For a half, it was a good game for Duke.
And then Stanford's Andrew Luck showed why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
Duke trailed 10-7 at the half, and Luck responded by leading Stanford on four straight scoring drives to pull away for the 44-14 win. Nobody should be surprised at this score. Stanford is the No. 6 team in the country. What was surprising about this game was that it was a game in the first half. Duke only had 30 rushing yards, though, and couldn't stop or counter Luck, who completed 20 of 28 passes for 290 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. The fact that Duke made him look human in the first half is a small victory. It's not the one the Blue Devils were looking for, though. It won't get any easier next week with a road trip to BC, but if the Blue Devils can hang with Stanford, they can hang with anyone in the ACC.
The question is whether or not they can do it for four quarters.