Duke Football Will Take Scary Win Over Maryland

Mike KlineAnalyst IOctober 24, 2009

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis #9 of the Duke Blue Devils looks to pass the ball during the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It appears that when Duke makes the trip up to Charlottesville next week they will be dressed up as a winning team for Halloween.

Despite putting up a frighteningly awful rushing performance against the Maryland Terrapins (2-6, 1-2), the Blue Devils (4-3, 2-1) relied once again on the arm of quarterback Thad Lewis to pull out their second straight conference win.

It was the first time since 1994 that Duke has won back to back ACC games.

Lewis threw for his third straight 300-hundred plus yard game in front of bowl scouts none the less.

Duke's sloppy performance coming off their bye week will only be tolerated because they won.

It isn't likely that Coach David Cutcliffe will be pleased with the 100 plus yards in penalties, three turnovers, and only 23 yards rushing.

All areas Duke must improve on if they want to make it three in a row next week against the Virginia Cavaliers.

The Wahoo’s, however, are having to deal with a bad loss at the hands of Georgia Tech who in essentially in the driver’s seat now in the ACC Coastal Division.

Duke is surely turning some heads now as they are in good position to make a run at a bowl berth.

If that isn't strange enough, since Miami lost to Clemson, Duke now shares third place in the Coastal Division with Virginia ahead of Miami and North Carolina.

They got a solid performance Saturday out of their defense who only allowed 13 points, and their wide receivers. Connor Vernon and Donovan Varner both netted 100 yards receiving for the game.

It was definitely an ugly win; but after 15 years of futility, Duke will take an ugly win over an ugly loss any day.

And when they make the trip to Charlottesville next week the Blue Devils' uniforms may actually instill some fear rather than relief in the hearts of an ACC foe for a change.