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  11/26/22 - Riley LeonardSo/2025, Duke + More +

  Riley Leonard threw for a career-best 391 yards and four touchdowns and Duke used a late touchdown to close out the regular season with a 34-31 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday. Leonard, who completed 29-of-41 passes, connected with Sahmir Hagans for the game-winning score, a 20-yard reception with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Hagans finished with two touchdowns and set career-highs in receptions and receiving yards, as did Duke's Jalon Calhoun. As a duo, Hagans and Calhoun accounted for 19 receptions and 313 receiving yards. With the win, the Blue Devils (8-4, 5-3 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak in their series with the Demon Deacons and recorded their first eight-win regular season since 2014. Wake Forest (7-5, 3-5) quarterback Sam Hartman completed 26-of-42 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted late in the fourth by Duke defensive back Darius Joiner. Demon Deacon wide receiver A.T. Perry had eight catches for 87 yards and a score in the loss. - Duke/AP College Football

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  11/21/22 - Jordan MooreSo/2025, Duke + More +

  NOV 21 ACC CO-RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Moore, Duke, WR, Sykesville, Md.,...Caught 14 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown in Duke's 28-26 loss to Pitt ... Receiving yardage was the highest single-game total in the ACC this season and the ninth-best single-game total in Duke history ... The 14 receptions matches the third-highest single-game total in Duke history ... Catches included a 49-yard touchdown reception and a one-handed catch for 21 yards that set up a touchdown in the second quarter. - ACC Football

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  11/12/22 - Riley LeonardSo/2025, Duke + More +

  Riley Leonard threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Duke Blue Devils won their third straight game, topping Virginia Tech 24-7 on Saturday afternoon. Leonard completed 19-of-31 passes for 262 yards and also carried the ball nine times for 48 yards. Jalon Calhoun was Leonard's favorite target, as he hauled in five catches for 94 yards for the Blue Devils (7-3, 4-2 ACC). Grant Wells led the Hokies (2-8, 1-6 ACC) with 177 passing yards and one touchdown.

After Duke opened with a three-and-out, Virginia Tech took the lead on its second offensive play of the game when Wells connected with Da'Wain Lofton on a 53-yard scoring strike. It was the second longest touchdown pass of the year for the Hokies. Then - beginning with a 25-yard field goal from Todd Pelino - the Blue Devils scored 24-straight unanswered points, grabbing the lead and never letting go. The scoring run was highlighted by Jontavis Robertson hauling in a 6-yard pass from Leonard for the junior wideout's first career touchdown. - Duke/AP College Football


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  11/04/22 - Riley LeonardSo/2025, Duke + More +

  Riley Leonard threw for 158 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 96 yards and another score to help Duke beat short-handed Boston College 38-31 on Friday night. Duke (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) became bowl eligible for the first time since 2018 under first-year coach Mike Elko. The Blue Devils notched just three victories last season. Boston College (2-7, 1-5) was without quarterback Phil Jurkovec due to a right knee injury, but freshman Emmett Morehead shined in his first career start, throwing for four touchdowns with no interceptions. Duke forced a three-and-out to begin the second half and Jaquez Moore scored on a 24-yard run to extend its lead to 31-14. Boston College cut its deficit to 10 points but opted for an onside kick with 3:31 left in the third quarter and Duke recovered it before another score by Moore.

Boston College got within 10 points again after a 75-yard drive ended in Morehead's 26-yard pass to fellow freshman Joseph Griffin Jr. with 12:07 remaining. The Eagles added a 34-yard field goal with 17 seconds left, but Duke recovered another onside kick to seal it. Moore finished with 82 yards rushing in his first multi-touchdown game for Duke. Leonard went untouched on a 60-yard touchdown on the sixth play of the game, and his 8-yard scoring pass to Sahmir Hagans made it 24-7. Morehead was 27 of 45 for 330 yards passing for Boston College, which lost its fourth straight game. Joseph Griffin Jr. had 103 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and Zay Flowers added 65 yards and two scores. - Duke/AP College Football


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  OCT 24 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Brandon Johnson, Duke, NB, Newton, N.C.,...Became the first Duke player since 2015 to be named Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Blue Devils' 45-21 win over Miami ... Logged a career-best and team-high nine tackles with 2.0 sacks, 2.0 TFL, a fumble recovery and an interception he returned 28 yards for a touchdown ... His fumble recovery in the second quarter also set up a Duke score ... Registered two of Duke's season-best six sacks. - ACC Football

