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NCAA Game Summary - Navy at Duke
(Saturday, September 13th)
Final Score: Duke 41, Navy 31
Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Thaddeus Lewis passed for 317 yards and three touchdowns and the Duke Blue Devils outlasted the Navy Midshipmen, 41-31, in a non-league affair at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Lewis converted 25-of-35 pass attempts and rushed for a team-best 41 yards, as Duke (2-1) snapped a four-game losing streak against Navy. Eron Riley was clearly his go-to-guy, finishing with eight catches for 137 yards and three scores.
For Navy (1-2), Jarod Bryant and Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada combined to complete 8-of-10 pass attempts for 150 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Tyree Barnes logged four receptions for 113 yards and score in the setback, while Shun White posted 112 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Duke opened the game's scoring with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Riley just under six minutes into the first quarter.
Navy responded less than two minutes later, as White took off 73 yards for a touchdown.
Following a 46-yard field goal by Duke's Nick Maggio, the Mids grabbed a 14-10 lead behind a Kaheaku-Enhada 11-yard touchdown pass to Greg Shinego with under 30 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Midway through the second quarter the Blue Devils regained the lead, as Vincent Rey recovered a fumble and took it 37 yards to paydirt.
A 27-yard field goal by Navy's Matt Harmon late in the opening half knotted the score at 17-17. The Mids took the lead just over a minute later thanks to a Bobby Doyle 17-yard touchdown run.
Duke, though, had just enough time for Joe Surgan to nail a 52-yard field goal, leaving it behind just 24-20 at the break.
Lewis connected with Riley on a five-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter, giving the Blue Devils a 27-24 lead.
With just under two minutes left in the third quarter, Tielor Robinson extended Duke's advantage with a two-yard touchdown run.
Navy made it a 34-31 game with only five seconds left in the third period, as Bryant hit Barnes for a 68-yard touchdown pass.
The Blue Devils pushed their lead back to 10 with a 49-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Riley less than five minutes into the final frame. Duke's defense would do the rest by holding Navy scoreless in the final 10-plus minutes.
Duke converted on 10-of-16 third down chances, while gaining 396 total yards in the win.
09/13 16:16:32 ET