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DURHAM, N.C. (GoDuke.com)– Duke scored a pair of first-half touchdowns and the Blue Devils forced two fourth-quarter turnovers to ice a 13-6 victory over Army West Point on a rain-soaked Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday afternoon. The six points allowed by the Blue Devils matches the season-low as the torrential rain affected both teams’ offenses.
Daniel Jones was solid under center for Duke (3-3), going 7-of-15 passing and rushing for 55 yards. Shaun Wilson and Jela Duncan added 50 and 40 yards, respectively, on the ground.
Ben Humphreys and Joe Giles-Harris again led the defensive effort with 10 and 7 respective tackles. Humphreys had four solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss among the 10. A.J. Wolf also added seven stops for the Blue Devils. Deondre Singleton added an interception in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.
The Blue Devils came up with a host of big plays on special teams, defense and offense in a span of minutes in the opening quarter. After Duke’s punt coverage team pinned Army (3-2) at its own 4-yard line, Corbin McCarthy forced a Black Knights fumble on first down with Singleton falling on the loose ball.
A pair of Joseph Ajeigbe rushes put Duke at the 3-yard line, setting up Parker Boehme for the three-yard pass to Eric Schneider in the middle of the end zone and a 6-0 lead. AJ Reed punched the extra point through in the tough conditions for the 7-0 advantage midway through the first quarter.
The Duke defense continued its dominance against Army’s ground game, stopping the Black Knights on fourth downs on consecutive drives at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second period. Jones and the Blue Devils capitalized on the second with a 22-yard strike from Jones to Aaron Young for the score and a two-touchdown lead. The touchdown reception was Young’s first and the 22-yard grab was the longest of his young career.
Army, after managing just 22 yards on the ground in the first 28 minutes of the game, cut into the Duke lead with a 45-yard rush up the middle from Andy Davidson into the end zone. The Black Knights were unsuccessful on the conversion, sending Duke into halftime with a 13-6 lead.
The wet conditions tempered the teams’ offenses with both teams 189 yards of overall offense and attempting only a combined 17 passes with six completions.
The second half provided few offensive fireworks as heavy rain continued to fall. Both teams struggled to run and throw the ball as drives for both teams struggled to convert third downs.
Army put together a couple strong drives in looking for that tying score, but Duke’s defensive front was outstanding in holding the Black Knights out of scoring territory with crucial plays on third and fourth downs.
Overall, the teams combined for 393 yards of offense overall and went a combined 9-of-32 for the game on third down. Duke managed nine first downs to Army’s eight and forced three turnovers in the game.