The Duke Blue Devils entered Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday afternoon and walked out victors, by the score of 38-35. Freshman kicker AJ Reed made a 19-yard field goal with 1:24 left in the game to clinch the win for the Blue Devils.
The loss puts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 1-3 on the season, now having lost two straight home games to Michigan State and Duke. The win snaps an early-season two-game losing streak for Duke, who had lost back-to-back games against Wake Forest and Northwestern entering Saturday.
It appeared early on that the Fighting Irish were on a war path to redeem last weekend’s loss as they jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but then from that moment on, the game would never be more than a one-possession contest. Duke took a 28-21 lead into halftime and finished the game off with a methodical 10-play, 44-yard drive that left Notre Dame without any timeouts to mount a comeback in the game’s final minute.
The Blue Devils’ freshman quarterback Daniel Jones went 24-for-32 with 290 yards passing and three touchdowns. But it was a two-pronged attack for Duke, as senior running back Jela Duncan had 121 yards on the ground on 21 carries and a touchdown to go along with it. Junior Shaun Wilson also chipped in 66 yards, which put Duke over 200 yards on the ground.
Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday, but it was not enough to outshoot the Blue Devils’ offense. The Irish will travel to MetLife Stadium to play the Syracuse Orange in a neutral site game next weekend.