It wasn't perfect or easy or artistic, but a win is a win is a win. Beating Wake Forest guarantees a winning regular season - the third in a row and the fourth of at least .500 - and for Duke, that is pretty great, considering where the program has been.
From 1999 to 2007 Duke was just 13-90.
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In the last four years, Duke has won 32 and lost 20 -61.5%. That's a big change from 12.6%.
As we said though it wasn't easy.
Wake mounted a nice comeback, with QB John Wolford scoring two touchdowns in the fourth to put his Deacs in a position to win. It was late though and Wake needed the ball back.
An onside kick was going to happen obviously and fortunately Duke recovered the ball. Four plays later they punted with just :07 on the clock and Wake Forest didn't have enough time to pull off another score.
For Duke, Thomas Sirk was 26-39 for 275 yards and two TD passes, both to Max McCaffrey. He ran for another and appears recovered from his recent injury.
TJ Rahming had seven catches for 63 yards.
As you probably know, Duke has struggled with turnovers during the losing streak. Saturday there were none.
And now it's almost time for bowl choices. Right now Duke's best bet may be the Military Bowl. Other options could include the Music City Bowl, the Belk Bowl, the Pinstripe Bowl, the Sun Bow or the Quick Lane Bowl.