NCAAF Game Recap - North Carolina A&T at Duke
Sat Sep 7, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Duke 45, North Carolina A&T 13

Sep 7, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

North Carolina A&T (1-1)

3

7

3

0

13

Duke (1-1)

7

21

10

7

45

Harris accounts for 5 TDs as Duke rolls to victory
Sat Sep 7, 2019 11:09 PM

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Quentin Harris waited four years for his chance to be Duke's leader. He's taking advantage of it with the help of some rookies.

Harris passed for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns, three to freshmen, to lead Duke past North Carolina A&T 45-13 on Saturday night.

Harris also rushed for 83 yards and a score as the Blue Devils (1-1) overcame a sluggish start to win their home opener for the eighth consecutive season.

"Whenever you get a chance to play well in a game setting, it's a good confidence boost," Harris said. "I think it shows you what our offense is capable of when we're playing to the best of our abilities."

Duke scored three touchdowns in the final 3:10 of the first half, turning a 10-7 deficit into a 28-10 lead.

Harris had scoring strikes of 22 yards and 39 yards to Mateo Durant and Eli Pancol, respectively, and capped the spurt with a 6-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw.

Jalon Calhoun had eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils.

Calhoun and Pancol are freshmen who have quickly established a rapport with Harris, a fifth-year senior who was a backup behind NFL first-round draft pick Daniel Jones until this season.

"It's becoming more and more his team," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "They trust him, and he trusts them."

Jeremiah Martin rushed for 82 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown, for N.C. A&T (1-1).

Noel Ruiz made field goals of 40 and 36 yards for the Aggies.

THE TAKEAWAY

N.C. A&T: It's no fluke that the Aggies, reigning champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, beat a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent each year from 2016-18. They were stout on defense and opportunistic on offense until Duke's flurry at the end of the first half, indicating that they can be a force again in the Football Championship Subdivision. "That was the whole ballgame," N.C. A&T coach Sam Washington said about Duke's run. "That put everything in their possession. It gave them life, it gave them hope, and they capitalized on it."

Duke: The Blue Devils had four penalties for 49 yards, plus another holding penalty that was declined, in the game's first 18 minutes. It's the kind of start they can't afford in Atlantic Coast Conference play. But Duke settled down as Harris found his footing. Harris completed 10 of his final 11 passes of the first half, capitalizing on a variety of short throws.

TURNING POINT

After Duke took a 14-10 lead, N.C. A&T wide receiver Elijah Bell caught a pass for what was going to be a first down. But Duke's Leonard Johnson stripped the ball, and safety Dylan Singleton recovered it. Harris found Pancol behind the Aggies' defense on the next play, giving the Blue Devils two touchdowns in 14 seconds.

WAKEUP CALL

Martin raced untouched up the middle for the Aggies on his long scoring run with 11:20 left in the second quarter, sprinting past an attempt at a diving tackle by Duke's Victor Dimukeje at the line of scrimmage. But the Blue Devils tightened after that, holding N.C. A&T without a first down for the rest of the half. "I guess that kind of triggered us," Singleton said.

BOUNCING BACK

Duke has experienced both ends of the spectrum through two weeks, losing 42-3 as a big underdog against No. 2 Alabama before winning handily as a heavy favorite against N.C. A&T. The Blue Devils took their early setback in stride.

"We know our football team," linebacker Koby Quansah said. "The world may not believe in us sometimes, but we believe in ourselves. We've just got to go out there and do what we do."

LONG RANGE

AJ Reed made a career-long 50-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to give Duke a 31-10 lead. It was Duke's first field goal of 50 or more yards since 2015.

UP NEXT

N.C. A&T: The Aggies visit Charleston Southern on Sept. 14.

Duke: The Blue Devils play at Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 14.

Passing

NCAT Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fowler 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
K. Carter 22 8 36.4 0 111 38 0 53.4
Duke Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Q. Harris 42 30 71.4 4 345 39 0 127.6
C. Katrenick 2 1 50.0 0 19 19 1 43.8

Rushing

NCAT Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Martin 10 82 8.2 66 1
K. Carter 9 54 6.0 26 0
Duke Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Q. Harris 13 83 6.4 15 1
D. Jackson 16 71 4.4 21 0

Receiving

NCAT Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Bell 2 52 26.0 38 0
K. Banks 3 33 11.0 27 0
Duke Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Calhoun 8 105 13.1 38 2
S. Bracey 3 50 16.7 22 0

Fumbles

NCAT F FL
E. Bell 1 1
Duke F FL
D. Jackson 1 1

Returning

NCAT KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Banks 3 12.7 0 19 1 3.0 0 3
Duke KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Carter II 3 22.3 0 26 0 - 0 0
J. Blackwell 0 - 0 0 2 13.0 0 26

Punting

NCAT Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Rivers 7 293 41.9 45
Duke Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Parker 3 112 37.3 51

Takeaways

NCAT Int Yds InTD
J. Stuckey 1 6 0

Team Stats Comparison

NCAT Duke
Points For 13 45
Total Yards 249 574
Rushing Yards 138 210
Passing Yards 111 364
Passing Completions / Attempts 8/25 31/44
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 1/1
First Downs 10 31
Penalties - Yards 3/25 9/97
Time Of Possession 30:30 30:30
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/14 6/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 3/4
Punts - Average Yards 8/37 3/37

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NCAT Duke
NCAT 7:46 FG Noel Ruiz 40 yd FG 3 0
Duke 9:01 TD Jalon Calhoun 38 yd pass from Quentin Harris (AJ Reed kick) 3 7
2nd Quarter NCAT Duke
NCAT 3:40 TD Jah-Maine Martin 66 yd run (Noel Ruiz kick) 10 7
Duke 11:50 TD Mataeo Durant 22 yd pass from Quentin Harris (AJ Reed kick) 10 14
Duke 12:04 TD Eli Pancol 39 yd pass from Quentin Harris (AJ Reed kick) 10 21
Duke 14:26 TD Quentin Harris 6 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 10 28
3rd Quarter NCAT Duke
Duke 6:21 FG AJ Reed 50 yd FG 10 31
NCAT 9:37 FG Noel Ruiz 36 yd FG 13 31
Duke 14:24 TD Jalon Calhoun 24 yd pass from Quentin Harris (AJ Reed kick) 13 38
4th Quarter NCAT Duke
Duke 6:41 TD Mataeo Durant 1 yd run (AJ Reed kick) 13 45

Game Information

Stadium: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Attendance: 38,313
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