Kieren Williams ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, slowly throwing for 263 yards by quarterback Ian Book and No. 10 Notre Dame scored 27-13 on Saturday’s rainy season at Notre Dame Stadium Defeated and Atlantic Coast Conference opener teams for both.
“He was a very good opener for her; Irish coach Brian Kelly swiftly said of Williams that a lot of people could make it, having seen limited action as a freshman last season. Williams had 19 carries and was also Notre Dame’s key receiver with two receptions for 93 yards, 75-yards in the first half on a screen play.
Kelly announced a four-year contract extension in the 2024 season and outperformed 9-2 as a day opener. “We played better football in the second half.”
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The victory was Notre Dame’s 19th straight home fight and the first for the Fighting Irish at a conference after 132 years as an independent. Due to COVID-19, the Irish are playing this season as members of the ACC. The school announced a crowd of 10,097, 90% of those students attended the game at the 77,622-seater stadium, where fans were wearing masks and were socially distant due to the epidemic.
Book overtook Duke grad quarterback Chase Bryce, who threw for 259 yards in 209–37 and rushed for a touchdown in the debut for coach David Cutcliffe after transferring from Clemson.
“The day the story was done, it made more plays,” Katcliffe said. “They are a good team. I think we have really good football. We have to play better in the second half which we did on offense. ”
The Blue Devils, who had 246 yards rushing, were just 82 after halftime.
Buch, who rushed for 139 yards and 181 yards rushing and won four touchdowns in Notre Dame’s 38-7 victory last season, made 19 of 31 passes, a 17-yard TD pass to Avery Davis. Increased at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Irish lead 24–13. He rushed for just 12 yards on nine carries.
The Irish, who were outscored 151-13 in the first quarter as the Blue Devils took a 3–0 lead from two of Charlie Ham’s field goals when Jonathan Dyer scored a 48-yard field goal, timed out. But, the first of two successful field goals.
Notre Dame finished with a 439–334 lead in total offense, including a 176–75 advantage on the ground.
Williams, who had 75 of Book’s 185 passing yards in the first half, scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard run at the start of the second quarter. His second TD came on a quarter-inch play from Duke 26 when he took a handoff from the book, dropping outside the block of Liam Eichenberg and guard Aaron Banks and burst into the end zone for a 17-7 Irish edge in the third quarter.
Duke: Despite two field goals in the first half by Charlie Hamm, the Blue Devils looked impressive moving the ball past Bryce, a backup to Trevor Lawrence in Clemson’s previous championship team two seasons ago. Brooke finished 13 of 25 for 195 yards, as Duke’s no-huddle outscored Notre Dame 246-228 in the first 30 minutes.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish, which returned all five offensive lineman starts last season, struggled to move football in the first half. He was outscored 151–13 by Duke in the first quarter and averaged just 2.6 yards per carry on 17 carries in the first half, averaging 2.6 yards per carry. But after adjusting at halftime, Williams exploded for 79 yards of his own in the second half.
Notre Dame: The No. 10 Fighting Irish should start with Sunday’s voting as No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Oregon and other teams from the Big Ten, Pacific-12, Mountain West and Mid-. American conferences will not be included because they are not playing in the league 2020.
Duke: Saturday vs. ACC Enemy Boston College.
Notre Dame: Saturday vs. South Florida in a non-conference game.