Duke starts strong, holds off Northwestern

The Duke Blue Devils scored 27 consecutive points to start the game and held off a second-half comeback from the Northwestern Wildcats to win 30-23 in Durham, N.C., on Saturday night.Gunnar Holmberg threw for 314 yards and one touchdown, and Mataeo Durant added 102 yards on the ground and a touchdown for the Blue Devils (2-1), who racked up 420 of their 558 yards in the first half and did not score in the second half.The Wildcats (1-2) used three quarterbacks in the game. Starter Hunter Johnson was pulled late in the first half after throwing three interceptions and fumbling in the red zone.Andrew Marty replaced him and led three straight touchdown drives but was injured in the fourth quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. South Carolina transfer Ryan Hilinski led the final two drives of the game: a 3-and-out and a field goal.After forcing a 3-and-out on the first possession of the game, Duke needed only 51 seconds to go 60 yards and score its first touchdown – an 11-yard pass from Holmberg to Durant.Durant scored two minutes later on a 21-yard rush as the Blue Devils traveled 70 yards on only five plays. Jordan Moore added a 9-yard rush at the end of the quarter to give Duke a 21-0 lead at the end of 15 minutes.Duke’s Charlie Ham hit three field goals in the second quarter, including a 50-yard field goal with one second remaining.