Duke falls to Pitt, 58-55

Yes the Duke football team fell to Pittsburgh, 58-55 (it looks more like a basketball score). They scored 20 points in the final quarter. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 1-2 on the season and 0-2 in the ACC.

duke_football_helmetThe Blue Devils mounted a comeback with less than four minutes remaining and no timeouts, but could not come all the way back. The Duke defense sacked the Pitt quarterback on the 47 yard line. A mishandled snap allowed Duke to sack the punter on the 30 yard line. That led to Duke cutting the deficit to just three points. However, the Panthers recovered the on-side kick and ran the clock out.

After Duke cut the deficit to 13-7 on a Max McCaffrey 16 yard TD reception at the end of the first quarter, Pitt came back to take a twenty point lead on two LONG TD pass. One was a 67 yard pass and the other was for 69 yards.

 

Junior wide receiver Jamison Crowder collected a career-high 279 yards to go with three touchdowns. He had one rushing and one receiving touchdown (which was a 62 yard catch), to go along with an 82 yard punt return. He is the first Blue Devil to complete that feat since 1999. Overall, he finished with seven catches for 141 yards. He had two rushes for 29 yards.

Fellow receiver Brandon Braxton had five catches for 97 yards.

Quarterback Brandon Connette had a career-high 424 yards. He was 21-of-32 for 323 yards. He threw for four touchdowns. He also had 15 carries for 106 yards and two TDs.

Josh Snead rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries, while Jela Duncan rushed for 24 yards on five carries.

 

Pitt out-gained Duke only by a little (598-532), but had the ball WAY longer (36:22 compared to Duke’s 23:38). Panthers quarterback Tom Savage completed 23-of-33 passes for 424 yards and six touchdowns. James Conner rushed for 173 yards on 26 carries and a TD.

 

 

Duke plays a non-conference home game next Saturday against Troy at 3pm ET.

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