It wasn't meant to be for Thad Lewis and the rest of his senior cohorts.
The Duke quarterback who has started all but two games since arriving in Durham four years ago just wasn't able to put the Blue Devils on his back one last time.
So for the likes of Lewis, Leon Wright, Vincent Rey, and Vince Oghobaase as well as others, they end their careers with another losing season and no bowl appearances.
But to their credit they helped lead the Blue Devils to their best season since 1994.
In the end though this Duke team was plagued by the same things all year—namely no running game, and the inability to come up with big stops on the defensive side off the ball.
Saturday's loss to Wake Forest was no different as Riley Skinner picked apart Duke from the beginning to the end. Duke's secondary was burnt with regularity and Lewis didn't appear to be clicking after the first quarter.
After another good start Duke could do little to get back into the game after falling behind 15 points late in the third quarter. It was unfortunate to see the season that at one point showed so much promise comes to yet another disappointing end, especially for this senior class.
A group that came into a program and was arguably the worst in the country was able to finish with some since of respectability.
There are some signs that Duke is making progress toward becoming at the very least a middle of the road program.
In the next few days I will write a preview of the things to come for the Duke Football program, but for now the Blue Devils have to deal with not only another loss, but the loss of some of its best players to graduation.
How the remaining group of players grow and improve will ultimately determine the future for the program that at least for a one season no longer was a team anyone could overlook.