, 115 YDS

Receiving: D. Hall (ALA) - 7 REC, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Shaky early, 'Bama rallies late to keep Duke winless

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 nation.

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 18 carries.

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DUKE
ALA
1st Downs1420
Total Yards275354
Passing74220
Rushing201134
Penalties10-8410-68
3rd Down Conversions2-123-11
4th Down Conversions2-31-1
Turnovers31
Possession27:0932:51

Passing Leaders

DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Lewis7/18744.112-
AlabamaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Wilson18/302207.321-

Rushing Leaders

DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Boyette99710.8033
Harris5306.0011
AlabamaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darby181156.4020
Castille3144.708

Receiving Leaders

DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Riley24422.0135
Wright2157.5013
AlabamaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hall712417.7141
Brown6579.5121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDUKEALA
FG10:39JAMIE CHRISTENSEN 37 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 61 yards.
03
SECOND QUARTERDUKEALA
TD12:21ERON RILEY 9 YD PASS FROM THADDEUS LEWIS (JOE SURGAN KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 39 yards.
73
TD5:33DJ HALL 4 YD PASS FROM JOHN PARKER WILSON (JAMIE CHRISTENSEN KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 90 yards.
710
TD2:53THADDEUS LEWIS 5 YD RUN (JOE SURGAN KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 74 yards.
1410
THIRD QUARTERDUKEALA
TD9:23KEITH BROWN 9 YD PASS FROM JOHN PARKER WILSON (BLOCKED XP)
Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yards.
1416
FOURTH QUARTERDUKEALA
TD4:08JIMMY JOHNS 2 YD RUN (JAMIE CHRISTENSEN KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yards.
1423
TD3:33LIONEL MITCHELL 50 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (JAMIE CHRISTENSEN KICK)1430