Blue Devils vs In Town Rival NCCU: Bull City Gridiron Classic
It’s hard to wake up from a nightmare when the nightmare is real. This past Saturday against then 25th-ranked Stanford, to be candid, is what Duke experienced after the first possession. Traveling a little over 2,300 thousand miles, it was as if the Blue Devils never really got into rhythm offensively or defensively. After the first three and out it went downhill from there as Stanford scored on a punt return, and continued the assault having 23-3 at the half. The running game was non-existence but the passing game had flashes, with Jamison Crowder having 10 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. Joining him was Desmond Scott with 11 receptions for 83 yards, just the second time in school history that two Blue Devils had 10 or more receptions in a game.
Right behind the `disappointment’ sandwich and the tall glass of ‘we’ll get them next time’ on the schedule this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m on ESPN3, is N.C Central. A hop, skip, and a jump away from each other, the “Bull City Gridiron Classic”, is considered a special event in the city of Durham.
For Desmond Scott, a native of Durham, without a doubt agrees that the matchup against N.C Central is something that’s considered special to him being a senior this year. Playing against his friend Geovine Irvine (WR for NCCU), is an added bonus as he and Irvine were high school teammates at Hillside H.S. Scott, is looking to pick up where he left off in his 100-yard performance in the first meeting, but in a new category as he has made a smooth transition from running back to receiver this year.
Although, it’s great for both sides politically it’s still some football to be played. Coming off a 50-13 loss, the main focus is to remain focus for the Blue Devils. Three of the top six WR’s in the ACC… Conner Vernon, Desmond Scott, and Jamison Crowder are expected to showcase the reasons why against the Eagles secondary. Speaking of secondary… Duke’s defensive captions Walt Canty and Ross Cockell are looking to give NCCU’s QB Jordan Reid fits, and continue their solid start to the 2012 season. Overall under head coach David Cutcliffe, the Blue Devils are confidently coming into the game with intentions of claiming the victory, bragging rights, and painting the town blue and white.