After rallying to within a field goal, Duke’s defense once again made a big stop and held the high scoring Louisville Cardinals to a field goal attempt with just over two minutes remaining. That kick was hooked right, giving the Blue Devils the ball back with just over two minutes remaining and down only three.
And then the penalty flag was thrown. Roughing the kicker on senior cornerback Breon Borders, giving the Cardinals a first down. Two plays later, Lamar Jackson put the game out of reach with a touchdown run to make it 24-14.
Duke entered the game as a five touchdown underdog, but quickly established a game plan that championed time of possession. It worked as the Blue Devils were on offense for more than 37 minutes against the Cardinals. That kept the nation’s most potent offense off the field for long periods of time and allowed Duke to remain within striking distance.
The Blue Devils, who entered the game ranking last in the conference in turnovers, didn’t commit one against the Cardinal defense which had been forcing more than two per game.
The loss leaves Duke 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.