Elon, N.C. – With first-year head coach Rich Skrosky on the sideline, Elon kicked off its 2014 football season with a visit to Durham Saturday evening where the Phoenix fell to the Duke Blue Devils 52-13.
The Phoenix (0-1) went three-and-out on the opening series of the game, which Duke (1-0) followed up with an 11-play 61 yard drive to claim a 7-0 lead.
Though Elon would answer on the next drive with a John Gallagher 36-yard field goal, Duke would take command and go into halftime up 28-6.
The Phoenix found the end zone with 10:23 remaining in the game as B.J. Bennett ran the ball in from two yards away to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive.
Elon quarterback Mike Quinn ended the night with 19 completions on 38 passes for 190 yards.
After a bye week, Elon will be in Rhodes Stadium for its home opener on Sept. 13 against North Carolina A&T at 6 p.m.