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Close but no cigar:  Duke gave Northwestern all it had, but mistakes caught up with the Devils as they lost, 24-20.  But there's a considerable silver lining.

Coach David Cutcliffe said last spring that he needed a more fit team, and they clearly are: last year, Duke faded after the third quarter. They've been strong to the end in both games.  And while they made some costly mistakes, they kept coming: this team isn't giving up on itself.

There's a lot of good news: Duke dominated time of possession and had twice as many first downs - 28 to Northwestern's 14.  They just didn't score enough.

But they're becoming more confident and it does appear that Cutcliffe is spoonfeeding them the knowledge to become a solid team.  We can't wait to see what the next game, Saturday, against Navy, brings.