Notre Dame vs Duke Score, Takeaway: Number 10 Irish win opener with effort even in difficult conditions


No. 10 Notre Dame beat Duke 27-13 in the teams’ season opener on Saturday, which was not the most beautiful of victories for the Fighting Irish in a game, but still as a (temporary) member of the ACC team. The first official conference game was. The game played much like one would have expected, given the wind conditions and rain, as well as the fact neither team had a specific progeny to properly prepare for big-time college football.

Notre Dame running back Kieren Williams was the bright spot for the Irish. The team’s new starter ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 93 extra yards on his debut. Quarterback Ian Book completed 13 of 19 passes for 263 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

For Duke, it was a mixed bag. Chase Bryce, who transferred from ACC rival Clemson to the Blue Devils, completed 20-of-37 passes for 259 yards. Unfortunately for Duke, it could not take any movement to the ground, as a team running for only 75 yards and averaging 2.4 yards per carry. The Blue Devils were also ruled out with two turnovers, including a fumble by Bryce on the team’s last possession.

CBS Sports was with you on Saturday to update this story with the latest of Notre Dame vs. Duke. Be prepared for a complete set of takeaways from the game.