Duke overcomes turnovers, beats Syracuse 38-24

Chase Brice threw for 2 touchdowns, Mataeo Durant rushed for 163 yards and two extra ratings, and Deon Jackson rushed for a career-high 169 yards and Duke in the end gained a recreation, keeping off Syracuse 38-24 on Saturday.

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Duke (1-Four, 1-Four Atlantic Coast Convention) gained regardless of 3 misplaced fumbles and an interception, however Syracuse (1-Three, 1-Three) best became them into seven issues. The Blue Devils entered the sport with 15 turnovers, probably the most within the country, whilst Syracuse was once 2d nationally in turnovers won with 10.

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On at the present time, it in the end did not topic for the Blue Devils, who used the backfield tandem of Jackson and Durant to wreak really extensive havoc whilst the Syracuse offense sputtered. Quarterback Tommy DeVito by no means discovered any kind of rhythm, misfiring again and again on lengthy throws, and did not capitalize on any of the turnovers. He completed 13-of-26 passing for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He was once injured when sacked early within the fourth quarter for the 5th time and changed by means of Rex Culpepper.

Duke got here from in the back of with two touchdowns past due in the second one quarter to achieve a 14-point halftime lead. Durant’s 15-yard run and Brice’s 52-yard cross to Jarrett Garner with a minute to head made it 24-10 and sapped some power from the Orange after a large play by means of its protection within the first minute of the quarter.

Brice misplaced the ball when he was once hit from in the back of by means of Cam Jonas and Orange linebacker Geoff Cantin-Arku scooped it up and returned it 28 yards for a landing and a 14-10 lead. Brice completed 22 of 38 for 270 yards, one backyard off his career-high.

Syracuse closed to 27-21 within the 3rd when DeVito hit tight finish Luke Benson at the left aspect for a 53-yard rating.

Charlie Ham added his 3rd box purpose, a 21-yarder, past due within the 3rd for a 30-21 lead and Andre Szmyt spoke back with a 48-yarder for the Orange with simply over 10 mins left within the fourth.

Durant sealed it with a Three-yard run past due within the fourth.

Duke took the hole kickoff and marched temporarily downfield, scoring in seven performs, capped by means of Brice’s lovely 26-yard toss to Jalon Calhoun on a crossing trend. Jackson ripped off a 20-yard run early within the power to set the tone for the sport for the Blue Devils, who again and again racked up large good points at the floor within the first part. They outrushed Syracuse 179-15 within the opening quarter, with Jackson netting 94, together with a 50-yard run, and Durant including 63, together with a 48-yarder.

Syracuse struck again in two performs as DeVito hit Taj Harris in stride down the suitable aspect for a 79-yard landing.

Duke went up 10-7 on Ham’s 36-yard box purpose past due within the first, compliments of a drop on a possible interception by means of Syracuse’s Trill Williams, who misplaced the ball after it caromed off his chest.

Final yr, Syracuse rushed for 286 yards, led by means of a couple of 100-yard rushers in Moe Neal and Jarveon Howard in a 49-6 win. The Orange scored 4 dashing touchdowns and the protection held the Blue Devils to 157 yards passing. On at the present time, the bottom recreation belonged to Duke, which outrushed Syracuse 247-39 within the first part, averaging simply over seven yards a lift, ran 30 extra performs, and had 22 first downs to 5 for the Orange. The Blue Devils completed with 282 yards dashing.

Syracuse was once coming off a bye week after their first win of the season, 37-20 over Georgia Tech within the first recreation within the refurbished Service Dome.

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Preseason first-team All-American protection Andre Cisco, the rover within the Orange’s new Three-Three-Five defensive scheme, didn’t play for the second one immediately recreation. He suffered a decrease frame harm in a collision in pregame warmups sooner than Georgia Tech.

THE TAKEAWAY

Duke: The Blue Devils in the end demonstrated they may be able to win regardless of the errors. They’d only one turnover in a 38-31 loss ultimate week to Virginia Tech however the misplaced fumbles and an interception towards Syracuse point out that is nonetheless an issue. The backfield tandem of Jackson and Durant creates issues for warring parties.

Syracuse: The Orange in the end discovered that lacking hyperlink within the run recreation within the earlier recreation with freshman Sean Tucker, who rushed for 112 yards and two ratings towards Georgia Tech two weeks in the past, however he was once no longer an element towards Duke. The Orange offense wishes higher stability. Now not with the ability to make the most of the turnovers doomed them.

Duke is at North Carolina State subsequent Saturday.

Syracuse continues a four-game homestand with a recreation towards Liberty subsequent Saturday.

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