Duke's one-game win streak abruptly came to a halt when they faced the No. 25 Standford Cardinal. While Duke may not be on par with some of their Pac-12 rivals, Stanford's offense did not disappoint by beating up on the Blue Devils, 50-13.
Filling in the cleats of Andrew Luck isn't going to be easy for junior quarterback Josh Nunes. He played until midway through the fourth quarter, when the score was at a safe 50-13. On the night, Nunes was a respectable 17-for-31 with 281 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His backup, Brett Nottingham kept the score at 50. Almost every offensive player on Stanford played in this game. There were five different rushers and nine different receivers.
This was a confidence booster game for the Cardinal. The true test comes next week when Pac-12 rival, and currently ranked No. 2, USC comes to town.
Box Score Hero: Standford's Drew Terrell had four punt returns, averaging about 24.8 yards per. His best return of the night would be a 76 yard run for a touchdown.
Rankings Ramifications: The win should have little-to-no impact on Stanford's current 25th place ranking due to Duke's weak football program.
But Did They Cover? Duke was the underdog at +21 coming into the game. Even with points, the Blue Devils couldn't beat Stanford.
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Next Week's Schedule: The Blue Devils head home to take on a slightly less menacing opponent in North Carolina Central. The Cardinal welcomes the USC Trojans in a Pac-12 grudge match.