Devils Fall To Eagles, 28-7

The Blue Devils fell to 0-10 on the season with a 28-7 loss to the Boston College Eagles on Saturday evening.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Duke dropped a 28-7 decision in ACC football action on Saturday night to 22nd-ranked Boston College in front of 42,326 fans at Alumni Stadium. Duke's Clifford Harris reeled off a 52 yard run and scored from one yard out a few plays later to account for Duke's scoring. John Talley also recorded his sixth interception of the season and now has more picks than any player in Duke history.

Boston College went 94 yards on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead when quarterback Matt Ryan hooked up with wide receiver Kevin Challenger on a 24-yard scoring strike. The drive was highlighted by L.V. Whitworth's 34-yard run on the first snap from scrimmage.

At the 10:43 mark of the second quarter, Duke knotted the game at 7-7 when Harris reached the end zone from one yard out. The scoring plunge capped a five play, 78-yard drive that took 1:37 off the clock and included a career-long 52-yard run by Harris. Boston College responded by driving to the Blue Devil 17 yard line, but Duke's Michael Tauiliili caused and recovered a fumble to thwart the red zone scoring opportunity.

Ryan's second touchdown toss of the evening covered one yard to tight end John Loyte and gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead with 31 seconds left in the second quarter. The scoring drive covered 60 yards on nine snaps and lasted 3:13. Following an interception that gave Boston College possession at the Duke 29 yard line with 10 seconds remaining in the half, Ryan threw a deep ball into the end zone intended for Tony Gonzalez that was broken up by senior cornerback John Talley. Following a Duke offsides penalty, Eagle kicker Steve Aponavicius attempted a 42-yard field goal that was short.

Early in the third quarter, Talley's ACC-leading sixth interception of the season set up a scoring chance for the Blue Devils in Boston College territory, but Duke was stopped short on fourth down from the three yard line. The Eagles then drove 97 yards in 12 plays for a 26-yard touchdown run by Andre Callender, pushing Boston College's lead to 21-7 with 5:34 remaining in the third period.

Whitworth scored on a seven-yard run with 13:42 left in the final quarter to make the score 28-7 in favor of the Eagles. The scoring drive lasted seven plays and went 62 yards in 3:08.

Duke's Thaddeus Lewis completed 20-of-40 passes for 131 yards on the night. The top receiving target was Raphael Chestnut, who had five catches for 46 yards. Jeramy Edwards and Patrick Bailey led the Duke defense with a team-high 10 tackles.

For Boston College, Ryan – the ACC's top passer – finished with 23 completions in 37 attempts for 219 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Both Whitworth (120 yards) and Callender (108 yards) topped the 100-yard barrier.

Duke remains on the road next week to face Georgia Tech, who clinched the ACC's Coastal Division championship with a 7-0 win at North Carolina. Kick-off next Saturday in Atlanta is set for 1:30 p.m. The Blue Devils will then close out the 2006 season at home versus North Carolina on November 25.

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