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Notre Dame 38, Duke 7

DURHAM, N.C. - Ian Book trusted his legs to pick up chunks of yardage for No. 15 Notre Dame. The touchdowns came from his arm.

Book rushed for a career-best 139 yards and threw four touchdown passes and the Fighting Irish routed Duke 38-7.

Book finished 18 of 32 for 181 yards passing, Chris Finke caught touchdown passes of 18 and 6 yards, and Chase Claypool and George Takacs also had short scoring catches.

C'Bo Flemister rushed 2 yards for a TD for the Fighting Irish (7-2, No. 15 CFP). In winning their second straight and fifth in six games, they rolled up 469 total yards, led 21-0 before the Blue Devils picked up their second first down and kept them at bay the rest of the way.

"It's hard to win in November," Book said. "You want to win every single game in November. It's huge. ... We're still playing for a lot of things here."

Book became the first Notre Dame quarterback with 100 yards both rushing and passing since Brandon Wimbush did it two years ago against Wake Forest.

"He's just a heck of a football player," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.

Book has accounted for seven touchdowns in his last two games, both victories over Atlantic Coast Conference schools. He threw for two TDs last week against Virginia Tech, then rushed for the winning score with 29 seconds left to beat the Hokies.

The Blue Devils kept him from crossing the goal line in this one, prompting Book to quip that "I need to get faster.

"I need to get in the end zone," he said. "I'm kind of upset about it. But fast DBs, they caught me. ... I was able to get the first downs ... but I want to get in the end zone."

Quentin Harris was 16 of 28 for 102 yards for Duke (4-5) with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Young late in the second quarter. The Blue Devils have lost three straight and four of five since starting 3-1.

Associated Press


November 9, 2019

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