The 10th ranked Dame Fighting Irish (1-0) toppled Duke (0-1) with a strong second-half performance on their way to a 27-13 win.
The play of the Duke defense kept the Blue Devils within striking distance before Notre Dame finally wore them down. Before a fake punt play, the Irish seemed flat and handled by the underdog Duke defenders.
Duke outgained the Irish 151-13 yards in the first quarter which ended with Blue Devils up 3-0. Notre Dame went 3 and out on its first 3 drives of the game.
In his first start, Chase Brice showed promise despite stalled drives in the red zone where Duke settled for two first-half field goals. He finished the game throwing for 259 yards while scoring the Bue Devils lone touchdown on a two-yard run which cut the Irish lead to four.
Notre Dame finished with a 439-334 edge in total offense.
Duke takes on Boston College next Saturday in a noon start in Wallace Wade Stadium.