STANFORD, Calif. -
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Final score: Stanford 50, Duke 13
Zach Hoffpauir made a shoestring tackle to prevent a Duke touchdown on a pass play to Jamison Crowder down the middle.
Duke is going for it on fourth-and5 at the Stanford 39 with 2:09 left. Anthony Boone finds tight end Erich Schneider on a crossing route for 13 yards and the conversion.
On third-and-10, Boone carried for 13 yards and was hit hard by Harold Bernard, forcing a fumble, which was recovered by Torsten Rotto with 1:18 left.
Stanford ran out the clock.
Fourth quarter (6:07 left): Stanford 50, Duke 13
Stanford's Brett Nottingham came in at quarterback in relief of Josh Nunes, who finished 16-of-30 passing for 275 yards, with three touchdown passes and one interception.
Nottingham drove the team into field-goal range, but Jordan Williamson was wide right from 38 yards.
Fourth quarter (9:29 left): Stanford 50, Duke 13
Ed Reynolds intercepted his second pass of the game, and returned it 50 yards, on a Duke fourth-and-13 play from the Stanford 31.
Reynolds has 121 interception return yards in the game.
Fourth quarter (14:18 left): Stanford 50, Duke 13
Remound Wright got a chance to showcase his skills. He took a short pass, found room up the right sideline and cut across the field for 35 yards. A 15-yard facemask penalty was tacked on to the end of the play.
Stanford next scored when Josh Nunes
found Jamal-Rashad Patterson
in the end zone with a 27-yard touchdown pass. The drive took four plays and covered 72 yards.
End of third quarter: Stanford 43, Duke 13
Stanford has a second and 10 at its 28 as the third quarter expired.
Third quarter (0:53 left): Stanford 43, Duke 13
Duke, with backup quarterback Anthony Boone in the game, drove downfield. The Blue Devils scored on a four-yard run by Brandon Connette.
Third quarter (4:15 left): Stanford 43, Duke 6
Stanford was forced to punt and Duke took over at its own 19.
But that drive ended in the hands of Stanford free safety Ed Reynolds, who stepped in front of a receiver and returned the interception 71 yards for a touchdown. Reynolds, remember, had the clinching interception against San Jose State last week.
Jordan Williamson's extra-point try was blocked by Lee Butler.
Third quarter (7:20 left): Stanford 37, Duke 6
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree was nailed by James Vaughters, but completed a medium pass for a first down. But Renfree was sacked on the next play by Trent Murphy at the Duke 48.
Renfree hit Issac Blakeney for 35 yards to the Stanford 17. The drive ended, but Josh Martin kicked a 29-yard field goal.
Third quarter (10:41 left): Stanford 37, Duke 3
Duke was pinned deep in its own end after a penalty when quarterback Sean Renfree's pass was deflected by defensive end Henry Anderson and intercepted by Jordan Richards, who was tackled at the Duke 8.
On second down, Josh Nunes lofted a pass to 6-foot-8 tight end Levine Toilolo who outjumped a defender and got one foot down to complete a three-yard scoring play.
Third quarter (12:46 left): Stanford 30, Duke 3
Duke opened the second half with an onside kick that Jarek Lancaster pounced on. The kick didn't travel 10 yards, but Joe Hemschoot was the first to reach the ball, creating a scrum that Stanford won.
With the ball on the Duke 43, Josh Nunes found Levine Toilolo who made a fingertip catch over the cornerback for 13 yards. Short passes to Drew Terrell and Stepfan Taylor moved the ball inside the 20.
On the next play, Nunes threw to the back corner of the end zone that hit Drew Terrell in stride for a 19-yard score. Terrell and cornerback Tony Foster made a simultaneous catch, with the officials ruling on the side of Terrell. A review upheld the play.
Halftime: Stanford 23, Duke 3
First half stats for Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes were 9-of-21 with one interception, one touchdown pass, and 162 yards. Stepfan Taylor carried 12 times for 62 yards and passed Brad Muster for third on Stanford's all-time rushing list.
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree was 10 of 27 for 94 yards with no interceptions.
Back to the action, Duke did a double pass, from Sean Renfree to Brandon Connette, a backup quarterback who plays other positions. Connette's subsequent pass went to Juwan Thompson for 11 yards a first down.
On third down, Renfree found a receiver for nine yards, creating a fourth-and-2 at the 14. But Ben Gardner blew it up by forcing Renfree to force a pass, which fell incomplete. Stanford took over at its 14.
Two Stepfan Taylor runs pick up a first down, Stanford's 12th of the game. Stanford's two-minute drill stalled when Josh Nunes was sacked on third down with 1:25 left.
Duke took over at its 49, but traveled to the Stanford 12-yard line on a series of short and medium-range passes. On third-and-6 with 19 seconds left, Renfree threw low and incomplete. Ross Martin kicked a 30-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to get the Blue Devils on the scoreboard.
Duke's drive took eight plays, traveled 39 yards and lasted 1:03.
Patrick Skov picked up a squib kick for Stanford and the Cardinal kneeled down to run out the clock in the first half.
Second quarter (5:50 left): Stanford 23, Duke 0
Duke again failed to gain a first down and punted - again - to Stanford. We'll have to check on the number of Duke punts, but it's a lot.
Stanford took over at its 18. Stepfan Taylor juked a defender on another see-to-believe-it run. It went for Stanford's 11th first down. Duke has one.
On first down, Josh Nunes tried to find tight end Zach Ertz, but didn't see the defensive back coming in from the outside, and it was intercepted by cornerback Ross Cockrell at the Stanford 38. This gave Duke its first possession on the Stanford side of midfield.
