ATLANTA – No. 2 Alabama defeated Duke, 42-3, Saturday afternoon in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Blue Devils held their nationally-ranked foe scoreless for the opening 15 minutes but saw the Crimson Tide break out for back-to-back scores to open the second quarter. Duke was still trailing 14-0 late in first half when redshirt junior AJ Reed connected on a 30-yard field goal to put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, Alabama responded with 21 points in the third quarter to ultimately put the game away.
In his third career start, Blue Devils’ quarterback Quentin Harris threw for 97 yards on 22 attempts with two interceptions. Noah Gray was his main target through the air as the junior finished with five catches for 45 yards. Brittain Brown racked up 36 yards via the ground game on seven carries.
Defensively Duke was led by senior Dylan Singleton, who posted a career-high 13 tackles. Senior linebacker Koby Quansah followed closely with 11 tackles and Duke’s first sack of the year. Junior Michael Carter II and redshirt freshman Shaka Heyward added nine tackles each.
Alabama saw junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finished 26-for-31 with 336 yards and four touchdowns.
Duke welcomes North Carolina A&T next Saturday for its home opener. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Wallace Wade Satdium.