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GAMEDAY College Football

Duke 38, Boston College 31

Associated Press

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Riley Leonard threw for 158 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 96 yards and another score to help Duke beat short-handed Boston College 38-31.

Duke (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) became bowl eligible for the first time since 2018 under first-year coach Mike Elko. The Blue Devils notched just three victories last season.

Boston College (2-7, 1-5) was without quarterback Phil Jurkovec due to a right knee injury, but freshman Emmett Morehead shined in his first career start, throwing for four touchdowns with no interceptions.

Duke forced a three-and-out to begin the second half and Jaquez Moore scored on a 24-yard run to extend its lead to 31-14. Boston College cut its deficit to 10 points but opted for an onside kick with 3:31 left in the third quarter and Duke recovered it before another score by Moore.

Boston College got within 10 points again after a 75-yard drive ended in Morehead's 26-yard pass to fellow freshman Joseph Griffin Jr. with 12:07 remaining. The Eagles added a 34-yard field goal with 17 seconds left, but Duke recovered another onside kick to seal it.

Moore finished with 82 yards rushing in his first multi-touchdown game for Duke. Leonard went untouched on a 60-yard touchdown on the sixth play of the game, and his 8-yard scoring pass to Sahmir Hagans made it 24-7.

Morehead was 27 of 45 for 330 yards passing for Boston College, which lost its fourth straight game. Joseph Griffin Jr. had 103 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and Zay Flowers added 65 yards and two scores.

THE TAKEAWAY

Morehead made a statement, becoming the first Boston College QB with four passing TDs since Dennis Grosel in 2020. Boston College played mistake-free football against a Duke team that was coming off a program-high eight turnovers in its 45-21 win over Miami.

Duke continued its dominance on the ground, securing its sixth game with 200-plus rushing yards this season. Four rushers combined for 232 yards after Duke entered ranked second in the ACC and 21st nationally with 205.1 yards per game.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter DukeBC
Duke TD 12:03 Riley Leonard 60 yd run (Todd Pelino kick) 7 0
BC TD 8:06 Zay Flowers 2 yd pass from Emmett Morehead (Connor Lytton kick) 7 7
Duke FG 4:07 Todd Pelino 39 yd FG 10 7
Second Quarter DukeBC
Duke TD 11:15 Jordan Waters 7 yd run (Todd Pelino kick) 17 7
Duke TD 4:16 Sahmir Hagans 8 yd pass from Riley Leonard (Todd Pelino kick) 24 7
BC TD 0:50 Joseph Griffin Jr. 2 yd pass from Emmett Morehead (Connor Lytton kick) 24 14
Third Quarter DukeBC
Duke TD 9:59 Jaquez Moore 24 yd run (Todd Pelino kick) 31 14
BC TD 3:31 Zay Flowers 18 yd pass from Emmett Morehead (Connor Lytton kick) 31 21
Fourth Quarter DukeBC
Duke TD 14:51 Jaquez Moore 2 yd run (Todd Pelino kick) 38 21
BC TD 12:07 Joseph Griffin Jr. 26 yd pass from Emmett Morehead (Connor Lytton kick) 38 28
BC FG 0:17 Connor Lytton 34 yd FG 38 31
Team Stats
  Duke Boston College
First downs 20 21
  Rushing 10 6
  Passing 8 13
  Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 4-14, 29%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 41-232 28-75
Passing Yards 158 330
Return Yards 44 67
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-24-0 27-45-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--11 5--32
Punts 6 7
Punts-Average 41 37.3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 7-60 7-54
Time of Possession 32:53 27:07
Duke Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Leonard 16 24 158 1 0
Boston College Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Morehead 27 45 330 4 0
Duke Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Leonard 13 96 7.4 1
J. Moore 15 82 5.5 2
J. Waters 11 51 4.6 1
T. Moore 1 4 4.0 0
Boston College Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Broome 10 49 4.9 0
P. Garwo III 9 32 3.6 0
E. Morehead 9 -6 -0.7 0
Duke Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Calhoun 5 48 9.6 0
S. Hagans 5 45 9.0 1
J. Moore 3 36 12.0 0
J. Moore 1 23 23.0 0
J. Waters 2 6 3.0 0
Boston College Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Griffin Jr. 5 103 20.6 2
Z. Flowers 6 65 10.8 2
P. Garwo III 5 44 8.8 0
D. Tomlin 2 40 20.0 0
G. Takacs 3 38 12.7 0
A. Broome 4 25 6.3 0
J. Franklin 1 9 9.0 0
J. Gill 1 6 6.0 0
Duke Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Boston College Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Duke Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Wilson 6 246 41.0
Boston College Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Longman 4 143 35.8
S. Candotti 3 118 39.3
Duke Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Boston College Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gill 1 2 2.0
Duke Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Stinson 2 44 22.0
Boston College Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gill 4 65 16.3
Duke Missed FG
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Boston College Missed FG
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