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  OCT 24 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Chandler Rivers, Duke, DB, Beaumont, Texas,...Tied for second on Duke's team with six tackles and two pass breakups in the Blue Devils' 45-21 win at Miami ... Helped hold a Miami offense that was averaging 30.7 points per game to 21 points and an average of 463.7 yards total offense per game to 327 yards. - ACC Football

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  10/24/22 - Todd PelinoFr/2026, Duke + More +

  OCT 24 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Todd Pelino, Duke, PK, Cornelius, N.C.,...Playing in his first career game, scored nine points in the Blue Devils' 45-21 win over Miami ... Connected on a 28-yard field goal for a 17-7 Duke lead in the second quarter and finished 6-of-6 on PAT attempts ... Tied for third in program history for PATs by a freshman in a single game. - ACC Football

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  OCT 23 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BRANDON JOHNSON, DUKE, Sophomore, Safety, Newton, NC/Newton-Conover,...Brandon Johnson recorded a career-best nine tackles (8 solo), including two quarterback sacks and one interception Duke defeated Miami, 45-121. Johnson returned his interception 28 yards for a touchdown in the victory, which improved Duke's record to 5-3. Notes: Brandon Johnson is the sixth Duke player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors (since 2004), and the first since former defensive back Jeremy Cash (September 27, 2015). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  10/22/22 - Riley LeonardSo/2025, Duke + More +

  Duke forced Miami into eight turnovers, the most by any team in a Power 5 conference game since 2009, and rolled past the Hurricanes 45-21 on Saturday. Quarterback Riley Leonard ran for three touchdowns and threw for another for Duke (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which scored the game's final 28 points. The Blue Devils gave up two touchdowns in the first 1:54 of the third quarter to lose the lead, but the rest of the way was all Duke. Even worse for Miami, potentially, was this development: quarterback Tyler Van Dyke left in the second quarter with an apparent injury to his shoulder region and did not return. Van Dyke was hit, remained down face-first for a few moments, then walked off flanked by Hurricanes medical personnel as he held his arm to his chest — often a telltale sign of a shoulder issue.

The last team with eight turnovers in a Power 5 conference game was Nebraska, which had that many in a 9-7 loss to Iowa State in 2008. Jake Garcia relieved Van Dyke and went 13 for 21 for 198 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Van Dyke was 11 for 16 for 81 yards and a score before he exited. Colbie Young had two touchdown catches for Miami (3-4, 1-2) and Will Mallory had the other. Duke outgained Miami by only nine yards, 336-327. With the turnovers, it didn't matter. Duke turned the turnovers into 24 points, the last of those coming on Brandon Johnson's 29-yard return for a touchdown with 5:16 left. - Duke/AP College Football


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  10/03/22 - Jacob MonkSr/2023, Duke + More +

  OCT 3 ACC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jacob Monk, Duke, C/OG, Clayton, N.C.,...Played both center and guard in Duke's 38-17 win over Virginia ... Spearheaded a Duke offense that produced 38 points, 26 first downs and 377 total yards while committing zero turnovers, surrendering just one sack and converting two of three fourth-down snaps ... Opened holes for a ground attack that rushed 48 times for 269 yards and four touchdowns against a Virginia unit that entered the week allowing just 133.0 rushing yards per game and just two rushing TDs through four games ... Helped Duke hold possession for 36:30 of the contest ... Led Duke with 11 knockdown blocks and graded out at 87 percent. - ACC Football

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  10/01/22 - Riley LeonardSo/2025, Duke + More +

  Riley Leonard ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and Duke snapped a 13-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak in beating Virginia 38-17 on Saturday night. Duke (4-1, 1-0 ACC) scored three touchdowns during an 11-minute span of the first half. The Blue Devils didn't win an ACC game last year as part of a conference drought that lasted nearly two full calendar years. Leonard completed 18 of 24 passes for 129 yards and added 59 rushing yards. Jaylen Coleman picked up 97 rushing yards on 19 carries. Brennan Armstrong threw for a touchdown and scrambled for a touchdown for Virginia (2-3, 0-2), which has lost all three road games this season and five in a row dating to last season.

