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Duke football seniors move beyond past disappointments, deliver signature win

Posted in Trending Topics on 28th December 2015

Duke football seniors move beyond past disappointments, deliver signature win

Duke’s veteran players have to celebrate the end of their careers in style Saturday & amp; amp; mdash;. a bowl victory in the Big Apple, after three consecutive years of the fourth quarter disappointments

New York after three consecutive nail -biter baking games that do not top off come Duke, it seemed would have the Blue Devils to wait another season to get that elusive bin victory.

This time it was different, and Duke was able to sharpen his first bucket victory in 54 years.

Playing in his final game as a Blue Devil sixth year senior tight endBraxton Deaver caught a success rate of landing Thomas Sirk in the third quarter.

Sleep Indiana by a landing with less than a minute left in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl quarterback Thomas Sirk tied the game at 41 with a five-yard touchdown run. Senior Ross Martin then nailed a 36-yard field goal in overtime-to Hoosier kicker Griffin Oakes’ game tying field goal attempt missed from 38-step demonstration of the game winner.

The Blue Devils first postseason victory since the 1961 Cotton Bowl was not always pretty, but the victory was an achievement for the players and coaches who play on the field, the culture and changed the reputation of Duke football .

“There are tears,” says Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. “There were tears on the field. We just broke down on the platform …. Just as many players like around there. It’s just emotional.”

The Blue Devils have closed in all their previous three outings played to bake, but could never close to a victory. In 2012 Belk Bowl, Duke rode with the game tied at 34 with less than two minutes left before Josh Snead story fumble by Cincinnati. The Bearcats then scored a 83-yard touchdown pass and added a pick-six in the final 1:10 to win 48-34.

In the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Blue Devils have a 41-31 fourth-quarter lead evaporate against the enchantment of Johnny Manziel as Texas A & amp; amp; M has a comeback to win, 52-48.

Senior Shaquille Powell did not mess the best day but forced a fumble on special teams key pointing a Duke landing.

A year ago it looked like Duke would eventually end his bakkie skid with a 31-30 lead against No. 15 Arizona State with five minutes over due some trick play magic of their own. But the subsequent launch, Halak Ballage thump 96 steps to a landing and Sun Devil Duke’s despair row ended in an interception and another loss.

“I’ve been on the team for three games baking with the senior class that does not win,” the Duke senior running back Shaquille Powell. “I see how it is after that. It sucks to have a sense of defeat …. Nobody wants to feel the pain again.”

Powell’s class will not.

When Indiana has a seven-point lead with 4:03 left in the game, it seemed like Duke is headed for another dreadful. But the experience came in handy for baking, help the Blue Devils remain focused and calm as the clock ticked down.

“We have not lost faith in ourselves that game,” said Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk. “We were strong and we fight. We knew that anything can happen in these situations, and we never stop believing.”

The winning dish as dramatic victory as the three previous postseason losses-is the cherry on top of which has a remarkable turnaround for Duke Program under Cutcliffe not. From making his first bucket game in 2012, since the 1994 season to break into the AP top 25 in each of the past three seasons and makes his way to the ACC Championship in 2013, this Blue Devil team has a very reach the last four seasons.

But there was still unfinished business to attend. Duke’s senior class already achieved a lot, but wanted their teammates to make sure they Durham with a bowl victory.

“People just wanted to win for the seniors,” said Duke Backer Ben Humphreys, who carried injured harvesting hemp senior Backer’s Kelby Brown’s No. 59 jersey for Saturday’s match. “For the four years of the five years, the six-year seniors who put in countless hours of work, now she’s finally getting to go out on top.”

Cutcliffe inherited a multi ACC bottom -dweller in 2008 and changed the culture of the program. Even though his early years in control was not successful from a win-lose perspective, the program remains patient and has since reaped the rewards.

“It just comes to the way I feel about Coach [Cutcliffe],” Duke has offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery, now Durham leave to take the head afrigtingspos at East Carolina over. “Probably the highest I felt in football, from a football point of view, to see him raise that trophy tonight …. These guys give everything they have, but you need a leader at the end of the day to ensure you push their limits and take care of them at their limit. This is what he was able to do was with this program. “

Saturday victory was important for the shift from the past frustrations Over the past three years. It was important for breaking the 54-year streak of blank post seasons.

But it was also important for further growth of the program.