For the first time in 15 years, the Duke Blue Devils are 2-0 — in football.
And for the second straight week backup quarterback Brandon Connette will lead the charge, as he will start for the injured Anthony Boone, who is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone that he suffered in last week’s 28-14 win over the Memphis Tigers.
Connette — who has been a short-yardage specialist and occasional tight end since arriving at Duke in 2010 — has a career completion percentage of 53%, but the junior has completed 19 of 29 passes (65.5%) for four touchdowns and one interception in victories over the North Carolina Central Eagles and Memphis so far this season.
The competition will get tougher on Saturday when Connette goes up against the Yellow Jackets, who defeated the Elon Phoenix 70-0 on Aug. 31 before enjoying an early bye week. Six different players notched rushing TDs in the rout, with running backs Deon Hill, David Sims, Zach Laskey and Charles Perkins and quarterbacks Vad Lee and Justin Thomas all crossing the goal line on the ground.
Despite currently being unranked, Georgia Tech has boasted one of the top rushing attacks in the nation for five years straight, and the thrashing of the Phoenix showed that the Yellow Jackets will likely run the ball down opposing teams’ throat throughout the entire 2013 college football season as well.
The question is can the Blue Devils outdo them in what will surely be a high-scoring affair?