Among the few positives for Maryland in its 17-13 loss to host Duke was the play of several defensive players, including defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley), who made his college debut. The true freshman entered the game after Terps safety Antwine Perez was injured after a tackle at the end of the first quarter. Franklin made an impact, sacking Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis for a loss of 8 yards. Maryland starting strong safety Jamari McCollough (Randallstown) made three tackles (one solo, two assists) and recovered a fumble. The senior teamed with linebacker Alex Wujciak to stop Blue Devils running back Jay Hollingswoth for no gain on first-and-10 in the first quarter, and then came up with the ball when Wujciak forced it loose from Duke tight end Brandon King on the Terps' 29-yard line later that drive. A.J. Francis, a Severn native, did not start at nose tackle for the first time this season, but the redshirt freshman contributed three tackles (two solo, one assist) and a quarterback hurry that resulted in Lewis' throwing an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter. Duke was forced to punt with just more than five minutes left in the game, giving the Terps hope (at the time) for a comeback. Maryland junior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) was held without a reception, but he drew a pass interference penalty on Blue Devils linebacker Damian Thornton on a third-and-3 play, resulting in a first down for the Terps. Duke junior receiver Sheldon Bell (City) played but did not recording any statistics.