DURHAM, N.C. -- Quarterback Anthony Boone returned from an injury after a month away from games as Duke trounced visiting Navy 35-7 Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Boone completed 31 of 38 passes for 295 yards with three touchdowns for the Blue Devils on an overcast day.
Duke (4-2) brought back Boone, who had been out since suffering a broken collarbone Sept. 7 at Memphis, to start. Brandon Connette completed the victory against Memphis and started the next three games. Connette was not used in a passing capacity.
Duke took a 14-7 halftime lead when Boone lofted a 3-yard pass to Max McCaffrey in the corner of the end zone.
Boone completed 6 of 7 passes on the first possession, though the drive ended on a failed fourth-and-1 at the Navy 20-yard-line.
Navy appeared to strike first, but Nick Sloan's 24-yard field goal was wiped out by an illegal procedure penalty and then he missed from 29 yards early in the second quarter.
Duke took advantage right away, with Boone hitting Issac Blakeney for a 27-yard touchdown play to break into the score.
The Midshipmen (3-2) did not waste their next chance, tying the score with Darius Staten rushing for a 7-yard touchdown.
In the third quarter, Boone and Blakeney connected on an 18-yard scoring play.
Jela Duncan ran for a 5-yard touchdown and Shaquille Powell scored from 7 yards out to wrap up Duke's scoring.
Duke completed the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 4-0 record, also defeating North Carolina Central, Memphis and Troy.
Navy, aiming to improve to 4-1 for the first time since 2006, gained 230 rushing yards. Chris Swain posted 61 yards on 13 carries.
Duke redshirt junior Josh Snead gained 35 yards, leaving him 3 shy of reaching 1,000 rushing yards for his career.
It marked the second game that Navy played since the partial government shutdown, with approval from the defense department to make the trip to Durham as long as nonappropriated funds were used.
NOTES: LB Deion Williams started for Duke in place of LB Kelby Brown, who has had an ankle ailment and played in a more limited role. ... Duke S Deondre Singleton was suspended for the game because he missed two academic obligations last week, leaving campus prematurely without permission prior to the team's open weekend. ... The Blue Devils were also without WR Johnell Barnes, who suffered a broken hand in an off-campus incident. Barnes had averaged 20.4 yards per return on 10 kickoffs across the first five games. ... Navy's 20 victories against Bowl Championship Series conference schools since 2003 are the most in the country by a non-BCS team. Four of those victories have come against Duke. ... Navy plays next week at Toledo in a game that has been moved to a noon kickoff (seven hours earlier than its original slot). ... Duke starts a string of six consecutive ACC games by playing next week at Virginia.