Scores

Final

Duke 20

(1-2, 1-0 ACC)

Boston College 19

(0-3, 0-1 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:30 PM ET, September 17, 2011

Alumni Stadium (MA), Chestnut Hill, MA

1 2 3 4 T
DUKE 0 14 0 620
BC 7 12 0 019

Top Performers

Passing: S. Renfree (DUKE) - 368 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Williams (BC) - 13 CAR, 56 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Vernon (DUKE) - 6 REC, 116 YDS, 2 TD

Sean Renfree's record day leads Duke past Boston College

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Sean Renfree tied a school record with 40 completions and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run with just under 10 minutes left to lead Duke to a 20-19 victory over Boston College in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

BC had an excellent chance to win, but Nate Freese's 23-yard field-goal attempt hit the left upright and bounced back with 43 seconds left. Freese already had missed an extra point by hitting the right upright but made two long field goals.

Duke (1-2) won for just the second time in its last 11 conference openers. BC (0-3) is off to its worst start since 1991 when it finished 4-7 under Tom Coughlin.

Renfree threw 52 times for 359 yards and two touchdowns to Conner Vernon. He tied the Duke record of 40 completions set by Thaddeus Lewis in 2009 against North Carolina State.

Duke rallied from a 19-7 deficit late in the first half and went ahead with 9:57 to go. Renfree led the decisive 70-yard drive after the Blue Devils wasted two solid scoring opportunities in the second half -- an interception at the BC 3 and a missed 33-yard field goal attempt.

With a first down at the Eagles 4, Anthony Boone was held to no gain and Jamison Crowder gained 3 yards before Renfree just made it into the end zone on a play that was reviewed.

The game matched two of the worst run offenses in the ACC -- BC was ranked 12th and last, while Duke was 10th. And the Eagles, who led the nation in run defense last year, had allowed an average of 231 yards rushing in their first two games.

BC scored first on a 31-yard pass from Chase Rettig to Tahj Kimble, ending a 55-yard drive with 5:57 left in the first quarter. It began after Spenser Rositano blocked a punt by Alex King and Will Thompson recovered.

The Eagles made it 10-0 on a 43-yard field goal by Freese with 4:16 gone in the second quarter. Duke cut the lead to 10-7 on a 53-yard pass play from Renfree to Vernon, who caught the ball between two receivers and ran about 30 yards to the end zone. It was Renfree's first scoring pass of the season.

Freese's 47-yard field goal made it 13-7 with 4:03 left in the half. Andre Williams scored on a 7-yard run with 1:21 remaining, but Freese missed the extra point.

Duke then marched 63 yards in just 51 seconds to score on Renfree's 21-yard pass to Vernon and trailed 19-14 at halftime.

In his first two games, losses to Richmond and Stanford, Renfree completed 70 percent of his passes (42 for 60) but none for touchdowns.

BC struggled in the second half for the second straight game. It scored a field goal on its first series against Central Florida but lost 30-3.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DUKE
BC
1st Downs2617
Total Yards465328
Passing384247
Rushing8181
Penalties9-793-40
3rd Down Conversions8-154-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers10
Possession35:3224:28

Passing Leaders

DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renfree40/523596.921
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rettig17/332477.510

Rushing Leaders

DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson10545.4015
Kurunwune5173.408
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams13564.3117
Finch4133.307

Receiving Leaders

DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Vernon611619.3253
Varner12786.5012
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Larmond28743.5057
Kimble35317.7131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDUKEBC
TD05:57Tahj Kimble 31 Yd Pass From Chase Rettig (Nate Freese Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERDUKEBC
FG10:44Nate Freese 43 Yd 010
TD08:31Conner Vernon 53 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Jeffrey Ijjas Kick) 710
FG04:03Nate Freese 47 Yd 713
TD01:21Andre Williams 7 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 719
TD00:30Conner Vernon 21 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Jeffrey Ijjas Kick) 1419
FOURTH QUARTERDUKEBC
TD09:57Sean Renfree 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2019