Duke Defeats Northwestern at a Price

EVANSTON, IL. — The good thing? We won. The bad thing? The price. QB Daniel Jones got off to the same start that killed the Wildcats a year ago, but at the beginning of the fourth quarter, he went out with an apparent shoulder injury, though collarbone seems to be another outlook, which isn’t good either. Mark Gilbert, our star cornerback, was helped off with a hip injury and could not put weight on his left side. Both players could face long-term injuries, which is a potentially tremendous issue for the entire season’s outlook. Coach David Cutcliffe said that Gilbert will be out for “quite some time” and Jones’s injury “doesn’t look great”. This is just awful. Losing either player would be a major blow to the Blue Devils: third-year Jones started the season looking better than ever, holding a completion percentage of more than 74% and throwing a whopping 3 touchdown passes in one quarter this afternoon, plus a 7/0 touchdown-turnover ratio in the first two games. while Gilbert had an ACC-leading six interceptions last season and is one of the best cornerbacks arguably in college football. It appears that Gilbert will be out for most, if not the remainder, of the season. In addition to Gilbert and Jones, center Zach Harmon, a veteran voice on a young, developing O-line also had to be helped off the field for a leg injury, while Jeremy McDuffie was unable to participate as well.

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Daniel Jones (17) and Brittain Brown (22). Source: The Chronicle (dukechronicle.com)

Not much good you can say about the game. We played wonderfully. The offense rolled, Quentin Harris wasn’t bad and didn’t turn the ball over. The defense was stout throughout the game even after losing Gilbert and deserves respect.Β Our thoughts are with the injured players for a speedy recovery. Bleed blue.

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