Last year’s meeting between Duke and Pittsburgh provided plenty of fireworks, and this year’s game looked to start off right where last year’s meeting left off. The teams combined for 28 points in the back-and-forth first quarter and the first minute of the second. At the half, Pittsburgh and Duke are tied 28-28.
Duke quarterback Anthony Boone ended each of Duke’s first two possessions with touchdown catches. The first was to Jamison Crowder for a 39-yard score. The second was to Josh Snead from 10 yards out. Each score gave Duke the lead, but Pittsburgh responded with running back James Conner capping a 10-play, 82-yard drive with a short touchdown run and Chad Voytik taking off on his own for a 13-yard keeper to the end zone.
Pittsburgh finally took its first lead late in the second quarter with Voytik completing his second touchdown pass of the half to J.P. Holtz. Duke took a gamble on the goal line in the closing seconds of the half, and were rewarded with Thomas Sirk pushing across the goal line to tie the game at the break.
Two of the ACC’s top wide receivers are already over 100 yards in this one. Crowder leads Duke with 111 yards and two touchdowns. Pittsburgh’s rising star, Tyler Boyd, is past the century mark as well with 102 yards. Pittsburgh also already has over 100 rushing yards out of Conner on the ground as well.
The good news for Pittsburgh is the offense has also protected the football. After a dismal start last week against Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh went to halftime without a single turnover.