Second quarter (8:52 left): Stanford 23, Duke 0
Duke takes over at its 25. A first-down pass by Sean Renfree to Issac Blakeney was slapped out of the receiver's hands by A.J. Tarpley and recovered by Stanford's Shayne Skov at the Duke 22. But a replay review changed the ruling to an incomplete pass.
But Duke was forced to punt and Stanford took over at its 38-yard line with 10:50 left.
On first down, Josh Nunes found a wide-open Levine Toilolo down the right sideline to the Duke 24 for 38 yards.
On second down, Stepfan Taylor took a handoff for 13 yards, running off left tackle and spinning off a Duke defender to the 11.
On third down, Nunes tried another jump ball to Toilolo, but he caught the ball out of bounds. Jordan Williamson kicked a 22-yard field goal - his third of the night.
Second quarter (11:47 left): Stanford 20, Duke 0
On first down, at its own 44, running back Stepfan Taylor took the direct snap and handed off to receiver Kelsey Young on an end around for 11 yards. On the next play, a pass to Taylor on the left resulted in a nice move to evade a defender and a good block by receiver Drew Terrell for an eight-yard gain.
Josh Nunes hit Zach Ertz on a quick slant for six yards and first down. On third-and-7, Nunes went again to 6-8 tight end Levine Toilolo. The ball fell incomplete, but Duke interfered with Toilolo, giving Stanford a first down on the Duke 13.
On first down, Taylor ran right up the middle for the 13-yard score, following fullback Lee Ward, who made a great lead block.
End of first quarter: Stanford 13, Duke 0
After Jordan Williamson's field goal, Duke took over at its 20. Alex Debniak forced a third-and-5 with a fine open field tackle on a swing pass and joined Ben Gardner and Trent Murphy on a sack. Debniak blitzed from the right side, shook off a block by a running back to get to quarterback Sean Renfree.
First quarter (1:23 left): Stanford 13, Duke 0
At the 15, a Josh Nunes pass toward Ty Montgomery was broken up after a heavy Duke rush. On third and 7, pressure forced the Nunes to throw too far ahead of an open Zach Ertz over the middle, leading to a 32-yard field goal by Jordan Williamson.
First quarter (1:52 left): Stanford 10, Duke 0
On a possession notable for Kelsey Young's first collegiate reception, Stanford failed to earn a first down and Daniel Zychlinski punted away to Duke, which took over at its own 25.
Duke was held a yard short on a pass to Conner Vernon and punted, with Stanford taking over at its 22 with 3:43 left in the quarter.
So far, Josh Nunes again threw a jump-ball pass toward 6-foot-8 tight end Levine Toilolo, but he was well covered. On third-and-6, Nunes fired a first-down pass to Drew Terrell for 12 yards to the 39.
On the next play, Ertz found tight end Zach Ertz running free down the middle and hit him perfectly for 43 yards to the Duke 18. The length was a career-long pass for Nunes and a career-long reception for Ertz.
Play was stopped because of a Duke injury with Stanford facing a second-and-7 at the Duke 15.
First quarter (6:36 left): Stanford 10, Duke 0
Duke took over at its 17 and was able to earn its initial first down of the game, but not before a Shayne Skov tackle got a big hand from the crowd. Skov was making his first appearance since injuring his knee nearly a year ago.
On third and nine, nickel back Usua Amanam brought a hard blindside blitz to help force an incompletion and a Duke punt. Amanam had two sacks in the opener against San Jose State.
First quarter (8:52 left): Stanford 10, Duke 0
After Stanford again held Duke without a first down - the second three-and-out in as many possessions for the Blue Devils - the Cardinal took over at its own 27-yard line for its first offensive play.
On Stanford's second play, Josh Nunes lofted a pass to Ty Montgomery for 33 yards. Montgomery got tangled up with a defender, but reached the ball and with outstretched hands before tumbling to the ground. On the next play Stepfan Taylor turned a screen pass into 15 more yards, to the Duke 25.
Anthony Wilkerson ran for eight yards off left guard, but Taylor lost a yard on the next play, setting up Stanford's first third-down situation of the game. Last week, the Cardinal converted only two of 13 tries. Again, Stanford failed to convert as Nunes' pass toward Zach Ertz on crossing route was deflected.
Jordan Williamson's 35-yard field goal was good. He is 3-for-3 on field-goal tries this season.
First quarter (13:53 left): Stanford 7, Duke 0
Drew Terrell immediately put Stanford ahead by returning a punt 76 yards for a touchdown. Stanford had held Duke to three-and-out after the opening kickoff and Terrell took advantage.
After catching the ball, Terrell ran right to evade a would-be tackler and found a seam that took him down the right side - untouched - to the end zone.
Stanford (1-0), ranked No. 25 in the AP poll, takes on unranked Duke (1-0) at Stanford Stadium in a 7:30 p.m. game.
The Cardinal has taken the field for warmups in all-black uniforms. Unlike each of the past two years, when the team wore black against Wake Forest (2010) and UCLA (2011), this time Stanford is wearing black helmets as well.
Stanford is coming off a 20-17 season-opening victory over San Jose State and is looking for an improved showing against the Blue Devils, a 46-26 winner over Florida International last week.
This is Duke's second appearance at Stanford. The first came in the 1971 season when the Blue Devils upset No. 10 Stanford, 9-3, during the then-Indians' Rose Bowl season. Duke hasn't beaten a ranked team on the road since.