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Riley Leonard, Duke run over Boston College

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Oct 15, 2022; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Elko during the second half at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

Duke earned its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference road win, scoring 24 first-half points on the way to defeating Boston College 38-31 on Friday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2 ACC) rushed for 232 yards, eclipsing the 200 mark for the sixth time this season. Jaquez Moore had two of the team’s four rushing scores.

Duke quarterback Riley Leonard completed 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown, and he added a game-high 96 yards and a score on 13 carries.

Boston College quarterback Emmett Morehead made his first career start in place of Phil Jurkovec (knee), and he finished 27 of 45 for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Zay Flowers and Joseph Griffin Jr. caught two TD tosses apiece, and Griffin racked up 103 yards on five receptions.

Shaka Heyward logged 11 tackles, leading a Duke defense that sacked Morehead five times.

Duke opened the game with a six-play, 90-yard touchdown drive. Leonard called his own number for a 60-yard TD, his ninth on the ground this season.

After the teams traded three-and-outs, the Eagles scored on a six-play, 72-yard drive. A 22-yard Alex Broome run and a 36-yard Morehead-to-Griffin connection set up a 2-yard touchdown toss to Flowers.

Todd Pelino’s 39-yard field goal lifted the Blue Devils with 4:07 left in the first quarter.

Duke ate 5:53 and made it 17-7 on a Jordan Waters 7-yard run to begin the second. Another Blue Devils drive starting near midfield ended with Sahmir Hagans catching an 8-yard touchdown with 4:16 until halftime.

In the final minute of the half, Boston College cut its deficit to 24-14 as Morehead found Griffin for a 2-yard high ball in the corner of the end zone.

The Blue Devils opened the second half with Moore’s 24-yard run up the middle, capping a six-play, 63-yard drive.

A fourth-down catch by Griffin kept an 80-yard drive going and allowed Flowers to score on an 18-yard catch-and-run with 3:31 to go in the third, bringing the Eagles within 31-21.

Moore punched in a 2-yard score on Duke’s first play of the final quarter, completing an eight-play, 50-yard series.

Griffin hauled in a 26-yard pass with 12:07 left to slice Boston College’s deficit to 10.

Connor Lytton’s 34-yard field goal made it 38-31 in the final minute of regulation.

–Field Level Media