GAMEDAY College Football

Duke 49, North Carolina A&T 20

By BOB SUTTON
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. - Riley Leonard threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Duke continued its strong start to the season by defeating North Carolina A&T 49-20.

Duke is 3-0 for the first time since 2018.

Leonard ended up 11-for-12 passing for 155 yards - all in the first half - to go with a team-high 66 yards rushing on five carries.

Leonard completed his first 11 passes before he was intercepted by Avarion Cole on his final throw late in the first half.

N.C. A&T (0-3) scored on Andrew Brown field goals of 21 and 41 yards in the first half.

The Aggies, who didn't score a touchdown a week earlier at North Dakota State, reached the end zone twice in the fourth quarter on Charlie Dixon's 8-yard run and Eli Brickhandler's 6-yard pass to Romello Kimbrough.

Duke scored three touchdowns in the first 8 1/2 minutes, beginning with the first play from scrimmage when Leonard connected with Nicky Dalmolin for a 38-yard play.

The Blue Devils used 10 plays on their second possession, ending with Jordan Moore making a diving catch for a 4-yard touchdown. Duke's defense produced the next points when DeWayne Carter grabbed a fumble and ran 35 yards untouched for the score.

In the second half, Leonard ran 56 yards for the first points. Jaylen Coleman (12 yards) and Eric Weatherly (14 yards) also scored on runs for the Blue Devils.

The teams have met three times in a four-season span, with Duke winning convincingly each time.

THE TAKEAWAY

N.C. A&T: The Aggies have lost twice this season to teams from Durham after an opening-night loss to long-time rival North Carolina Central in Charlotte. They've been wiped out in their past two games, so they'll look forward to playing their first 2022 home game next week.

Duke: The Blue Devils took care of business in impressive fashion under first-year coach Mike Elko, matching last season's win total in the process. It turned out to be a chance to see numerous reserves in action in the fourth quarter.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NCA&TDuke
Duke TD 14:45 Nicky Dalmolin 38 yd pass from Riley Leonard (Charlie Ham kick) 0 7
Duke TD 8:12 Jordan Moore 4 yd pass from Riley Leonard (Charlie Ham kick) 0 14
Duke TD 6:53 DeWayne Carter 35 yd fumble return (Charlie Ham kick) 0 21
Second Quarter NCA&TDuke
NCA&T FG 13:29 Andrew Brown 21 yd FG 3 21
Duke TD 9:41 Riley Leonard 2 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 3 28
NCA&T FG 0:12 Andrew Brown 41 yd FG 6 28
Third Quarter NCA&TDuke
Duke TD 12:29 Riley Leonard 56 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 6 35
Duke TD 8:34 Jaylen Coleman 12 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 6 42
Fourth Quarter NCA&TDuke
NCA&T TD 12:05 Charlie Dixon 8 yd run (Andrew Brown kick) 13 42
Duke TD 7:41 Eric Weatherly 14 yd run (Charlie Ham kick) 13 49
NCA&T TD 4:10 Romello Kimbrough 6 yd pass from Eli Brickhandler (Andrew Brown kick) 20 49
Team Stats
  North Carolina A&T Duke
First downs 18 20
  Rushing 9 10
  Passing 7 10
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 8-14, 57% 7-9, 78%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 41-217 35-222
Passing Yards 137 198
Return Yards 39 120
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-22-0 16-18-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--17 1--9
Punts 3 1
Punts-Average 44.3 42
Fumbles Lost 2-2 2-0
Penalties - Yards 4-20 6-55
Time of Possession 31:43 28:17
North Carolina A&T Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Fowler 8 14 89 0 0
E. Brickhandler 5 8 48 1 0
Duke Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Leonard 11 12 155 2 1
H. Belin IV 5 6 43 0 0
North Carolina A&T Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Tuten 13 133 10.2 0
W. Graves 8 43 5.4 0
E. Brickhandler 10 22 2.2 0
C. Dixon 2 20 10.0 1
T. Cooke 1 7 7.0 0
R. Kimbrough 1 2 2.0 0
C. Brickhouse 1 1 1.0 0
J. Fowler 5 -11 -2.2 0
Duke Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Leonard 5 66 13.2 2
J. Moore 4 55 13.8 0
J. Coleman 10 51 5.1 1
J. Waters 10 51 5.1 0
E. Weatherly 2 16 8.0 1
H. Belin IV 3 -16 -5.3 0
North Carolina A&T Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Leslie 3 43 14.3 0
G. Caldwell 1 36 36.0 0
W. Graves 2 33 16.5 0
S. Berkhalter 1 9 9.0 0
J. Warren 3 6 2.0 0
R. Kimbrough 1 6 6.0 1
B. Tuten 2 4 2.0 0
Duke Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Hagans 2 48 24.0 0
N. Dalmolin 1 38 38.0 1
J. Moore 5 37 7.4 1
L. Diamont 1 18 18.0 0
D. Harding Jr. 2 16 8.0 0
J. Robertson 1 15 15.0 0
J. Waters 1 10 10.0 0
E. Pancol 1 7 7.0 0
N. Lampert 1 7 7.0 0
J. Coleman 1 2 2.0 0
North Carolina A&T Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Cole 1 23
Duke Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina A&T Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Brickhouse 3 133 44.3
Duke Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Wilson 1 42 42.0
North Carolina A&T Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Duke Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Calhoun 2 41 20.5
North Carolina A&T Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Jones 1 16 16.0
Duke Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Shelton II 3 12 4.0
J. Stinson 1 67 67.0
North Carolina A&T Missed FG
Player Length
Duke Missed FG
Player Length




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