Duke vs. Boston College – Game Summary – November 4, 2022
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — — Riley Leonard threw for 158 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 96 yards and another score to help Duke beat Boston College 38-31 on Friday night.
Duke (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) became bowl eligible for the first time since 2018 under first-year coach Mike Elko. The Blue Devils managed just three wins last season.
“Just a really monumental night for our program,” Elko said. “For us to come from where we were 10 months ago to here, with three games to play. Just a testament to everyone in our program and our varsity from top to bottom.”
Boston College (2-7, 1-5) was without a quarterback Phil Jurkovec due to a right knee injury, but first year Emmett Morehead shined in his first career start, throwing for four touchdowns with no interceptions.
“It’s the first game Emmett has started since his freshman year of high school. … We put him in some really tough situations, but he showed leadership, he showed poise,” BC coach Jeff Hafley said.
Duke forced a three-and-out to start the second half and Jaquez Moore scored on a 24-yard run to extend their lead to 31-14. Boston College cut its deficit to 10 points, but went for a layup with 3:31 left in the third quarter and Duke got it back before another Moore score.
“At halftime they kind of chewed us up a little bit because like we didn’t play very well,” the Duke defensive tackle said. DeWayne Carter said “Look at the third quarter, we’ve struggled a lot there this year. It’s no secret. So we came out and just had to set the tone for the half.”
Boston College got back within 10 points after a 75-yard drive ended with Morehead’s 26-yard pass to another freshman. Joseph Griffin Jr. with 12:07 remaining.
“He’s (Griffin) six-foot-four, so that’s rare,” Morehead said of his Griffin connections. “He’s just a freak athlete, and with a basketball background, he’s really good at following the ball.”
The Eagles added a 34-yard field goal with 17 seconds left, but Duke recovered another punt to seal it.
Moore finished with 82 yards rushing in his first game for Duke. Leonard was not touched on a 60-yard touchdown on the sixth play of the game, and his 8-yard scoring pass to Sahmir Hagans did the 24-7.
Morehead was 27-for-45 for 330 yards passing for Boston College, which lost its fourth straight game. Joseph Griffin Jr. he received 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Zay Flowers he had 65 yards and two scores.
“His (Morehead’s) leadership was really impressive today,” Hafley said.
THE TAKE AWAY
Morehead made a statement, becoming the first Boston College QB with four passing TDs since Dennis Grosel in 2020. Boston College played error-free football against a Duke team coming off an eight-loss schedule of control in their 45-21 win against Miami. .
Duke continued its dominance on the ground, securing its sixth game with more than 200 rushing yards this season. Four rushers combined for 232 yards as Duke entered second in the ACC and 21st nationally with 205.1 yards per game.
UNTIL THE NEXT
Duke hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday, November 12th.
Boston College plays at No. 21 North Carolina State on Nov. 12.
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