Cardinals, Eagles, Scarlet Knights make early defense of conference titles look perfect

Sophomore running back Malik Cunningham had a breakout performance in Louisville’s season-opening win over Duke on Saturday. Cunningham rushed for a career-high 191 yards and a career-long 72-yard touchdown run. Louisville led 17-3 at…

Cardinals, Eagles, Scarlet Knights make early defense of conference titles look perfect

Sophomore running back Malik Cunningham had a breakout performance in Louisville’s season-opening win over Duke on Saturday. Cunningham rushed for a career-high 191 yards and a career-long 72-yard touchdown run.

Louisville led 17-3 at halftime before Duke woke up in the second half. The Blue Devils outscored the Cardinals, 14-7, in the third quarter and 40-35 in the fourth to give themselves a chance to steal the victory. Cunningham had a key 12-yard run and finished the game with his third career rushing TD.

Mark Allen scored on a 2-yard run and Danny Etling passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns for Duke (0-1). He is looking to help the Blue Devils avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1971 and 1972.

Boston College 36, Miami (OH) 12

Boston College had four players rush for more than 100 yards and its defense held Miami (Ohio) to its fewest points in a game since 2014.

Boston College (1-0) is the first Power Five school to defeat the Mid-American Conference school since Penn State beat Toledo in 2015. It was the eighth straight season Miami (1-1) failed to reach the 20-point mark.

For the first time since the 2015 season opener against Jacksonville State, the Eagles were held to fewer than 20 points. Miami averaged 21.5 in four home games last season and has scored 20 points or more in 12 of the past 13 games in which the Hurricanes have played.

Freshman tailback AJ Dillon ran for 137 yards and a touchdown and established himself as Boston College’s offensive workhorse after splitting time with Quentin Hines in last week’s win at Elon. Hines had 13 carries for 68 yards.

Josh Adams had 153 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half. He had the longest rush in the program’s modern era for the first time.

Ameer Abdullah (9 yards) also had a rushing TD, the first since late in the 2016 season.

Miami running back Travis Homer was held to 18 yards on eight carries. He had 213 yards in Miami’s season-opening win over Savannah State.

Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown was 18 of 24 for 193 yards and an interception. His TD pass to Adams was his first since Dec. 4 against Michigan State last season.

Joe Haden returned to Cleveland as the city’s first-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haden, a four-time All-Pro cornerback, played the entire game for the Eagles and did not leave due to injury.

James Washington scored his third touchdown of the game on a 30-yard catch-and-run for Purdue. He finished with 107 yards on three catches.

Sophomore quarterback David Blough was 20 of 24 for 284 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Indiana (1-0) never trailed.

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