Duke cornerback Breon Borders celebrates a big defensive play.
WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM For the first time this season, Duke plays against another team from a big-time conference.
And folks have been saying all week it's a little too bad this isn't basketball.
The 2-0 Blue Devils will entertain 1-0 Kansas in front of about a half-full Wallace Wade Stadium. An interesting sidebar to this one is that Jayhawk coach Charlie Weis hired current Duke coach David Cutcliffe to be his assistant at Notre Dame before Cutcliffe resigned at the beginning of his long rehab following a 2005 heart attack.
The two teams played their only previous meeting in 2009 in Lawrence, with the Jayhawks rolling 44-16.
Today the Blue Devils make a statement, folks. Duke just dominates every phase of the game in a 41-3 rout.
Duke dominated both sides of the line in the rout of Kansas.
Duke wastes no time on its first possession, going 60 yards in six plays with Anthony Boone hitting Max McCaffrey over the middle for a 37-yard scoring strike. Ross Martin's boot makes it 7-0 at 11:33.
The Blue Devils make it 10-0 at 7:13, when Martin connects from 25 six plays after DeVon Edwards picks off a Montell Cozart pass.
And they add on another seven at 5:32 on a 69-yard sprint from Shaun Wilson with Martin connecting on the boot.
The Jayhawks slice it to 17-3 on Matthew Wyman's 34-yard field goal at 2:18.
But the Blue Devils retaliate with a 37-yarder from Martin at 10:32 of the second.
Duke tacks on some more with 5:23 left in the third, as Boone hits McCaffrey across the middle for a 10-yard score. Martin's boot punctuates the eight-play, 80-yard march and it's 27-3.
And it goes to 34-3 with 44 seconds left in the third on Wilson's 68-yard breakaway that completes a seven-play, 97-yard drive. Martin kicks.
The true freshman Wilson scores again from 45 yards out with 1:26 left, Martin's conversion apparently giving the Blue Devils largest margin of victory over a team from a current "Big Five" conference that has never belonged to the ACC since a 70-0 win over Tennessee in 1893.
Wilson finishes with a single-game record 245 yards and three TDs. Boone completes 19 of 33 for 180 with two TDs and McCaffrey catches seven for 79 and two TDs. Duke finishes with 511 yards total offense to the Jayhawks' 297.
They said it …
Duke coach David Cutcliffe: "This is a big deal. From 2009 to know is a pretty significant difference. We knew that going in, and any time you win one of those games - particularly when you win it in a dominant fashion - it's a good game for us recruiting and people across the country pay a lot more attention to who we are. Now you've got to take advantage of it."
Boone: "Our defense did a great job. They had physical dominance and had a great scheme by our coaches. Their quarterback got hit a lot, and I know as a quarterback getting hit a lot throws you off your game. It was a good team win. We got three-and-outs against them and ended up putting up points. When that kind of flow happens in a game it's hard to stop a team."
Wilson: "It was very exciting. I wasn't expecting anything like that. You get the ball, and if you see green you just go. I was trying to run as fast as I could."
What does it all mean?
That Duke just might be very, very good this season.
Stars of the game
Play of the game
Wilson's first TD run.
Duke: Won 3.
Kansas: Lost 1.
Duke vs. Tulane, Sept. 20, 12:30 p.m.
Kansas vs. Central Michigan, Sept. 20, 2:30 p.m.