The Blue Devils scored on their first possession of the second half when Leonard ran in from 1 yard out. They stretched the lead to 35-10 on Jaquez Moore's 59-yard run in the first minute of the fourth quarter. In the first half, Leonard's 19-yard pass to Jalon Calhoun opened the scoring. Leonard ran 2 yards and Jordan Waters scored on a 1-yard plunge into the end zone to boost the lead to 21-0 with 10:25 to play in the second quarter. Virginia got on the board with Armstrong's 11-yard pass to Perris Jones with 1:12 to go in the first half. Duke snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series, avenging last year's 48-0 loss. - Duke/AP College Football


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  09/17/22 - Riley LeonardSo/2025, Duke + More +

  Riley Leonard threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Duke continued its strong start to the season by defeating North Carolina A&T 49-20 on Saturday night. Duke is 3-0 for the first time since 2018. Leonard ended up 11-for-12 passing for 155 yards – all in the first half – to go with a team-high 66 yards rushing on five carries. Leonard completed his first 11 passes before he was intercepted by Avarion Cole on his final throw late in the first half. N.C. A&T (0-3) scored on Andrew Brown field goals of 21 and 41 yards in the first half. The Aggies, who didn't score a touchdown a week earlier at North Dakota State, reached the end zone twice in the fourth quarter on Charlie Dixon's 8-yard run and Eli Brickhandler's 6-yard pass to Romello Kimbrough.

Duke scored three touchdowns in the first 8 1/2 minutes, beginning with the first play from scrimmage when Leonard connected with Nicky Dalmolin for a 38-yard play. The Blue Devils used 10 plays on their second possession, ending with Jordan Moore making a diving catch for a 4-yard touchdown. Duke's defense produced the next points when DeWayne Carter grabbed a fumble and ran 35 yards untouched for the score. In the second half, Leonard ran 56 yards for the first points. Jaylen Coleman (12 yards) and Eric Weatherly (14 yards) also scored on runs for the Blue Devils. The teams have met three times in a four-season span, with Duke winning convincingly each time. - Duke/AP College Football


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  09/12/22 - Jaylen StinsonJr/2024, Duke + More +

  SEPT 12 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Jaylen Stinson, Duke, S, Opelika, Ala.,...Logged 11 tackles, caused one fumble and broke up a pass in Duke's 31-23 win at Northwestern on Saturday...Helped seal the victory by forcing a fumble inside the Duke 1-yard line with 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, jarring the ball loose from Northwestern RB Evan Hull, who was less than a yard from the goal line...The ball was recovered by the Blue Devils' Brandon Johnson in the end zone. - ACC Football

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  09/10/22 - Jordan WatersrJr/2024, Duke + More +

  Jordan Waters had a pair of touchdowns on the ground, Riley Leonard threw for a score and Duke beat Northwestern 31-23 on Saturday. Leonard, who was 13 of 24 for 240 yards and an interception, found Jordan Moore with a short scoring pass early in the fourth quarter to give Duke a 28-16 lead and Brandon Johnson had a late interception in Wildcat territory to set up a field goal with 1:18 remaining. Johnson finished the game by pouncing on Evan Hull's fumble with 12 seconds left. Waters rushed for a career-best 91 yards, including a 42-yard scoring run for the Blue Devils (2-0). Jaylen Coleman added 83 yards and a short touchdown run. Hull caught 14 passes for a career-best 213 yards and a touchdown, and added 65 yards and a score on the ground for the Wildcats (1-1), who trailed 21-0 in the opening 16 minutes. Ryan Hilinski was 36 of 60 for a personal-high 435 yards with two scores and an interception. Northwestern got within 21-10 by halftime and twice cut the lead to five points in the second half. First-year coach Mike Elko won his first road game with Duke despite being penalized seven times for 85 yards. - Duke/AP College Football

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  09/02/22 - Riley LeonardSo/2025, Duke + More +

  Riley Leonard threw for two touchdowns and completed his first 15 passes of the season, boosting Duke to a 30-0 victory over Temple as coach Mike Elko won in his debut Friday night. Duke recorded its first shutout of a Football Bowl Subdivision team since 1989 at North Carolina. Leonard, a sophomore, completed 24 of 30 passes for 328 yards. He also was the top rusher in the game with 64 yards on 11 carries. Elko was in his first game as a head coach after replacing David Cutcliffe, who spent 14 seasons in charge of the Blue Devils. Duke is coming off three consecutive losing seasons with a combined 10-25 record during that stretch.

It was a disappointing opening game for first-year Temple coach Stan Drayton, who had been the associate head coach at Texas. Temple was held to 179 yards of total offense, with just 50 in the first half compared to Duke's 337 by halftime. Duke scored five plays into the game on Jaylen Coleman's 1-yard run. Moore threw touchdown passes of 4 yards to Jordan Moore and 39 yards to Sahmir Hagans in the first half. Moore was the game's second-leading receiver with 77 yards on six catches. He competed with Leonard for the starting quarterback role in the preseason and is listed as the backup quarterback. - Duke/AP College Football


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