While Duke football has become one of the most exciting stories in college football this season, the simulation in NCAA Football 14 has been nothing exciting for Duke fans. If nothing else, it’s basically set the stage for us to know what NOT to expect every week. Now, the Blue Devils travel to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest. Duke enters with a 3-7 record in the simulation and still looking for that first conference victory. Let’s see if they can get it this week.
It looked like the Blue Devils were ready to get their first conference win of the season until everything fell apart in the fourth quarter.
Duke had a 17-10 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game and had held the Demon Deacons in check for the entire game. Then, the wheels fell off. Wake Forest put together two scoring drives to tie the game with just over two minutes remaining.
It looked like Duke would get the ball back with plenty of time to put together a drive to get in field goal range, but a critical mistake by Anthony Boone changed everything. Boone tried to hit Jamison Crowder on a slant route over the middle but didn’t see Nikita Whitlock drop back into coverage and pick the ball out of the air. Whitlock then rumbled into the end zone for the closest thing you’ll get to a fat guy touchdown on a video game.
Wake Forest had made the incredible comeback while it was a backbreaking play for the Blue Devils.
Unfortunately, it was the same story as it has been for much of the season for Duke – the offense is mediocre and the passing game is disastrous. The Blue Devils rotated between Anthony Boone and Brandon Connette, but neither player had much success against the Wake Forest defense. And it ended up being poor quarterback play that cost the team a chance for a win.
The Duke defense played a great game and Justin Foxx was one of the biggest reasons why The senior defensive end had three tackles for loss and also one sack as part of his seven tackles. He was a force in the Demon Deacon backfield for the entire game.
Duke now has one last chance to get an ACC win and a final opportunity to salvage something good out of this disappointing simulated season. A victory over North Carolina to close out the year would be a great way to end things for Duke fans and hopefully give the players some momentum going into the offseason.