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Duke Wins Walk-On's Independence Bowl

Duke capped its week in Shreveport by claiming the 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl with a strong second half to come back and defeat Temple 56-27 behind 42 unanswered points. The Blue Devils secured their third straight bowl victory with the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, 2017 Quick Lane Bowl and 2018 Walk-On's Independence Bowl.

Head coach David Cutcliffe was guiding a squad at the Independence Bowl for the fourth time after making three trips with Ole Miss. The 2003 Independence Bowl Hall of Fame inductee won for the fourth time in Shreveport and captured his third bowl victory at Duke, the most by any head coach in program history.
Prior to kickoff, fans got to enjoy Chef John Folse setting a Guinness World Record for the largest pot of seafood gumbo and the Forever Duke Pregame Party.
The Duke and Temple marching bands combined forces for the National Anthem.
Duke took a quick 7-0 lead at 10:36 in the first quarter, scoring on its first possession after forcing a Temple three-and-out. WR T.J. Rahming's 62-yard reception from QB Daniel Jones set up QB Quentin Harris' two-yard TD run.
After three consecutive Temple touchdowns, Duke trailed 20-7 before this 34-yard touchdown pass from QB Daniel Jones to WR Chris Taylor cut the deficit to 20-14 with 7:42 to play in the opening half.
Down 27-14 with less than two minutes to play in the first half, WR T.J. Rahming caught his first of two touchdowns, this one covering 22 yards, to bring the Blue Devils within 27-21 at intermission.
CB Brandon Feamster intercepted his first career pass in the opening half to help Duke's defensive effort.
Playing in their first bowl games, S Lummie Young IV (left) finished the contest with seven tackles while S Damani Neal tied for the team lead with eight stops.

Receiving the second half kickoff, Daniel Jones drove Duke's offense 59 yards in nine plays to regain the lead at 28-27 with his one-yard TD run.

The touchdown was Jones' 17th career rushing score, the third most by a Duke quarterback in program history.

Duke would not relinquish the lead and added four more touchdowns in the second half for the 56-27 final.

“My favorite thing in football is to score late in the first half – and I’m always going to defer except in rare weather circumstances – and get a 14-point swing where the other team hasn’t had a chance to do anything with the ball. You can become dominant." -- Head coach David Cutcliffe

Leading 28-27 but pinned at its own 15-yard line following a 60-yard Temple punt and two-yard loss on first down, QB Daniel Jones hit on his third touchdown pass of the day with this 85-yard strike to WR T.J. Rahming as the Blue Devils extended their advantage to 35-27 with 7:28 to play in the third quarter.

“There’s so many things he does on the field to help our offense. It makes my job pretty easy when you can throw a glorified slant and he takes it 80 yards to the house. That’s not a hard thing for me to do, and it shows the special kind of player he is and what he can do. I have a lot of trust and am very appreciative for what he’s done for me personally. He’s a special player.” -- QB Daniel Jones on WR T.J. Rahming

WR Jake Bobo scored his first career touchdown on QB Daniel Jones' fourth TD pass of the afternoon, this one covering seven yards, as Duke took a 42-27 lead with 2:49 left in the third frame.
Freshman CB Josh Blackwell set the Duke bowl record with four pass breakups in the contest.
Victor Dimukeje's Fourth quarter sack
Duke added two four-yard touchdowns in the final frame with RB Brittain Brown's run at 14:55 and TE Davis Koppenhaver's reception at 10:16.
As the clock hit zero, Duke received its third consecutive bowl trophy.

David Cutcliffe Gatorade bath

“I don’t want to be self-serving at all, but there is a great deal of emotion. This is the place where I coached my first game as a head football coach – not knowing where that was going to lead. That was 20 years ago. No idea where it would lead." -- Head coach David Cutcliffe

From top left: WR T.J. Rahming, CB Brandon Feamster and CB Josh Blackwell at the Walk-On's Independence Bowl postgame press conference.
FACES OF VICTORY
From upper left: Offensive line, running backs, specialists, secondary, linebackers and defensive line.
Duke 56, Temple 27

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