In the first quarter of Duke's game against Troy, the radio crew fretted that the intensity was not there and that it might be hard to crank it up.
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Troy went up 14-3 before Duke woke up.
When the Devils did, Anthony Boone took over.
He started with a 30-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career, and picked up another on the ground and passed for one more, finishing with 268 passing yards.
The game followed the same rough pattern as so many did last year: Duke started roughly even or behind the opponent but as the game went on, Duke pulled away.
Duke scored three unanswered touchdowns to close out the first half.
The Trojans did hold Duke to 10 in the second half. Then again, Duke held Troy to a field goal after halftime.
The N&O's Laura Keeley reports that Kelby Brown's replacement, David Helton, stepped up nicely.
Next up for Duke is Kansas, in Durham next Saturday.
Like Duke, KU is widely seen as a basketball school which happens to have a football program. Duke has been more successful lately - Kansas has won 2, 1 and 3 games in the last three seasons - but you can never tell when a team matures, least of all from a distance.
After that, Duke plays Tulane. If the Blue Devils win both, they'll be within two games of being bowl eligible for the third straight season.