■ Bay­lor fell be­hind 23-0, and it couldn’t make up the deficit, fall­ing to Duke 40-27.

The Dallas Morning News - - Sportsday -

WACO — Duke over­came all the dis­trac­tions and an ex­tended trip to Texas be­cause of a mas­sive storm and is off to a 3-0 start for the sec­ond year in a row.

Quentin Har­ris threw for 174 yards and three touch­downs in his first ca­reer start, fill­ing in for in­jured Daniels Jones, and the Blue Devils jumped out to a 23-0 half­time lead on way to a 40-27 win at Bay­lor on Satur­day while their home state of North Carolina was be­ing in­un­dated with rain from Trop­i­cal Storm Florence.

The early deficit proved too much to over­come for Bay­lor, which was play­ing its first non­con­fer­ence home game against a Power Five con­fer­ence team since Sept. 12, 2008, against Wash­ing­ton State.

“We’re ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed in not just the out­come, but the way we played in the first half,” Bay­lor coach Matt Rhule said. “They made the plays they needed to make at cru­cial times and we didn’t do that. … We had op­por­tu­ni­ties with things we’ve done at a high level, from kick­ing field goals, mak­ing ex­tra points, we just weren’t able to do that to­day.”

Bay­lor out­gained Duke 400-399 in to­tal yards, but the Blue Devils took full ad­van­tage of Bay­lor’s two turnovers.

Deon Jackson scored on a 31-yard fum­ble re­turn in the first quar­ter, and Leonard John­son put the game away with a 53-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down with less than four min­utes left.

Duke was fly­ing home Satur­day night, though it was still pos­si­ble the team might have to land some­where other than Durham and bus back to cam­pus.

T.J. Rah­ming caught two of Har­ris’ TD passes (28 and 7 yards) and Johnathan Lloyd had a 66-yard TD catch. Har­ris, a fourth-year ju­nior who was 12-of-30 pass­ing, started be­cause Jones frac­tured a clav­i­cle last week and is out in­def­i­nitely. Jones had started 27 straight games for the Blue Devils.

“I thought I had a cou­ple balls I prob­a­bly could have been more ac­cu­rate on,” Har­ris said. “Def­i­nitely want to get the com­ple­tion per­cent­age up. But at the end of the day, it’s a team game. My in­di­vid­ual stats don’t mat­ter. As long as we come out on top, I’m happy as I can be.”

JaMy­cal Hasty re­turned a blocked punt for a 33-yard touch­down for Bay­lor (2-1).

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Bay­lor’s Chris Platt can’t come up with the re­cep­tion in the first half against Duke when the Bears fell be­hind 23-0. Platt fin­ished with two re­cep­tions for 25 yards.

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