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Military Bowl: Duke 30, Central Florida 13

(AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Riley Leonard ran for two touchdowns and threw for 173 yards, and Duke wrapped up an impressive first season under Mike Elko with a 30-13 victory over UCF in the Military Bowl.

The Blue Devils (9-4) have won four consecutive bowl games, although this was their first appearance in one since 2018. Jordan Moore ran for a touchdown in the first quarter, and then Duke took control in the second.

UCF (9-5) lost three of its final four games this season. John Rhys Plumlee managed only 28 yards passing in the first half and 182 for the game.

Moore opened the scoring with a 14-yard run, but Isaiah Bowser's 1-yard touchdown run for the Knights tied the game at 7. Duke outscored UCF 13-0 in the second quarter to take control.

After taking the lead on a short field goal, the Blue Devils recovered a fumble by Plumlee at their own 42. They went 58 yards in seven plays, and Leonard scored on 1-yard run.

A 48-yard field goal by Todd Pelino made it 20-7 at halftime.

Down 23-7, the Knights had a good chance to get back in the game after a profitable exchange of punts gave them the ball at the Duke 32, but UCF turned the ball over on downs.

The Knights finally scored again on 2-yard run by Bowser with 9:03 remaining, but a trick play on a 2-point conversion failed badly.

Leonard completed the scoring with a 3-yard run with 2:29 to play. He finished with a team-high 63 yards on the ground.

Duke went winless in Atlantic Coast Conference play last year, but Elko turned the team around quickly, winning ACC coach of the year honors. The Blue Devils reached nine wins in a season for the seventh time and first since 2014.

THE TAKEAWAY

Duke: An excellent ending to a very encouraging season. The defense in particular was strong against a good quarterback. The Blue Devils had six sacks.

UCF: Plumlee was limited by hamstring problems when the Knights lost to Tulane in the AAC title game. It wasn't clear if he was still feeling the effects Wednesday, but this was not a good performance by an offense that normally has little trouble moving the ball.

December 28, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UCFDuke
Duke TD 7:47 Jaquez Moore 14 yard TD run (Todd Pelino Extra Point) 0 7
UCF TD 2:10 Isaiah Bowser 1 yard TD run (Colton Boomer Extra Point) 7 7
Second Quarter UCFDuke
Duke FG 6:28 Todd Pelino 22 yard field goal 7 10
Duke TD 1:54 Riley Leonard 1 yard TD run (Todd Pelino Extra Point) 7 17
Duke FG 0:00 Todd Pelino 48 yard field goal 7 20
Third Quarter UCFDuke
Duke FG 8:02 Todd Pelino 38 yard field goal 7 23
Fourth Quarter UCFDuke
UCF TD 9:03 Isaiah Bowser 2 yard TD run (Isaiah Bowser 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 13 23
Duke TD 2:29 Riley Leonard 3 yard TD run (Todd Pelino Extra Point) 13 30
Team Stats
  UCF Duke
First downs 22 22
  Rushing 11 11
  Passing 11 10
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 7-14, 50%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 36-128 40-177
Passing Yards 198 173
Return Yards 41 22
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-35-1 19-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 6-45 0-0
Punts 4 4
Fumbles Lost 3-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-22 1-5
UCF Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plumlee 21 34 182 0 1
R. Harvey 1 1 16 0 0
Duke Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Leonard 19 28 173 0 0
UCF Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Bowser 11 39 3.5 2
J. Richardson 3 30 10.0 0
R. Harvey 6 29 4.8 0
J. Plumlee 14 21 1.5 0
X. Townsend 2 9 4.5 0
Duke Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Leonard 10 63 6.3 2
J. Coleman 7 53 7.6 0
J. Moore 12 43 3.6 1
T. Moore 6 16 2.7 0
J. Waters 3 5 1.7 0
UCF Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Hudson 5 63 12.6 0
J. Baker 2 49 24.5 0
X. Townsend 7 25 3.6 0
R. Harvey 3 25 8.3 0
A. Holler 2 18 9.0 0
J. Plumlee 1 16 16.0 0
J. Richardson 2 2 1.0 0
Duke Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Calhoun 6 62 10.3 0
S. Hagans 4 32 8.0 0
J. Moore 1 32 32.0 0
J. Moore 3 13 4.3 0
E. Pancol 2 12 6.0 0
C. Finney 1 12 12.0 0
T. Moore 1 8 8.0 0
J. Coleman 1 2 2.0 0
UCF Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Duke Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Rivers 1 0
UCF Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. McCarthy 4 189 47.3
Duke Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Wilson 4 176 44.0
UCF Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Duke Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UCF Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Richardson 2 21 10.5
R. Harvey 1 20 20.0
Duke Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Moore 1 22 22.0
UCF Missed FG
Player Length
Duke Missed FG
Player Length




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