DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — With Duke's redshirt senior quarterback tandem entrenched for the fall, it's pretty easy to make things look smooth, Brandon Connette says.
Connette completed 11 of 16 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns while classmate Anthony Boone was 10-for-13 for 33 yards, leading the Blue team to a 24-14 win over the White in the Blue Devils' spring game Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Duke (10-4, 6-2 ACC) is coming off its first 10-win season, its first ACC Coastal Division championship, and back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time in school history.
"There are little things we need to clean up, but overall I think our offense was really efficient," Connette said. "We've had times in practices when we've been on a very elite level. And then we've had other practices where we've been great and we've had others where we've just been good.
"The one positive thing I can say is we haven't had a practice where we looked like a bad offense. Now the goal is not to look like a good offense - we want to look like at least a great offense and eventually get to an elite level every single practice."
Connette connected with Ryan Smith on a 10-yard scoring pass in the second quarter and with Max McCaffrey for a 37-yarder in the third. Shaquille Powell's 36-yard scoring run with 1:19 left clinched the win for the Blue. Powell was the game's leading rusher with 75 yards on eight carries.
Thomas Sirk, who completed 12 of 28 passes for 83 yards, scored rushing touchdowns of one and nine yards for the White.
"You saw what our spring practice has been - continued momentum," said David Cutcliffe, heading into his seventh season as Duke's head coach. "We divided our team in half and we saw what we wanted to see. There were defensive plays made by both Blue and White teams, there were offensive plays made by both Blue and White teams.