Duke was the talk of college football after a 4-0 start to their season, but another week of inconsistent offense play contributed heavily to the Blue Devils third straight loss in the ACC.
Three weeks, three offensive touchdowns scored, and Duke’s offense failed to put points on the scoreboard once again in a frustrating 17-10 loss to Florida State on Saturday. The Blue Devils had their chances to tie the Seminoles, with two late drives that crossed midfield, but each fizzled out without any points scored. Duke’s best scoring opportunity came in their final possession that ended with a desperation Hail Mary pass being knocked out of the end zone as time expired.
Here’s what coach David Cutcliffe said after the Blue Devils fell to 4-3 (1-3 ACC) on the season.
On the non-targeting call against Florida State: “I’ll never criticize a targeting call because it’s the most difficult to judge. Targeting to me is intent by the player, but that’s hard to prove, and I understand the issue surrounding the controversy. I couldn’t hear what the officials said to our coaches after reviewing the replay.”
On inconsistent offense play: “We can only do so much in a week’s time. I’m frustrated that I haven’t got my playmakers more involved. We needed to keep moving the sticks, and we were running the football but couldn’t break one big on them. We couldn’t become a dropback passing attack against them either.
On Florida State’s running game: “Jimbo Fisher has been a good football coach for a long time, and a great scheme by them today. Patrick is a very physical running back, but we have to tackle better. We tried everything possible, but we couldn’t get the job done. ”
On feeling inside the Blue Devils locker room: The locker room is in a bit of shock. Three straight losses can be a bit overwhelming, but we have no time to feel sorry for ourselves. I’m excited for the challenge ahead of us. It has nothing to do with Pitt and more with what we have here at Duke.”
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