Ben Cohen


Duke Ends Nation’s Longest Losing Streak

EVANSTON, Ill.- Vincent Rey never saw Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher throw the last pass of the night, never saw the football fall harmlessly to the ground, never saw the clock tick down to 0:00. Lying in the grass of Ryan Field post-blitz on Saturday night, all Rey saw were his Duke teammates whooping in celebration, and he knew.

For the first time in his college career, Duke had won a game. The Blue Devils, celebrating that same realization, piled onto the sophomore linebacker as the final score-Duke 20, Northwestern 14-glowed unexpectedly in the crisp Midwest night.

The wait to win was over, and so was that 22-game losing streak-tops in the nation.

The Blue Devil offense clicked for 20 first-half points, the defense withstood a furious Wildcats’ comeback in the second half, and the combination proved potent enough for the first time in nearly two years.



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