DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Dave Ragone didn't necessarily return to the Heisman Trophy picture, but he did enough to get Louisville back on track.
Ragone threw a pair of touchdowns passes in the first half as Louisville raced out to a big lead and pounded Duke, 40-3.
Considered a darkhorse for the Heisman, the 6-4, 250-pound Ragone was ineffective in last week's 22-17 loss to Kentucky, which knocked the Cardinals (1-1) out of the Top 25.
But against Duke, which snapped a 23-game losing streak last week, he directed three scoring drives in the first half as Louisville opened a 26-3 lead at halftime.
Ragone completed 23-of-34 passes for 258 yards, despite getting sacked four times. He connected with Ronnie Ghent for a four-yard TD with 5:25 left in the first quarter and Dontay Spillman for a 38-yard score with 7:21 remaining in the first half.
For the second consecutive week, penalties were a problem for the Cardinals. They had 11 for against Kentucky and 12 against Duke.
Adam Smith completed 12-of-21 passes for 140 yards for Duke (1-1), which managed just 175 total yards.