NCAAF Game Recap - Duke at Alabama
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Alabama 42, Duke 3

Aug 31, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

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0

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0

0

3

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0

14

21

7

42

Tagovailoa leads No. 2 Alabama to 42-3 rout of Duke
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:35 PM

ATLANTA (AP) Now that's more like it, Alabama.

Playing for the first time since its crushing loss to Clemson in the national championship game, the second-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sluggish start to blow out Duke 42-3 Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Tua Tagovailoa threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns before calling it a day late in the third quarter.

"The goal we had in this game was to try to re-establish our identity as a team in terms of the discipline that we played with, the kind of toughness and accountability, and everybody putting the team first," coach Nick Saban said.

It didn't quite start out like he was hoping.

Returning to the stadium where it won the Southeastern Conference title last December and the national championship two seasons ago, the Tide (1-0) was held scoreless in the first quarter - which happened only one time in 2018.

But the Blue Devils (0-1) merely delayed the inevitable.

Tagovailoa, whose brilliant sophomore season ended with a thud, completed 26 of 31 passes before giving way to backup Mac Jones with the Tide up 35-3. The left-hander spread the ball all over the field, going to his tight ends early on before turning to his dynamic receiving corps.

"Tua played really well," Saban said. "He usually plays well when he's patient and takes what the defense gives."

Starting tight end Miller Forristall got the Tide going with a 27-yard catch for the first touchdown of his career. His backup, Major Tennison, also picked up his first career TD on a 1-yard toss.

Then, it was time for the wideouts to get in on the fun. DeVonta Smith hauled in an 8-yard TD pass and Jerry Jeudy broke loose for a 21-yard score.

"It was really good to go into the game and having to work to score," said Tagovailoa, who was getting plays from new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. "Not just going out there and taking shots right away."

Jerome Ford and Brian Robinson Jr. ran for the Tide's other TDs.

Tagovailoa's younger brother, Taulia, even got a chance to play late in the game. He handed off to Ford on his 37-yard touchdown.

This was just the sort of performance Tua Tagovailoa and the Tide were hoping for after the 44-16 loss to Clemson in January. Tagovailoa was thoroughly outplayed by Trevor Lawrence in the title game, on the heels of an ankle injury that knocked the Alabama star out of the SEC championship game.

"I don't think one game re-establishes anything," Saban said. "You've got to do it over time."

The Tide finished with a staggering 512-204 edge in total yards, and Duke simply made too many mistakes to have any shot at a monumental upset.

After recovering an early fumble deep in Alabama territory, the Blue Devils couldn't hang on to a potential touchdown pass in the back of the end zone before getting stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the 7. Duke was stopped on another fourth-down play early in the second half, basically its last hurrah, and three turnovers sealed the fate of the Atlantic Coast Conference school better known for its powerhouse men's basketball team.

"Games like this can kind of go one of two ways," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "They can set you back, or you can get better from them. I know in my heart of hearts that our team will get better from this."

SABAN FLAGGED

The Alabama coach was called for a 15-yard penalty.

Say what?

After an interception by Trevon Diggs in front of the Crimson Tide bench, the officials issued a sideline warning to the Tide. Saban reacted angrily and picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

"The guy intercepts the ball and everybody was jumping up and down on the sideline and we get a (warning). My reaction to that was the kids are having fun," Saban said. "But I deserved it. I'm not making any excuses for it."

He added, "One of the things we want to establish here is discipline, and the coach did a poor job of setting a good example of how you're supposed to be disciplined."

No word if the coach will have to do a few extra laps at practice next week.

GETTING THE HEAVE

At least Saban finished the game. Duke defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord was ejected in the third quarter when he stomped on Alabama lineman Landon Dickerson.

The two got into a scuffle away from the play, with both losing their helmets.

Dickerson was on the turf when Cerenord delivered the stomp in clear view of the officials. The Duke player was immediately flagged for a personal foul and thrown out of the game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Duke: With Daniel Jones now in the NFL, the Blue Devils didn't show much offensively against Alabama's stellar defense. Quarterback Quentin Harris struggled as Jones' replacement, completed 12 of 22 for 97 yards with two interceptions. The running game wasn't much better, managing 107 yards. "

Alabama: There wasn't much to complain about as the Tide won its eighth straight neutral-site game to begin a season. If there is one area of concern, it's the kicking game. After beating out Joseph Bulovas for the job, freshman Will Reichard clanked a 49-yard field goal off the right upright and missed again from 48 yards.

UP NEXT

Duke: Takes on FCS school North Carolina A&T in its home opener.

Alabama: Hosts New Mexico State in the first game of the season at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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Passing

Duke Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Q. Harris 22 12 54.5 0 97 37 2 28.0
Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Tagovailoa 31 26 83.9 4 336 39 0 151.4
M. Jones 5 4 80.0 0 31 9 0 92.5

Rushing

Duke Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. Brown 7 36 5.1 16 0
D. Jackson 7 35 5.0 12 0
Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Ford 10 64 6.4 37 1
N. Harris 12 52 4.3 15 0

Receiving

Duke Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
N. Gray 5 45 9.0 20 0
S. Bracey 2 39 19.5 37 0
Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jeudy 10 137 13.7 21 1
J. Waddle 5 90 18.0 39 0

Fumbles

Returning

Duke KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Blackwell 0 - 0 0 1 3.0 0 3
Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
H. Ruggs III 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

Duke Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Parker 6 243 40.5 57
Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Reichard 2 80 40.0 41

Takeaways

Ala Int Yds InTD
J. Battle 1 0 0
T. Diggs 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Duke Ala
Points For 3 42
Total Yards 204 512
Rushing Yards 107 145
Passing Yards 97 367
Passing Completions / Attempts 12/22 30/36
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 11 30
Penalties - Yards 8/52 8/88
Time Of Possession 23:23 37:37
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/12 6/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/40 2/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Duke Ala
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter Duke Ala
Ala 4:58 TD Miller Forristall 27 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 0 7
Ala 9:47 TD Brian Robinson Jr. 1 yd run (Will Reichard kick) 0 14
Duke 14:49 FG AJ Reed 30 yd FG 3 14
3rd Quarter Duke Ala
Ala 6:26 TD Major Tennison 1 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 3 21
Ala 7:28 TD Devonta Smith 8 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 3 28
Ala 13:24 TD Jerry Jeudy 21 yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Will Reichard kick) 3 35
4th Quarter Duke Ala
Ala 10:09 TD Jerome Ford 37 yd run (Will Reichard kick) 3 42

Game Information

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 71,916
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