Army comes up short in loss to Duke

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Daniel Jones and Parker Boehme each threw a touch­down pass as Duke beat Army 13-6 on Satur­day.

The Blue Dev­ils (3-3) jumped out to a 13-0 lead early in the sec­ond quar­ter, and their de­fense forced three turnovers and sti­fled Army’s rush­ing at­tack to hold on for the vic­tory.

Andy David­son rushed for 120 yards, in­clud­ing a 45-yard touch­down run late in the first half, for the Black Knights (3-2).

Both teams strug­gled on of­fense as Hur­ri­cane Matthew made its way through North Carolina. The storm pro­duced stiff wind and driv­ing rain for hours lead­ing up to the game and through­out the con­test, mak­ing ev­ery punt, pass and kick dif­fi­cult.

Army en­tered the game av­er­ag­ing an FBS-lead­ing 374 rush­ing yards per game but ran for only 165 yards on 43 at­tempts against Duke.

Boehme threw a 3-yard touch­down pass to tight end Erich Schneider af­ter David­son lost a fum­ble at the Army 9 on the Black Knights’ sec­ond pos­ses­sion. Jones tossed a 22yard touch­down pass to Aaron Young for Duke’s other score.

THE TAKE­AWAY

The Black Knights out­played Duke af­ter fall­ing be­hind 13-0, but they could not sus­tain drives. The Black Knights con­verted two of 13 third-down plays and failed all four times on fourth down, in­clud­ing three times on fourth-and-1 runs.

The Blue Dev­ils gut­ted out a vic­tory, but they still need three more wins to qual­ify for a fifth con­sec­u­tive bowl game. That will be a dif­fi­cult task against Duke’s six re­main­ing op­po­nents, each of which is big­ger, faster and more tal­ented than Army.

UP NEXT

Af­ter play­ing four of their first five games on the road, the Black Knights re­turn home against Louisiana-Lafayette for their first home game since Sept. 10.

The Blue Dev­ils visit No. 7 Louisville on Fri­day night to kick off the sec­ond half of their sea­son. Four of the re­main­ing six op­po­nents on Duke’s sched­ule en­tered the week­end ranked.

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