No. 10 Notre Dame beats Duke 27-13 in ACC debut

Kyren Williams ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his first get started, grad quarterback Ian E book threw for 263 yards and No. 10 Notre Dame beat Duke 27-13 on Saturday at wet Notre Dame Stadium within the season and Atlantic Coast Convention opener for each groups.

“That was once an attractive just right opener for him; there’s so much he can construct off of this,” Irish trainer Brian Kelly mentioned in regards to the rapid Williams, who noticed restricted motion final season as a freshman. Williams had 19 carries and in addition was once Notre Dame’s main receiver with two receptions for 93 yards, one a 75-yarder within the first part on a display screen play.

“We knew it was once going to be a grind, however they hung in there,” added Kelly on an afternoon when the varsity introduced a four-year contract extension during the 2024 season and he advanced to Nine-2 in openers. “We performed a lot better soccer in the second one part.”


The victory was once Notre Dame’s 19th directly at house and the primary for the Preventing Irish in a convention after 132 years as an unbiased. On account of COVID-19, the Irish are enjoying this season as a member of the ACC. The college introduced a crowd of 10,097, 90% of them scholars, attended the sport within the 77,622-seat stadium the place enthusiasts have been dressed in mask and socially distanced on account of the pandemic.

E book outdueled Duke grad quarterback Chase Brice, who threw for 259 yards on 20-of-37 passing and rushed for a landing in his debut for trainer David Cutcliffe after shifting in from Clemson.

“The tale of the day was once they made extra performs than we made,” Cutcliffe mentioned. “They’re a just right staff. I feel we’ve a in point of fact just right soccer. We need to play higher in the second one part that we did on offense.”

The Blue Devils, who had 246 yards at halftime, had simply 82 after halftime.

E book, who rushed for 139 yards and handed for 181 yards and 4 touchdowns final season in Notre Dame’s 38-7 victory at Duke, finished 19 of 31 passes, one a 17-yard TD cross to Avery Davis early within the fourth quarter that higher the Irish result in 24-13. He rushed for simply 12 yards on 9 carries.

The Irish, who have been outgained 151-13 within the first quarter because the Blue Devils took a Three-Zero lead at the first of Charlie Ham’s two box objectives, took a 10-6 halftime lead when Jonathan Doerer nailed a 48-yard box objective, his first of 2 a success box objectives, as time expired.

Notre Dame completed with a 439-334 edge in general offense, together with a 176-75 merit at the flooring.

Williams, who had 75 of E book’s 185 passing yards within the first part, scored his first landing on a 1-yard run early in the second one quarter. His 2d TD got here on a fourth-and-inches play from the Duke 26 when he took a handoff from E book, reduce left out of doors of the blocks of take on Liam Eichenberg and guard Aaron Banks and burst into the top zone for a 17-6 Irish lead within the 3rd quarter.


Duke: In spite of two box objectives within the first part by means of Charlie Ham, the Blue Devils appeared spectacular transferring the ball at the back of Brice, who was once a backup to Trevor Lawrence on Clemson’s final championship staff two seasons in the past. Brice finished 13 of 25 for 195 yards as Duke’s no-huddle offense outgained Notre Dame 246-228 within the first 30 mins.

Notre Dame: The Preventing Irish, who returned all 5 offensive linemen who began final season, struggled to transport the soccer within the first part. They have been outgained 151-13 by means of Duke within the first quarter and had simply 44 speeding yards on 17 carries, a mean of two.6 yards consistent with raise, within the first part. However after changes at halftime, Williams exploded for 79 of his yards in the second one part.


Notre Dame: No. 10 Preventing Irish will have to transfer up with victory beginning with Sunday’s ballot as No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. Nine Oregon and different groups from Giant Ten, Pacific-12, Mountain West and Mid-American meetings may not be incorporated as a result of the ones leagues don’t seem to be enjoying in 2020.


Duke: Saturday vs. ACC foe Boston Faculty.

Notre Dame: Saturday vs. South Florida in a nonconference sport.

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