Duke seniors finish their final home game with loss to Pittsburgh

Photo by Todd Gibson/WNCN

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — Duke senior co-captain Jeremy Cash would admit, he got a bit misty eyed taking the field for the final time at Wallace-Wade Stadium.

Cash and the Blue Devils would play their senior day contest against Pitt without starting quarterback Thomas Sirk, who was out with an injury.

Redshirt sophomore Parker Boehme would get his first career start for Duke.

“I was just excited to get the opportunity,” said Boehme who rushed for 80 yards. “Coach gave me some advice and said go have some fun and do my thing.”

Boehme had his moments, taking off on a 77 yard run in the first half and scoring Duke’s only touchdown on a one yard run.

But Duke rarely had the ball today. Pitt had nearly twice as much possession time as the Devils. For Duke, scoring was at a premium when they finally got the ball.

“They just take clock and clock and eat clock up,” explained Duke tight end Braxton Deaver.

“So you go from twelve minutes to seven, six minutes like that and it was one of those things like, shoot will we get the ball back.”

Pitt would outscore the Devils 21 to 3 in the second half in sending Duke to it’s third straight loss, 31 to 13.

“To be honest with you it hurt,” said Cash, and All America safety.  “I really didn’t want my career here to end like that.”

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe admitted, the Panthers were the better team today.

“We got outblocked, outtackled, outhit,” explained Cutcliffe. “Their playmakers made critical plays at critical times and we didn’t.”

Duke will now look to end a three game losing skid next Saturday when they travel to Charlottesville to take on Virginia.

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