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Duke 30, Pittsburgh 19

By BOB SUTTON
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. - Grayson Loftis threw for two touchdowns and Duke snapped a two-game skid by defeating Pittsburgh 30-19 to end the regular season and secure a second straight winning season.

Loftis threw for 248 yards, with 106 of those to Jordan Moore and 72 to Jalon Calhoun. Both those receivers had touchdown receptions as Duke (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a two-game skid to complete its first undefeated conference home slate since 1989.

Nate Yarnell threw for two touchdowns and an interception for the Panthers (3-9, 2-6), who went winless in six games away from home. Pitt never won consecutive games this year.

The Panthers scored on Yarnell’s 14-yard throw to Bub Means with 5:17 left, then failed on a two-point pass play to leave the score at 27-19. Todd Pelino’s 48-yard field goal for Duke sealed the victory.

Duke pulled even at 10-10 late in the first half, needing only 25 yards after a poor Pitt punt. Loftis threw for 10 yards to Jordan Moore in the end zone.

It was 13-13 late in the third quarter when Loftis connected with Calhoun for a 15-yard touchdown. Jaquez Moore’s 3-yard run with 11:54 remaining gave the Blue Devils a 27-13 edge.

Pelino opened the scoring with a 47-yard field goal. Ben Sauls tied it for Pitt later in the first quarter with a 35-yarder.

The Panthers drove 93 yards in 15 plays to score on Karter Johnson’s 21-yard catch, fending off a would-be tackle for the final few yards.

Calhoun became the fourth player in Duke history with 3,000 receiving yards with a 32-yard gain on the last play of the third quarter.

Pitt running back Daniel Carter was ejected less than two minutes into the game for targeting during punt coverage.

THE TAKEAWAY

Pittsburgh: The Panthers were hoping to take momentum into the offseason after knocking off Boston College in the home finale, but the Panthers couldn’t generate enough sustained offense. The game concluded the worst season in nine years under coach Pat Narduzzi.

Duke: The Blue Devils won for just the second time in six games to put a positive spin on a season that began with four consecutive victories. They won two of four games with Loftis, the third-stringer, at the controls after injuries to quarterbacks Riley Leonard and Henry Belin IV

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PittDuke
Duke FG 8:48 Todd Pelino 47 yard field goal 0 3
Pitt FG 2:41 Ben Sauls 35 yard field goal 3 3
Second Quarter PittDuke
Pitt TD 9:13 Karter Johnson 21 yard TD pass from Nate Yarnell (Ben Sauls Extra Point) 10 3
Duke TD 1:07 Jordan Moore 10 yard TD pass from Grayson Loftis (Todd Pelino Extra Point) 10 10
Third Quarter PittDuke
Duke FG 10:28 Todd Pelino 25 yard field goal 10 13
Pitt FG 7:02 Ben Sauls 47 yard field goal 13 13
Duke TD 3:44 Jalon Calhoun 15 yard TD pass from Grayson Loftis (Todd Pelino Extra Point) 13 20
Fourth Quarter PittDuke
Duke TD 11:54 Jaquez Moore 3 yard TD run (Todd Pelino Extra Point) 13 27
Pitt TD 5:17 Bub Means 14 yard TD pass from Nate Yarnell (Malcolm Epps 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 19 27
Duke FG 1:59 Todd Pelino 48 yard field goal 19 30
Team Stats
  Pittsburgh Duke
First downs 24 18
  Rushing 4 4
  Passing 13 9
  Penalty 7 5
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 8-18, 44%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 32-43 30-69
Passing Yards 265 248
Return Yards 61 13
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-35-1 20-37-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-37 0-0
Punts 4 3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-93 8-77
Pittsburgh Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Yarnell 25 35 265 2 1
Duke Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Loftis 20 37 248 2 1
Pittsburgh Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Hammond Jr. 12 21 1.8 0
C. Flemister 5 18 3.6 0
K. Mumpfield 1 15 15.0 0
N. Yarnell 14 -11 -0.8 0
Duke Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Waters 9 31 3.4 0
J. Coleman 11 30 2.7 0
J. Moore 5 10 2.0 1
G. Loftis 2 4 2.0 0
Pittsburgh Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Means 6 85 14.2 1
K. Johnson 6 55 9.2 1
D. Reynolds 4 34 8.5 0
M. Epps 1 22 22.0 0
K. Johnson 4 20 5.0 0
R. Hammond Jr. 1 14 14.0 0
I. Polk 1 14 14.0 0
C. Flemister 1 11 11.0 0
K. Mumpfield 1 10 10.0 0
Duke Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Moore 8 106 13.3 1
J. Calhoun 7 71 10.1 1
J. Waters 1 46 46.0 0
N. Dalmolin 2 14 7.0 0
S. Hagans 2 11 5.5 0
Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Devonshire 1 28
Duke Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Lewis 1 0
Pittsburgh Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Junko 4 144 36.0
Duke Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Wilson 3 149 49.7
Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Devonshire 1 -7 -7.0
Duke Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Calhoun 2 13 6.5
Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Johnson 3 35 11.7
C. Nwabuko 1 5 5.0
Duke Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Pittsburgh Missed FG
Player Length
Duke Missed FG
Player Length




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