Northwestern and Duke battled for the right to stay 2-0 in 2017 on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C., with the Blue Devils coming out ahead in a 41-17 rout.
Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern team was coming off a 31-20 win over Nevada, while David Cutcliffe’s Duke squad had emerged from a 60-7 thrashing of N.C. Central.
Below, find live updates throughout the game. Further below, find the TV channel, streaming and radio information and a game preview for Northwestern-Duke.
Northwestern vs. Duke: live updates, score
Duke dominated this one from start to finish, racking up 538 yards of offense, compared to only 191 for Northwestern. Quarterback Daniel Jones was the game’s star, passing for 305 yards and rushing for 108 while accounting for two touchdowns through the air and two on the ground. Northwestern suffered from off days for hobbled running back Justin Jackson (seven carries for 18 yards) and quarterback Clayton Thorson (11-for-29, 120 yards and two interceptions).
FINAL: Duke – 41, Northwestern – 17
4Q 2:50 — Northwestern back-up quarterback Matt Alviti finds Riley Lees for a 20-yard touchdown, but Northwestern fails to recover an onside kick and still trails 41-17.
4Q 5:07 — More points for the Blue Devils. A 24-yard field goal from Austin Parker extends Duke’s lead to 41-10.
4Q 10:07 — Duke just keeps pouring it on. An eight-yard Shaun Wilson touchdown rush has the Blue Devils up 38-10.
End of third quarter — Duke – 31, Northwestern – 10
3Q 3:08 — Duke scores once again. This time it’s Daniel Jones finding Davis Koppenhaver for a touchdown and a 31-10 lead.
3Q 9:59 — After both teams opened the second half with turnovers, Duke stormed down the field and kicked a field goal to go up 24-10.
Halftime — Duke – 21, Northwestern – 10
2Q 0:33 — Northwestern finally gets something going on offense, with a five-play, 54-yard drive that ends with a five-yard Justin Jackson touchdown rush. It’s 21-10.
2Q 1:35 — Duke looked destined for yet another score, until running back Brittain Brown coughed up a fumble, giving the Northwestern another possession before halftime.
2Q 3:51 — Northwestern finally gets a stop, halting Duke just outside of field goal range, in part due to a pair of Blue Devils penalties. The Wildcats get the ball back looking for a pre-halftime score.
2Q 9:15 — Things are getting ugly in Durham. Daniel Jones put Duke up 21-3 with his second rushing touchdown of the game, a four-yard designed run. The Blue Devils have out-gained the Wildcats 235-68.
End of first quarter — Duke – 7, Northwestern – 3
2Q 13:18 — Less than two minutes into the second quarter, Duke receiver Chris Taylor beats a depleted Northwestern defensive backfield for a barely contested 52-yard touchdown reception, putting his team up 14-3.
1Q 0:52 — Duke quarterback Daniel Jones scampers into the end zone to put the Blue Devils up 7-3.
1Q 1:22 — A Northwestern interception was called back thanks to an illegal hit by safety Jared McGee. Not only did the call allow Duke to keep possession, it resulted in McGee’s ejection. The Wildcats entered the game short-handed at defensive back, and this will not help.
1Q 6:20 — Northwestern can’t capitalize on a Montre Hartage interception, as a fierce Duke pass rush forces the Wildcats to punt.
1Q 9:28 — After both teams punted on their opening drives, Northwestern strikes first with a 40-yard field goal from freshman Charlie Kuhbander. The Wildcats lead 3-0.
Northwestern vs. Duke: Game time, details
Time: 12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9
Location: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, N.C.
Weather: High of 76, mid-70s
The line: Northwestern -3
Where can I watch Northwestern vs. Duke on TV?
ESPNU is televising the matchup.
How to stream Northwestern vs. Duke online
Head over to WatchESPN.
Northwestern vs. Duke radio information
Check out Dave Eanet and Ted Albrecht on WGN 720 in the Chicago Area.
Northwestern vs. Duke game preview
Both of these teams come in at 1-0. Both came into the season with a significant amount of hype in their respective divisions, It’s Week 2. Here’s what else you need to know:
Northwestern was underwhelming against an inferior opponent in Week 1. Duke whooped on a worse one.
Northwestern’s 31-20 win over Nevada didn’t come easy. The game was tied at 17 going into the fourth quarter, and Nevada took a 20-17 lead before the three scores from the Huskies erased Nevada’s shot at an upset. This was an underwhelming performance from a team that received significant preseason hype, but it was also Week 1. Duke, on the other hand, destroyed a much more inferior opponent in North Carolina Central. Nevada, which went 5-7 last year in a Group of 5 conference is a significantly more established than NC Central, an FCS team that went 9-3 in 2016.
Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson had a big debut. How will he look against a better defense?
It’s tough to gauge a performance when teams aren’t on equal footing, but Thorson’s debut was a success any way you want to put it. He completed 28 of 38 passes for 352 yards and 2 touchdowns, including this beautiful strike:
Thorson, who is getting attention as a potential pro prospect, could be in for more success in Week 2. Duke’s defense wasn’t exactly exceptional against the pass in 2016 (the Blue Devils allowed 9.4 yards per pass last year, second-worst in all of FBS), and is probably not quite ready to take a significant leap just yet.
This is our first look at Duke against a team that’s competitive. What will we see?
Duke’s win over N.C. Central was thorough. QB Daniel Jones completed 19 of 25 passes for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not quite up to Thorson’s numbers, but that’s still a good showing. The offense as a whole averaged a solid 6.5 yards per play. N.C. Central’s ended the game with 8 first downs, 64 rushing yards and 94 passing yards, so the defense did its job. It’s still unclear exactly what conclusions we can draw from this, as the N.C. Central game essentially shapes up as the preaseason. Northwestern is the first big test for Duke, and this matchup should tell us a lot about each team.