Duke quarterback Anthony Boone didn’t know he was starting Saturday’s game against Navy until minutes before the opening kickoff.
Turns out, he played pretty well on short notice.
Boone, who opened the season as the starter, had been out for three weeks with a broken collarbone. However, an injury to Brandon Connette forced Duke to bring Boone back a little earlier than he expected. He didn’t show much rust in his return to the lineup.
The junior quarterback went 31-of-38 for 295 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils rolled Navy 35-7.
Boone got Duke on the board with nine minutes to go in the first half when he ripped a post down the middle to Isaac Blakeney for a 27-yard score. Then, later in the quarter, he found Max McCaffrey from three yards out on a goalline fade that was perfectly dropped in the bucket. Finally, he hit Blakeney again, this time from 18 yards out to give the Devils a 21-7 lead. The pass only carried five yards, but Blakeney caught it on the move, worked his way across the field and walked into the end zone.
Boone also found Duke’s most productive receiver of the 2013 season, junior Jamison Crowder, 10 times for 88 yards.
The Devils were sharp on offense all day, and were an impressive 10-of-16 converting third-down conversions. A lot of that can be attributed to Boone’s accuracy and ability to keep the Devils in makeable down and distances.
Boone might not have expected the start, but he certainly made the most of it.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google