Duke totaled 365 yards, blocked a punt, and recovered an onside kick in the first half, racing out to a massive 38-17 lead on Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies.
Manziel, who is likely playing in his final collegiate game, turned in a strong first half performance with 199 yards and 2 touchdowns. The story, however, is all about the Blue Devils, who are shocking the entire nation at the moment.
The opening fifteen minutes belonged entirely to Duke, as QB Anthony Boone threw for 114 yards and a touchdown to lead the Blue Devils to a 14-3 advantage.
After holding the Aggies to a missed field goal on their opening drive, the Blue Devils had the opportunity to jump out to a quick lead, and they took it.
Armed with good field position and a razor-sharp Boone, the Blue Devils marched down the field quickly, tearing up the Aggies’ defense through both the air and ground. The drive would end with Boone swinging one out to an open Josh Snead in the flats for an easy, 11-yard touchdown to put Duke up, 7-0.
After the Aggies answered the touchdown with a 45-yard field goal on their next drive, Duke was off to the races again.
Taking over from their own 21-yard line, the Blue Devils went 79-yards in five plays, including two Boone-to-Deaver connections for a combined 69 yards. The second score would come via QB Bradon Connette‘s 14th rushing touchdown of the season, a three-yard dash off tackle.
Not to be outdone by the offensive fireworks, special teams decided to get in on the action, too. With A&M set to punt from their own 39-yard line, Snead–who had already scored a touchdown–broke through the line and blocked the punt, giving Duke the ball deep in A&M territory.
Not one to waste time, Boone immediately found the end zone after the blocked punt, running it in from 11 yards out to give Duke a commanding 21-3 lead.
The rest of the half would consist of the teams trading touchdowns back and forth, with Manziel leading two long drives in a very short time, connecting with Travis Labhart twice for touchdowns.
Duke would score on two entirely different drives, with Boone connecting with Crowder for a 59-yard touchdown and then leading a long drive–one that consisted of two-fourth conversions, 11 plays, and 4:14 of clock time–that ended with 25-yard touchdown run by Snead.
After going full YOLO and recovering an onside kick, Duke managed to tack on a field goal on the last play of the half.
Anthony Boone: 13/17 – 230 yards – 2 TDs
Josh Snead: 9 touches (7 rush, 2 catches), 73 yards, 2 TDs, blocked punt
Jamison Crowder: 6 catches, 114 yards, touchdown