DURHAM, N.C. -- In Week 1, plenty of high-caliber FBS teams played FCS opponents (or lower-tier FBS opponents). Only seven got a shutout. Duke was one of the seven, posting a 45-0 win over North Carolina Central.
But it was more than just a shutout. It had been awhile.
The last time Duke shut out an opponent, Steve Spurrier was their head coach. And because it was over rival North Carolina, they took a picture of it, perhaps hoping it would last longer.
It was Nov. 18, 1989. Milli Vanillis Blame It On the Rain was a week away from taking over the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts and the world was anticipating the release of "Back to the Future Part II."
Duke football has obviously had its share of struggles since Spurrier left after that 1989 win, but so have the other three North Carolina ACC schools: between them, they have posted just 25 shutouts in the span of 1990-present.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe told his team how long it had been after the game, and there were mixed rea...